St Anton

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Resort life

St Anton is without doubt one of Europe's most prestigious resorts with a reputation for attracting the rich and famous. Unlike nearby Lech though, the snobbery of the place won't prevent you from enjoying yourself off the slopes, but you'll need a big fat wallet to get the most out of the place. There are plenty of fancy shops, but luckily also some supermarkets, banks, internet cafes and numerous other sporting facilities.

St.Anton village
St.Anton village
Photo: Steve, WSG

Eating

As you would expect there are some seriously expensive places to eat, but look around and you'll find places for mortals as well. The Funky Chicken serves either a dry roast chicken or a very weak curry for 10euros, Pizzeria Pomodora as well as serving excellent cheap food, is the only place that'll let you in after 8pm with your board boots on. There's a serious lack of late night takeways around, so make a bee line for Snackattack towards the end of the main high street which is the only take-away open until 1am, or at the other end of the road near the tourist information is a small take-away shop which closes at 12pm.

Nightlife

Night-life is lively. You can kick off the evenings entertainment descending on run-1, just before it meets with run-21. In any other place in the world, didi diesel would be thrown out of the bar, never mind be the entertainment, but check out the Senn Hütte for some strange singing. Next stop is the Heustadl for some more traditional live apres ski, and from, here traverse left onto the red-21 and head to the overrated Krazy Kangaroo or the much better Taps next door. From here descend and walk through the quieter apartment/hotel block and back onto the piste where you'll find the rammed Mooserwirt. From here you've still got  a kilometre or so before you can take your board off.

post Apres Ski run down from Krazy Kangeroo
post Apres Ski run down from Krazy Kangeroo
Photo: Steve, WSG

Do take advantage of the board checkin at the Krazy Kangaroo and Mooserwirt as snowboards do often get mistakenly taken or plain stolen, as the bars are accessible from the road. It costs around 2euros and works the same way as dropping your coat at a nightclub.

Moosvert Apres Ski Bar
Moosvert Apres Ski Bar
Photo: Steve, WSG

Back into town and Piccadilly always has a singer banging out Robbie Williams covers until about 8pm, and it re-opens later as a nightclub as part of the Post-Keller (cover charge 6euros). The Kandahar is tucked away downstairs, next to the sports bar on the main street. It's pretty chilled with its own DJ and has a happy hour from 10pm-12pm but is a bit too tucked away to get really pumping. Upstairs they do great curries. Bar Cuba is a little soulless an

Accomodation

There's plenty of lodging but nothing's cheap and anyone on a low budget will find it hard going. B&B's are available in the hamlets of Bach, St Jakob and Nasserein, all are less expensive than St Anton, there's also a regular ski-bus linking them and taxi to the outskirts shouldn't cost more than 10euros.