Lech Lifts & Terrain


Lech Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Other Ski Arlberg Resorts

St Anton
Warth Schröcken

    Lech Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Lech Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Ski Arlberg
    1,304m – 2,811m (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
    Early Dec 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 20/21
    Ski Arlberg
    Adult - €59
    Child - €35
    Child u/7yr - €10
    Ski Arlberg Trail Map
  • Ski Arlberg Trail Map
    Run of Fame SkiTrail Map
  • Run of Fame Trail Map

Lech Skiing & Snowboarding

Lech ski resort has long been interconnected via lifts and piste with the ski areas of Zürs, Oberlech, Stubenbach and Zug, and most treat the area as a 'single' ski resort. Lech is also connected to the Warth-Schröcken & since 2016/17, the St Anton ski resort. The whole area can be accessed using the single Ski Arlberg ski pass. The Lech ski area provides the ability for intermediates and above to go on a ski tour and move from one dining and drinking establishment to the next! If the weather’s nice, you can add some sunbaking to the agenda.

See the Lech & Ski Arlberg trail map here.

The skiing & snowboarding terrain at Lech and the associated ski resorts consist predominantly of wide open mellow interlinked piste that are suited to beginners and intermediates. For advanced and expert riders there are ski routes & vast freeride terrain, & whilst perhaps not as challenging as the off-piste terrain in St Anton. The upside is that Powderhounds are more inclined to find fresh powder at Lech compared with St Anton – particularly of days of poor visibility.

Everyone seems to like to compare the terrain between Lech and Zurs, so we’d better join the trend (considering that Lech and Zurs is all about being trendy)! Zürs is much more suited to the beginner, whilst intermediates tend to prefer Lech. The snow quality can be better at Zurs due to its higher altitude & the off-piste terrain is absent of trees.

Snow Conditions

Lech is situated in one of the most consistent snowfall areas in Europe, let alone Austria. Warth-Schroecken to the north east has a claimed annual snowfall average of 11m, St Anton to the south east has 7m and Damuls to the northwest has 10m. You do the maths! The base altitude at Lech is a respectable 1450m, higher than St Anton. The Ski Arlberg region has some of the better snow quality, for longer periods of time, than comparable elevation areas in Austria.

Lech Ski Lifts

The lifting infrastructure at Lech ski resort, as with all the Ski Arlberg area, is an excellent range of modern lifts. Surface tows & older chairs still exist but they generally service either beginner terrain or quieter areas.

The major recent change for Lech (and Zurs) is the connection to Saint Anton via the Trittkopf & Flexenbahn gondolas. The 'missing link' is a game changer for the region and opens up a world of possibilities. It also gets rid of a few awful bus rides!

There are some short queues for lifts exiting the villages for which traditional Austrian assertiveness may be required. Thankfully the slopes are much less crowded than the neighbouring resort of St Anton, but you certainly won’t be alone at Lech unless you venture off piste.

Lift Passes & Tickets

Lech is part of the largest interconnected ski area in Austria, Ski Arlberg. Lift tickets purchased are valid for not only Lech, but also Zuers, Zug, Warth-Schroecken, St Anton, St Christoph and Stuben. One lift pass - 88 lifts and over 305km of ski trails.

Lift passes can be purchased from ticket windows at the bases of all the major lifts in town.

Beginner Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Beginners have a good variety of nursery runs in Lech that are near the town. The Schlegelkpof II chairlift provides suitable easy terrain and the next lift up, the Kriegerhornbahn can provide a little more variety. More confident beginners can catch the Rufikopfbahn and snake down to Zurs without too many difficulties (take the bus back to Lech!).

Intermediate Skiing at Lech

The area is paradise for the intermediate skier or snowboarder. Beautifully groomed long wide runs that connect you with the next pit-stop – fabulous!

The clockwise circuit of The White Ring is a highlight of the intermediate terrain. It can bet busy but is a lovely journey through the mountains & a wonderful way to get to know the ski terrain. Other favourites include runs off the Steinmahderbahn in Lech.

The Run of Fame is also worth looking at if you want a full day challenge that takes you all over the Ski Arlberg region. Note that all of the circuits do get busy & skied off - so go early!

Lech Skiing for Families

All the Lech ski areas are family-friendly with easily accessed learning slopes at the back of town, and a high-quality ski school. Lech is well set up for families, which is enhanced by the many lodgings that are conveniently ski-in ski-out. There is also a children-specific terrain park, and a slalom racetrack for family fun.

Terrain Park

Lech boasts a terrain park in the Schlegelkopf area above the village of Lech, but it remains questionable as to whether this area is worth boasting about? The terrain park includes jumps, rails and boxes and might be enough to keep shredders entertained for at least a little while ( a few minutes!).

Lech For Advanced Skiers

Don’t expect much in the way of steep groomed runs for advanced skiers & snowboarders at Lech ski resort. There are numerous ski routes to keep the advanced skier more than entertained though. More importantly, plenty of opportunities exist in the off-piste terrain. Bumps challenges can generally be found on the Sudhang ski routes below the Kriegerhornbahn 6er chairlift. Many of the ski routes are regularly groomed so are not as challenging as may be assumed.

Neighbouring Warth-Schroecken has a better range of groomed advanced piste trails.

For the Powderhound & Expert

There are many off-piste options at Lech that will suite Powderhounds and experts alike. Thankfully, the crowds are generally less than those encountered in St Anton.

The longest & most challenging off-piste descents in Lech are from the summit of the Rüfikopf. The Langerzug (route 215) is known as one of the steepest ski runs in Austria. The run also has the longest skiable vertical of any of the pistes in Lech - 900m+! Some very steep descents exist from Balmalp down into Zug – beware of avalanche danger.

For a wider range of freeride off-piste terrain, it is easy to head to Zurs and off the back of the Madloch-Joch towards Zug or return to Lech. Alternatively, on the opposite side of the valley, numerous options exist off the new Trittkopfbahn I & II gondolas.

To access powder that lasts longer, get across to Warth-Schroecken ski resort and find your little piece of paradise! And if in doubt as to where to go, get a guide!