Best Austrian Resort for Cross-Border Skiing

For those looking for the best Austrian resort for skiing across borders, then duty-free Samnaun is the place to start.  Being part of one of the biggest ski areas in Austria, the 238km Silvretta Ski Arena, which boasts stunning scenery from mountainous views combined with a magnitude of ski runs. Making this all year-round tourist destination the perfect place to ski!

Samnaun is perfect for intermediate skiers and boarders. It is also linked to Ischgl which offers plenty of runs for intermediate skiers. In fact, it also has a new, very modern lift system and an après-ski scene which rivals that of St. Anton.

Both of these resorts are well integrated and 90 percent of the lift users ski across the border. The scenery is beautiful and most of the runs are based over 2,000m, offering wonderful views from the mountains. The Silvretta Ski Pass also takes visitors skiing in Galtur, Kappl and See.

Visitors can take what is known as the ‘duty-free run’, which leads down to Samnaun. It is great for elegant carving but is not as great for boarders, because it has a number of flat sections. Additionally, here skiers will find the Zeblas Waterfalls–but the less experienced skiers may want to bypass the falls as they can be quite tricky to pass.

The run is called the ‘duty-free run’ because Samnaun is the only duty-free area in Switzerland, so visitors will want to take note!
To rejoin the main ski area in Ischgl, take the

Double Decker Gondola

(this double decker gondola was the first one of its kind in the world!). From here, visitors can visit popular, and not too difficult, Alp Trida area. The runs from here back to Ischgl are all red and advised to be tackled by a more seasoned skier.

Finally, lunch on the border! Visitors will want to head to Paznauner Taya, A-6561 Ischgl. Simply ski down from the Palinkopf into Austria, and that is where the Paznauner Taya is found, right by the bottom station of the Hollspitzbahn. Everyone will enjoy taking a long lunch in this popular, lively area– and enjoy the people watching before hitting the slopes again!

Zeblas Waterfalls

 

Finding The Perfect Powder In St. Anton

St Anton

There’s so much rumour and hearsay about the best snow conditions at ski resorts that they’ve become modern-day fabled cities of gold like El Dorado. One resort that consistently stands out above the rest, however, is nestled in the Tyrolean Alps in the western tip of Austria. St. Anton am Arlberg, more commonly known as St. Anton, has a great reputation for skiing by day and partying by night, with emphasis on both quality and quantity of snow. More a traditional resort than a set of ski lodges, the dynamics of the town’s recreation scene make property investment in St Anton a good bet for year-round productivity rather than seasonal income.

Location provides the impetus for quality snowfall in St. Anton. It’s part of the highest hills in all of Austria, receiving snowfall from heavy clouds blown in on three sides from the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Baltic. With profound snowfall each winter, the Valluga basin gets global attention for its runs, often to the point where experts and professionals tackle the most difficult courses with glee. Verticals drop as far as one thousand meters on a single mountain side, where the sun doesn’t shine with enough duration or intensity to cause the deep, light, fluffy snow to become wet and heavy. British instructor Graham Austick runs a skiing school in St. Anton devoted to capitalising on the great powder.

Tourists and natives alike flock to St. Anton to ski, since the lift pass gets them on the main runs as well as nearby runs in Lech or Zurs (both of which are more forgiving to novice ski enthusiasts). Once the last light comes to a close, visitors flock to any one of the various bars and clubs that offer pulse-pounding music and drinks to skiers as well as instructors. Without traffic on the main street, everyone gets around on foot, from the buses heading to the slopes to the saunas that let you sweat away the day’s slopes.

The St Anton White Thrill – 19 April

Fancy taking on 500 skiers in this classic race down an unprepared piste from the Vallugagrat to the valley, 9km below?

Check out the mass start. Another reason to love St Anton.