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Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The glamorous and elite interconnected resorts of Lech and Zurs boast some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in Austria. The scenery is breathtaking and the snowfall very reliable.

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Lech and Zurs Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Lech and Zurs is exceptional. Enjoy open powder fields, endless off piste opportunities, steep mogul fields and seemingly never ending linked groomed trails and gentle beginner areas. The lift system is fast and efficient transporting crowds up and out of both villages quickly.

Lech and Zurs are lift linked to the neighbouring resorts of St Anton and St Christoph. The four linked resorts are referred to as the ‘Arlberg Ski Area’. They are all accessible on the one hands free ARLBERG CARD ski pass. The pass is placed in your upper jacket pocket to automatically enable lift access without staff manually checking passes ensuring less crowd congestion.   For more information on St Anton click here 

In the winter of 2006/2007 a new Valfagehrbahn Stuben six seater chairlift was installed to improve the connection between Stuben/Alpe Rauz, St Anton and St Christoph.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Lech and Zurs

Advanced skiers and snowboarders are in paradise at Lech and Zurs. They can access 180+ kilometres of challenging off piste terrain. Even after a few days of good snowfall fresh tracks can still be made.

Lech and Zurs do not have many out of bounds areas - basically if you can access the terrain you are allowed to ski or snowboard on it.

From the top of the Zugerburg Chairlift leading upwards from the Zug area head to the far right for to access the Zuppert extreme ski route; it is never groomed and littered with tight chutes, sudden drops and of course deep powder.

The two Sudhang extreme ski routes on the left hand side of the Kriegerhornbahn Chairlift are also very steep and usually covered in enormous moguls.

From the Zurs Village the Trittkopfbahn Cable Car rises up to the top of the Trittkopf Peak at 2,423 meters. From here turn right to access the Balmen trail. Follow the trail about one third of the way down before heading left into the surrounding open powder fields.

Great powder can be found between the Hexenboden Chairlift and the Trittkopfbahn Cable Car. In the winter of 2006/2007 the new Hexenboden Chairlift was opened. The new six seater chairlift with protective bubbles replaced the old Hexenboden I and Hexenboden II lifts ensuring skiers and snowboarders a much faster turn around time.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Lech and Zurs

Intermediates have 50% of the terrain allocated to them at Lech and Zurs. Long seemingly endless immaculately groomed trails cover the two linked resorts.

A must do is the famous 22 kilometre long ‘White Ring’ circuit. The circuit runs in a clockwise direction starting from the Lech Village eventually linking with the Zurs Village. It is a stunning circuit that only accesses seven lifts and is a great introduction to the Lech and Zurs terrain.

The Steinmahderbahn Chairlift on the upper slopes of Lech services some fast groomed quite steep trails; after a good snowfall they are fantastic.

In the mornings head to Zurs for some warm up runs on the long Muggengrat-Tali trail that wind around the edge of the resort.

Heating seating was installed on the majority of the chairlifts in both Lech and Zurs in the 2008/2009 winter ski season making those cold early mornings more enjoyable.

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Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Lech and Zurs

Beginner skiers and snowboarders have a lot of options at Lech and Zurs with wide gentle slopes rising above both villages.

In Lech the Schlegelkopf II Chairlift gives access to gentle and easy terrain. The Kriegerhornbahn Chairlift above the Schlegelkopf II Chairlift transports beginners even higher. Once at the top turn right for a long winding and fun run back down to the Lech village.

Also in Lech confident beginners catch the Rufikopf Cable Car up to the top of the Rufikopf area before turning right onto the well groomed Monzabon-See trail which accesses the Schuttboden-Zurs trail leading down into the Zurs Village.

Zurs has even more beginner runs; take the Zursersee and Muggengrat Chairlifts for a very long scenic trail back down into the Village.

Lech and Zurs have four Ski and Snowboard Schools all offering group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels with professional bilingual instructors.
The ski and Snowboard School in Lech offers snowshoeing, hiking and ice fall climbing lessons. Mountain guides, freestyle and off piste powder lessons are also available.

Lech Terrain Park

The large Funpark Terrain Park is located in the Schlegelkopf area above the Lech Village. It is well maintained with advanced jumps, rails, boxes and jibs. A slalom race track runs parallel to the Funpark and a beginner terrain park is just below it.

Other Activities at Lech and Zurs

Other outdoor activities at Lech and Zurs include winter walking tours, cross country skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing and ice skating and tobogganing on long floodlight runs.

Indoors play tennis, squash, table tennis, try climbing walls and massage and beauty treatments.

Shopping at Lech and Zurs

The two villages of Lech and Zurs have ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental gear, fashion boutiques, children’s clothing and toy shops, gift and souvenir stores and jewellers.

Both villages have bakeries, butchers, delicatessens and grocery markets.


Lech and Zurs have a wide variety of cafés and restaurants serving Austrian, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, American and International cuisine.

Both villages have lovely bakeries, delicatessens and small street stalls selling sweet and savoury takeaway delights.

Lech Restaurants

La Fenice Restaurant in the Hotel Arlberg serves gourmet Italian cuisine using local fresh ingredients while the large wine cellar stocks fine wines from throughout Europe.

Die Stude Restaurant also in the Hotel Arlberg serves fondues and traditional Austrian meals in a welcoming atmosphere. The Burg Restaurant has six course dinners of Mediterranean and Austrian cuisine a salad bar and dessert buffet.

The Fux Steakhouse Restaurant has wagu beef and delicious local steaks all grilled to your liking and served with potatoes, salads and garlic bread. The restaurant has more than 800 wines to choose from.

Zurs Restaurants

The Zurserhof Hotel Restaurant claims to have the whole world for dinner serving five courses of international cuisine. Try venison on cheese noodles, salmon with a coconut curry sauce or lamb on wild garlic risotto.

The Hirlanda Hotel Restaurant serves gourmet Austrian cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean influence all complemented by an extensive international wine list.

Restaurant Schweizerhaus serves traditional Austrian dishes as does the cosy a la carte Chesa restaurant which only seats thirty guests with a set menu serving local dishes.


Lech and Zurs both have an active nightlife with no shortage of evening entertainment. Choose from loud après ski bars, pubs and nightclubs open all night or quiet cocktail bars.

Lech Nightlife

The Eisbar in the Tannbergerhof Hotel is the most popular après ski bar in Lech attracting large crowds every afternoon. The outdoor bar serves hot wine and plays funky music.

Also in the Tannbergerhof Hotel is the Tannberg Bar with live band performances throughout the season, party theme nights and classic disco music going all night.

Go to the Fux Jazz Bar to enjoy a wide selection of single malt scotches, fine wines and cigars. The bar has a central open fireplace surrounded by comfortable couches; a great place to relax after a long day on the slopes.

Zurs Nightlife

In Zurs the popular Bergwerk Bar kicks off the après ski action at 4pm everyday with pop music and cocktails.

The Zurserl Pleasure Lounge is THE nightclub to be seen in. It has sensational cocktails, great dance music and is open until the early hours of the morning.

The locals drink at the Hirlanda Bar. It has a great atmosphere, good service and tasty bar snacks.

Go to Thurnhers Alpenhof Pianobar for a quiet relaxing drink.

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