>cancelled< Smashing on the ski slope
In spring 2020, it will be time for that beach feeling in the snow again in St. Anton am Arlberg. Hundreds of spectators will cheer on the international volleyball elite in this Tyrolean mountain village from 9th to 12th April, as they duck, dive and smash away on snowy terrain. The playing field at Rendl Beach (2,030 metres) is not sandy and warm as one would expect, but frosty - which does nothing to hinder the 24 women's and men's teams from achieving top performances at the European Snow Volleyball Championships.
Football boots provide the necessary grip in the snow. Palm trees, whirlpools, DJs and cheerleaders also get fans in a beach mood. In addition to free admission to the matches, holidaymakers enjoy the best conditions for springtime skiing in St. Anton am Arlberg. The Austrian ski resort with 305 kilometres of slopes and 200 kilometres of off-piste skiing is open until 26th April 2020.
St. Anton am Arlberg seeks the European Champions
"As a pioneering country for the international development of snow volleyball, Austria is proud to host this year's European Championship in St. Anton am Arlberg", says the President of the Austrian Volleyball Federation, Gernot Leitner. The new three-against-three modus has proven to be the right decision to make the sport even more spectacular. 24 women's and 24 men's teams will each take part at the CEV EuroSnowVolley from 9th to 12th April 2020, having qualified via national championships and CEV entry rankings. St. Anton am Arlberg is by no means a newbie on the scene: the Tyrolean mountain village has already hosted the final of the Snow Volleyball European Tour several times and is also the proud and regular host of many prestigious ski and sports events. “This European Championship is a great event in combination with sunshine skiing. When the days get longer and the hours of sunshine increase, there are still perfectly groomed slopes in St. Anton am Arlberg,” says Martin Ebster, Tourism Director of St. Anton am Arlberg. Admission to all games is free, and visitors can also look forward to a varied entertainment programme.
St. Anton am Arlberg. St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the world’s most renowned winter sports resorts. Snow hungry skiers and freeride fans from over 50 nations visit this mountain village and ski area with a total of 305 kilometres of marked runs, 200 kilometres of freeride terrain and 88 lift and cable car systems every year. The Arlberg-Arena extends from St. Anton in Tyrol to Lech and Zürs, as well as Warth and Schröcken in Vorarlberg. Cross-country skiing, tobogganing or a tour of one of Tyrol’s most beautiful winter via ferrate routes are just as inherent to the inimitable Arlberg experience as its iconic events, international World Cup races and multi-award-winning Tyrolean cuisine. The “birthplace of alpine skiing” is also a founding member of the “Best of the Alps“; a quality association of the 13 most prestigious mountain resorts in the Alps.