Zürs Ski Resort

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Zurs ski resort, the Arlberg's highest ski base area.
Zuers ski terrain is huge & has great freeride powder
Zürs' Hasenfluh & Flexenspitze alpine terrain - part of the amazing Ski Arlberg region.
Powder skiing at Zurs off the the Trittalp chairlift
Zuers is all ski-in - the Hexenboden chairlift extends directly from the village
Wonderful ski routes connect Zürs to Lech
Top station for the Flexenbahn and Trittkopfbahn interconnect with St Anton.
Zurs massive off piste terrain is perfect for Powderhounds.
Modern gondolas provide amazing access to freeride ski routes
Zurs mountain restaurant Seekopf
The dining in & around Zürs is first rate
Novices are catered for near the village at Zuers
Intermediates will enjoy the many wide uncrowded slopes at Zurs
Powder can be found on or off-piste at Zürs
Advanced riders will find the Arlberg's least tracked powder at Zurs ski resort
Getting to Zuers is easy via the train to Sankt Anton am Arlberg (St Anton!)
Zürs village is picturesque & delightfully quiet at night
Zuers skiing
Zurs ski lifts
Zürs ski resort, Arlberg Austria

Zürs Ski Resort

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Ski Arlberg Resorts

Lech
St Anton
Warth Schroecken

    Zuers Trail Map
  • Zürs Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,304m – 2,811m (1,507m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7-11m
  • Lifts (88)
    Ski Arlberg interconnected area
    18 Gondolas / cable cars
    44 Chairs

    Zurs-Lech ski resorts
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    16 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec 1 to mid-April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 305km (Ski Arlberg area)
    Longest run – 10 km
    Advanced (incl. ski routes) - 38%
    Intermediate - 26%
    Beginner - 36%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Ski Arlberg Pass
    Adult - €59
    Child - €35
    Child u/5yr - €10
    Ski Arlberg Trail Map
  • Ski Arlberg Trail Map

Zurs am Arlberg Ski Resort

Zürs in Austria is the best of the Ski Arlberg resorts for Powderhounds (i.e. discerning skiers & snowboarders!). A small, intimate village high up a mountain pass, Zuers offers an exclusive Austrian ski holiday experience without the noise & crowds of its close neighbour Lech.

The lifts of the Zurs ski resort originate right in the centre of the village, so the access to excellent terrain is incredibly convenient. For a few years now, Zuers has been lift-linked to neighbouring Stuben, St Christoph & St Anton via Trittkopfbahn & Flexen gondolas allowing access to the entire Ski Arlberg interconnected ski area.

From a purely ski experience perspective, Zürs had the least to gain & most to lose by connecting to St Anton. A quiet piece of skiing paradise, Zurs has awesome lifts, on & off-piste terrain plus a limited number of skiers…..at least until 10ish when the horde starts descending from the bookends that are busy Lech & St Anton.

Pros & Cons for Zürs Ski Resort

Pros

  • Wonderful lifts, facilities & terrain for everyone, but particularly intermediates, & advanced skiers.
  • Extensive off-piste freeride terrain is only limited by one’s imagination (& the weather!).
  • Snow sure - all terrain over 1750m with exceptionally good snow quality.
  • Great après ski activities.
  • Excellent restaurant & bars.
  • Good value lift pass price for the range & diversity of lifts & terrain.
  • Abundance of ski-in ski-out accommodation available.
  • Central location within Ski Arlberg makes it the perfect place to explore the entire interconnected skiing area.

Cons

  • Terrain is nearly exclusively above tree line so can be challenging in low visibility.
  • Accommodation in the village books out quickly & can be expensive.
  • A few long flat traverses and trail connections which may present difficulties for snowboarders (i.e. you may have to walk).

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Small relatively isolated village may not appeal to everyone (but we think it’s fabulous).
  • As per above, whilst there are bars & restaurants aplenty, after dinner entertainment is limited.
  • Straight-forward access by bus from St Anton train station or by car over Flexen Pass if the road is in good condition, not so straight forward in heavy snow & high avalanche danger conditions.
  • Lech is only a short bus ride away.

Zürs Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Zurs ski resort is interlinked via lift pass, piste & a high-quality lift system with the entire Ski Arlberg ski region. Ski Arlberg includes Lech, Warth Schroecken, Zug, Stuben, St Christoph & St Anton. Ski Arlberg gives access to an eye watering 88 lifts, 305km of piste & some of the world's best off-piste.

See the Ski Arlberg ski trail map here.

Zurs caters superbly to on-piste groomer lovers, with the offerings for beginners generally better than the terrain at Lech ski resort. See the Zürs ski trail map here. The extensive intermediate terrain allows for long ski journeys like the White Ring. Over 22km & 5,500m vertical, the White Ring links the ski areas of Zurs, Zug, Oberlech, Lech, Stubenbach before returning to Zurs, providing an excellent overview of the ski terrain. The journey can get busy & knowing its route well can ensure that one deftly avoids it! Ski it once to get your bearings in this sprawling ski area.

Advanced skiers & snowboarders can ride the endless off-piste. With fewer people than at nearby St Anton & Lech, Powderhounds have half a chance of scoring some fresh lines, particularly early in the day or during times of low visibility.

