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Lech

Lech Ski Holidays Austria

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

Transfer time
  • Zurich
  • Innsbruck
  • Friedrichshafen

At a Glance

Resort Altitude: 1,450m

Resort Skiing: 2,811m

Total Ski Area: 305km

Lifts: 97

Blue Runs: 133km

Red Runs: 135km

Black Runs: 37km

Cross Country: 23km

Ski Areas

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.

Lech accommodations

Accommodation

Top Runs

  • "The Circuit" - ​​from lech up the Rufikopf, down to ​Zürs, up to the Madloch-Joch, down the itinerary to Zug and back up to Lech
  • Oberlechoffers great choice for good intermediates with plenty of perfectly groomed runs
  • Heli-Skiing - ​one of the few places in Austria where heli-skiing is not just allowed but actively encouraged​​

Skiing

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.

Snowboarding

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.

Ski Schools

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with SkiBro, New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.

Click here to book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers.

If you’re traveling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

Restaurants

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 

Après Ski

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

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. 

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