The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1720 m
Slopes1075-2650 m
Lifts97
Pistes340 km
Price index125

Linked resorts

Zürs

Austria

Lech-Zurs ski area

The upside

  • Sunny but quite high slopes with excellent snow record
  • Sizeable area of intermediate pistes, plus extensive off-piste, shared with Lech
  • Easy access by gondola to the slopes of Stuben and St Anton
  • Some very smart hotels
  • Lots of lovely heated chairlifts

The downside

  • Pricey, by Austrian standards
  • Few non-hotel bars or restaurants
  • Nothing resembling a centre, few shops
  • Intrusive local traffic
  • Nearly all slopes are above the treeline
  • Still a few slow, old chairlifts
  • Nightlife is quiet

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News – 2017/18

A new restaurant will open at the top of the Trittkopf above Zürs.

News – 2016/17

The Lech-Zürs ski area was linked to St Anton to form Austria’s biggest ski area. The ancient Trittkopf cable car from Zürs village was replaced by a two-stage, 10-person gondola. The mid-station is linked by the new 10-person Flexenbahn gondola to Rauz, on the edge of the St Anton ski area. There is no piste from the mid-station to Rauz.

Summary

Zürs and its linked neighbour Lech are the most fashionable resorts in Austria, each able to point to a string of rich and celebrated regular visitors. But a holiday here doesn’t have to cost a lot more than in other resorts in the Alps. The village is much smaller and quieter than Lech. It has nothing resembling a centre, and is rather spoiled by through-traffic, but it offers a rare and attractive combination of impressive snowfall, some of the area’s steeper slopes and deeply comfortable hotels offering a truly personal service from their family owners. And thanks to the huge developments of 2016 it is now well placed for exploration of Stuben and St Anton without the need to take overcrowded buses.

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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1720 m
Slopes1075-2650 m
Lifts97
Pistes340 km
Price index125

Linked resorts