Monday, 19 March 2012 11:25 AM
Austria is the perfect destination for all-inclusive ski holidays, especially St Anton.
This famous ski resort nestled between St Christoph and St Jakob is known among winter sports fans the world over for its fantastic ski conditions and range of runs that suit skiers of all abilities.
One of the first things you will likely look at before booking ski chalets is whether the resort has enough runs to keep everyone in your group amused. The resort is 1,400 m high and boasts a run of 10.2 km which connects to Valluga. With 34 beginner runs, 70 for intermediate skiers and 30 for the pros, there will be a route to suit all members of the family, including kids.
In total, there is around 280 km of piste, so no matter how much time you decide to spend in St Anton, you will never get bored of your surroundings. Not that you will, as the mountain scenery is spectacular, while the picturesque village of St Anton itself is just as mesmerising when enjoying some time away from the slopes.
There are also plenty of lifts, which every seasoned skier knows is important in order to get up the slopes as quickly as possible without wasting valuable skiing time. If you have tried the sport before you will agree it can quickly become addictive once you have mastered the basics, and queuing for a lift is certainly frustrating when you want to test out your new skills! St Anton provides ten gondolas, 38 chairlifts and 34 T-bar lifts, so there is no need to worry about hanging around at the bottom.
The second consideration is how long it will take to get from the airport to your ski resort. You will fly into Innsbrucke, from where your transfer should be around 1.5 hours to get to St Anton. Wherever you decide to fly from, you will not have to wait long to start your winter activity holidays. The flight from Manchester usually takes just over four hours, while direct flights of two hours can be boarded at London Gatwick.
This is especially convenient for families with small children, as it can sometimes be a little bit stressful travelling with little ones and all the baggage they require! If travelling in a group of friends, you might simply be eager to get your holiday off to a start.
Of course, the famous après-ski activities of St Anton should not be forgotten about. Winding down after a busy day skiing is often the best bit of the holiday for some, and at the Austrian resort, it is easy to see why. With 18 mountain restaurants and renowned bars such as the Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt, you can explore a different venue each night of your stay.
The fun of après-ski usually starts in the late afternoon, with people typically stopping for a warming and hearty meal before continuing the party or heading back to their chalet for a good night's rest ahead of another action-packed day on the slopes.
St Anton's season starts in late November and lasts until April/May, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to fit in a getaway. Whether you spend Christmas and new year there or holiday as a family in the Easter break, you will experience why the resort is one of the most popular among winter sports enthusiasts.