Hugely fashionable and popular amongst both the rich and famous, Zürs is the exclusive sister village to Lech, Austria. Featuring some of the most high-end hotels, spas, sophisticated nightlife and beautiful off-piste terrain, as well as the amazing opportunity to go heli-skiing, this resort is not to be missed. The resort in itself is petite but perfectly formed, sitting right on the slopes for a quick start every morning. Favoured by those with expensive taste, Zürs is situated just ten minutes from St. Anton, also renowned for its great snow record.
Zürs is mainly made up of four-star and five-star accommodation, perfect for those looking to combine fantastic skiing, including off-piste and cross-country, with beautiful bedrooms and opulent spas to relax in afterwards. And for those that are eco-conscious, Zürs has it's own biomass district heating, meaning the entire resort is independent of fossil fuels.
Resort Altitude: 1,720m
Resort Skiing: 2,450m
Total Ski Area: 305km
Blue Runs: 133km
Red Runs: 135km
Black Runs: 37km
Cross Country: 40km
Visitors to Zürs can purchase the Ski Arlberg pass, which is valid for all 97 ski lifts in the areas of Lech, Oberlech, Zürs, Warth, Schröcken, St. Anton, St Christoph, Stuben, Klösterle/Sonnenkopf and Lechtal. This pass gives access to 305km of fantastic ski runs with an extensive variety of slopes for all abilities.
Given that Zürs neighbours Lech the reliability of the snow in the are is also some of the best in Austria, with reliable snowfall from December to April.
You're spoilt for choice in Zürs, with skiers of every ability sure to find something that they love. The beginners area is located just a short walk from many of the main hotels and those looking for something more challenging will find plenty of slopes to enjoy between Zürs, Lech and the rest of the Arlberg ski area. Zürs is renowned for its amazing powder record; the combination of the high altitude and snowy microclimate makes it one of the best resorts for those that love being waist-deep in snow. There are also three terrain parks in resort.
Zürs is one of the most family-friendly resorts in Europe, designed with families in mind. There are numerous events for children and families, including ski-club afternoons, ski races and specialised festivals just for children. Zürs is home to one of the best ski schools in the world, with courses for every level, children and adults alike. There is even the option to include heli-skiing in your lesson plan. Zürs ski school offers group lessons, private tuition and cross-country lessons every day.
The ski school within Zürs runs a Ski Kindergarten from Sunday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and a nursery aptly named 'Little Zürs'. Babysitting services are also available for a combination of hours, including half-days, full-days and evenings.
There's an abundance of fine-dining restaurants within Lech and Zürs, most of which have a traditional Austrian theme. The Albona Nova has an excellent reputation and, as is mostly the case in these Austrian resorts, the restaurants within hotels offer some of the best options in the evening, particularly the Zürserhof, Lorunser and Hirlanda. If you're on a tighter budget then you'll be able to find a good standard Italian to grab a pizza.
Zürs is a fairly quiet resort but there are some bars and clubs to choose from if aprés ski is something you enjoy. Ambiente and the Sporthotel Zürsersee are great for drinks once you're off the snow for the day. Or, if late-night clubbing and dancing is what you're looking for, the Skiclub Alpenrose is the place to be.
Zürs has a fantastic landscape that is well worth exploring, whether you're a skier or not. You can watch the feeding of the wild deer on a beautiful guided sunset walk, or if you're looking for an adrenaline rush, try tubing on a giant blow-up tyre along a specially designed track. For those that enjoy ice skating, there is a natural ice rink open from 3 pm to 10 pm each day, and for lovers of all things animal, there is the option to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, accompanied by some of the most beautiful views of the region.