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St Anton ski holidays have a pretty hard-core reputation - both for the steepness of the slopes, and the energy of the après-ski scene...
Despite there being gentler skiing available in the resort, and quieter ways to spend an evening, to come for a skiing or snowboarding holiday in St Anton looking for an easy life would be missing the point. Accommodation is in three main centres - St Anton itself (best for party animals and advanced skiers who want to be first on the lifts each morning), Oberdorf (for anyone who values their sleep at night), and Nasserein (home to the best nursery slopes).
Resort height: 1,304m
St Anton's fame rests upon its awesome off-piste skiing and snowboarding - rated by some (including Olympic gold medallist Franz Klammer) as the best in the world. The north face of the Valluga is the real challenge, and any attempt to descend it without a guide is tantamount to suicide.
You don't have to be an Olympian to ski in St Anton, however. There's plenty of gentler off-piste skiing to be tried, for example over in the Rendl sector of the lift system, and one British-run school, Piste to Powder, is purpose-built to help ambitious intermediate skiers make the transition from groomed snow to the deep and fluffy stuff. Meanwhile, on-piste, any skier worth his or her salt will want to try the Fang race course, and the bump run off the top of the Kappall chairlift down into the Mattun valley.
Finally, don't forget that the ski resort of Lech-Zürs is a short bus ride away. It has the highest snowfall average of any large Alpine resort, so if the powder is skied out in St Anton, it's worth making the journey to look for fresh snow there.
You wouldn't want to drive to St Anton from the UK, and the train journey is an over-nighter. But flying is easy...
Aim for Innsbruck airport and you'll find the transfer takes little more than an hour. Friedrichshafen airport is about 90 minutes away and Zurich airport two and a half to three hours.
If you like it steep and deep, then St Anton, with its fabulous off-piste slopes, is the place for you...
However, beginners will have a lot less choice, with many of the local runs proving a challenge for even intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Fun-filled days and crazy nights can be yours in St Anton - as long as you can afford them...
St Anton is the party capital of the Alps - thanks in large part to the Mooserwirt, which sits on the ski slopes just above town, and bears witness, every evening, to the kind of party you'd expect to see on New Year's Eve. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders pack the place and dance like maniacs for two hours, before the DJs turn the decks off in time for dinner. Then comes the tricky part - getting back down into town in one piece. In the aftermath, people don't really care what they eat, but if you're after a memorable meal, then jump in a cab to the Hospiz-Alm at St Christoph am Arlberg to sample its great cooking and legendary wine list.
There's a fantastic wellness centre in St Anton, and some good restaurants to visit by gondola on the mountain, but ultimately this isn't a non-skier's destination. Anyone in search of good shopping and a more balanced atmosphere should jump on the train to Innsbruck for a day out.
This is one of the most sought-after resorts in the Alps so you'll pay a premium to ski in St Anton. Provided you're an advanced skier or snowboarder, and/or a night owl, you'll think it is money well spent.
The centre of town is pretty and pedestrianised, and makes an attractive place to wander. In fact, the whole St Anton resort is low-key and attractive, although it lacks the visual splendour of Zermatt or Chamonix.