You know from my post titled Winter sports is not my thing that St. Anton and winter sports are not my cup of tea.
But after reading up about it, I do understand that and why St. Anton am Arlberg is Austria’s number one ski resort.
And the number 5 worldwide!
Why St. Anton is Austria’s number one ski resort
St. Anton, by fans and insiders lovingly called Stanton, is one of 5 inter-connected villages.
Together they are good for 305 km of slopes, at an elevation of between 1300 and 2800 metres above sea level, 88 lifts and cable car systems, 70 km of cross-country ski trails and 110 km of cleared winter walking trails.
That’s quite impressive, isn’t it?!
The brand-new Flexbahn cable car -1.8 km- connects all five villages.
The average snowfall in winter is an impressive 9 metres!
St. Anton is also famous for it’s vibrant apres ski scene; sort of ‘ski (or snowboard) hard and afterwards: party (=drink) hard’. And repeat (the next day).
There are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Luftlmahlerei; a Bavarian art form
For me, the murals on many of the buildings in the village were the most (and only) exciting thing in St. Anton.
This art form is called Luftlmahlerei, named after one of the first and most famous painters of this style (Bavarian mural painting).
His name was Franz Seraph Zwinck, and he was from the late 1700’s, which tells us how far back the origins of this art style goes.
The word Lufltmahlerei comes from his nickname.
The paintings can be just decorative.
But often the murals depict biblical or religious themes, and we also see historic themes, the Tyrolean eagle and -of course- a lot of winter sports.
Had you ever heard of ‘Lufltmahlerei’? Or -if you were not familiar with the term- have you ever seen this art form yourself? Where was this? Are you a fan?
Which is you number 1 ski resort and why?