One of the most exclusive luxury ski resorts in the world with a host of hotels and luxuy ski chalets tot match. Frequented by royal families for many years, including the British Royal family and the late Princess Diana, Lech and Zurs have an aristocratic class and history that few other ski resorts can come close to matching.
Skiing Lech and Zurs
Lech and Zurs are part of the Arlberg ski network which also includes St Anton. The latter is linked by a ski bus although expert skiers, with a guide, can ski back from St Anton off the back of the Valluga.
Whilst St Anton is the number après ski location, Lech is one of the top alpine destinations for aristocrats, including the British Royal Family who have stayed and skied here on numerous occasions.
The skiing itself in Lech is relatively easy with tree lined pisted and well groomed red and blue runs. Zurs however takes it up a notch so there is in and around these two ski resorts, something for everyone, not withstanding the short bus ride to St Anton’s extensive skiing.
Beginners and intermediates will particularly like Lech and Zurs whereas the experts will probably head to St Snton and the Valluga’s challenging pistes and moguls.
Lech and Zurs
Lech is considerably larger than Zurs and with the stream running through the centre, and its swanky upmarket chalet style hotels and restaurants, makes quite an idealic setting (Princess Diana having been photographed here just after the start of her royal romance). Zurs is also pretty with an upmarket feel also, but has considerably less to do in terms of restaurants and chalets generally.
Luxury Family Ski Holiday
Lech and Zurs exude class and sophistication. Well heeled and well behaved children in Lech will enjoy its sophisticated atmosphere and nice restaurants, however, it would not be top of our family list in terms of recommendations, neither would Zurs. This said, the skiing really is family orientated with its tree line pistes and easy blue and red runs. For luxury family ski chalets that have a luxurious, but more cosy, intimate feel, Zurs ins it, but for style and things to do, it has to be Lech.
Expert and Off-Piste Skiing and Snowboarding
Whilst Lech is somewhat limited, Zurs has some fabulous off piste runs above it. If you have a guide, then the Mehlsack and the Schneetäli can be accessed by skins or as most do, by helicopter.
Lech and Zurs Mountain Restaurants
Although at the bottom of the Lech slopes as you enter the village, the Rud Alpe serve great beef and game dishes that will set you up for an afternoon on the slopes. In the Oberlech area, the Goldener Berg is a must for its character farmhouse interior. Great traditional food in a traditional setting.
In Zurs the Seekopf offers great views and good food although best on a sunny day as the terrace is fantastic, whereas inside is somewhat bland. For a better interior, the Schroefli Alm is worth a visit. The menu isn't extensive but that says a lot as what they serve is fresh and they concentrate on getting it right.
The Snowpark is situated above Lech in the Schlegelkopf with kickers, boxes and rails for all abilities.
The main local ski school is the Ski School Arlberg.
Its amazing the difference between Lech and its neighbor St Anton. Here the crowd is a very well heeled set who line the streets under the awnings and umbrellas, or against the stylish ice bars. The most lively bar is Tannbergerhof which is also a hotel that dates back many decades. The Eisbar is also a lively stop too.
In Zurs there are limited number of bars to enjoy a drink or two, many with the hotel establishments. Many guests preferring to enjoy a cocktail or two prior to returning to their luxury catered ski chalet and the fining dining that awaits.
La Fenice is our top recommendation for fine dining. Beautifully presented and great flavours too. Its reputation is growing so we would recommend you visit sooner rather than later.
Lovers of red meat will love Hahen’s Dorfmetzgerei und Imbiss next to the Schlosskopf lift. Here you can choose your cut, afterwards it will be cooked to your taste and perfection.
For traditional Austrian dining the Lecher Stube offers a nice décor and well prepared dishes.
Zurs has the popular Zürserl in the Sporthotel Edelweis whereas in Lech the Tannbergerhof is again the place to party into the night although not a nightclub.
Getting Around The Valley
Good bus service operates throughout the villages
A horse drawn sleigh ride in Lech is a must as it is picture perfect.
Ski Map Lech and Zurs In The Arlberg, Austria
Lech and Zurs offer a combination of tree lined pistes, high altitude slopes, and some fabulous off-piste, mainly around the Zurs slopes, as well as the option to spend days in St Anton which is also covered on your Ahlberg Ski Pass:
Travelling To Lech and Zurs
Lech and Zurs are well served by the auto routes if you are travelling by plane or car, but with some of the best snow records in Austria and often across the Alps, snow chains are most times of the season essential.