This year much more Russian tourists than last year visited the alpine skiing resorts in Austria. It is explained by the outflow of Russian tourists from the ski resorts of France to the cheaper regions, as well as numerous sales and discounts in the regions of the winter holidays in Austria, especially in the resorts of the Austrian Alps. Among them is St. Anton, one of the oldest ski resorts in Austria, which in the winter season 2009/2010 prepared pleasant surprises for its guests. It proposes reducing of the prices for accommodation in the cottages of St. Anton, rental of sports equipment and discounts when hiring a ski instructor. A week stay in a pension with breakfast and a six-day Powder Snow ski pass will cost just € 380, which is a very good deal for a ski resort of such class.
In addition, the guests hotels in St. Anton participating in the action will be able to get free lifts to the top of Valluga (2 811 m), the top of the Arlberg Mountain. This proposal is relevant only for experienced skiers and snowboarders as there are no laid tracks on the top, but after a short crossing the most courageous and skillful skiers will be able to explore 180 miles of marked off-track routes. Also certain discounts and bonuses will get the tourists coming to St. Anton with the whole family. The action on the proposal of free services of the lifts will last until mid-February 2010.
The Sports Center and the resort of St. Anton are situated in a deep mountain valley of Rosanna River in the region of Ahlberg - the most famous and visited ski region of Austria. Being situated on the border of Tyrol and Vorarlberg in the magnificently beautiful region Ahlberg has the status of the snowiest resort in the Eastern Alps. There are also located such popular resorts as Lech, Oberleh, Zürs and St. Christoph, but St. Anton is has more advantages. St. Anton is considered to be the cradle of skiing because here on January 3, 1901 was opened the first alpine ski club (it still exists), in 1922 here was the world's first ski school and in 1928 – for the first time was held the famous Ahlberg - Kandahar competition. St. Anton has become popular due to its complicated virgin slopes and is among the ten best resorts in Europe for off-track skiing on the spacious slopes with deep fluffy snow.
Today St. Anton is a resort with the very developed tourist infrastructure. For the guests it can propose a full range of services and opportunities for recreation. The resort has about 80 restaurants, 10 nightclubs and 20 shops, swimming pools, jacuzzi, saunas, solariums, excellent spas in the 4 or 5-star hotels. Fans of active holidays except ski and snowboard can go hang-gliding, tennis, paragliding, horse and dog sledding.