St. Anton is a particularly lovely town in summer, which has also become a fashionable season, but it really swarms with visitors at the height of the ski season. It is known as a cult destination for good skiers and boarders from around the world because of its extensive slopes full of character and challenge, and its huge amount of off-piste opportunities. But it’s a high-profile destination and attracts the wealthy, the prominent, and, occasionally, the royal. Accommodations are not cheap, but there is a wide range of options, and if you shop around you can find somewhere to lay your head, particularly outside the center of the action, at a bearable price.
Thanks to an amazing system of cable cars, gondolabahns, chairlifts and T-bars, St. Anton grants skiers access to the Arlberg region's more than 300 km (186 miles) of marked runs. If you decide to take to the slopes, remember that skiing remains a serious business in St. Anton: this is a resort where skiers come in search of the steep and the deep, so choose your itinerary with care. Be aware of the different trail classifications in Europe—easy runs are marked blue on the trail map, medium is red, and difficult is black—but in places such as St. Anton a blue might be a red elsewhere and a red might easily be a black.