Lech is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world (once claiming kings were guests and guests were kings) with a determination to give its customers the best at all times. Located in the Austrian Arlberg region, it is probably the most exclusive resort in the Alps - in every sense of the word.
The local Lech-Zürs ski area on its own has some fantastic skiing with plenty of interesting runs to entertain you. However, recent investment in new ski infrastructure means the whole of the Arlberg area (including St.Anton, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken) is now connected via a series of fast gondolas. Until recently the only way to get to St. Anton from Lech was via a bus, so this has dramatically changed the area and increased the skiing potential. The Arlberg ski area now has 305km of runs making it the biggest ski region in Austria and roughly the same size as the vast Espace Killy (Tignes and Val D’Isere) area in France. Situated in what in winter is usually a dead-end valley, Lech is a pretty and compact village where development has been carefully planned and monitored over the years.
Two hundred metres above Lech itself is the satellite of Oberlech. This is a car-free area which comprises a cluster of large four-star hotels. It is reached by a cable car from Lech, which runs till 1am. Oberlech is an ideal choice for families with young children as it has its own ski kindergarten
Resort Altitude: 1,450m
Resort Skiing: 2,811m
Total Ski Area: 305km
Blue Runs: 133km
Red Runs: 135km
Black Runs: 37km
Cross Country: 23km
Travel date 02/02/2019
Booked by: Paul McCaffrey
Travel date 02/03/2019
Booked by: Clare Roberts
Travel date 14/12/2019
Booked by: Steve Graham
Travel date 30/01/2020
Booked by: James Eliot
Travel date 01/02/2020
Booked by: Sophia Phillips
A key reason for Lech’s astounding popularity is its snow record. It has its own micro-climate which means it gets more snow than almost anywhere else in Austria and can boast one of the best snow reliability records in the Alps. The season here runs from the beginning of December to the end of April.
The piste terrain is best suited to good intermediates. Advanced skiers can make good use of the great off-piste skiing; heli-skiing is also offered in Lech for those looking for an adrenaline rush. There are good nursery slopes for beginners and young children, making it a good option for families. With the Flexenbahn gondola now in operation, you can ski across to St. Anton without having to get a bus.
An ideal choice: this is one of Europe's great boarding centres. Facilities for boarders include an 80-metre half-pipe, a fun park and a boarder-cross course full of tricky obstacles. Experts will enjoy the off-piste terrain, especially the powder, however, it is strongly recommended that boarders hire a guide as the off-piste can be difficult to navigate.
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Griggeler Stuba - for those looking to splash out, do so on award-winning chef Thorsten Probost, the cuisine is purist with fresh ingredients and tasty wild herbs
Gasthof Post & The Arlberg - award-winning Brunnenhof in Lech is one of the best restaurants in the region holding a Michelin star
The quaint Rud-Alpe - hut on the Schlegelkopf sector has a terrace and several dining rooms inside
Frozen ice-bar - recommended for any champagne lovers, stop off at the top of the Schlegelkopf chairlift where Veuve Cliquot is the drink of choice
The Skihütte Schneggarei - a favorite of ours. A younger croud, with modern food and house music until late
Tannbergerhof - it has a great open air bar that serves an excellent mulled wine.
the inside bar is very popular and offers a large variety of drinks and live music
Non-skiers will find they are in good company in Lech: many of the resort’s winter visitors just come here to soak up the clean mountain air and the beautiful scenery. This means the resort remains fairly lively during the daytime. There are some pretty walks along the valley floor and great shopping. It is easy to get up the mountain for a lunch-time rendezvous with skiers in Oberlech.