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Nestled in a high alpine valley at the base of Flexen Pass,  Zurs is known for its large Olympian population and luxury accommodations. The beauty of a Zurs ski vacation is that it also shares both roads and lift access with Lech ski resort.  Like most high alpine Austrian village, Zurs is steeped in history. It’s considered the birthplace of skiing. And before there was skiing, the tiny mountain village was only inhabited by a small population in the summer months. One of the first ski lifts in Austria was constructed in Zurs and 1937 transformed it into one of the most elegant, romantic and popular mountain villages in the Arlberg.  Now, it’s considered a world-class mecca for skiers seeking exclusivity and luxury.

The quaint Bavarian village is unimposing and authentic in its nature, yet it much like its neighbor, Lech, it attracts celebrities and persons of notoriety. Zurs offers non-skiers and those looking for off-mountain activities plenty of options from paragliding to tobogganing, ice skating and winter hiking, to cross-country skiing and horse-drawn sleigh rise. Zurs has lively nightlife that can often last until dawn, and après-ski is taken extremely serious here, from on-piste sunny patios with multiple bottles of wine, to a beer at one of Zurs’ outdoor cafes, or even a more mellow experience: afternoon tea.

Zurs Ski Resort

Beginners and intermediates will find more terrain at Zurs than at Lech, or St. Anton, and intermediates and above can challenge themselves to ski “The White Ring” or Der Weisse Ring route, which takes skiers on an interconnected tour of all the Arlberg ski resorts. Every year a race is held on the route, but the real challenge for a skier on a Zurs ski vacation is to see how many restaurants and bars they can frequent along the route. 

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Gary
27/03/2017

Excellent Vacation But We Were Lucky with the Weather and Exchange Rate

The Sporthotel Loruenser is a superb 5-star hotel with outstanding meals and wonderful staff. We stayed an extra 2 days, and are planning to return next season (not too early due to the European school holidays, and not too late due to the snowpack).

As for the skiing in Zurs and the connected Arlberg ski areas, someone used to skiing in Utah or Colorado snow might not be that impressed. Zurs itself is not that expansive and while the base is at 1800m, the vertical is not that great. So I either took the bus to Lech (free 10 minute ride + some walking in your ski boots), or the new gondala(s) to St. Christophe & St. Anton. St. Anton, at a lower altitude, desperately needed snow. In mid-March, it was warm and melting fast. The last day it was raining at 1800m. The higher elevations had plenty of base, but as 99% of the people ski on the 'pistes', they get packed down and icy. The 'pistes' are groomed each night, but the grooming does not compare to what you see at Deer Valley or Vail. The easier trails are marked with blue poles and the intermediate ones with red poles, but there is really not much difference. I couldn't find any black(expert) runs that were groomed at all. As all the areas are mostly above the tree line, it is incredible mountain scenery on sunny days, but a total white out when cloudy or snowing/raining. The lifts are amazingly efficient, with 6 and 8 person high speed chairs with automated hoods and safety bars.

If you have not skied Europe, I would go here. I would strongly recommend Zurs & Lech for the ambiance, food, wine, the mountain scenery, Austrian culture and lifestyle. The skiing itself is nice, but not that special. The Alps seem to be suffering from climate change. Once there, it is also considerably less expensive than in the US, with my lift tickets about $35/day and performance rental skis about the same.
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