The route that connects all waypoints is as follows: Take the gondola up to the Rüfikopf mountain to the start of the ski circuit at 2362 m. Just below the Rüfispitze peak, take the Schüttboden surface lift towards the Trittalpbahn cable car. Featuring a magnificent view of Zürs, the route, which is ideal for racing, all-mountain or slalom skis, leads over 500 m down into the valley then over the ski bridge to the opposite side of the valley.
By the time you’re seated in the 4-seater Seekopf or Zürsersee chairlifts, which take you towards the Zürsersee lake, you’ll have already left the Trittkopf mountain behind and you’ll catch a first glimpse of the Omeshorn mountain as it comes into view. Halfway around the Zürsersee lake, a 2-seater chairlift will whisk you up the Madloch-Joch ridge. As you admire the challenging slopes of the Madloch-Joch, you might wonder how in the world the ski pioneers of Arlberg ever learned to ski with ungroomed, steep slopes and powder snow as far as the eye can see. After skiing the Madloch route, you will have arrived in the next valley depression. The small village of Zug is the starting point for the final chairlift of the White Ring. The Zug cable car company will transport you to the Balmengrat ridge, where the final section of the White Ring begins. This, the longest slope of the White Ring, leads 4,236 m down into the valley below. From the Kriegeralpe Alpine hut, you’ll arrive back in Lech via Petersboden and Oberlech, exhausted and most certainly full of pride.
It doesn’t matter if your hotel is in Zürs, Zug, Oberlech, St. Anton, Stuben, St. Christoph, Warth or Schröcken. The White Ring may be located in Lech Zürs, but it is part of Ski Arlberg, the largest connected ski area in Austria, which means that your ski pass is valid for the entire ski circuit (Warth, Schröcken, St. Christoph, St. Anton or Stuben). The ability to ski the White Ring without having to take the bus to Lech is just another of the many advantages of the Ski Arlberg ski association. Within the ski area, you can arrive at the starting point at the Rüfikopf mountain on skis. Similarly, instead of being isolated, the finish line in Lech is connected to the slope network as part of the ski resort. Best of all, after conquering the White Ring, all the slopes, 305 kilometres of spectacular downhill skiing, are still at your disposal. Because the Arlberg is one of the Alps most snow-secure regions, skiing back to your hotel in Lech Zürs is possible even in the low season. Once back at your accommodation, take a moment for some well deserved rest. Should you be incapable of waiting that long, stop in to one of the many inviting ski huts along the slopes for refreshments.