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Stay in St. Anton or Lech?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Heading to Austria at the end of March.  Was planning to stay in St. Anton but now I am considering staying in Lech.  I realize you can ski both areas regardless of where you stay.  I've heard Lech is the more scenic, albeit more quiet town.  We would like a little nightlife but will be in bed by 11 and don't need anything crazy.  Wife is an intermediate skier who will do morning group lessons.  I will hire a guide for a day or 2 to do off piste.  Any suggestions as to which town is preferable?

post #2 of 22

Lech, much more exclusive - expensive - quieter because it's up the lech valley and has only one exit south to the main east/west route (on which Sankt Anton is located...)  Sankt Anton is a bit busier and more urban, but still a great tyrolian village. Skiing in the entire region is awesome, given good snow of course.

Doing all the ski loops between these areas is always a highlight, as a tourist.

Not ever having spent much more than 3/4 days in the area at a time, I prefer Sankt Anton for lots of reasons, including easy access to transport to other regions...

post #3 of 22

Zurs-Sports Hotel Lorunser

post #4 of 22

Me, I prefer to stay in St Anton. Much more going on. Zurs is really quiet, Lech seems too rich to me. 

post #5 of 22

I prefer St. Anton as well because I like to take the train from the airport. The station is a short walk from the center of town, so it's really convenient if you're staying in one of the central hotels or B&Bs.

 

Also, St. Anton is a bit more convenient if you're skiing off piste. You can get to all the routes in Stuben, St. Christoph, St. Anton, and Rendl without a bus, and you can ski off piste from the top of the Valluga to Zurs to get to that side of the mountain, so you'd only need a bus to get back to St. Anton at the end of the day.

 

On the other hand, if you stay in Lech or Zurs, any skiing in Stuben, St. Christoph, St. Anton, and Rendl will start and possibly end with a bus ride, depending on whether or not you feel like skiing the top of the Valluga at the end of the day.

post #6 of 22

Well, I'll throw in my vote for Lech. Once you get over the Flexen Pass you know you are really on vacation sealed off in that beautiful little valley surrounded by skiing. Yes, you will need a bus ride if you want to ski over in St Anton, but in 4 trips, we've still barely scratched the surface of Lech/Zurs and have only done maybe 4 days over in St Anton.

post #7 of 22

Skiing-wise it's all good over there, in a way I even prefer Lech. But town-wise I'm much happier in St Anton. 

post #8 of 22

Another vote for Lech. We stayed in the Hotel Berghof and had a great time.The skiing was wonderful. We also skied to Zurs but never did get to St Anton.. We found plenty to do after skiing in Lech.

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

And the winner is . . .  St. Anton.  Thanks for all the suggestions.  Just booked my hotel.

post #10 of 22

Cool.

 

When I was there, 25 years ago, in the days of snows-a-plenty, there was an avalanche on the road between St. Anton to Lech.  Took two days to clear.  We didn't know this until we skied from St. Anton to Lech village.  I suppose if this happens they can get you out by snow machine.  If it was me, I'd elect just to stay longer!

Wishing you lots of good, deep snow!
 

BTW, the post busses are wonderful.   Timely and they seem to get through the worst of any weather.  First time I'd seen a bus with snow chains. 

post #11 of 22
I went there last year for a week. my answer is: depends on what your are looking for. As moreoutdoor said before, Lech is more exclusive, but St. Anton has better access and is cheaper. at St. Anton ski school you can enter into a tour called "powder day" or something similar. It is a full day backcountry tour with a guide and 4 skiers. I took it with my son (15 at that time) and was excelent and cheaper that a private guide
post #12 of 22

I was told:

 

Take your buddies to St. Anton.

Take your wife to Lech.

Take your mistress to Zurs.

post #13 of 22

Absolutely spot on.

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

I was told:

 

Take your buddies to St. Anton.

Take your wife to Lech.

Take your mistress to Zurs.

Mistress gets the short end of the stick in that deal.  I don't get the attraction of Zurs.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by chraya View Post

Mistress gets the short end of the stick

 

I think that's the idea!

post #16 of 22

I am planning to stay in St. Anton next January, however, I am not that familiar with the town.  I know it is small, but does anyone have suggestions on where to stay or area to stay in?  Is it better to stay near one lift or are they all so close it doesnt matter?

 

thanks

post #17 of 22
I went only once, so my knowledge is limited. We stayed at Nasserein, it was a bit far away from the centre of the town. but is was a very quiet place and there were suttles every 10 minutes or so.
If you expect to go dining every night I think town is better. If not, is a very nice place and cheaper that downton. and was walking distance to the Nassarein lift.
post #18 of 22
That is the area the hotel for the Euro Epic Gathering on 2014 is in.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by envgeo View Post

I am planning to stay in St. Anton next January, however, I am not that familiar with the town.  I know it is small, but does anyone have suggestions on where to stay or area to stay in?  Is it better to stay near one lift or are they all so close it doesnt matter?

 

thanks

 

There are a couple of B&B's on Alte Arlbergstrasse. The ones in the low numbers (2-10) are in a good location, because you're just around the corner from the Galzig and Rendl lifts. Also, they're a short walk from the center of town but far enough away to be quiet.

post #20 of 22

If you want quick access to the best lift served north facing slopes in the Arlberg, stay in Stuben.  A lot less $ for lodging vs. St Anton, Lech & Zurs.  Zero night life/shopping.  Easy access via lifts into St. Anton.  Bus from Alpe Rauz to Lech & Zurs.

post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 

If you want night life or apres ski of any sort, stay in St. Anton itself.  The town is small enough to walk as long as you are in the town and not in another village.  Even if you are not in to going out late (when I am skiing the next day, I am usually home by 9 PM if not earlier), just walking around the town and having a beer somewhere is part of the experience.  IMO, it is a shame to travel all that distance and not experience the town.

post #22 of 22

I stayed at Hotel Sandhof in Lech this January, very nice place, decent value for an upscale location.  I had an intermediate on-piste friend with me.  Piste skiing is much better at Lech/Zurs in terms of surface conditions, congestion of trails, etc. If you have intermediate skiers they will be happier spending most of their time at Lech/Zurs.

 

There is a free bus between Alpe Rauz and Lech/Zurs every 10 minutes.  If you're in Lech and want to ski St. Anton you can be at Rauz for opening or closing bell.  If you're in St. Anton and want to ski Lech/Zurs you have to wait for St. Anton to open and take 2 chair rides before you get to Rauz to catch the bus. And leave in time to be at Rauz at the end of the day before its lift closes to get back to St. Anton.

 

The back of the Valluga is not a routine ski route from St. Anton to Zurs. You are not allowed up that second tram without a guide and you won't be going up there any day there is anything remotely adverse about weather or snow conditions.

 

If you're doing a lot of guided off-piste like I was, Lech/Zurs can be less convenient.  2 of the days I had to use the paid bus that runs only once an hour because the guides wanted me in St. Anton 15 minutes before the lifts opened. While you can do advanced off piste via the Lech ski school, I decided that http://www.pistetopowder.com/ would be best for me.  I recommend them too, and encourage advanced skiers at next year's Gathering to check them out.

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