Lech Zurs am Arlberg Overview
Lech has transformed over the years from a farming village into an elite international ski destination famous for attracting the likes of the late Princess Diana among other celebrities and royals. Lech and its higher linked neighbor Zurs are two of Austria’s most fashionable resorts, yet it is no more expensive than any other of the European resorts and very welcoming. Skiing here is a paradise for intermediates and the area is one of the snowiest in the Alps – the season runs from November through to May. The village is far smaller and more tranquil than St Anton to which it is linked. Sitting on the banks of the river Lech which gurgles through town, there are sophisticated hotels housed in elaborate and immaculate Austrian chalets and charming buildings including the 1390 church of St Nicholas, all of which adds to Lech’s enchanting picture-book appearance.
The lift pass for Lech Zurs, known as the Arlberg Card, covers Austria’s largest ski arena comprising the linked resorts St Anton, St. Christoph, and Stuben. All are connected by a lift and system of local and free buses. There are no less than 88 cable cars and ski lifts across the Arlberg ski arena, offering 190 miles (305 km) of groomed slopes and another 120 miles (200 km) of off-piste. Accessing Zurs could not be easier either, with the Rufikopf cable car which travels to the slopes is based on the main street in the center of town.
A little way above Lech is another settlement known as Oberlech. Like Lech, this was once filled with herds of cows and is now a cluster of adorable restaurants and high-end hotels. It is a lovely place to stop for lunch in the sun. Oberlech is well known for its ingenious system of underground tunnels which allows guests’ luggage and more to be transported to hotels and establishments hence keeping goods snow-free and the slopes uncluttered.
Lech Zurs Accommodation & Hotel Options
Accommodation, lifts, lessons and package deals will launch in 2019 for the 2019/20 season.
Lech Zurs Statistics
|Skiable Terrain||182 km (113 mi)|
|Vertical||1180 m (3,871 ft)|
|Top Elevation||2450 m (8,038 ft)|
|Base Elevation||1270 m (4,166 ft)|
|Winter lifts Total||61|
How To Get To Lech Zurs
There are good train connections to Arlberg from Austria, Germany and Switzerland – as well as from Zurich and Innsbruck airports.
Traveling To Lech Zurs By Air
Altenrhein (CH) 100 km Europe
Innsbruck (A) 120 km Europe
Friedrichshafen (D) 130 km Europe
Memmingen (D) 180 km Europe
Zurich (CH) 200 km International
Munich (D) 300 km International
Milan (I) 330 km International
Traveling By Train
Langen am Arlberg railway station: 15 km | regular taxi and bus connection (line 91), transfer time approx. 20 minutes.
St. Anton am Arlberg railway station: 20 km | regular taxi and bus connection (line 92), transfer time approx. 30 minutes.
Traveling by car
Motorway Sticker. Travel on Austrian motorways is subject to a toll. You can buy toll stickers from border crossings, petrol stations, at tobacconists, from Austrian automobile clubs, or from Lech Zürs Tourism.