The tiny hamlet of Zurs packs quite a punch, with beautiful scenery, access to one of the largest skiing areas in Austria and a wonderful alpine atmosphere. Its super snowy microclimate and high altitude means you can enjoy this exclusive resort throughout the whole season. All the hotels are within easy walking distance of the lifts, most with ski-in/ski-out convenience, and with Lech only a short distance away you can experience all the fabulous restaurants and bars in the locality.
Zurs is part of the world-famous Arlberg region, where the sport of downhill skiing as we know it today was first developed. Renowned for its champion skiers, quality snow, endless runs and over 284km of pistes there is plenty to keep you busy. We highly recommend Red 10 as one of the best runs in the resort; it’s long and challenging and on a clear day you get some absolutely amazing views. Since 2015 Zurs has been directly connected to St Anton via the Flexenbahn gondola, making this the perfect base to discover one of the snowiest corners of the Alps. For the adventurous skier, there are lots of opportunities for skiing off-piste and exploring the mountain on ski routes.
ACTIVITIES AND GASTRONOMY
We have hand-picked some of our favourite things to do and places to eat that we have discovered throughout our many years working in Zurs. Our client concierge team will be happy to make reservations and give additional recommendations for you. You’ll find our top picks below.
The Rodelalm and Rodelstall are rustic old mountain huts, which serve Tyrolean classics with a lively atmosphere on the side. The Alm is a great spot for hearty lunches on the sunny terrace with a fine wine cellar and the Stall is particularly popular on Tuesday and Thursday evenings when there’s night-time tobogganing.
With awe-inspiring views at the top, you can see the mountain peaks of five different countries on a clear day. The final cable car to the top, the Valluga Bahn II, only has room for five adults and has incredible views. Experienced skiers can head down the north face, and those who prefer an easier life can take the cable car back down and enjoy a hot chocolate at the restaurant.
This award-winning restaurant is located at the summit of the Galzig cable car and offers up gastronomic delights in a relaxed setting. Choose from Austrian specialities such as schnitzel or a classic bouillabaisse, one of the most talked about dishes on the menu. For an extra special experience, ride the Galzig cable car on a Thursday evening for a candlelight dinner accompanied by piano music.
The Arlberg is the only region in Austria that allows you to heli-ski. Escape the crowds with an experienced guide and find yourself immersed in sensational terrains and powder snow. The Mehlsack plateau is best suited to the most experienced skiers, whilst Schneetäli-Orgelscharte is best suited to intermediate skiers.
Ski Programmes for Children
CHILDREN'S SKI PROGRAMMES IN ZURS
Our award-winning and fun-filled children’s ski programmes are in full swing in Zurs throughout the winter season.
When it’s time for parents to head out onto the slopes there’s nowhere better to leave your little ones than in our pb crèches. You’ll be free to explore the resort’s full potential safe in the knowledge that your babies and toddlers are happy and having buckets of fun.
Our unique Yeti Primer programme is the ultimate introduction to skiing for 3-4 year olds. We combine fun morning sessions on the nursery slopes with afternoons enjoying activities on the snow and in our pb crèche to create the perfect balance between time on skis and time to play.
Our unique Yeti programme for 4-9 year olds is the ultimate introduction to skiing with the best child to adult ratios available on the mountain. With our qualified ski instructors and dedicated Yeti Assistants accompanying our groups on the slopes we’re able to provide a seamless supervised programme from the moment the kids leave the boot room.
We are delighted to welcome older novice skiers to SnoZone Beginners! Our specially designed programme combines expert ski tuition and plenty of fun and games with the rest of the SnoZone crowd. Our approach enables your 10 to 14 year olds to learn to ski with peers of the same ability, while also giving them the chance to spend time with other friends in SnoZone.
SnoZone is adrenaline-fuelled and full of non-stop action! Our unique programme for 10 to 14 year olds welcomes kids who can ski confidently on red runs who want to challenge themselves by developing new skills, learning new tricks, and taking their skiing to the next level.
The PB Ski Academy is structured to provide a comprehensive programme covering several different styles of skiing, aiming to create a confident skier across multiple ski disciplines. The programme is tailored to the needs of the group, ensuring that participants get the most out of their week. The week begins with a skiing assessment done by video analysis in order to produce a tailored development plan for each skier.
Ski Programmes for Adults
ADULT SKI PROGRAMMES IN ZURS
We run the ski programmes below in Zurs during selected weeks over the winter season. Click here to see all of the adult’s programmes Powder Byrne offers.
Our on-piste ski guiding is perfect for competent blue run and more experienced skiers and offers our clients a sociable and relaxed way to enjoy the mountain. Our Ski Managers are all great skiers who know the terrain and how to ensure you get the most out of your skiing. They’ll show you around the ski area, advise you on the best runs, avoid annoying bottlenecks, and of course, secure the best tables for lunch.
It’s never too late to learn to ski when everything is taken care of in our Learn to Ski in Style programme for adults. We combine personalised instruction with long lunches in some of the most charming mountain restaurants. We’ll take you through everything step by step to pass on all our knowledge: from equipment to clothing, to how to walk in ski boots. We’ll even carry your skis.
Skiing isn’t for everyone, but that’s not to say there isn’t still plenty to do in the beautiful village of Zurs. Our Powder Byrne mountain hosts will show you another side to the mountains with sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledging and scenic mountain walks, just to name a few activities on offer. Whether you’re a non-skier or simply just taking a day out, there’s always plenty to do with our Mountain Hosts.
If you want to refine your ski technique and learn new skills without sacrificing full days on the slopes with an instructor, our intensive PB Ski Clinics are the perfect solution. A thorough 1.5 hour session with an expert instructor will sharpen your technique and enhance your enjoyment of your time on the slopes.
OUR HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATION
TRADITIONAL AND FAMILY-RUN
The Albona Nova is a traditional family-run hotel with easy access to the slopes. Situated just a stone’s throw from the main street, it benefits from a quiet location and is only yards from the Zürserseebahn, your main access route to the vast Arlberg ski area.
Run by the wonderfully hospitable Eggler family, The Arlberghaus is an extremely family-friendly hotel with an enviable location just a short walk from the Trittkopfbahn lift taking you to the main ski area of Zürs.
Bentleys House is a boutique hotel in the Alps and is also the newest five-star hotel in Lech & Zurs, Austria. It offers guests the warmth and cosiness of a private residence combined with the services of a luxury hotel.
With a perfect position at the foot of the slopes and near to the ski school, the friendly ski-in/ski-out Hotel Ulli is a fabulous property that is a client favourite in the Powder Byrne portfolio. With superb food, great service and excellent facilities, Hotel Ulli is a sure-fire winner for all the family.
The 5-star Zürserhof, is composed of an impressive set of buildings. Ideally situated in a peaceful location, it’s right on the slopes next to the Seekopfbahn chairlift, giving access to the large Arlberg ski area and only a few minutes from the centre of Zurs.
Family-owned for the last 50 years, Thurnher’s Alpenhof is a gem in the heart of Zurs. Describing themselves as “a true winter sports hotel”, this is the ideal destination for skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters and winter walkers alike.
Family-owned and operated, the charming and traditional 4 star Sporthotel Enzian is the ideal base for a relaxing stay. With beautiful views over the mountains and located adjacent to one of the main ski lifts and the kids’ ski school, it’s perfect for families looking for somewhere with easy access.
“The ski guiding programme was definitely the highlight of the holiday for me and my wife. We had not skied in Zurs before, so it was really nice to have an experienced guide to show us around the slopes and take us to the best restaurants and bars.”
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