Zürs am Arlberg: Exclusive Ski Resort
Zurs am Arlberg is part of the Arlberg area of five ski resorts. The Arlberg is considered to be a legend. Why? The answers lie in the history of this extensive ski region. It is full of historical milestones and outstanding personalities. 190 miles of ski runs, Austria’s largest interlinked ski area, fifth in the global rankings. Combined with almost 125 miles of backcountry terrain. A formidable choice for skiers, and one that has acquired a worldwide following over the decades. Especially in avant-garde ski circles, the Arlberg is considered to be a “once in a lifetime destination”.
The five classic destinations of Zurs, Lech, St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben have written yet another chapter in ski history. Thanks to four new lift systems opening in December 2016, they now form Austria’s largest interlinked ski area.
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.
The entire area is considered to be one of the most snow-sure locations in the Alps and the ski season is accordingly long. Thanks to favorable altitudes of between 4,200 ft and 9,200 ft above sea level, the mountains here are dominated by winter conditions from November to May. Pleasure skiers savor the “firn” and powder snow slopes on both sides of the pass until late spring. The abundance of snow is fortuitous. Its quality is also a deciding factor in Arlberg’s global reputation.
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.
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- Snowfall Average: 3m
- Summit Elevation: 2,444m
- Base Elevation: 1,450m
- Vertical Altitude: 944m
- Terrain: 230ha
- Longest Run: 5km
- Beginner: 41%
- Intermediate: 43%
- Advanced: 16%
- Bars and Resturants: 64
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