Lech-Zürs am Arlberg. Zürs (1717 meters above sea level) is one of the most renowned winter sports resorts in the Alps. Located in the westernmost Austrian state of Vorarlberg, almost directly on the border to North Tyrol, near the Flexenpass, Zürs is part of the Arlberg region, which also includes Lech, Oberlech, Zug, and Stubenbach. This region offers 87 ski-lifts, 200 kilometers of deep snow slopes and 305 km of ski runs. It has several (mostly luxurious) hotels and pensions, with a total of over 1,700 beds. It is popular for its downhill skiing, but also for its backcountry skiing and its Olympic skiing champions. About four kilometers north of Zürs is Lech am Arlberg, another ski resort which is linked to Zürs not only via road, but also via ski lifts and pistes. Zürs is part of the municipality of Lech am Arlberg and is one of the cradles of the skiing sport. The first ski course took place in Zürs in 1904, and the first ski lift in Austria was built in Zürs in 1937. The main source of income is tourism. Because of the high altitude over 2,000 above sea level, the landscape is mostly free of forests and therefore offers a clear view of the surrounding alpine peaks.
Lech am Arlberg is a mountain village and an exclusive ski resort in the Bludenz district in the westernmost Austrian state of Vorarlberg, on the banks of the river Lech. In terms of both geography and history, Lech belongs to the Tannberg district. In touristic terms, however, it is part of the Arlberg region. Lech is administered together with the neighbouring villages of Zürs, Zug, Oberlech and Stubenbach. Catering to wealthier clientele, particularly to the international jet set and foreign royalty, the municipality is an internationally known winter sports resort on the mountain range Arlberg. The Dutch royal family and Russian oligarchs regularly ski there. Lech am Arlberg is one of the 12 members of the elite group "Best of the Alps“.
Now connected to nearby St. Anton by the new Flexenbahn cableway, the village of Lech is a favorite bolt-hole for royalty and celebrities, with its cluster of high-end lodgings and an air of exclusivity enhanced by its remote setting. That said, Lech also has a number of budget-friendly lodgings that, coupled with its wide range of terrain, make it an approachable choice for families as well. Zürs is considered Austria's most exclusive ski resort, smaller, quieter, and less self-conscious than places like san Moritz or Courchevel, but no less upscale. It is a particular favorite for off-piste skiers who revel in its range of backcountry terrain. The tiny village of Zug is about five kilometers from Lech and connected to it by cable car, making it a peaceful, low-key alternative with access to the same ski terrain. Between the two, there are 350 kilometers of terrain at a high enough altitude to assure good snow. "The White Ring" run in Lech Zürs is the stuff of legends, and soon to be added is a spectacular new ski run, called the "Run of Fame" and following the link between Zürs and Stuben/Rauz. The nearest airport to Lech-Zürs am Arlberg is St. Gallen Altenrhein (ACH) Airport which is 93 km away, or international nearest airport to Lech-Zürs am Arlberg is Innsbruck and transfer times are 1 hour 20 minutes by car or 35 minutes by helicopter. Other nearby airports include Zurich Airport (ZRH) 190 km, Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY) 370 km, Munich (MUC) 240 km and Milan Malpensa (MXP) 330 km. If you cannot find suitable flights to Innsbruck, your best alternatives are Munich Airport, Salzburg or even Bolzano in Italy.