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Zürs, Austria

Zürs is best suited for intermediate skiers and snowboarders

Ten minutes’ drive towards St. Anton from Lech, Zürs is almost on the Flexen Pass, with good snow virtually guaranteed.

Small, exclusive Zürs is tucked away behind the Flexen-Pass, flanked by snow-white mountain slopes. It is considered to be a meeting place for the international jet set, who have appreciated the ski resort for decades as a discrete winter domicile.

Thanks to its wide, treeless, deep snow slopes, it is a prime destination for traditional off-piste skiing.

The village of only 150 inhabitants is also home to the hangar for adventurous heli-skiing tours – unique in Austria. Accompanied by an expert guide, experienced winter sports enthusiasts can take part in these extraordinary tours, after which they will have the most incredible tales to tell about the stylish bars and trendy clubs, for example, where the pulsating nightlife is truly worthy of its name.

The rise to being Austria’s No. 1 ski resort and No. 5 worldwide is the logical consequence of a collective desire for the Arlberg region.

The respective characters of Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton am Arlberg may be different, but their enthusiasm for skiing and uncompromising commitment to quality have united the five villages since the beginning of the 20th Century. The ski culture has been ever-present for almost 100 years. The region owes its status as “Birthplace of Alpine Skiing” to a long and rich tradition. A common dream was shared by the people on the east and the west of Arlberg; one of closing the “missing ski connection links” between all five classic Arlberg villages. With the construction of the new Flexenbahn lift between Zürs and Stuben/Alpe Rauz, the Trittkopfbahn I and II, as well as the Albonabahn II, this vision recently turned into reality.

Nightlife is quiet. There’s a disco in the Edelweiss hotel and a piano bar in the Alpenhof. Mathie’s-Stuble and Kaminstuble are worth trying, as is Vernissage, at the Skiclub Alpenrose, which is reported to be the best nightspot in town.

Serious dining means Zürserhof and the Lorunser; make sure your wallet will stand a visit before you go – credit cards are not accepted. For something cheaper try spaghetti in the basement of the Edelweiss. Princess Caroline (who stays at the Lorunser) once managed this here at 5 am.

Zürs has its own school, but many of the instructors are booked for the entire season by regular clients, and more than 80 percent of them are hired privately. The resort also has its own kindergarten.

Ski Stats:

Lifts: 97
Elevation: 4757ft – 8038ft
Summit: 8038ft
Base: 4757ft
Vertical Drop: 3280ft

Intermediate Runs: 42%
Advanced Runs: 42%
Expert Runs: 16%

Mi Pistes: 210 mi
Terrain Parks: 3
Longest Run: 3 mi
Snow Making: 179 Ac

Lodging in Zürs