Lech Ski Resort

Lech am Arlberg is a quintessential Austrian ski village
Lech is popular with intermediate skiers, but has terrain for all abilities
Lech ski resort is in Vorarlberg Austria between Zürs & Warth Schröcken
Oberlech is the best location to stay in Lech ski resort
Lech makes a great destination by ski from Zuers
A modern gondola connects Lech to Warth Schroecken
Lech am Arlberg is in one of Europe's highest snowfall regions
Modern ski lifts protect you from the elements at Lech
Several tree lined slopes are a feature near Oberlech
Lech's pretty streets lead to the many ski lifts heading up from the centre of town.
Lech has superb ski schools & terrain for novices
Fun progression ski trails at Lech
A mass of intermediate terrain is fabulous for skiers & boarders of all ages
A vast alpine area above Lech provides freeride off-piste powder for all
More challenging ski routes & freeride are on Lech's Rüfikopf
Lech's mountain huts include modern cafes & bars like the Wolf
Oberlech reigns supreme over the valley
Lech is a pedestrain friendly village, but also has an excellent bus system with links to St Anton
Lech ski resort Austria
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Lech Ski Resort

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Other Ski Arlberg Resorts

St Anton
Warth Schröcken
    Lech Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Lech Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Ski Arlberg
    1,304 – 2,811 (1,507m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 to 10m
  • Lifts (88)
    Ski Arlberg 
    18 Gondolas / cable cars
    44 Chairs

    Lech - Zurs ski resorts
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    16 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec 1 to mid-April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 305km (Ski Arlberg)
    Longest run – 10 km
    Advanced (incl. ski routes) - 38%
    Intermediate - 26%
    Beginner - 36%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Ski Arlberg
    Adult - €56.50
    Child - €34
    Child u/5yr - €10
    Ski Arlberg Trail Map
  • Ski Arlberg Trail Map

Lech am Arlberg Ski Resort Austria

Lech am Arlberg ski resort is where the rich & famous go to play in the snow & the rest of us go to watch them. Lech is also part of the fabulous Ski Arlberg ski region & in one of the snowiest parts of Austria. The rich & famous come here for a reason – the skiing is exceptional. On a powder day during the storm you may well find yourself alone on the slopes, which makes Lech a powder hounds delight. Ware when the sun comes out though...

Lech is a traditional Austrian ski resort with a cosmopolitan town, lively bars & excellent restaurants. The village 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.

Whilst the sophistication of Lech is apparent, it doesn’t overpower the long-established charm of the town & the ski slopes.

Pros & Cons for Lech Ski Resort


  • Great lifts, facilities & terrain for everyone (families with children, intermediates, & advanced skiers);
  • Snow sure;
  • Loads of ski-in ski-out accommodations;
  • Interconnected with magnificent St Anton & snowy Warth Schröcken;
  • Traditional Austria ski resort & culture;
  • Great après ski activities;
  • Excellent restaurants;
  • Exceptionally good value lift pass price;
  • One lift pass for the entire ski region (& no bus connections required).


  • Some dated lift infrastructure when compared to other Ski Arlberg resorts;
  • Expensive accommodation;
  • Not the easiest place to travel to in winter - no direct train transport link, road access can be challenging via the Flexenpass.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Less lively après scene than nearby St Anton, but better than Zuers!
  • Fashionable with the nobility & those who enjoy a little chic flair (Not that one really notices any difference to a whole lot of other alleged ‘fancy’ ski resorts across the globe!)

Lech Skiing & Snowboarding

The Lech ski terrain is well suited to beginners & intermediates. Only one black run graces the piste but there are several ski routes & off-piste skiing to challenge most advanced & expert riders. That said, some of the runs are under-rated, such as the main 'beginner' run under the chairlift heading back into Lech - it is intermediate at the start of the day & advanced at the end! All ski routes in the resort get regularly groomed so are as close to piste trails as the piste trails......... go figure!

See the Lech ski trail map here.

Considering that most of Ski Arlberg’s toughest terrain is around St Anton & Stuben, relatively few advanced skiers venture to Lech, so a major plus is that the off-piste freeride areas don’t get tracked out too quickly on any of the many powder days! We can vouch for the ski routes all being untracked for our own personal pleasure during a winter storm in high season.

