Learning the ropes in St. Anton, Austria. Photo by Ed Wetschler.
By Ed Wetschler
"St. Anton is more sporty than Lech," a local told me. "Lech has charm, but we have more demanding ski terrain that attracts a younger crowd."
Good point, one that helps explain why St. Anton has more late-night bars than Lech, to the west. Still, I might have replied that St. Anton, with its house museum and traditional hotels, has plenty of charm, too. Or that St. Anton's fast railroad connection with the Zurich airport is more charming than any dirndl.
But I wasn't there to sell St. Anton to locals. I was there to test myself on the high ropes course, one of many activities that make summer in the Austrian Alps such a splendid season.