Exploring the Ski Scene at Lech Zürs Am Arlberg
The rugged region of Arlberg in Austria is home to a mountainous huddle of snow-clad ski slopes, therefore, making it one of the top tourist attractions in the region. Set in an idyllic location in the Alps, the Arlberg region is home to two of the best-known ski villages in the world - Lech (situated at a height of 1450 m above sea level) and Zürs ( at a height of 1716 m above sea level). Both these quaint little places are relatively isolated from the other popular tourist spots in Austria, and therefore, attract a number of Hollywood A-listers, international royalty, and seasoned sports professionals. Without further ado, let us take a closer look at the ski scene here. Let’s go.
The Arlberg region is home to 88 cable cars and lifts, promising more than 200 km of deep snow powder runs and 305 km of ski runs. That said, it doesn’t matter if you are an advanced-level skier or are just starting out. There is something available for everyone. In addition, both Lech and Zürs stay true to their roots, unlike many other European luxury resorts. However, you will find a number of exclusive hotels and restaurants dotting the landscape here.
Ski - Lech
The iconic ski resort of Lech is a favorite of many celebrities including the late British Princess Diana. This unassuming, yet charming resort is perched on the banks of the River Lech (hence the name) in Western Austria. Moreover, it is located at a distance of 20 km from St Anton town and 120 km west of Innsbruck. In terms of amenities, the ski resort offers an informal atmosphere, complete with modern-day amenities including a spa complex, beauty and massage complex, fitness studio, indoor and outdoor saunas, and both indoor and outdoor heated pools.
Ski - Zürs Arlberg
The smaller Zürs is another isolated yet comfortable family-run ski resort. One of the prominent spots here, the Zurserhof Hotel offers a number of lavish and traditional accommodation facilities for families. Along with some excellent local cuisine. Here, you have a basement ski room, which is a typical ski-in ski-out spot. That said, the place stretches to more than 3,200 square meters and 5 floors and features one of the best spas in the region. The luxurious Aureus Spa spreads across both the 4th and 5th floors. Likewise, there is the La Biosthetique hair spa and a large pool to complete the full gamut of indulgent pampering.
The Recent Ski Lift Addition
Last ski season, the new Flexenbahn cableway was opened in Arlberg. This meant that Arlberg became the largest contiguous skiing area in Austria. This new lift, comprising 47 new cabins, can transport an approximate number of 2,400 people each hour. That said, the visitors are treated to breathtaking views and scenic backdrops of the Klostertal valley, St. Christoph, and the Arlberg pass. Subsequently, you can enjoy downhill skiing, along with snowshoe hiking and cross-country skiing. If you prefer a non-ski approach, there’s a horse-drawn sleigh ride to experience. Likewise, once you are done with the ski runs, you can sit back and chill at the Tanzcafé Arlberg, which is a cafe inspired by the 1920’s dance culture.
Besides offering pristine, yet breathtaking ski runs, the Arlberg region is home to many annual festivals and events. Among the popular festivals of the region, we have a 2-day street food festival at Alpenrose Platz in Zürs. This December festival is billed as the highest food festival in the world. In case, you prefer an award-winning food experience indoors, try the signature local dining scene at Zur Kanne at Hotel Montana and the Griggeler Stuba in Oberlech (Burg Vital Hotel.)
(All photographs are courtesy of the original owners unless otherwise indicated)