Heidi, if you go outside of Dutch school holidays, won't you be fined? or you wouldn't go with kids?
So, Lech and Zurs is the expensive part of that area?
CV posted some great links up there. (Clearly he likes the place)
I must say, St. Anton gets some great reviews.
This was from 2004. Si had skied in a lot of places, including with Doug Coombs in both Alaska and Jackson Hole
During the trip I got away for a few days to St. Anton with my daughter. It was a true skiing pilgrimage. We stayed in St. Jakob which is basically the eastern section of the town of St. Anton at a 3 star hotel named Tirolerhof. The accommodations were comfortable and food good but not especially exciting.
The second day we hired an Austrian guide to do the classic route from St. Anton to Zürs. We started out with an off piste run heading east and circling around back to the Nassereinbahn. Then we headed up to Valluga I and II (you can only go on the Vallugabahn 2 (6 person tram) with a guide or without skis to see the view. Over the top of Valluga II we headed toward Zürs. ....
And this one from two years ago:
In closing, I used to think that considering everything, Snowbird was likely the best ski resort in the world. Ignorance is bliss, because now I have to rank St. Anton over Bird/Alta. At least 4 times as big, with a similar mix of terrain except bigger. And although I don't think the snowfall quite measures up, from what I read, St Anton has a reputation of being in the highest rankings of European snowfall.
If you are considering a trip to St. Anton, I suggest the Mad Dog St. Anton ski guide, which has a list of budget hotels, B&B suggestions and other info. But I see it is not available right now on Amazon, try Amazon UK or another used book source.
There are long school holidays in Feb which crowd the resort and March is busy. By the end of Jan, hopefully the sometimes unreliable European snowfall will have accumulated enough to open all of the mountain. When skiing in Europe if you arrive in Geneva, Switzerland you can ski the western Swiss resorts like Verbier and Zermatt or the French resorts of Chamonix and the Three Vallleys. To ski in St. Anton you fly into either Zurich, Innsbruck or Munich to ski the Austrian, German or western Swiss resorts.
St. Anton is the no-brainer considering the terrain, snowfall and ease of access which allows a half day of skiing on the way in.
Last year I skied Zermatt, and posted a report titled "Zermatt Not My Kind of Skiing". I can emphatically state that St. Anton is My Kind of Skiing!!
Above is the village of St. Christoph, headquarters for my trip.