ST ANTON, AUSTRIA - Non stop on- and off- slope action and pretty village base.

St Anton has, along with Wengen and Mürren, a strong British tradition. From the 1920s, successive generations learned to ski here, adopting the distinctive 'feet together' Arlberg style. Sir Arnold Lunn helped start the Kandahar race here in 1928, and the resort has remained popular with good British skiers ever since.

It has also become one of the world's Meccas for ski bums. That's a reflection of the wonderful, tough off-slope runs available in the bowls below the Valluga - the best that Austria has to offer. In good snow conditions they are superb. Sadly, conditions are often less than perfect except just after a fresh snowfall, because of their south-facing aspect. But if you are lucky with the snow you'll have the time of your life. There's a lot to offer adventurous intermediates too, both locally and at Lech and Zürs, a short bus-ride away.

There are lots of lively discos and bars, which keep going from 3 pm to am. The resort is an ideal choice for the hard-drinking, disco-loving, keen-for-action holidaymaker who can stand the pace of getting to bed late and being up for the first lift - it's not for those who like a quiet life and gentle, uncrowded slopes.

What's Great
What's Not-So-Great

+ Extensive slopes for adventurous intermediates and experts

+ Heavy snowfalls, backed up by snowmakers, generally give good cover despite sunny slopes

+ Much-improved lift system has greatly reduced queuing problems

+ Very lively après-ski

+ Despite resort expansion, village retains distinct Tyrolean charm

? Slopes not ideal for beginners or timid intermediates

? All the tough stuff is off-slope

? Slopes can get very crowded

? Some accommodation a long way out of center- Surprisingly little to amuse off ~the slopes

? Nightlife can get rowdy, with noisy drunks in the early hours