The Zurs ski resort also provides some fabulous off-piste routes off the back, for experts that like couloirs and gnarly lines. A mountain guide should be hired if in any doubt about your ability to safely navigate the terrain.

Snow & Weather

Zuers inhabits one of the most consistent snowfall areas in Europe, let alone Austria. Warth Schroecken to the north east has a claimed annual snowfall average of 11m, St Anton to south east has 7m & Damuels to the northwest has 10m. You do the math! The base altitude at Zurs is the highest (1,716m) in the Ski Arlberg region so has better snow quality for longer.

Where is Zürs, Austria?

Zürs (Zuers or Zurs!) is in the Arlberg region of Vorarlberg state, western Austria, only 15km northwest of St Anton & 5km from Lech. The awesome city of Innsbruck is 115km to the east, less than 1½hr drive in favourable road conditions.

The best gateway airports are Zurich (ZRH) (200km), Innsbruck (INN) (120km), & Munich (MUC). The quickest mode of travel to Zurs is by direct private transfer from the airport. Search & book private airport transfers here.

Public transport via train & bus is quite convenient from Zurich, Innsbruck, or Munich. Travel to either St Anton or Langen am Arlberg bahnhof (station) is via the main Innsbruck-Zurich line. Trains to St Anton offer more convenient direct connections from the major airports. The trains are met by the route 90 or 91 buses which travel to Zuers over the spectacular Flexen Pass in 20 to 30min. The buses continue to Lech. If you are lucky, the bus ride may even include some après ski music & disco lights! Yep, welcome to the Arlberg...

Search & book train tickets to St Anton & Langen am Arlberg here. Buy bus tickets from the driver.

Zurs Accommodation

Zuers is unashamedly a resort town. Largely a collection of around 20 ski-in hotels, it provides only basic services & shops. Each hotel has its own (usually excellent) bar & restaurant so one is spoilt for choice in that regard. Additionally, the village has a bakery, ski rentals & retail, a small, mixed business chemist/food market/knick-knack plus a few boutique clothing stores. If you scent the sweet tang of bovines in town, you are correct. There is a massive cow shed between Hotel Flexen & the main gondola base station. Gotta love that sort of alpine authenticity, even in a resort village.

Search & book all Zuers ski accommodation here.

The Zürs hotels range from plucky 3-stars to over the top 5 stars, with the most luxurious being Thurnhers Alpenhof, Sporthotel Lorünser & the Zürserhof hotels.

The Hotel Flexen is a classically traditional, ski-in ski-out, affordable 3 star hotel, complete with original creaking stairs to old & new rooms alike. A convivial environment; the food, excellent staff and customer service provided one of our best stays in Europe. The location helps, but the feel of the original building in the cradle of skiing with like-minded people is something special. For better or worse, the hotel is being re-built & won’t open again until winter 2021. In the meantime, try the nearby Hotel Edelweiss.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski & snowboard rentals are available in the village, but a great value option if you know your size is to rent online prior to arrival having your gear delivered to your accommodation. No fuss, no time lost, no push & shove in a rental shop. Receive a discount when you rent via the listing below.

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Getting a lesson or having a mountain guide can increase the enjoyment factor of skiing Zurs & its vast surrounding mountains & terrain toward St Anton & Lech. There are numerous ski lesson & mountain guide options in Zurs & the nearby Ski Arlberg resorts which will help find the best untracked powder in the region.

See our Zuers Ski Lessons & Guiding page for detailed information & booking options.

Zürs Restaurants & Nightlife

There are about 20 Zurs restaurants, many of which are within the Zurs hotels. Most visitors to Zuers will have half board ( breakfast & dinner) included with the room. Expect the finest food & service at all the hotels. Quality is of the essence with some of the restaurants have earned international acclaim. The Zurserhof Hotel Restaurant & the quaint Chesa restaurant are highlights.

The nightlife in Zurs certainly doesn’t rival the St Anton nightlife, but the après and nightlife is still reasonably vibrant. There are at least seven Zurs bars that range from quiet cocktails bars to more happening pubs for Austrian beer drinking. The Bergwerk bar seems to be the place for après. Having a drink outside is great if you have a Glühwein or four to keep you warm. Into the evening the Zurserl Pleasure Lounge is the place to be seen and for a dance.

More Reasons for a Zürs am Arlberg Ski Holiday

Zurs caters to a more discerning crowd than the general holiday makers at St Anton. If you don’t need the après ski of St Anton or the family friendliness of Lech at your doorstep, head to Zuers Austria for a deluxe ski holiday experience at the best resort in the Arlberg.

Review

The Powderhounds visited Zurs in March 2019 & reckon it to be one of the best ski areas in Austria. See the reviews page for more photos & light comic relief!

See how Zürs & the other Ski Arlberg resorts compare to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Zurs

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

St Anton & Ischgl Austria Ski Tour
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8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski multiple Austrian ski resorts based in the legendary St Anton & Ischgl. This tour is Austrian Alps skiing at its finest with abundant snowfalls, endless ski terrain for all levels, vibrant villages & après ski that must be experienced to be believed.
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