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Zürs - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Zürs
Zürs - Ski Resort in Arlberg, Austrian Alps - 110km of Piste (1700m to 2450m)
A classic, and arguably Austria's most exclusive resort, with a long skiing history and beautiful scenery. This is the sort of place where the rich, famous and royal go when they are so confident that they do not feel a need to make the I can afford St Moritz/Gstaad statement. The resort has two Gault Millau rated restaurants. Ski School programme includes Big Foot Carving and Ski Guide.
Zürs Ski Facts
|6||Black Pistes (22km)|
|19||Red Pistes (44km)|
|25||Blue Pistes (44km)|
|4km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Austrian ski resort of Zürs is part of the Arlberg ski area with access to 248 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Zürs itself (110km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Arlberg ski resorts of Lech, St. Anton am Arlberg, St Christoph am Arlberg and Stuben.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Snowmaking :- Zürs is able to augment natural snow, with 49 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 32 Ski Lifts of Zürs are able to uplift 437,760 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Zürs are perfectly feasible. St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Zürs
One of the highest resorts in the Arlberg, Zürs is well connected to the skiing of Lech and Zürs but not quite to that of St Anton at St Christoph, a short journey away over the Arlberg Pass. (It is possible to actually ski it - from the top of St Anton's legendary Valuga Peak back to Zürs, if you're an expert skier accompanied by a guide!). Altogether there are 260km (163 miles) of trails, just under a half on the Lech/Zürs.
From above, the resort looks like a few dark specks on a sea of white snow - there are no trees and no features other than the buildings and roads. You can take off in most directions and from a number of different lifts.
Beginners have their nursery slopes right by the village - snowsure throughout the season thanks to its altitude.
The local slopes include the parallel runs from the Trittkopf - served by a cable car and accessing largely intermediate terrain and one extreme black. More intermediate standard runs descend from the Hexenboden. Another local steep is the Zürsertäli from Muggengrat down to Zürs.
There are plenty of great touring routes in the area, most famously what was called 'The White Ring' but is now better known as the 'Madloch Tour' often taken from Lech to Zürs and back but, for the best sunshine, better taken from Zürs to Lech and back!
There is a permanent slalom race course with electronic timer installed by the baby lift. Ski School instructors accompany the regular heliskiing flights to the peaks of the nearby Orgelscharte and Mehlsack mountains. So regular is the service that a 'Heliskiing Pass' is even available for frequent heli-skiers on these repeat routes.
For cross-country skiers the main trail starts behind Trittkopf Valley station and leads for 4km (nearly 3 miles) up to the Flexenpass. A 15km (9 mile) trail over to Lech starts behind the hotel Omesberg and continues through the Zug valley. There is another training trail to Stubenbach (4km/2.3 miles).
Snowboarding in Zürs
There is a snowboard park in Lech (a new Swatch Boarderland opened there in 1998 incorporating Boardercross with 360, Air Park, Half Pipe, Quarter Pipe and Fun Park with fun boxes and slides. The Boarderland also incorporates a Pro-Jump, Jump and an Inverted Jump.)
The Arlberg as a whole offers an incredible range of free ride experience with well prepared slopes for carving and steep slopes and cliffs with untouched powder for the more experienced.
Zürs Aprés Ski
Zürs has an adequate selection of après ski spots for all but the most hedonistic (who can head off to Lech or even all-night-party-heaven St Anton if they need to). Most of the choices have a cosmopolitan air, in
keeping with Zürs clientele and most are part of the large hotels, such as the Vernissage bar gallery or the piano bar in the Alpenhof.
Having a cocktail in the Rüfilbahn II cable car ascent is an experience not to be missed and if you're on the invitation list there are plenty evening balls and gala dinners to attend. The most popular discothèque is the Zürserl in the Sporthotel Edelweis, locally renowned as THE Arlberg nightspot. It's easy to get down to Lech and its wider range of après ski options and then use either the excellent ski bus service or the shared 'James' taxi service to get back to Zürs throughout the day or evening. Of course there are normal taxis available too.
One popular evening treat, available until 10pm, is to take the Oberlech cable car to the top and then toboggan down to Lech on the floodlit run.
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