St Anton

St ANTON, ARLBERG

There are several campsites in the Arlberg region. St Anton is the capital resort of the region, with St Christophe next door and Lechs, Zurs, and Stuben a short bus ride away. Pettneu is a pretty, unspoilt traditional alpine village approximately 8 Km down the main valley from St Anton, which has its own small set of runs behind the village. It is here that the the best winter campsite in Europe 2008 is is situated (according to a german Motorhome magazine I would agree!!). Austrian authorities are not keen on wild camping and in most areas motorhomes will be moved on by police. With this in mind I chose a campsite before going in 2009.

CAMPING ARLBERG **** is the best known and probably the best appointed site. It is popular with Germans and Dutch; there were a few other Brits there during my stay. The reception staff were very helpful, and their English was good. The campsite is situated off the E60 dual carriageway past St Anton towards Innsbruck. Road noise was not noticeable. The site is large and access is easy for motorhomes including American style RVs. The pitches are level and spacious and most have an individual bathroom hut with WC, sink, shower, dishwashing sink and drying rails. 16Amp electricity is available, however, this is charged per unit and works out quite expensive. I stayed here for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year. The first week over Christmas was very quiet, however the campsite filled up quickly for the New Year period. I advise you to book well in advance if you want to stay over a popular holiday, particularly if you want a private bathroom. (February half term was quiet!!) New Year in Pettneu was anything but quiet. The locals come out the woodwork at midnight armed to the teeth with fireworks, which they let off in the street with a healthy disregard for self and safety…BRILLIANT!!!

Check out their website for up-to-date prices. It has English translation pages: www.camping-arlberg.at/en/

Pettneu – general info: www.arlberg.com/index.php?id=2&L=1

GPS: N: 47.144952 E: 10.338296

Campsite Facilities include:

  • Wellness park – at extra cost (sauna’s, pool)
  • Ski shop – sales and rental
  • Restaurant
  • Gas Bottles (Austrian regulator required)
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Heated ski and boot room
  • Motorhome service point (incl Chemical waste disposal), Indoor Power Jet wash.
  • Free ski bus to St Anton and free shuttle to Pettneu ski station from campsite entrance.
  • 10 mins to walk to village centre (last 200yds steep uphill) – cafe/baker, bank, ski runs, restaurants, ski shop, post office
  • Easy access to cross-country ski track.

The ski bus runs approx every 30 mins, however the timings get less frequent during the middle of the day and the last bus back from St Anton is quite early (1730 ish) and doesn’t allow an extended stay in town in the evening – taxis are available but quite pricey. The bus has several drop off and pick up points, mainly by the principle lift stations which means you can start or finish the day at different places.

Buses go from St Anton to the other resorts of Lech, Zurs and Stuben. These are frequent and leave from the top end of town. If memory serves correctly, a day-return should cost about €8. It would be criminal to go to St Anton and not visit these other class resorts. They deserve their own entries; however, as it is not possible to camp here, you will need to travel across for the day. Word of warning though, these resorts are expensive with a capital E. This is Gucci and Prada territory. Take what you need for the day with you. All the info you need at: www.arlberg.com/index.php?id=2&L=1www.arlberg.com/index.php

St Anton is quite large and has all the usual amenities you would expect. It is less expensive than Lech-Zurs but still quite expensive compared to resorts in France and Italy. It makes up for this with picture-postcard alpine charm, and probably one of the best ski areas in the Alps. The ski area is huge, and sits on both sides of the valley. There is plenty of room and there are runs for all abilities with the exception of complete beginners. As well as pistes ,an ungroomed cross country area is great for powder bunnies who don’t like to stray too far from the main ski area. If you prefer a challenge then definitely head to Zurs for some quality mountain runs – not for the faint hearted.

For St Anton info see: www.stantonamarlberg.com

Thanks to:

Austin Hind/Kevin Batchelor for the report.

 

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