St. Anton Flights:
Flights to St. Anton
Known in Austria as Sankt Anton am Arlberg but to much of the rest of the world as St. Anton, this village has gained notoriety as a great ski resort. St. Anton is situated in the Tyrol region of western Austria and it’s actually considered to be one of, if not the best ski resort in the country.
There are no large airports in the immediate vicinity for flights to St. Anton, so most travellers arrive at the Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (airport code: INN) that is about a 2 hour drive away in Innsbruck. Most flights to St. Anton (arriving in Innsbruck) have 2 connections from South Africa, except for either Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines. They both have single transfers in Frankfurt. British Midland stops in London and then Vienna, and Virgin Atlantic has a flight to St. Anton via London and Frankfurt.
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The Tourist Attractions of St. Anton:
St. Anton is best known as a ski resort, and a very good one at that, but it’s also a wonderful summer holiday destination and there’s some great scenery and outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed when there’s no snow on the ground!
Summer in St. Anton
Surrounded in spectacular mountains St. Anton is certainly a scenic place to visit, whether by summer or winter. During the summer you have more chance to get out and explore this scenery away from the ski slopes, by foot or on bicycle. There are cycle tracks around the village and beyond if cycling is what you enjoy, or take to the hills on foot.
For something a little different you can make use of St. Anton’s sports centre where there’s a swimming pool and water slide as well as whirlpools.
Winter in St. Anton
The bulk of tourists come to St. Anton in the winter to make the most of the ski resort’s many slopes and facilities. The only drawback with St. Anton being such a great ski resort is that many people come here so you’re not going to find quiet slopes. Having said this, there are so many miles of ski terrain that if you love skiing, you’ll love being here.
There are 262 kilometres of groomed slopes in the St. Anton region, as well as a further 184 kilometres of deep snow runs. There’s a good selection of all difficulties across these too, so St. Anton is not just a ski resort for experts. There’s loads of cross country skiing trails in the St. Anton region too, totalling 37.5 kilometres.
Apres ski is always important and St. Anton is not short of this! The village has many places to stay, dine and drink, including 18 restaurants on the mountain itself, cafés, bars, and several discos. And for something different why not look around the Ski Museum?!
When Should You Visit?:
To enjoy all those ski slopes you’ll obviously want to visit St. Anton during the winter season. There’s a long ski season here, but it can vary from year to year – generally it can run from as early as late November, until as late as the end of April or even beginning of May. If you’re coming in the summer you’ll find that summers are short and mild, and the warmest time will be July and August.