Guide to the slopes of St Anton

St AntonSt Anton should have the title ‘Resort with most under-classified slopes’ because many of its blue runs should be classified as red. And on top of that, they have a number of red runs that should be classified as black.

However, none of St Anton’s runs are extremely steep, because their toughest runs are actually called ‘ski routes’ or ‘high alpine touring runs’. Touring runs, like Rendi and Stuben, are actually off-piste runs that do not appear on the piste maps of most resorts. For those who would like to discover these runs, they must hire a guide.

While the piste maps note that the ski routes are marked, they are also avalanche controlled but not groomed or patrolled.

These should be patrolled pistes, though, as several areas such as Schindler Spitze and Rendl, are very popular runs and they are treated like pistes. Some of these routes are actually groomed, but only sporadically.

St Anton

Large Linked St Anton Areas

St Anton’s slopes all fall into three main sectors, and two of these are linked.

St Anton’s major sector is just beneath the Valluga, which is accessed by the  gondola to Galzig, and then a cable car. The cable car will take skiers to Valluga Grat where they will have access to St Anton’s high, sunny bowls, as well as the long red/blue run to Alpe Rauz.

The run to Alpe Rauz and the high Valluga runs can only be accessed by riding the Schindlergrat triple chair.

Beyond this valley, skiers can head to the Kapall-Gampen sector, which is reachable by chairlift from central St Anton or by gondola from Nasserein.

Skiers who wish to go to Rendl should note that it is a separate mountain, which can be reached by a gondola from the centre of town. There are also a handful of lifts that serve the west-facing upper runs, and the north-facing piste to the valley.