Travel Log: Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria
My boyfriend and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a ski trip to Austria the last week of February! Skiing/snowboarding is one of our passions, and we make time to hit our local ski slopes almost every weekend during the season. Skiing in the Alps was a bucket list item for both of us, and we planned out our trip to visit two different ski towns in the Tyrol region of western Austria: Sankt Anton am Arlberg and Iscghl. I am so excited to share photos of our trip with you today!
We left Seattle on Saturday morning, and arrived in Austria on Sunday morning. It took 18 hours of travel time from Seattle to Innsbruck (including layovers in Chicago and Frankfurt), but it was all worth it for the amazing first glimpse of the Alps from the window of the plane.
After three planes, a bus, and a train, we made it to St. Anton, our first ski destination!
The first afternoon we just walked around a bit, checked into our hotel (Hotel Kertess, it was great and I would recommend it) had dinner (breakfast and dinner were included in the price, called half board), and crashed. This is my exhausted-from-no-sleep-in-over-24-hours look.
After a good night's rest, we were excited to hit the slopes and headed for the larger of the two gondolas!
Amazing views...every direction you turn it looks like a postcard! I am rocking my Arctery'x Sentinel Jacket and Stingray pants in grenadine, in case you were wondering. =)
Looking down on neighboring St. Christophe from St. Anton. You can ski down into St. Christophe and then take the chair lift back up. The amount of groomed runs and ski-able off-piste terrain is amazing!
The Mooserwirt, the self-proclaimed "worst apres-ski bar" lol.
After apres-ski, this is the gorgeous view on the last run from the bars on the mountain down into town. You can see it's a nice, gentle slope so that you can safely navigate even after a few drinks. ;)
Another example of dinner at Hotel Kertess. Every night we had our choice of three entrees, as well as an appetizer, soup, salad, and dessert. I really liked the half board concept for this trip!
Morning coffee in my own personal little pitcher. So cute!
Another apres-ski snack. Apple streudel drowning in vanilla sauce, white wine, and jagatee (tea with jagermeister).
Another view of town from a ski trail that crosses over the road.
After three fantastic days of skiing in gorgeous sunny weather, we packed our bags and headed back to the train. We were heading to our second ski destination, Ischgl, to meet up with our friends! We took the train from St. Anton to Landeck-Zams and then hopped on a bus to the town of Ischgl, our second ski destination. The bus ride took about an hour, but we had a chance to check out the scenery and small towns along the way. This is the St. Anton train station.
I hope you enjoyed these photos of Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria! It is a wonderful ski destination, with two different gondolas on opposite sides that take you to the two different large ski areas. We explored quite a bit of terrain, but there are so many pistes that it was impossible to hit them all. We also enjoyed the off-piste areas (non-groomed), especially in St. Christophe. I think the terrain is very approachable - there aren't trees to watch out for like there are in Washington! St. Anton is definitely a town I would like to return to someday.
I will post my Ischgl photos on Monday - stay tuned! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.