In 1979 only two years after our honeymoon visit to Zürs & Lech in the Arlberg region, Bob & Margaret Wykoff proposed a trip spending a week in the same area plus another week skiing in the areas around Innsbruck. Sign us up!

On this trip we had our fanny packs and I could take my camera along to take pictures in the Zürs region, which I had not been able to do on the earlier visit.

Picture

Narrative

Zurs Poma

According to the note on my slide (we were finally able to get these digitized in 2013) this is the Seekopf lift, which has since been replaced by a chair lift.

I certainly do not lament those long drag-lifts that were so common in those days!

Jim   Mary Ellena Jim and I at Seekopf.

I am still using the same ski poles 34 years later. They are K2 poles (somewhat shorter than most pros would recommend) with Scott grips. At least I use them when I pony up the checked baggage charges to take my own equipment to the slopes. When I'm too cheap to do that, I don't usually miss my skis. I always, however, lament not having my poles.

We are both wearing our "PVS" ski hats in these days before helmets. The fact that I'm wearing a windshirt rather than a jacket means it was quite warm.
View from Muggengrat Chair

From Seekopf, we went up the Muggengrat chair. This was the view down the valley toward Lech.

As we found out in our second week in Innsbruck, this is not an especially good snow year for Austria. Nevertheless you can see there is no lack of snow here!

Zuers

So much of this beautiful terrain is not skiable, but it is lovely to look at. On this day we had planned an expedition to Lech. By the time we reached the Madloch-Joch to pick up the trail down the valley, we were over 3000 feet above Lech.

I no longer remember the exact route we took down (there were many options), but I do recall one marvelous sight. We were skiing down a trail and saw a number of folks stopped. We stopped too and looked where they were looking. There was a chamois perched just above the trail looking at all of us!

Alas, I couldn't get my camera out quickly enough.

Madloch

Our friend Jenny Larsen had joined us for our expedition.

Back in those days when we were youngsters ourselves, our PVS friends "of a certain age" were a real inspiration. Jenny was not only a good skier she was an accomplished ice skater.

Even now that we are a certain age ourselves many of our older PVS friends are STILL an inspiration. I only hope we might inspire others younger than we are.

Zuers to Lech

This is the view back toward Seekopf from the top of the Madloch. Zürs would be in the valley beyond the base of the chair.

Jenny & Jim Farther along the trail to Lech.
Lech

We have arrived at Lech. While there we stopped and had a great lunch at one of the restaurants. After lunch, however, Jenny and I went to pick up our coats and managed to get locked into the coat closet!

Luckily Jim came looking for us and was able to roust out some of the restaurant staff. Eventually we escaped, but neither Jim nor I can remember if they had to call a locksmith to get us out.

Lech

Unlike Zürs, which consisted solely of hotels, restaurants, and bars, Lech was a real town – although primarily devoted to tourism. After our escape from the coat closet we enjoyed a walk around looking at shops before heading back to Zürs.

Rufikopf Tram - Lech

Since Lech is over 800 feet lower than Zürs, we had to take the Rüfikopf tram to gain enough altitude for the trip back. Even so it was a pretty flat run.

As best I can tell from looking at a modern trail map, the peak in the center of the picture is the Mohnenflüh at over 8000 feet altitude.

Jim & Jenny

Even though the road back wasn't strenuous, it was long so we welcomed the opportunity for a break.

We always tell folks that one of the best features of European skiing is the travel from village to village with plenty of little "refugios" in-between.

View toward Lech

We've almost made it back to Zürs. This is looking  back down the valley road toward Lech.

It was a great day.

I don't know why PVS has never been back to this area because it is one of the best in Europe. There are no plans for next year, but maybe the year after....

After a wonderful week in Zürs, we headed to Innsbruck for a week there. Come with us.