The best cross-country ski trails on the Arlberg
Unlimited cross-country fun on mountains and in valleys
The lordly, Nordic sport has long since found a gorgeous and idyllic home on the Arlberg with lots of views. Cross-country skiing does wonders for both body and mind, increases fitness and endurance levels, and leads to many a magical place. Countless cross-country ski trails on the Arlberg connect the individual villages with one another, opening up amazing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. But where to start, you must wonder. We’ve collected the best Arlberg runs for you.
Best runs in Lech Zürs
The incredible choice of runs proves to be quite the challenge during your Monzabon holiday. Countless cross-country kilometres lead through the heart of the winter sport region. We can particularly recommend the following routes in the Lech Zürs area:
From Lech to Zug
This easy run with minimum altitude difference connects the two Arlberg villages. Reach Zug from central Lech after approx. 40 minutes. Look forward to genuinely magical settings along the way with the roofed wooden bridge and the frozen fish pond.
Distance: 2.8 km
Zug - Älpele - Spullerwald - Zug
This genuinely beautiful extension of the tour from Lech to Zug remains mainly flat until Gasthof Älpele. Here you pick the left run to Spullerwald – a bit rolling yet gorgeous with a stunning view. The round tour eventually brings you back on track to Zug.
Distance: 6.6 km
Zug - Älpele - Tanlägeralpe - Älpele - Zug
Zug also sees the start of a long, intermediate tour for enduring cross-country skiers. Expect about three hours of run time even with proper experience. A rest stop at Gasthaus Älpele – before or after the Tannlägeralpe-Runde – is always worthwhile. Take the bus back to Lech or tackle the 2.8 run kilometres again.
Distance: 10.5 km
The round trail from and to Zug leads through Lech for about 2 km and is for classic-style and skating-style cross-country skiers. You can also tackle the entire 6.6 km through the glorious nature gem Zuger Tal.
Distance: 2 km
Classic and skating for advanced cross-country skiers: This snug tour on the Flexenpass high plateau (1,773 m) leads, starting at Trittkopfbahn 1, around Zürs in 40 relaxed minutes. A brief stop at the rustic Flexenhäusl certainly isn’t a bad idea on this hilly run.
Distance: 2.9 km
Omesberg - Zug
Let yourself be properly enchanted by one the Arlberg runs with the best views! This stunning run starts in the southwest of Lech. Classic or skating, the easy route glides to Zug in an enjoyable 45 minutes.
Distance: 2.4 km
Challenging yet worthwhile: The sunny high-altitude run in Oberlech leads through fantastic Arlberg panorama and is best suited for more experienced cross-country skiers. Let the grand views wash over you with a medium change in altitude.
Distance: 4 km
Find the full trail map at www.lechzuers.com.
More Arlberg runs
Leave the room, pack your skis and immerse yourself in the Arlberg mountains! The cradle of alpine skiing offers many more cross-country ski runs within a slightly wider radius from our Hotel Monzabon. A brief trip to St. Anton (approx. 20 km away) provides you with another 40 cross-country kilometres accompanied by amazing ski slopes, exciting ski tours and many other amazing winter offers. The following cross-country ski trails on the Arlberg were awarded the cross-country quality seal by the province of Tyrol:
The longest run of the region by far is among the most beautiful in all of Austria. And still it’s not too difficult. Only the downhill part right at the beginning is a bit tricky, then, about half-way through, it’s all uphill from Flirsch back to the start at the civic amenity centre in St. Anton.
Distance: 22 km
Those who like it a bit easier and more relaxed should tackle this tour with connection to the Stanzertalloipe. The Ganderauloipe is ideal for cross-country skiing with dogs. It also offers beginners and untrained skiers a good idea of the local Nordic offerings.
Distance: 3 km
This short, fairly easy Arlberg run, too, is connected directly with the Stanzertalloipe. Situated east of Pettneu, it’s a run not only for beginners. Loipe Reit is also perfect for training sessions.
Distance: 2 km
It is one of the most beautiful cross-country ski trails on the Arlberg, maybe even in all of Austria: Tackle several ascents and downhills through the Verwalltal west of Hotel Mooserkreuz. The route is challenging, the romantic view of the route to the Verwallsee, however, astonishing.
Distance: 10 km
Loipe St. Christoph
The ideal meeting place with skiers is at 1,800 m. This medium high-altitude run leads through the heart of the ski region in close ski slope proximity. St. Christoph is one of many amazing Arlberg runs with a dedicated skating track.
Distance: 2.5 km
Cross-country skiing at night under clear skies? A genuine rarity in the Arlberg region! Ski through quiet winter nights at low difficulty in Pettneu every Monday and Friday from dawn into the evening, till 9 pm. Park at the Wellnesspark Pettneu.
Distance: 2 km
Located in Pettneu as well, this trail runs east of the Wellnesspark. The brief ascent with downhill part is hardly a challenge on this short, rather easy-going tour. Move at a fairly brisk pace between Rosanna and the clear way.
Distance: 1.5 km
Which of the many different cross-country ski trails on the Arlberg are you interested in today? An almost unmanageable number of highlights right outside the door in Lech Zürs and in the closer surroundings makes Nordic dreams come true. Have you already requested your Monzabon holiday offer?