Zurs is the most exclusive village in the Arlberg ski area. Located just 110km from Innsbruck airport, those wishing to visit this beautiful little town can be there in just an hour and a half.
Zurs sits just above the better known Lech and enjoys not only a more elevated position, but also its own ski area. However, the town itself is what attracts its elite clientele. Perhaps lacking some of the glitz and glamour of St Moritz or Cortina, Zurs is more understated, but no less exclusive.
With just over a dozen hotels in the tiny village — all of which are either four or five star — there’s definitely a sense of quiet class here, and should you wish to visit, there’s no getting around the cost. Why exactly this little gathering of buildings has garnered such a reputation it’s not really clear, but as more and more top-drawer restaurants and lavish boutiques open their doors, it’s not getting any more accessible. Though those looking to visit and spend the money here aren’t that worried about that.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Zurs
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Zurs:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Zurs
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Zurs (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Zurs
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Zurs
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Zurs can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Zurs
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Zurs. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Zurs
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Zurs designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!
Accessible by lift link from both Stuben and Lech (albeit not very easily), the town is worth visiting just to have a walk around. There’s no way to describe the feeling of strolling through it, and it has to be experienced to be understood. If you can stay here, then doing so is a luxury experience rarely found in the Alps, and one that’s well worth paying for — that is, if you like to put comfort above powder.
Zurs highlights: High-class, beautiful hotels set in a picturesque town littered with award-winning restaurants and designer boutiques, and all set within the Arlberg ski region. Despite the nearby surrounding resorts, Zurs still enjoys terrain relatively inaccessible from anywhere else, furthering its sense of exclusivity even more.
Zurs is best for: Those who seek quality and tranquillity in equal measure, who are happy to pay for it. If you want world-class skiing, five-star luxury, award-winning restaurants, and the cost of all that doesn’t frighten you, then Zurs is probably the resort you’ve been looking for.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Zurs:
Zurs is located at 1,720m, and its top lift stretches to 2,450m. This 730m vertical isn’t as impressive as some of the other resorts in the Arlberg region, but with such a small town to service, as well as a skiable bowl on each side, there’s more than enough runs to go around. And this is only aided by its protected situation. Though it’s easy to ski down to Lech, it’s more difficult to get back up. The same goes for Stuben. Just one lift from each connects to a single run that moves towards Zurs. So while it does remain part of the Arlberg region, it’s not very easy to get here, making it a protected playground for those who want the quietness that its varied and immaculate slopes offer.
Being such a high-class resort, Zurs offers a top-notch ski school, which operates on three slopes just above town. You won’t miss them as they’re serviced by lifts called the Super Baby, Baby, and Übungshang which roughly translates as ‘Training Hill’. These well-maintained slopes have snowmaking and the perfect pitch to learn the ropes, meaning that even families and first-timers can visit Zurs in confidence.
For those wanting to strike out from town, two peaks are on offer. The Hexenboden chair will take you all the way to the Hexenboden peak, and will offer up some long reds and blues, as well as some excellent unmarked pistes for those seeking powder. On the other side, the Madloch chair will do the same, serving you up on top of a long red back to town, or some excellent off-piste trails heading the towards Zug or Lech, depending on which way you turn.
For those hunting air and adrenaline, there’s also a great snowpark and plenty of freeriding on offer. The Zurs area has a total of 54 pistes totalling 110km, served by 32 fast and efficient lifts. This makes Zurs easy to get around and an absolute joy to ski whether you opt for the Arlberg pass or not.
First-time and beginner skiers: The dedicated beginner area next to the town has the ability to guide first-timers from the nursery slopes up to more substantial terrain, providing a great natural progression into the rest of the mountain. Brilliant ski schools and instructors catering to most languages also makes Zurs one of the best places to learn.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will find the most on offer, with the majority of pistes being well-groomed reds and blues. There’s a lot of red-graded off-piste on offer, too, as well as a snowpark, and all the trails are easy to navigate, making Zurs a pleasure to explore.
Expert skiers: Experts will find less on offer to suit them. There are few blacks to fly down, though the large number of reds and the relative quietness of the slopes, combined with the quality of the grooming all mean that going fast is never a problem. Combine that with the healthy amount of off-piste being served up, and despite its lack of vertical or black runs, Zurs is still a playground for even the most seasoned of riders.