St. Anton, Austria
The clear sky allows for a perfect 360° view from the top of Valluga, a 9,000+-foot-tall peak in eastern Austria. St. Anton is where modern skiing started and they make sure the tradition continues with 200+ miles of trails served by one of the best lift systems in the world.
It is possible to criss-cross the mountains in every direction and even cross valleys, which is what people usually do: start from one spot, lunch in another valley, and make their way back all through skiing and ski-lifting.
The groomed slopes cater to any level of experience, and there are 100+ miles of backtrails.There is a famous after-skiing party every day at 3:30 PM on piste number 1, but restaurants and pubs are busy, too.