The home of winter sport

St. Anton am Arlberg, the birthplace of Alpine skiing, is known as the trailblazer of modern winter sports. The downhill delights on and off the slopes have always been peppered with exciting events bursting with tradition, enjoyment and thrilling fun. As part of Stanton Ski Open, the new winter season commences with the start of official ski and lift operations on 29th November 2019, before Sarah Connor and special guest Nico Santos take to the stage at the opening concert the following day. There is also some news on the cable car front: after 40 years of operation, Schindlergrat chairlift is to be replaced by a 10-seater gondola lift. Thanks to the new route, this milestone will also create additional ski runs for guests. St. Anton am Arlberg is at the heart of Austria’s largest inter-linked ski area, with 305 kilometres of slopes, 88 lift and cable car systems and 200 kilometres of freeriding terrain. The holiday resort is also a founding member of the “Best of the Alps“; a quality association of the thirteen most prestigious mountain resorts in the Alps.

Winter in St. Anton am Arlberg
Winter in St. Anton am Arlberg ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg/Fotograf Sepp Mallaun

Events and dates in winter 2019/20

Stanton Ski Open – 28th November to 1st December 2019
At last – the ski season is here again: official lift operations for the St. Anton am Arlberg ski resort begin at 8.45 am sharp on 29th November 2019. A musical highlight follows on Saturday evening, 30th November, when, pop star Sarah Connor and special guest Nico Santos perform their greatest hits on the open-air stage at the concert grounds. During the entire opening weekend, visitors also have the opportunity to test new ski and board models from renowned manufacturers for free as they explore the slopes of St. Anton am Arlberg. Rendl car park is the starting point of the “AUDI driving experience“, during which various Quattro vehicles can be piloted on the wintry mountain roads around St. Anton am Arlberg every day during the opening weekend.

Advent Magic in the Park - from 1st December 2019
Christmas spirit is in the air at the start of the ski season in St. Anton am Arlberg: bells are rung for the first time on 1st December during “Advent Magic in the Park”. The “Christmas Experience Trail” leads through St. Anton Museum Park, where themed areas invite you to linger and snack on traditional “Kiachla” (sweet or savoury filled doughnuts). Children can make their own Christmas cards, enjoy handicraft sessions at the elves workshops or bake their favourite cookies. Locals also tell Christmas stories of yesteryear in a quaint forest cabin. Additional dates: 1st, 6th, 8th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December 2019.

Arlberg-Pass Krampalar “Devils” Run – 5th December 2019
A few weeks before Christmas, visitors have the opportunity to experience an extraordinary tradition in St. Anton am Arlberg.  Young lads in fearsome costumes accompany St. Nicholas through the streets of St. Anton on the evening of 5th December. The Krampalar, as they are known as in Arlberg, wear gruesome carved masks and a so-called “Devil’s skin”.

RTL II Après-Ski-Hits 2020 – 7th December 2019
“Anton aus Tirol“ and its successors: winter sports lovers will be the first, to hear which songs will be on everyone’s lips for the coming season at the annual RTL-II-Party at Mooserwirt, next to the downhill valley run of St. Anton am Arlberg. International stars and starlets are expected to attend filming of “Après-Ski-Hits 2020“ on 7th December 2019. Admission is free.

Wilten Boys Choir Christmas Concert – 27th December 2019
The traditional way to see the old year out in St. Anton: the Wiltener Boys Choir Christmas Concert on 27th December 2019 from 20 hrs in the great Arlbergsaal Hall provides the perfect setting to bring the past year to a close in festive style. This choir is one of the oldest and most traditional boys’ choirs in the Alps, whose history dates back to the 13th Century.

“The Snow must go on” Ski Show - from 30th December 2019
A ski slope as an oversized outdoor cinema, 150 performers on skis in a fast forward performance of the history of winter sport. Every week, St. Anton am Arlberg Tourist Board, together with Skischule Arlberg and the Arlberger Bergbahnen Cable Car Co present the 45-minute long “The Snow must go on” ski show in the Karl Schranz Finish Stadium. The premiere takes place on 30th December 2019, after which the show is performed every Wednesday at 21 hrs, admission is free. Those wanting to enjoy an extra special evening can follow the colourful events from the comfort of the Show Lounge, or “open-air” on the stadium roof. Limited tickets cost € 35.- per person, which includes a buffet and drinks.

Arlberg New Year’s Concert – 2nd January 2020
Conducted by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Streicher, President of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and honorary citizen of St. Anton, the annual Arlberg New Year’s Concert takes place on Thursday, 2nd January 2020. Ambassade Vienna Orchestra perform classical melodies of the highest standards, while the festively decorated World Cup Hall at Arlberg WellCom provides the perfect acoustic setting.

