From snowshoeing to horse-drawn sleigh rides –
eight ideas for active non-skiers
Lech Zürs am Arlberg, July 2014
A winter holiday in Lech Zürs am Arlberg isn't just "all about skiing and snowboarding" – active winter holidaymakers also value the well known winter sport resort in the Vorarlberg Alps for its wide range of alternative winter sports. Whether it's cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides or curling – you don't need a lift to get moving in winter.
More time, more space
The idyllic winter landscape around Lech Zürs am Arlberg provides endless space for individual development due to its unique high altitude and guaranteed snow from the end of November to the end of April. People used to trudge around with flat surfaces under their feet so they could move around more easily through the snow. Nowadays this has become the fashionable sport of snowshoeing. You don't need special knowledge or specific training to go snowshoeing. However, you will only manage to walk in deep snow if you have the right equipment, which, of course, you can hire locally. Anyone who wants to can just book an experienced guide who knows the most attractive routes through the winter wonderland around Lech Zürs.
Gliding silently in the fresh air through a winter landscape of deep snow. Cross-country skiing doesn't just develop stamina and endurance, but also improves mental well-being. The 27 kilometre network of extensive, very well prepared cross-country ski trails from Lech Zürs am Arlberg takes you through the most beautiful flat areas of the resort against a background of breathtaking mountains and provides enough variety for ambitious skaters or those who enjoy cross-country skiing and are looking for peace and quiet. These trails can be used at no cost throughout the whole season. If you would like to improve your cross-country ski technique and skill, you can obtain instruction at all levels from the seven ski schools in the resort.
Whether you are looking for a relaxed walk or a long winter hike – a 40 kilometre long network of winter hiking trails will take you through the lovely mountain scenery around Lech Zürs. There are numerous inviting sun terraces, huts and "Alps" where you can stop and take a break. The reduced "Sonnenabo" weekly pass (from 93 euros) makes it easy to take the lift up the mountain – so winter hikers can also use the attractive high-altitude network of hiking trails and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the mountains. The winter hiking trails along the Zürs stream from Lech to Zürs, from Oberlech via Tannegg to the Kriegeralpe, or the well protected high-altitude "Gaisbühel" hiking trail are just a few examples of exciting routes. You can find more detailed descriptions and information at www.lech-zuers.at.
For nature and animal lovers, watching the deer feeding at dusk is certainly a highlight among the wide range of guided hikes on offer. And, of course, a romantic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh is part of a perfect winter holiday.
A wide variety of winter fun
The innumerable curves and numerous chicanes of the 1.2 kilometre long bobsleigh run snake through the Burgwald forest and end in a rapid schuss down to the Oberlech cable car base station. Within four minutes, this brings tireless bobsleigh riders back to the point where the fun can start all over again. This is available daily between 9 am and 10 pm.
Of course, there is also a large amount of ice in Lech Zürs for the traditional winter sports of ice skating and curling. The air conditioned ice rink in the Hotel Monzabon in Lech provides 300 square metres of "icy enjoyment" six days a week. You can turn pirouettes on the open air skating rink in Zürs between 3 pm and 10 pm – including atmospheric campfire setting and glühwein.
Detailed information can be found at www.lech-zuers.at
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