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Resort guide to Zurs - Austria

Chic and refined luxury ski resort with high class hotels and snow sure ski area

Zurs resort information - a general overview

Ski holidays in Zurs generally cater for a well heeled crowd, with hotels no less than 3 stars, but the majority of them being 4 and 5 stars. Zurs is linked with the resort of Lech and both of them form part of the Arlberg ski region. Snow is usually guaranteed in this resort which is good for beginners and intermediates, but doesn't offer too much for the advanced skier or boarder, although there is some great steep and deep off piste to be found, and it is also possible to go heliskiing. The village is very purpose built, and not the prettiest, and off the mountain there isn't very much to entertain you. There are 7 bars in Zurs but the atmosphere and quality of these places makes up for the lack in option. For a bit of history and knowledge, Zurs was the first resort in Austria to have a recognisable ski lift built.

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

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
(1hr 15mins)
INNSBRUCK
(1hr 30mins)
ZURICH
(2hr 30mins)

Resort stats

305km

1,720m - 2,450m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

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

Pros

  • Great snow record
  • Beginners and intermediates
  • Possible to try heliskiing

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Quite limited for the advanced skier
  • It is a purpose built resort with mainly hotels, not so pleasing to the eye

Zurs Resort Restaurants

Zurs has one of the highest percentage of internationally recognised gourmet restaurants than any other resorts, with three listed in the top international guides. The most popular being the Chesa Verde, Hirlanda, Zurserhof and Lorunser. For a cosy atmosphere Toni's Einkehr which provides excellent fondues and Austrian dishes. Authentic Italian is served at the Walsersube in the Zurs ski Hotel Alberghaus. The Zurserhof Hotel Restaurant claims to have the whole world for dinner serving five courses of international cuisine. Or alternatively there is the traditional Austrian Schweizerhaus restaurant.

Zurs Mountain Restaurants

Located at the top of the Zugerberg chairlift away from the ski hotels in Zurs, is the Balmap mountain rstaurant. A table service restaurant and a self-service section offering the usual range of mountain food from snacks to big lunches. Views are impressive from this contemporary alpine construction. Alternatively, located halfway up the Schlegelkopf sector, directly above the village is the Rud Alp. A really charming and recently restored mountain hut with several small dining rooms. The best place to enjoy lunch on a clear day is on the fantastic suntrap terrace, where many while away an afternoon topping up their tans.

Zurs Apres Ski

Aside from your ski hotel, Zurs showcases the popular Bergwerk Bar to kick off the apres ski action at 4pm everyday with music and cocktails. Then head to Vernissage in Skiclub Alpenrose, the bar Hirlanda and Kaminstuble in the Schweizerhaus are all popular apres venues for a glass of Stiegl beer.

Zurs Nightlife

Most of the choices have a cosmopolitan air, in keeping with Zurs clientele and most are part of the large hotels, such as the Vernissage bar gallery, popular cocktail bar and also the busiest nightclub in resort. Rapidly becoming a great place to be seen and frequented quite often by celebrities. A nice big bar and a good range of music played by several good DJs. The house speciality is a Testa Rossa (Sekt with raspberry puree). Having a cocktail in the Rufilbahn II cable car ascent is an experience not to be missed and if you're on the invitation list there are plenty evening balls and gala dinners to attend. The most popular discotheque is the Zurserl Pleasure Lounge in the Sporthotel Edelweis, locally renowned as THE Arlberg nightspot. For those just looking to get a taste of the nightlife outside their ski hotel, Zurs offers the Hirlanda Bar, a locals favorite. It has a great atmosphere, good service and tasty bar snacks, or Thurnhers Alpenhof Pianobar for a quiet relaxing drink.

Zurs Resort Map

Key
  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
  • Map marker 453dea188bab96b378528958d3eb238715efc6522f6222fc7af2c570aa899787 Property
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