Lech-Zurs Ski Resort

Perfect for families and couples, the twin resorts of Lech and Zürs share an uncompromising commitment to quality. Their mostly wealthy clientele can enjoy refined high life but there are also good quality 2- and 3-star hotels in this pretty corner of the massive Arlberg Ski Area.

Though geographically in Austria's Vorarlberg region, the ski resorts of Lech (1,450m) and Zürs (1,716m) are now connected via the Flexenbahn and Auenfeldjet lifts to Stuben, St Christoph, St AntonWarth and Schroecken. Together with Klosterle’s Sonnenkopf ski area (which is just a bus ride away), these collectively form the huge Arlberg ski domain, with more than enough lifts and slopes to keep skiers happy for much longer than a week, whatever their standard. 

For advanced skiers who want to test themselves, there are approximately 30 ungroomed ski routes in just the Lech-Zurs area alone, and a further 30 in the other lift-linked resorts, some of which are quite rightly classified as Extreme. And for those who want to explore further afield, there is plenty of proper off-piste, including one of the Alps' most famous itineraries, "Off the back of the Valuga".

But there is nothing macho about Lech and Zurs. The vast majority of skiers come here to cruise around on immaculately groomed pistes on top of Alpine meadows, stopping off at stylish mountain restaurants. And Lech and Zurs are among the best resorts in the Alps for beginners, not least because of the excellent reputation of their ski schools

The villages have different characters. When skiing is finished 'Lovely Lech' transforms into 'Lively Lech', albeit that its apres ski tends to be the sort that goes on in hotels' champagne bars, piano bars, tea rooms and jazz bars rather the 'beer-swilling, dancing in skiboots' kind that St Anton is famous for. The resort has more than its fair share of smart hotels and restaurants, especially in Oberlech, its ski-in, ski-out suburb, 200m up the mountain. But Lech is not exclusively for the super-rich: there is some more moderately-priced accommodation

Purpose-built Zurs is higher, snowier and more centrally located, especially for those who want to spend a lot of time skiing St Anton's steeper terrain. The resort is really just a collection of hotels, of which the vast majority are 5-star or 4-star. It’s undeniably comfortable and convenient, but there isn't much nightlife.

Both Lech and Zurs are easy to get to with 3 airports within 140km, so they are 'weekendable'. And for a really romantic escape, there is also the rather isolated hamlet of Zug just down the road from Lech and connected to it by lift and piste. 

Perhaps the most telling statistic about Lech and Zurs is that around 70% of their guests return year after year - and it's easy to see why.

Ski hire in Lech & Zurs

There is no shortage of ski and board rental shops in the resorts. They can be quite pricey though if you just walk into them. And there is little point in shopping around when you get there, because the prices will all be suspiciously similar. So if you want a bargain, you have to book online in advance.

ALPINRESORTS.com works with several rental shops in both resorts and throughout the Arlberg, and can secure discounts of up to 40%. Check out their latest ski hire offers here.

Lech-Zurs Pros & Cons

+ Part of huge Arlberg ski area
+ High natural snowfall, particularly Zurs
+ Spotlessly groomed pistes
+ Challenging ski routes & off-piste
+ Excellent ski schools
+ Lech is charming and traditional
+ Zurs is comfortable and convenient

- Expensive
- No challenging pistes
- Few treelined slopes in poor visibility
- Busy main roads, only Oberlech is car-free.

 

Photo: © Sepp Mallaum / Lech Zürs Tourismus

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Lech-Zurs Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • RegionAlrberg
  • Base1,450 m
  • Peak2,811 m
  • Vertical1,511 m
  • Ski Area693 ha
  • Beginner40 %
  • Intermediate48 %
  • Advanced12 %
  • Ski Lifts84 
  • Gondolas11 
  • Chair Lifts38 
  • Surface Lifts35 
  • Riders per hour 123,014 

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