Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 2.5 Hours
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St. Anton / St. Christoph

For those who followed Austria’s first skier, Viktor Sohm and his famous student Hannes Schneider, St. Anton was the cradle for these founding fathers of modern skiing. Today it is still a small town filled with skiers in the winter months, speaking many languages, mixing the old with the new. At a mountain café in late afternoon, a ‘tea dance’ at the Post or one of the many clubs going until the wee hours, you, too, can meet the greats, near-greats and the wannabes in this true skiers’ resort.

Hannes Schneider started the ski school in 1912 before coming to the States. Today its 250 instructors still teach his world-famous Arlberg method, now adapted to our technologically modified skis.Try it on any of the more than 215 miles of trails or 125 miles of off-piste powder. To enjoy the full extent of the Arlberg, take the new amazing interconnecting Flexenbahn from just above Alpe Rauz and zip over the peaks to Zürs for a quick lunch on Oberlech’s sunny plateau. There are more than 87 lifts encircling nine resorts: Zürs, Lech, Zug, Stuben, Warth, Schröcken, St. Christoph, and Klösterle with St. Anton. The Gampen/Kapall area in St. Anton is great for novice skiers and Grand-Kreuz/Gampen for intermediates. Preceding the Flexenbahn upgrade, in ‘06 the landmark 1937 Valluga cable car was replaced with high speed gondolas tripling capacity, the rail station was moved, and the new Rendl lift complex was moved to the edge of the pedestrian town center.

For thousands of years, man trudged over the Arlberg Pass to St Christoph stopping to gain shelter in the tiny hospice. Back then they were traders and pilgrims on foot, struggling against the storms of Nature. Today, they are powder pilgrims going over the pass with horses named Mercedes and Beamer. In 632 years, St Christoph’s original tiny chapel hospice has grown to a hand-sized hamlet catering to men and women of winter questing for the perfect run.

Hotels in St. Anton / St. Christoph


Not too many years ago this was Dr Murr’s clinic. Today it’s a small, very cozy 17 room hotel run by Dr. Murr’s wife and daughter. Due to its previous life, most of the rooms are actually balconied deluxe doubles and suites. Always looking to improve for the summer of 2019 they redid the reception and the lobby, three more rooms and all the baths along with all new curtains and carpeting. They still offer a pool, sauna,  and steam bath are still there for guests’ restoration. As a garni hotel, they only serve breakfast and rest assured, Alexandra and her mother have your every care attended to.

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The Waldhof is a hotel marriage made in proverbial heaven. Andrea and Michael Ladner met at the Arlberg Hospiz. She was head of reception and he, a sous chef. After years of planning, they opened their 18 room Waldhof in December of ’08 to rave reviews! Located on the edge of a forest, it is very eco-friendly. The châlet is thermally heated and the rooms paneled with Swiss stone pine which lowers stress levels and heart rates while sleeping. Staying at the Ladners’ very personal hotel, guests enjoy Michael’s cuisine made with the finest local ingredients, and I can attest, they are wonderful! Add the sauna, the steam bath, complimentary morning ski shuttle, and perhaps meeting Lukas, their young son. Visiting the Waldhof is really special!

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Over the past several years, the Hotel Post re-invested in itself. The bar, restaurant and dining room were redone as were the bedrooms, they added an indoor pool but don’t think its smiling hospitality was tossed out with the proverbial dishwater. You still get a warm greeting, sparkling service and enjoy more tangible assets: comfortably furnished rooms; terrific cuisine; a pool, Jacuzzi, two saunas, salt water steam bath, and masseuse; kinder-care for that disco night; and very central right in the pedestrian area. Yes, the Post is a St. Anton landmark because it is big and small, old and new, comfortable and very friendly!

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In 1386, a peasant and monk first offered shelter, alms and a chapel to those struggling over the Arlberg pass. Last winter the Werner Family opened their new concert hall and contemporary art gallery. What a difference six centuries make! Today the Hospiz offers shelter, alms, art, and musical performances and is, even more so than before, one of Europe’s finest hotels. It’s in proverbial no-man’s land, with its long-standing chapel, welcoming warmth and exquisite service, how can we endure without visiting this winter oasis? It offers gourmet delights from 15/20 rated Gault-Millau kitchen and their wine cellars are legendary. Guests enjoy their dine-around program at three restaurants. And whose body can’t be lured into their 21,000 square foot spa with an unlimited variety of cures, treatments, saunas, aromatic steam baths, Jacuzzis, and oversized pool! Yes, come to the uniquely wonderful Hospiz and dance ‘till dawn peeks over the Valluga!

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