Petite and exclusive, St. Christoph, in the Arlberg ski region of Austria, is ideal for those that are looking to experience something similar to St. Anton, yet without as much hustle and bustle. From this resort, you can enjoy the beautiful ski of Arlberg, the superb snow and the luxurious accommodation that sits at the bottom of the slopes. The resort itself is located near the top of the Arlberg pass, yet the lower slopes in the resort are ideally suited to beginners. More experienced skiers will find everything they could need in the surrounding ski resorts, including St. Anton and Stuben. St Christoph is renowned for being popular with families due to its peaceful and rustic nature.
Resort Altitude: 1,800m
Resort Skiing: 2,650m
Total Ski Area: 305km
Blue Runs: 133km
Red Runs: 135km
Black Runs: 37km
Cross Country: 40km
St. Christoph is part of the Arlberg region, a huge and extensive ski are with over 300km of pistes to explore. There's something for everybody here, with great beginner slopes to help people find their ski legs; a hig bariety of intermeidate slopes that can be epxlored across all the neighbouring reosrts, and some challenging off-piste terrain for those looking to push themselves.
St Christoph has unlimited access to the Arlberg ski region but the slopes within St. Christoph itself are mostly suited to intermediates, with the lower slopes being best for beginners. For those looking for something more challenging, there is plenty to choose from if you ski over into nearby resorts. There is a great nursery slope for those just learning to ski near the Sporthotel, as well as a terrain park, snow park and halfpipe for adrenaline-junkies.
St. Christoph has a branch of the Arlberg Ski School with locally-based instructors. There is also a ski school for children outside of the Sporthotel. As the resort is very family-friendly, the nursery slopes and beginners' lift is located close to the hotels, many of which also run kids clubs, as well as boasting spa facilities for adults.
In St. Christoph, most of the restaurants are located within the hotels (and open to non-guests) with traditional Alpine dishes the centrepiece of most menus. Hospiz-Alm, famous around the Arlberg region, is a must visit for those in the area, even to just visit the wine cellar.
On the mountain itself there is a fantastic restaurant, the Ferwall Stube, that has a constantly changing menu. It is located at the middle station of the Galzig-Valluga cable car.
There is minimal nightlife in St Christoph due to its quaint, family-friendly nature. Evenings in the resort are generally quiet, with most guests enjoying dinners out or enjoying a small drink at a hotel bar. If après ski is of importance to you, the neighbouring ski resorts of Lech and St. Anton are only a short distance away.
For those that are non-skiers, there is a multitude of walking tours, an ice rink which is great for children, a sports centre and tobogganing.