A NON-SKIERS GUIDE TO ST ANTON
St. Anton is not only famous for its amazing alpine skiing; for the non-skiers amongst you there is huge array of fantastic activities for you to enjoy in resort.
Enjoy walking and hiking? St. Anton offers a large variety of cleared and marked paths throughout the resort, in fact there are 70km of cleared hiking paths that lead into the snow covered mountains where you can enjoy hours of beautiful scenery, fresh crisp mountain air and peaceful surroundings. A very popular (and a favourite) trail is the ‘Verwall’ route, this is 10km long and will take you around 2-3 hours to complete. It is a circular route which takes you through a winter wonderland landscape of frosted tree tops, winding paths and a magical frozen lake; it is like stepping foot into Narnia with the only sound to hear for miles is the crunch of snow under your boots.
Along with walking trails, the resort offers excellent cross country routes; St Anton attracts many cross country enthusiasts every year and with a 40km long network of trails it’s easy to see why! The trail offers comfortable routes but also offers more challenging ones for the more advanced cross country skiier, thus satisfying a variety of levels. You can collect hiking and cross country maps from the tourist office near the Galzig Bahn.
Ever tried Tobogganing on the old fashioned wooden toboggans? Well here is St. Anton you can! There is an excellent 4km long toboggan run which runs from the Gampen to Nasserein to Rodelstall. It takes about 15 minutes and the use of the run is free with your lift pass (it’s open from 12-4pm daily). You can also try night tobogganing where the run is flood lit from 7.30-9.30pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s (for a small extra fee). But make sure you wear a helmet! Watch our staff do Taboggoning here!
In the heart of St. Anton you will find a fantastic wellness centre which offers a brilliant swimming pool, ice skating rink, fitness centre and a sauna. The centre is a true haven of rest and relaxation. The swimming pool features a huge scenic indoor area with waterfalls, whirlpools and relaxation sun beds, this then leads to an outside elliptical current pool. Opposite to that is a heated outdoor sports swimming pool where the more serious swimmers can do lengths. The swimming pool is perfect for everyone and a lovely restoring place to spend a few hours; the steam escaping the hot waters outside in front of the alpine scenery is truly magical. For the fitness fanatics amongst you, there is an excellent fully equipped gym with fitness classes, and after all that exercise you can relax in the wellness centres brilliant sauna. (Please note Austrian rules to apply here and therefore no clothes are allowed!). There is also a cute ice skating rink outside if you fancied giving ice skating or curling a go.
Still feeling energetic? Located by the train station at the west end of town is the Arlrock centre which offers indoor tennis courts, an indoor and outdoor climbing wall and tenpin bowling. The bouldering area in the centre is a good place to start for beginner climbers as you don’t need any equipment. The centre is fully equipped with experts on hand to help you. It’s definitely worth a visit!
Lastly, a more relaxed activity one can enjoy in St. Anton is a magical horse drawn sleigh ride around the village. Drift through the romantic village, wrapped up in fur blankets, taking in the snowy surroundings accompanied by the clanging bells of the horses. A traditional way to see the village without the hustle and bustle of the streets.
So if you are a non skier, or you wanted a day off from the slopes, there is huge amount to do in resort. Enjoy!