There's nothing like an afternoon in Austria. It's one of the world's most famous ski destinations, with a massive expanse of terrain all included on

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There's nothing like an afternoon in Austria.

It's one of the world's most famous ski destinations, with a massive expanse of terrain all included on one combined lift ticket. In the afternoons, the warm pink-hued sun lights up the peaks -- a phenomenon known as alpenglow -- while two very famous bars at the base of St. Anton serves up the world's most famous après-ski scene.

This is St. Anton, Austria. The BUMS were there in 2009, and we've been dying to go back. Through our pre-season sale, the trip is already more than half full. Space is limited...

So get in while you can! >

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Sankt Anton am Arlberg is famous for many things. Its massive powder dumps. Its sprawling terrain that stretches through dozens of picturesque alpine valleys, dotted with historic towns with charming restaurants serving up plates of delicious food. But if there's anything that St. Anton is really famous for...

it's the après-ski.

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If you could capture the infectious energy of a spring break dance party on a beach, cast it with an international cast of European characters who enjoy singing at the top of their lungs, set it on a spectacular snowcapped mountain and add in a handful of girls carting bottles of Jägermeister for impromptu shots, you might be able to imagine the energy of the après scene in St. Anton. There's nothing like it anywhere.

Watch us dance on the tables during our 2009 trip to St. Anton >

Rumor has it that one of St. Anton's most popular mountainside bars serves more beer than any other bar in the entire country. We don't find that terribly hard to believe...

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Relax in modern style

Our home-away-from home is a haven of modern architecture, the Lux Alpinae hotel, which wins raves on TripAdvisor and warmly welcomed us a few years ago. We'll gather for gourmet dinners each night and sample one of the coolest wine lists in Austria.

Have a question for us before you sign up?

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Explore 65,000 skiable acres

Like so many of our favorite Alpine resorts, the ski areas in the Arlberg region are monstrous. With a lift pass that includes the neighboring towns of Lech and Zürs, Frommer's travel guides calls the region the best skiing in Austria, and we agree. With hundreds of lifts, a tremendous variety of terrain and a history of massive powder snowfalls in March (where we had mornings with a meter of new snow), we're setting you up for the perfect Alpine getaway.

You'll hear this from many seasoned skiers and riders: if you'll only get to ski or snowboard in Europe once in your life, St. Anton should be at the top of your list.

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ST ANTON: Sign up in style

And get a complimentary Cloudveil™ SKI BUMS fleece jacket!

St. Anton, Austria

Saturday, March 17 to Saturday, March 24

Included:
* 7 nights double occupancy accommodations at the modern, 4-star Lux Alpinae
* Daily delicious breakfast buffet
* Nightly gourmet dinners at the Lux Alpinae
* 6 day all-access pass to the St. Anton Am Arlberg / Lech / Zürs / St. Christoph / Stuben area
* Complimentary shuttle buses throughout the area
* Complimentary SKI BUMS logo fleece jacket

Not included:
* Round-trip airfare (view air recommendations / timing here )
* Ground transfers (this will be available separately at a later date)
* Lunches

Price: $2399

Payment dates for those who sign up after July 1:
* $500 deposit to sign up
* $700 due August 15
* $699 due October 15
* $500 due November 15

Cancellation policy:
* Cancel by August 1: $50 cancellation fee
* $200 cancellation fee after August 2, $500 cancellation fee after September 1, $1000 cancellation fee after October 1, no refund after November 1
* Protect yourself against unforeseen cancellations: buy travel insurance >

Have a question for us before you sign up?

Ask us here >

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Sign up now while space remains!

Space is limited, and by all indications, this trip will sell out.

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To sign up for the trip, visit this link:

https://skibums.wufoo.com/forms/st-anton-2012/

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Our Pre-Season Sale Begins

Exclusively for SKI BUMS members

This is just the first of our 2012 destinations that we're offering up for special pre-season prices. One of the perks of SKI BUMS membership is the chance to save when you sign up early, and you can save $50 our upcoming trips to Utah, Colorado and more. Membership is valid for one full year, and there are more pre-season sale prices on the way!

Enroll now in 2011 / 2012 membership >

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Our 2012 season will include some of our greatest hits, including returns to Snowbird (Utah), Vail (Colorado), and Big Sky (Montana). Get a head start on your planning and sign up for SKI BUMS membership today!

Hope to ski & ride with you in 2012!

Chris French
President, SKI BUMS

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