Lech and Zurs are located in the famed Arlberg ski region, north of St Anton, in Austrian’s Vorarlberg. Lech Zurs Warth-Schroken ski resorts together offer over 190 kilometers of prepared (groomed) trails served by 47 lifts. The village valley of Lech is the perfect place to stay for a family ski vacation, the romantic alpine town has authentic Austrian ski chalets and convenient ski lifts to take you up to the surrounding ski slopes.
Skiing at Lech Zurs is extensive with eight different peaks over 8,000-feet. In addition to skiing between Lech and Zurs, you can ski to the villages of Zug and Oberlech, and Warth Schroken. The best way to ski it all is to experience “The White Ring” (Der Weisse Ring) named for the longest ski race in the world held here every January since 2005 when 1,000 participants race 22 kilometers down 5,500 meters of vertical. We recommend you ski The White Ring at a relaxed pace and enjoy the skiing and scenery. See our Lech Zurs Photos
Start on the Rufikopf Tram from Lech village for pleasant skiing, heading to the Schuttboden T-bar. From here, the Hexenboden chairlift offers more excellent prepared slopes toward the charming village of Zurs which has 8 more chairs and trams. Families will love the extensive high alpine terrain of Zurs from groomed (prepared) cruisers to steep, challenging chutes off the Trittkopf tram for advanced skiers. We recommend lunch along Muggengrat-Tali (Trail 10) at the quaint Flexenhausl where traditional Austrian dishes are served in a cozy atmosphere.
Lech’s 8,000’ summit of Madloch-Joch provides more long runs down to the Village of Zug, where you load a double chair to the mountain top Balmalp. This lodge offers magnificent views, a big sun deck, and a modern interior. The kids will like the mini-gondola operating in the ceiling rafters. From here you can ski down to the 8 passenger Steinmahder bubble chair and enjoy heated leather seats between long ski runs off Zuger Hochlicht. Skiing toward the east brings you to the main base of Lech Oberlech which features 11 more lifts accessing fabulous skiing. Many families only ski this section of Lech and never reach Zurs or the spectacular White Ring loop. A new 2014 gondola connects Lech to Warth-Schrocken.
Your Ski Arlberg ticket includes a total of 94 lifts from Lech Zurs and Warth Schroken to nearby St Anton, Stuben, St Christoph, and Sonnenkopf, free bus service connects all these towns and their 340 kilometers of trails plus tons of off-piste skiing. If you wish to ski off-piste, it is best to hire a guide, Bergfuehrer, who will lead you safely (avalanche danger is real) to the best snow. Guides are expensive ($500 Euro a day) but a worthwhile investment to open up extensive backcountry terrain comparable to what you would experience heli-skiing or cat-skiing.
Lech and Zurs have excellent ski schools, Kinderclub for the youngest, and special après ski sports for families like a climbing wall, tobogganing and snowtubing, even horse drawn sleigh rides.
Lech Village is delightful, families have lots of upscale shops, restaurants and of course great après ski bars along the Lech River with views of the slopes. Lech has many beautiful five star and four star hotels, like Hotel der Berghof located right next to the Seilbahn Rufikopf Tram, with ski packages perfect for families. Garni means breakfast is included.
Oberlech is a very romantic on mountain village accessed by Tram with several chalet hotels if you want a quieter car-free stay. Also, Oberlech is a great spot to stop for après ski or a ski in lunch with a short ski back to the village of Lech.
Lech Zurs sister ski resorts are Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Hakuba Happo in Japan.
Place to Stay in Lech:
Der Berghof Hotel – A 4-Star hotel in Lech Village just an elevator ride and steps to the Gondola and Lech skiing. This traditional alpine chalet der Berghof Lech offers beautiful rooms, many with balcony, fine dining and breakfast buffet, Bergquell Spa, and ski room.
Lech’s best family dining:
Schneggarei – Families love the wood-fired pizzas served slopeside in this grand barn, very affordable for Lech, fun atmosphere for ski to lunch, or dinner.
Lech Zurs Ski Stats: 8,038-feet summit, 190 kilometers of prepared trails served by 47 lifts plus thousands of acres of off-piste, 3,200-feet vertical at Lech Zurs Oberlech and Warth Schroken skiing consists of 10 peaks of 8,000-feet. Also part of the Ski Arlberg Card along with nearby St Anton skiers have 340 kilometers and 94 lifts.
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