Resort: St. Anton (Austria) At an elevation of 1,300m., St. Anton is a small town with a year round population of 2,500 people; it is just over an hour to Innsbruck Airport. It is at the centre of the Arlberg Ski-Circus and is certainly one of Europe’s top ski resorts, drawing keen skiers from all over the world. It offers some of Austria’s most extensive and most challenging skiing. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of this famous village also ensures plenty of activities off the piste with a multitude of lively bars, discos, nightclubs, excellent restaurants and plenty of shopping opportunities. In addition, you can enjoy ice skating, sleigh riding and curling.
The Arlberg region’s St. Anton attracts skiers to tackle its challenging runs with limitless skiing off piste areas. The area is made up of seven resorts that are all accessible on an area lift pass with the longest run of 8.5km. The lift system has 83 lifts and mountain railways including a new cable-car which gives access from Lech-Zürs to the resorts of Warth-Schröcken - adding another 64km of piste to the 270 km. of prepared pistes and 170 km. of powder and granular snow slopes.
While the terrain can be challenging for those with only a few weeks’ experience, the Rendl area offers some easier runs and plenty of sun.
chalet: Eden Rock
This new chalet has been built for flexibility in the number of guests as it comprises three units that can be booked separately or combined to create accommodation for twenty guests. It has been nominated by the World Ski Awards for ’Best Ski chalet’ 2015, there is also an award winning architect involved who was retained to combine traditional local styling with a contemporary sleek finish. From the exterior, Eden Rock looks right at home in a Tyrolean village with its antique wood, local stone and Austrian styled shutters, whilst inside the modern facilities and luxurious interior are exactly what the discerning skier is looking for.
The three large apartments, Ariane, Kanzi and Zari, share the lobby area with its log fire and bar area you instantly know this isn’t a typical chalet. The Tyrolean stube restaurant area is available exclusively for the guests enabling them to eat together as a group. Alternatively, each apartment can be catered for individually and guests can dine in privacy with friends and family.
The bedrooms in particular are of impressive dimensions with the average bedroom size of 22 sq.m. plus bathrooms averaging ten square meters. All have en-suite facilities with separate bath, shower and double basins. Ariane has three bedrooms over the ground and lower ground floors and sleeps six people. Kanzi sleeps eight people in four bedrooms over the first and second floor with its beautiful balconies. Whilst Zari has three bedrooms over the two upper floors each with a balcony and fabulous view.
The sitting rooms all have log fires and are finished in natural wood and stone, each has flat screen TVs, DVD players and Apple TV and complimentary wifi.
The chalet has a luxurious wellness area in the lower part of the building with a swimming pool that has a whirlpool and a counter current, so you can swim in an endless water stream. A steam room and sauna to relax in or if skiing is not enough exercise, there is a fitness room.
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Tour Operator: www.supertravel.co.uk/ski/