Zurs, Austria

The utlimate guide to Zurs ski holidays in 2014 & 2015.

Ski holidays in Zurs

Zurs is a dream location whether you’re looking to be seen with the stars, take to the skies heli-skiing, or just soak up the sun whilst watching the world go by. With epic annual snowfall and lift access to a massive linked ski area, there’s enough skiing for everyone and the local guides and heli trips open up limitless possibilities.

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At a glance:
Great slope side après Large linked ski area Huge annual snowfall

Great for:
Heli skiing Luxury Relaxed après

Zurs ski resort

If you’re looking for a luxurious and decadent holiday this year, look no further. Part of Austria’s massive Arlberg ski area, this is a popular ski destination of choice for the rich and famous- Vladimir Putin is a notable visitor here, as is tennis legend Boris Becker. This relatively small and exclusive village is still perceived to be very much of a hidden gem within the Arlberg area- it is quieter, so attracts a lot less publicity than nearby St. Anton, but has access to the same fantastic array of terrain, which makes it no surprise that loyal visitors return here time and time again.

The local architecture oozes Austrian charm and most of the accommodation is in the form of luxury 4 and 5 star hotels – some with doorstep skiing and wellness facilities. The village is very pedestrian friendly throughout the day, and nothing is ever more than a few minutes’ walk away.

Not far down the valley you’ll find Lech, which is commonly considered to be the prettiest village in Europe, and shares many of its amenities and events with Zurs - they’re often linked together as one resort. While Zurs is the smaller of the two (you’ll probably have to head to Lech for a more varied dining and après scene) it’s also the higher and conditions lend themselves to a fantastic annual snowfall.

In the Arlberg ski area you’ll have access to 280km of pisted terrain spread over 5 different areas- the most famous of the bunch is après ski legend St. Anton which is about 15 km down the valley. There’s a regular free ski bus that runs between the resorts, so you’ll easily be able to check out a few different areas during the week. There’s plenty of variety off the slopes as well.

stats & faq

Where:Austria, Alps.
Established:1901
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Innsbruck2 hours
Zurich3 hours 20mins
Munich5 hours
Winter Skiing: November- April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 34runs 42%

  • 70runs 47%

  • 30runs 11%

Top Altitude:2450m
Bottom Altitude:1450m
Resort Altitude:1450m
Longest run:5km
Slope Orientation:N S E W
Vertical Drop:1360m
Skiable Vertical:1360m
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

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View our detailed Zurs snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Zurs snow history.

Downhill Runs:280km
Beginner slopes:42%
Intermediate:47%
Advanced slopes:11%
Ski pass:€235,00 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Lech, Oberlech, St. Anton, St Christoph, Stuben

Skiing in Zurs

A stay here gives you access to the extensive, world-class Arlberg terrain thanks to the standard ski pass covering the entire region. Lech and Oberlech are lift-linked to Zurs, whilst the ski areas of St. Anton and Stuben are easily reachable by the free ski bus. The luxurious way of life continues onto the slopes- Zurs was home to world’s first heated chairlift, and today many of the newer lifts come equipped with heated seats for inclement weather.

Don’t let these creature comforts deceive you - alongside 280km of groomed pistes you’ll find some of the best freeriding in Europe - 180km of high altitude powder runs. This is the perfect stepping stone for the adventure of a lifetime- the region is home to the only heli skiing operation in Austria. Make sure you don’t stray into the trees when off piste- environmental restrictions can result in the forfeiture of your pass if you’re spotted in gladed areas.

The majority of pistes are suitable for beginners and intermediates and most local runs are blue. Piste 3 which leads from Hexenboden down to Zurs is called ‘Familienabfahrt’ or ‘Family Descent’ and is brilliant for conquering the snowplough or as the name suggests, enjoying with the clan.

The Trittkopf gondola takes you straight from the village to some extreme terrain - there are a selection of reds, many of which branch off into blacks. An absolute must ski for experts is the 22 km White Ring Circuit – the race is a long standing tradition here and the whole circuit, which begins at Rüfikopf and includes the Madloch decent provides a seriously challenging ski.

Lech’s snowpark will surprise you with its size and range of obstacles including easy, medium and pro lines - decide what features to hit from the Schlegelkopf lift which runs parallel to the park.

Zurs après ski

With many bars and restaurants being based out of hotels, depending on where you stay you may not need to venture far from your hotel for the entire week.

The Mountain Restaurant Seekopf is one of the best lunch spots on the slopes. Their comprehensive menu has a bit of everything; local delicacies such as the wienerschnitzel are incredible, international favourites will please every palate, and the kids menu is sure to please the fussiest of eaters. If you fancy a warming drink they do a great glühwein, and you can’t leave without a taste of another of the region’s specialities, jagertee.

You can ski straight from the slopes into your après bar of choice at the end of the day, though if you want a seat on one of the Hotel Zürserhof’s sun loungers you’ll have to get there early. With a sunny south facing terrace and outside bar, it’s one of the hottest properties on the mountain.

Slip off your ski boots and head to Thurnher’s Alpenhof- once you’re there it’s easy to settle in for the night. Their roof top terrace has some of the best views imaginable, and once the sun goes down you can head downstairs for a cocktail in the piano bar before dinner. The candlelight restaurant is one of the Austria’s most highly rated gourmet restaurants, and you can feast on 8 courses whilst enjoying spectacular mountain views.

Those after a more debaucherous end to the evening should head to the Vernissage. Open daily until 3am, a visit here will often be followed by a trip home on ‘James’ the communal taxi- a flat fare will get you back to any hotel in resort.

When is best to ski Zurs?

There are great times to be had in Zurs throughout the season- though depending on what you’re after, you may be better served heading over at a particular time. Cineastic Gondolas has been running over the last few years- a medley of cinema, dance, fireworks and music- if you’re around while it’s on it’ll prove a truly unforgettable experience.

The best snow can usually be found during February and March, so this is the perfect time for the powder hounds amongst you to head over. There’s plenty of hikeable freeriding terrain, and the local guides can take you to hidden stashes days after the last snowfall- though of course if you’re able to fit in some heliskiing then you’ll find some powder whenever you travel.

For relaxed skiers, later in the season is the best time to visit. There are fewer crowds and the weather is warmer- you’ll be able to take advantage of the many sunny terraces in the region, and lounge the afternoons away with a drink.

Peak dates

Spend Christmas in Zurs and the week will fly by. Drink glühwein whilst wandering the Christmas market, and Santa may even turn up with gifts on the day itself. Browse Zurs Christmas ski holidays ‣

If you like fireworks, you’ll love New Year’s Eve in Zurs. The mountains are illuminated by displays on the stroke of midnight in Lech and Zug, as well as the incredible Acoustic Firework display on the day itself. Browse Zurs New Year ski holidays ‣

Take the whole family to Zurs this February Half Term and everyone will have a blast. With ski schools for all ages, 5 linked resorts and a fantastic snow park, there’ll be no moaning all week. Browse Zurs Half Term ski holidays ‣

A holiday over Easter in Zurs is a treat for the whole family. Everyone will go home happy, whether they’d rather heli ski or spend the week sunbathing- the Easter bunny’s sure to bring everyone a treat as well! Browse Zurs Easter ski holidays ‣

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