The ski lifts at Lech are an intriguing mix of bright shiny modern cable cars, gondolas & 6-seater chairlifts plus a whole lot of old clunky surface lifts & double chairs. A few quad chairs of middle vintage round out the infrastructure. In a land of super competitive ski resorts, we would expect the older lifts to be replaced sooner rather later. Some of the old 2-seater chairlifts provide a lovely journey, like the one from Zug. Super pleasant on a snowy day.

For more detailed information see the Skiing Lech page.

Interlinked with Ski Arlberg

Lech ski resort is fully lift, piste & lift pass interlinked with all of the Ski Arlberg ski resorts including Zürs, Zug, Warth-Schröcken, Stuben, St Christoph & St Anton.

See the Ski Arlberg trail map here.

Where is Lech Austria?

Lech is in Vorarlberg state, western Austria on the banks of the river Lech. The ski resort is 120 km west of Innsbruck & 20km from the legendary town & ski resort of St Anton. The town of Zurs (& its associated ski area) is 5km south of Lech, with Zug 3km to the west. Other nearby villages include Oberlech & Stubenbach.

Gateway airports to Lech are Innsbruck, Zurich & Munich. Many people heading to Lech will prefer a private transfer direct from the airport. Search & book all airport transfers here. It is easy to travel to Lech from all the airports by train to St Anton & then take a bus or taxi direct to the centre of town. Driving to Lech from the north via Warth is not possible in winter due to seasonal road closures.

For more detailed information see the Travel to Lech page.

Lech Hotels & Accommodation

The town of Lech am Arlberg offers a large range of accommodations with a quintessentially Austrian ski resort village atmosphere. Development has been restrained along traditional lines. The centre of town bustles through the day with a steady stream of well-dressed guests & locals heading to the slopes, browsing the shops or enjoying the bars & restaurants.

The various Lech accommodations range from excellent pensions like the Pension Cafe Fritz, up to grand 5-star hotels such as the Gasthof Post. Other Lech accommodation options include private chalets & apartments dotted throughout town. Accommodation in Lech is highly sought after & can book out quickly for high season dates. Note that the skiing can be awesome at either end of the season so leave your options open if you can.

Search & book all Lech ski accommodation here.

Above the main town, Oberlech provides the absolute best place to rest one’s head for the night. A range of superb chalets & hotels lie the Hotel Sonnenburg are slopeside & offer the convenience of being ski-in /ski-out. Access is via a cable car to the upper village. On sunny days these hotels do a roaring lunchtime trade in their wonderful restaurants, plus everyone congregates on the sun terraces to work on their tan.

The tiny village of Zug is connected by ski lift & bus to Lech providing a perfect place for relative solitude. Another refuge from the masses in Lech is arguably the Arlberg’s best location – Zürs.

For more detailed information on the best places to stay, see the Lech Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses & Chalets page.

Ski Lessons & Mountain Guides

Lech has a mind-boggling array of ski instructors & ski schools plying their trade in the resort & adjoining valleys. Similarly, if you want to venture off piste at Lech or the greater ski Arlberg area, it is handy to have a guide to show the way. To narrow down the field, search & book a private ski lesson or mountain guide with the best providers on the Lech & Ski Arlberg Ski Lessons & Guiding page. 

Lech Activities

As expected of any major European ski resort a full range of other winter activities are available at Lech once the knees have finally given way. Sleigh rides, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, winter walking & sledding are just a few of the multitude of possibilities to check out once you arrive.


The Powderhounds reviewed Lech in 2019 & had a great time, including enjoying a cold snowy day in deep powder with almost no one else on the slopes. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read its inciteful & witty prose.

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Tours in or near Lech

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

St Anton & Ischgl Austria Ski Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski multiple Austrian ski resorts based in the legendary St Anton & Ischgl. This tour is Austrian Alps skiing at its finest with abundant snowfalls, endless ski terrain for all levels, vibrant villages & après ski that must be experienced to be believed.
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USD 3,695
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