St Anton is best described as the cheeky younger sibling to Lech, with a younger crowd, lively piste side bars and some vibrant nightspots. Reserve some energy for your après skiing activities: the Mooserwirt or the Krazy Kanguruh are the main draw for table-thumping, ski-boot-stamping action on the way home at the end of the ski day. The village itself has its roots in farming, and the pretty high street is still charming with its onion dome church and attractive buildings. In recent years, a more luxurious feel has crept into the resort and there is the feeling that this is a resort on the up with its boutique hotels and luxury chalets.
Innsbruck is the closest airport - just over 1 hour's drive - or opt for getting there by the fast rail link from Zurich.
The pisted ski area totals 440km thanks to the recently-built Flexenbahn lift linking Lech & Zurs to St Anton. For many it is the off-piste that brings them back to the area. Steep and serious, St Anton offers some of the best backcountry terrain in the Alps including the famous Valluga descent.
Summer is altogether more laid-back affair in St Anton. As well as hiking, via ferrate and mountain-biking, leisure seekers will find wellness and relaxation at the Arlberg-Well centre.
The property market in St Anton is opening up to second home owners. While it is still rare to find many chalets for sale, new-build apartments offering ownership similar to the leaseback model seen extensively in the French Alps, is allowing foreigners to claim their small corner of the Tyrol. Development is also spreading out to the Nasserein ski lift and St Anton's golf club.
St Christoph, Zurs, Stuben, Lech, Wald am Arlberg
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