New Orleans meets Snow – 3rd to 5th April 2020
Southern flair in Tyrol: When the “New Orleans meets Snow“ Festival takes place for the seventh time from 3rd to 5th April 2020, everyone feels like dancing in the streets and bars of St. Anton am Arlberg - whether up on the mountain or down in the valley, in street shoes or ski boots. The ”Blues Night“ on Saturday evening (4th April) forms the highlight of this concert extravaganza, with sounds ranging from jazz to rhythm & blues and funk that transform Rosanna River into the Mississippi, before the Markus Linder Band welcome a star guest from New Orleans to the stage. Admission to all concerts is free!

Snow Volleyball European Tour Finale – 10th to 12th April 2020
Hundreds of spectators will cheer on the international volleyball elite in St. Anton for the sixth time from 10th to 12th April, as they duck, dive and smash in unusual terrain. Because the playing field at Rendl Beach (2,030 metres) is not sandy and warm as one would expect, but frosty - which does nothing to prevent the 16 women's and men's teams from achieving top performances in their battle for overall victory.  Fans will truly feel like they are at the beach, with palms, whirlpools and cheerleaders. Admission is free.

The White Thrill – 25th April 2020
A spectacular race traditionally concludes the ski season in St. Anton am Arlberg. On 25th April 2020, the legendary “Der weisse Rausch – The White Thrill” downhill race will have participants’ muscles screaming in protest, when 555 athletes from all over the world hurtle simultaneously down nine kilometres of unprepared slopes to the valley after the mass start at Vallugagrat. Olympic ideals and great ambitions provide an eclectic mix here: some contenders have their sights on a medal, while others enjoy the hullabaloo at a more leisurely pace.

The Tyrolean “global village” - both on and off the slopes

New construction of the Schindlergratbahn lift - more options for tourists
A mountain cable car institution bows its way out of St. Anton am Arlberg ski resort, after 40 years of faithful service. The Schindlergrat chairlift, famous for its spectacular views, will be replaced by a state-of-the-art 10-seater gondola lift in time for the 2019/20 winter season. The ingenious thing about it: unchanged routing means that guests will have the opportunity to get off at the same level as the previous mountain station in future. Those who remain seated, however, will reach the terminus 420 metres further northeast, where the Schindlerkar, Mattun or Valfagehr runs can be skied.

New winter walking trails – 80 kilometres of alpine wellness
Crunching snow under your feet, a pleasant mountain climate and altitude training all rolled into one: the choice of winter walking trails has now grown to over 80 kilometres in and around St. Anton am Arlberg. There are various options, such as the Verwall recreation area, Almfrieden Mountain Guesthouse (1,530 metres) above Pettneu or, more recently, between the mountain stations of the Galzig and St. Christopher cableways. Those who fancy the inimitable experience of a rustic snowshoe hike through snow-covered landscapes should take advantage of the services of a trained guide.

Meeting point at Wagner Hut in the Verwalltal Valley - new from winter season 2019/20
After half a year of reconstruction works, the new Wagner Hut in Verwalltal opens its doors at the beginning of the winter season 2019/20. The inviting inn is a popular meeting point for locals and visitors in St. Anton am Arlberg, who can explore the local recreation area of Verwall on snowshoes, horse-drawn sleighs or cross-country skis. In addition to two dining lounges, a winter garden and terrace, the Wagner Hut has seminar and conference rooms.  Opening hours in winter, daily from 10 to 17 hrs.

“Run of Fame” ski circuit - in memory of the Arlberg legends
St. Anton, together with St. Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken form Austria’s largest inter-linked ski area and the fifth largest in the world. Holidaymakers can discover Arlberg’s incredible skiing dimensions along the spectacular “Run of Fame” ski circuit. No matter where you access this ski tour - information boards and signposts that honour local skiing legends inform skiers about this 85 kilometre long route and its 18,000 metres in altitude difference. The mountain station of Flexen cable car between Stuben/Rauz and Zürs also houses a "Hall of Fame", where visitors can experience historical moments and Arlberg ski stars in a free exhibition.

Winter via ferrate climbing trail at Rendl – only for experienced alpinists
Jump off the lift and strap your skis to your back: the entrance to one of Tyrol’s most beautiful winter climbing routes can be found next to the top terminal of the Riffel II chairlift (2,645 metres) in the Rendl region, high above St. Anton. Secured in its entirety by steel rope, ski-touring fans can start the 850-metre long high alpine ridge crossing from here. Views extend over the entire Verwallgruppe Mountain Range and Lechtal Alps - sometimes even as far as South Tyrol on clear days. The heart of every ski enthusiast will skip a beat once they arrive at the Rossfallscharte Ridge (2,732 metres), where the downhill run through backcountry terrain beckons. Guided tours and equipment can be booked at St. Anton am Arlberg ski schools.

