Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In St. Anton the Stage is Set for Winter

At Arlberg in Tyrol, the entire St. Nicholas weekend revolves around St. Anton’s ski openings – this year with a top act: country band, "BossHoss" will be instigators a few "Yiiiiihaaaas!" as they get fans in the mood to party on 6th December. Further evening highlights include Viennese band "The Weight" and the rock veterans from "Manfred Mann’s Earth Band". There’s still time for oodles of skiing amongst all this celebrity hype: the lifts up to the Galzig swing into action again on the 5th December, thus opening the winter season. Moreover, guests can test the latest ski and snowboard models for free. Advent magic, the spine chilling "Krampalar Devil’s Run" and Audi Driving Experience perfectly round off the "Stanton Ski Open" from 5th to 7th December.

It all kicks off again at 8.45 hrs sharp on the 5th December: the first gondola will leave its starting blocks to launch the new 2014/2015 winter season in St. Anton am Arlberg and transport winter sports enthusiasts up to the most attractive ski resort in the Alps – with 340 kilometres in total of marked runs, 200 kilometres of back country terrain, snowboard fun-parks, carving areas, race courses and great mountain restaurants and bars. Piste fans also have the opportunity to put the latest equipment through its paces. Around 15 prestigious ski and snowboard manufacturers are providing their latest models to test free of charge all weekend.

Opening-Party with "The BossHoss"
It’s going to be loud on the evening of 6th December when the "Stanton Ski Open" party kicks off at 18 hrs: First to take to the stage will be Viennese rockers, "The Weight" and the music veterans from "Manfred Mann’s Earth Band", before Berlin cowboys "The BossHoss" crank the party atmosphere up another notch at around 21 hrs. This seven man band achieved international success with their striking mix of country and rock only a year after forming in 2005. Tip: owners of a minimum 2 day ski pass (Euro 84) enjoy free entry to the Opening Party, everyone else pays Euro 39.

St. Nicholas Day and the magic of Advent
First the devil, then the reward. It gets pretty creepy on the evening of December 5th during the 17th Arlberg-Pass "Krampalar" Devil’s Run. So-called "Krampalar" devils wearing scary masks and "devil skins" join St. Nicholas as he walks through the streets. Not to worry, behind their disguise these beings are really rather friendly.
The next day, and on the Sundays in Advent, gifts are exchanged at the Advent Magic and Christmas Market around the St. Anton Museum. In addition to local crafts and delicacies, such as the traditional "Kiachla" (sweet and savoury filled doughnuts), themed areas invite you to linger, listen, bake biscuits and join in – and reminisce on how it used to be.

From ski testing to car testing
Safe on the slopes – safe on the road: as part of the Audi Driving Experience, enthusiasts can test various Audi Quattro models free of charge on all three "Stanton Ski Open" days. With their four wheel drive, they are particularly suitable vehicles for winter driving conditions. As a reminder for back home, souvenir snapshots with the sports car will be taken at the photo point on request.

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