Lech am Arlberg
Lech am Alberg is where the rich and famous go to play in the snow, and the rest of us go to watch them. Lech is a very traditional Austrian ski resort, and the associated town is very cosmopolitan with lively bars and excellent restaurants.
Lech Austria also has plenty of shopping opportunities, but you might need to max out the credit card because of the pressure to conform to wearing beautiful ski clothes. People watching in the main street of Lech is an activity in itself, as tens of thousands of Euros of Prada clothes strut past.
The sophistication of Lech very apparent, but it doesn’t overpower the long established charm of the town and the slopes.
Where is Lech Austria?
Lech in the West Alberg region in western Austria on the banks of the river Lech, 120 km west of Innsbruck, and 20km from the town and ski resort of St Anton
The town of Zurs
(and the associated ski area) is 5km south of Lech, and Zug is 3km to the west. Other nearby villages and ski areas include Oberlech and Stubenbach.
Lech Ski Resort Terrain
The Lech ski
terrain is mostly suited to beginners and intermediates. There’s only one black run on the piste, but there are ski routes and off-piste skiing to challenge advanced and expert riders. Considering that most of Alberg’s tough terrain is around St Anton and Stuben, very few advanced skiers venture to Lech, so the plus is that the off-piste areas won’t get tracked out too quickly.
The lifting system around Lech and Zurs is incongruous in that there are cable cars and some new sophisticated high speed 6 and 8 person lifts that have padded and heated (yes heated!) seats. On the other hand, there are many primitive drag surface tows that are incredibly slow.
A well planned lift system interlinks Lech with the ski districts and villages of Zürs
, Oberlech, Stubenbach and Zug. A fun itinerary in fine weather is to ski or board the White Ring, which is 22km of runs that enable you to circuit all the villages. You can crawl the various high mountain restaurants (our favourite being at Zug), and sit on the sun terraces and sip hot chocolates or beers.
More recently the Lech-Zurs ski areas have become inter-connected via a cable car with the Warth-Schröcken ski areas. The combined areas offer a total of 47 lifts and 190 km of piste.
Lech Hotels and Accommodation
The town of Lech am Arlberg offers a large range of accommodation options. There are lots of Lech hotels
ranging from 1 star affairs that are more akin to a pension, up to grand 5 star hotels such as the Gastof Post. Some of the Lech hotels are slopeside and offer the convenience of being ski-in ski-out. On sunny days these slopeside hotels have a roaring lunchtime trade in their restaurants, and everyone congregates on the sun lounges to work on their tan.
Other Lech accommodation options include private lodgings.
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Why Go on a Lech Ski Holiday?
Lech is very popular with families because of the gentle slopes, the ski-in ski-out hotels and the many facilities for the kids. It’s also “fashionable” with nobility and those who enjoy a little chic flair.
Lech is a traditional Austria ski resort with traditional Austrian culture, and whilst it’s not party central like St Anton, Lech still has lively après activities. One of the bonuses of a ski holiday in Lech is that you can combine it with some skiing (or partying) at St Anton. The electronic Alberg skicard not only provides access to Lech but also St Anton which can be accessed by complimentary buses that take about half an hour.
If your ability to speak German isn’t great don’t worry too much. Lech is well populated by British tourists, so some degree of English is spoken in most places. So long as you know how to order a bier and a wiener schnitzel, and say danke, then you’ll cope fine.
Tours that include Lech
Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
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GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
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