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Austria in late December

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Planning to visit my daughter at the end of her study-abroad semester in Vienna this coming December. Austria is skiers' heaven. My last time there was in 1968 skiing in St. Anton as a guest of the Schneiders. Are there any good multi-resort week-long passes that include St Anton? Are there other good deals for affordable housing and lodging? There will be four of us, and we'll rely on public transportation most likely.

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Planning to visit my daughter at the end of her study-abroad semester in Vienna this coming December. Austria is skiers' heaven. My last time there was in 1968 skiing in St. Anton as a guest of the Schneiders. Are there any good multi-resort week-long passes that include St Anton? Are there other good deals for affordable housing and lodging? There will be four of us, and we'll rely on public transportation most likely.

The St Anton pass includes Rendl and Zurs/Lech. 94 lifts Plenty to explore in a week.

 

The times I have skied there I have always gone with the British Chalet company SkiWorld  on package deals.

 

If you are there for the week including Christmas or New Year [ Especially New Year ] expect to pay through the nose and also it will get booked up. In fact the most popular hotels will be booked through 2018+ for the peak weeks.

 

However all is not lost. There is free ski bus service round St Anton and you can get accommodation on the outskirts with bus service. Get the hotel to confirm the distance to the bus stop. I remember skiing with a group who were complaining that it was about 1/4 mile uphill to their hotel. No hotel shuttle either.

 

No probs getting to St Anton by train or bus. Excellent service.

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As TQA said, the Arlberg ski pass includes tons of terrain spread around multiple towns and villages, so you should be set for a week or more of skiing.

 

The train from Vienna to Zurich stops in St. Anton, with the train station just across the little river from the center of town. Your best bet for accommodation is to go on the St. Anton site and use their accommodation search. You might be able to find a little B&B that has some affordable rooms. If you can't find anything in St. Anton itself, you might find something reasonable in St. Jakob.

 

Since you're going at peak season, you'll probably want to start checking for accommodation soon. The winter rates should be released in the next couple of months.

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