Zürs Ski Resort

Zurs ski resort, the Arlberg's highest ski base area.
Zurs terrain is huge and close to the Lech ski resort.
Zurs is now linked via gondola to St Anton and the entire Ski Arlberg region.
The Zurs interconnect with St Anton is easy.
The Trittkopfbahn gondola over Zurs.
Zurs Trittkopfbahn II.
Top station for the Flexenbahn and Trittkopfbahn interconnect with St Anton.
Zurs massive off piste terrain is perfect for Powderhounds.

Zürs Ski Resort

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Zürs

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Zürs 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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Ski Arlberg Resorts

Lech
St Anton
Warth Schroecken

    Zurs Trail Map
  • Zurs Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,304 – 2,811 (1,507m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7-10m
  • Lifts (87)
    Ski Arlberg interconnected area
    15 Gondolas / cable cars
    45 Chairs

    Zurs-Lech ski resorts
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    16 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    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 Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Ski Arlberg Pass
    Adult - €54.50
    Child - €32.50
    Ski Arlberg Trail Map
  • Ski Arlberg Trail Map

Zurs am Arlberg Ski Resort

Zürs ski resort Austria is a the best of the Ski Arlberg resorts for Powderhounds. 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 the Zurs skiing is incredibly convenient. Zurs is now 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, Zürs 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 of busy Lech & St Anton.

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 87 lifts, 305km of piste & some of the world's best off-piste. See the Ski Arlberg ski trail map here.

Zurs caters superbly to beginners and intermediates, with the offerings for beginners generally better than the terrain at Lech ski resort. See the Zürs ski trail map here. The endless 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. The journey can get busy & knowing its route well can ensure that one deftly avoids it!

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 great off-piste routes off the back for experts that like couloirs and gnarly lines. A 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 maths! The base altitude at Zurs is the highest (1716m) 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 best gateway airports are Zurich (200km), Innsbruck (120km), Munich & Friedrichshafen. The quickest mode of travel to Zurs is by direct private transfer from the airport. Search & book all 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 via the Flexen Pass in around 20 to 30min. The buses continue to Lech.

Book train tickets to St Anton & Langen am Arlberg here.

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-knacks 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.

The Zürs hotels range from 3 to 5 star, 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.

Search & book all Zuers ski accommodation here.

Ski Lessons & Mountain Guides

Getting a lesson or having a mountain guide can increase the enjoyment factor of skiing Zurs & its vast surrounding mountains. There are numerous ski lesson & mountain guides options in Zurs & the nearby resorts of Lech & St Anton. Book a private lesson or mountain guide with the best providers here.

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 crazy extreme terrain & après ski of St Anton or the family friendliness of Lech at your doorstep, head to Zurs Austria for a deluxe ski holiday experience.

Austria heli skiing is not commonly offered, but keen powderhounds can head out heli skiing in Zurs with the ski school. Heli skiing is the ultimate ski experience!

Review

The Powderhounds visited Zurs in March 2019 & reckon it to be one of the best ski areas in Austria. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Zurs

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

St Anton Ski Safari
PRIVATE GUIDED POWDER SKIING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 7 Resorts
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Get the most out of a ski trip to St Anton with a knowledgeable guide and visit nearby ski areas such as Zurs, Zug, Lech, Oberlech, Stuben, St Christof & Sonnenkopf. Custom tours only. Get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,052
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