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Resort guide to Zug - Austria

Charming small ski village in a tranquil setting with direct access to Lech ski area

Zug resort guide - a general overview

Zug is a charming and tiny village (hamlet really) that is situated half way between Zurs and Lech on the 'White Circle' ski route. There are a few traditional and cosy reataurants here, the best of which is the Klosterle, and a lovely 4 star hotel, The Gasthof Rote Wand.

Ski holidays in Zug suit those that want to really get away from it all and just relax in the mountain air. There are lovely quiet walking trails in the valley leading from Zug and also the cross country ski trail that links with Lech, which is 9 kilometres away. For skiers there is a long chair that arrives at the Kriegerhorn (2,150 m) high above Lech, which accesses masses of easy blue runs, largely facing East and catching the morning sun. To return to Zug at the end of the day you can either download the chair, take the itinerary route back or catch a post bus from Lech.

Photos courtesy of Lech Zürs Tourismus and the following photographers: Josef Mallaun, Christoph Schoech, Lisa Fail, Maria Muxel, Hanno Mackowitz, Peter Mathis and Mercedes cars.

Airports

Innsbruck
1hr 30mins
Zurich
2hr 30mins

Resort stats

305km

1,510m - 2,450m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Those looking for a relaxing, away from it all holiday
  • Charming small resort that links into a large ski area with modern lifts
  • Great value accommodation
  • Pretty village in tranquil setting

Cons

  • Those looking for nightlife and lively Austrian apres ski scene.
  • Those looking for shopping

Zug Resort Restaurants

As Zug is so tiny, the choice of restaurants here is limited compared to its larger neighbour Lech so if you want more variety I would head there. However, there is one or two which are recommended in Zug itself. The cosy Aelpele serves local dishes and fondue specialties are done to perfection with the owners, Manuela & Stefan Wolf, close at hand offering very welcoming service.

Zug Mountain Restaurants

There are many restaurants around the ski area of Zug, Lech and Oberlech. The restaurants around Lech and Oberlech, however, can often be very overcrowded and pricey, so for lunch on the mountain its best to stay above Zug and head to the rustic but trendy Balmalp. The atmosphere here is great and very unpretentious which can be a problem with many of the other eateries around the region. They play loud music outside on the terrace but if this is not your thing head inside where it is a lot quieter and cosy. Balmalp serves big portions of simple food (pizzas, pastas, omelettes etc) and it is very reasonably priced.

Zug Resort Map

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  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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