Friendly, unspoiled village linked over the Arlberg pass to St Anton. It consists mainly of one or two hotels and a handful of shops and restaurants. Lech-Zürs are within reach by infrequent buses from the village, or more frequent ones from Rauz - the roadside lift station for St Anton. A slow double chair serves an underused area of local slopes that make a refreshing contrast to the busier St Anton pistes. It's a great place for intermediates to potter happily or for experts to discover some wonderful off-piste descents - the mountain has north-facing slopes that hold their powder well. A blue piste from the mid-station takes you to Rauz, for the lifts back to St Anton. For this winter, the Arlberg is finally ‘closing the gap’, with the new Flexenbahn now on its way to completion in time for winter 2016/2017. Four new lifts will link Stuben on the St Anton side, to Zürs on the Lech side – all of which are high-tech 10-seat gondolas. This will mean that the Ski Arlberg area won’t only be the largest interconnected ski area in Austria, with 305km of slopes and 87 lifts, but it will also enter the top 10 largest in the world. The new lifts will make all points of the snowy Arlberg region quick and easy to access, and will also cut the number of buses running between the resorts – a significant environmental benefit.
- Zurich airport: 2 hours