FACTS ABOUT ST. ANTON

At the foot of the Arlberg is the municipality of St. Anton, situated at 1284 m a.s.l., with 2553 inhabitants (as of 2017), belongs to the province of Tyrol and is located on the border with Vorarlberg. The Kuchenspitze is with 3248 m a.s.l. the highest mountain in the area. The highest accessible mountain is the Valluga peak with 2811 m a.s.l. Today there are numerous hotels St. Anton.

Tourism in St. Anton

After the Second World War the number of tourists increased again. In 1975 there were 5658 guest beds and 560,000 overnight stays per year. In 1995 there were 8,500 beds and 900,000 overnight stays. In 2001 the Alpine World Ski Championships were held in St. Anton. This major event attracted around 350,000 spectators on site. Before the World Cup, numerous new buildings were erected and the infrastructure adapted to the crowds. The congress centre ARLBERG-well.com, the Nassereinbahn, the railway station, the finish stadium and numerous hotels were extended or newly built.

Holidays in St. Anton

Due to the continuous development of the ski and snow-making facilities, St. Anton has become one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, providing an exciting and beautiful winter holiday with a very high snow guarantee. The increasing focus on summer holidays also shows strongly increasing numbers here and this confirms the high quality of a summer holiday in the Arlberg area at St. Anton.

Historical development in St. Anton

In 1897 the first hotel, called Post, opened in St. Anton at the Arlberg. The hotel had 110 beds, central heating, electric light, billiard room, bowling alley and a tennis court. In 1919 there were already 328 guest beds in St. Anton until the First World War interrupted a further increase. The first ski club opened its doors in 1901 and held its first races. At that time Hannes Schneider revolutionised modern skiing and invented the Arlberg technique. In 1927 there were already 664 guest beds in St. Anton. In the 30’s Franck Arnold made some feature films in St. Anton which had a lasting influence on skiing in the whole Alps. As a result, the number of guests rose sharply again. In 1934, 55,000 overnight stays and 1000 beds were already counted.