Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ski Paradise enjoys Skiing in St. Anton am Arlberg

St. Anton is an internationally renowned touristic village in Tirol and a top ski resort. Located in the Stanzertal at 1,304 metres above sea level, the 2001 Alpine World Skiing Championships changed and renewed its image dramatically and now a pedestrian zone forms the center of the town after removing the train station to the other side of the Rosanna River. In St. Anton you can find a cosmopolitan ambience with people from all nations, looking to follow the tracks of the ski pioneers. Together with the villages of St. Cristoph (1,800 m) and Stuben (1,407) offer a Ski Paradise integrated by four areas: St. Anton, Rendl, St. Cristoph and Stuben, served by a modern web of 38 ski lifts with 1 Funitel (the Galzigbahn I wrote about yesterday), 2 Cable Cars, 2 Gondolas, 17 Chairlifts and 16 T bar/Drag lifts. There is something for every skier and level of ability with 20 blue, 19 red, and 5 black pistes. Experts also can enjoy the challenge of 16 Ski Routes.
In the St. Anton zone from the Valluga peak at 2,811 metres you can admire and incredible landscape and then skiing downhill the longest run to the bottom of the valley with a total length of 10.2 kilometres. Of course you need to try the famous Kandahar/Kapall/Fang slope, scenery in 1928 of the first Arlberg-Kandahar Race and nowadays Alpine Ski world Cup Race courses.
From St. Cristoph you can reach the Schindler Spitze peak (2,660 m.) and go downhill to Stuben through the Valfagehrjoch red piste before you can challenge yourself in the Extreme Ski Route named Pfannenköpfe-Valfagehr. In St. Cristoph you need to visit the old hospice founded in the 14th century by the shepherd Heinrich Findelkind to offer shelter to travelers crossing the Arlberg pass. Nowadays the hospice developed into one of the finest inns in the Alpine region, enjoying local and internationally reputation for its award-winning kitchen and excellent wine cellar (the entrance walls are covered with pictures of famous personalities and members of the European Royalty).
In Rendl you can find a sunny but less challenging terrain more suitable for intermediates, perfect in case of bad weather.
This winter the season began in November 30th and will end in April 20th in St. Anton and April 27th in St. Cristoph/Stuben. At this moment the region is covered by big amounts of fresh powder snow and we are enjoying great ski journeys despite the bad weather.