Almanac: St. Anton, Austria

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Population St. Anton 2,400; Arlberg Region 5,500

Property Values By law, only Austrians and EU citizens are allowed to own property in St. Anton.

Apartment Rent Resort workers get free or subsidized housing; visitors pay up to $2,000+/month for one bedrooms.

Main Businesses Tourism, some construction, dairy and timber

School Population 326

Local Ski Areas The slopes of St. Anton interconnect with the entire Arlberg.

Vertical Rise 4,921 feet

Skiable Area 160 miles groomed, 114 miles marked off-piste

Average Annual Snowfall 240 inches

Season Pass adults, $625; children under 16, $360

Lift Ticket adults, $34; children under 16, $21; 6 and under, free.

Best Local Events The world-famous Arlberg/Kandahar downhill. The World Alpine Championships (Jan. 28-Feb. 10) will be huge.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants The Dorfbackerei for coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The Einkehr for Tirolean gourmet cuisine. Instructors meet their favorite clients for dinner at the Hotel Fahrner Restaurant.

Locals' Favorite Hangouts At day's end, the Cafe Hoeferl fills with smoke and locals knocking down Red Bulls and beer. On-mountain the legendary, high-octane après scene at the Krazy Kanguruh amazes even party-hardened locals.

Best Places to Stay Luxe: the five-star St. Antoner Hof (011-43-5446-2910). Three and Four Stars: Montiola (011-43-5446-2302), Hotel Fahrner (011-43-5446-223632), Pirker Apartments (011-43-5446-2310). Budget: Bergwelt Pension (St. Jakob) (011-43-5446-2995).

Best-Kept Secret Off-piste lines to Stuben from Zurs that require a guide to find and navigate.

How To Get There Swissair flies direct to Zurich, and St. Anton is three hours east on trains that leave from the airport.

Information Tourist Office, A-6580, St. Anton Am Arlberg, Austria; 011-43-5446-37270, www.tiscover.com/stanton; www.stantonarlberg.com; www.ski-arlberg.com.