Lech was one of the earliest alpine ski villages and although a cosmopolitan resort today, it has managed to maintain a traditional alpine and fairytale-like atmosphere whilst offering a sophisticated nightlife, short lift queues and a balanced mix of gentle and challenging runs.
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Lech forms part of the Arlberg ski area which also includes world-famous St Anton as well as the smaller hamlets of St Christophe, Zurs and Stuben. It was one of the earliest Alpine ski villages and although a cosmopolitan resort today, Lech has managed to maintain a traditional alpine and fairytale-like atmosphere whilst offering a sophisticated nightlife, short lift queues and a balanced mixture of gentle and challenging runs. Often considered the little brother of St Anton, Lech actually more than holds its own as a ski resort in its own right. There are less catered chalets here but hotels are plentiful and great quality, the après scene is buzzing and some of the best skiing in the Arlberg is accessed from the gondolas which rise from the heart of the village, either side of the river.
Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Lech ski holiday.
1. Skiing access – Getting into the heart of the Arlberg is what Lech is all about. From the smaller resorts immediately next-door like Zurs and Oberlech to the further-flung areas of Zug, Warth and Sonnenkopf, Lech offers the easiest access to all.
2. Sophistication – With its reputation for high-end hotels, the choice-resort of the British Royal family and a more refined après scene, Lech is at the very least worth at least one day-trip from St Anton.
3. Modern lifts – Annual improvements to the lift system have not only enabled a skier’s link between all the major Arlberg resorts (rather than buses), but they’re also among the quickest and most efficient in the Alps meaning you’re rarely stood in a queue.Learn more about Lech
The balance of gentle and challenging runs makes skiing in Lech both comfortable for the novice and challenging to the expert. The ski area is extensive – the Arlberg ski pass includes a total of 88 lifts covering over 300km of pistes – and as well as Lech includes St Anton, Zurs, Stuben, St Christoph, Sonnenkopf and basically everywhere you can get to on skis!
Beginners will find plenty of blues close to the resort, which all cruise down to easy-access chairlifts. There’s little confusion with navigation when you can see the resort in the distance which is great for building confidence.
Intermediates will love the contrasts of tree-lined runs down by the resort and challenging reds at the top. Embarking on one of the Arlberg’s itineraries such as the 22km White Ring, or 85km Run of Fame is a great way to test both your technique and your endurance.
The advanced skier will be right at home on the many black runs and miles of excellent off-piste when skiing in Lech. The ‘ski routes’ marked on the piste map are a great way to explore the ski area away from the pistes, but still on marked routes and present a unique challenge for the adventurous skier or snowboarder.
Although local passes are available, to enjoy the full benefit of the massive Arlberg ski area, visitors to Lech should strongly consider investing in a full area lift pass. Novice skiers and children may feel the financial benefit of a local pass as there are some excellent gentle runs, but the allure of the 305km of skiable runs will be too tempting for anyone of intermediate and above ability.
Please see the ‘Activities’ tab for non-skiing options for Families. Lech is a quieter resort than St Anton which is great in terms of peaceful evenings, but with that comes slightly fewer options in terms of entertainment for families or specifically aimed at small children. Slightly older children will revel in the floodlit toboggan run from Oberlech back into Lech itself, which is only €5 a go…
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Report last updated at: Sat 11th Sep 2021