Toques in the Snow - world-class cuisine
No less than eight St. Anton restaurants are listed in the new Gault-Millau Guide 2020. The prize-winning frontrunner is the Hotel Tannenhof with 4 toques (18 points). Further gourmet hotspots in the Tyrolean ski resort: Hospiz Gourmet Restaurant in the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel, Raffl`s Stubn in the  St. Antoner Hof, Galzig Verwallstube, Hospizalm St. Christoph and Alpin Gourmet Stube in the Hotel Gletscherblick (3 toques each), Alte Stube in the Hotel Schwarzer Adler (2 toques) and Sonnbichl Stube (1 toque). St. Anton am Arlberg can therefore boast of an impressive 22 toques (118,5 Gault-Millau points).

arl.rock - sports and climbing centre in St. Anton am Arlberg
Tennis, volleyball, squash, bowling, climbing, bouldering: Active holidaymakers can let off steam all year round at ”arl.rock“ sport and climbing centre in St. Anton am Arlberg. Highlights include the many climbing possibilities, with 30 diverse outdoor routes in varying levels of difficulty; climbing fans can also look forward to 80 square metres of indoor bouldering facilities and 70 climbing routes.
Your car stays put - for the sake of the environment
St. Anton am Arlberg’s railway station is right in the centre of town, where all inter-city express trains stop. There are eight daily direct connections between Zurich and Vienna alone. Holidaymakers don’t actually need a car throughout the entire holiday region: regular buses shuttle to and from all districts and surrounding regions. Those staying directly in St. Anton am Arlberg can make the most of the convenient location and access everything on foot.

Special offers for winter holidays in 2019/20

“Ladies First!“ - winter well-being at the Arlberg
Your skiing holiday upgrade: female holidaymakers will also enjoy some very special benefits in and around this Tyrolean mountain village from the 4th January to 1st February 2020. Ladies can look forward to a great programme with many attractive additional offers as part of the “Ladies First” weeks, with spa treatments, shopping tours and great fun on the slopes.

Mountain Media Center – ski holidays to go
Whether attached to your chest, as an extension of your arm, or mounted in classic style on your helmet: in spring 2020, winter fans will once again be able to capture their skiing fun in St. Anton am Arlberg with the latest camera models and free of charge. The pros from Mountain Media Center then slice the recorded sequences together, to create a personal video memory.

Snowman Ticket - season ticket for 10 euros
Children up to the age of 8, (born in 2012 or later) can ski all the slopes of St. Anton am Arlberg all winter long for just 10 euros with the Snowman Ticket. Despite its many challenging runs, the region around St. Anton is also well geared-up for younger guests. Young skiers are able to look for hidden forest inhabitants and playfully learn the FIS skiing rules together with the ski school mascot, Hoppl the Hare, alongside the Gampen valley run. In total, the region has 132 kilometres of blue runs and designated nursery slopes for young skiers. It is with good reason that kids who have learned on the slopes of St. Anton am Arlberg are considered to be particularly confident downhill skiers.

Overview of the preliminary winter dates 2019/20:
23.11.2019              Advent Market and “Krampus” Devil’s Procession in Flirsch
29.11.-01.12.2019    Stanton Ski Open
30.11.2019              Opening Concert with Sarah Connor and Nico Santos
01.12.2019              Advent Magic in the Park
05.12.2019              22nd Arlberg-Pass “Krampalar” Devil’s Run
06.12.2019              Advent Magic in the Park
06.12.2019              Children’s “Krampus“ Devil Run in Pettneu 
07.12.2019              RTL II Après-Ski-Hits 2020 - recording at the Mooserwirt
07.12.2019              Advent Market in Pettneu
08.12.2019              Advent Magic in the Park
08.12.2019              Pettneu Advent Songs at Pettneu Parish Church
14.-15.12.2019        Nativity scene exhibition in Strengen
15.12.2019              Advent Magic at the Park
21.12.2019              Advent Magic at the Park
22.12.2019              Advent Songs in Strengen
22.12.2019              Advent Magic at the Park
27.12.2010              Wiltener Boys Choir Concert
30.12.2019              Ski Show “Schneetreiben – The Snow must go on“
03.01.2020              Arlberg New Year’s Concert
04.01.-01.02.2020    “Ladies First” Feel-Good Weeks
from 08.01.2020      “Schneetreiben – The Snow must go on“ ski show every Wednesday from 21 hrs
09.-10.01.2020        2nd Sports Summit Tyrol – St. Anton am Arlberg
25.01.-01.02.2020    Ski-Club Arlberg Week
01.03.2020              “Scheibenschlagen” disk flinging in Pettneu and Strengen
03.-05.04.2020        „New Orleans meets Snow“
10.-12.04.2020        Snow Volleyball European Tour
25.04.2020             “Der weisse Rausch - The White Thrill”
26.04.2020             End of the Winter Season