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Considered the birthplace of alpine skiing, St. Anton am Arlberg has welcomed wintersports enthusiasts for more than 100 years. Today it is one of the biggest and best-known ski networks in the Alps with a long and proud tradition.
It was way back in 1907 that wintersports pioneer Hannes Schneider developed his revolutionary skiing technique while working as a ski instructor in St. Anton am Arlberg. This technique would go on to become the modern day alpine skiing technique practised and taught around the world. In the 1930s St. Anton opened its first ski lift, the Galzigbahn. Today it is one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the Alps with a mind-boggling variety of pistes and state-of-the-art lifts accessible on just one ski pass. The slopes criss-cross the region on the border between the province of Tirol and the province of Vorarlberg.
Skiers and snowboarders can access the high slopes quickly and easily via the new Galzigbahn lift, which whisks visitors from the village of St. Anton to the most diverse section of the resor with not only easy wide slopes for beginners but also fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Further lifts give intermediate and expert skiers the option to travel all the way up to the Schindlerkar and the 2,811m Vallugaspitze, the highest point in the resort.
For freestyle skiers and snowboarders there are several funparks, including the famous Stanton Park. Further highlights include a permanent race course as well as countless huts, restaurants and après-ski bars. In the Rendl area of the resort there is even the only via ferrata fixed-rope climbing route in Tirol open in winter. This climbing trail with a steel rope anchored into the rock for safety and a series of steel handholds and footholds leads all the way up to 2,732m. It is hard work, but the views at the top more than make up for the effort. And the best thing is that from the top you can ski back down into the resort through wide powder fields.