Lech is a luxurious resort located in Austria. It is ideal for those who wish to ski in exclusive surroundings.
How to get to Lech
From London, it takes under two hours by plane to reach several airports which are located within easy access of Lech. Innsbruck airport is just one hour and fifteen minutes away by car and Zurich airport in Switzerland is a two hour drive away.
Travel by Train
Lech is located just 17 kilometres away from Arlberg railway station, which offers return rail travel from numerous locations in Austria. There are regular bus and taxi connections between the train station and the ski resort.
Reaching nearby ski resorts from Lech
You can ski between Lech and its neighbour, Zurs. Alternatively, you can choose to take a bus between Lech and St. Anton. These three resorts, along with their smaller neighbours, Stuben and St Christoph, are part of the Arlberg ski region. You can purchase an Arlberg ski pass, which will allow you to take full advantage of everything the resort and local region have to offer.
There is a shuttle bus which runs between St Anton and Zurs between the hours of 8.00 am and 6.00 pm. It also stops at St Christoph and Lech along the way. A ticket will cost you just three Euros.
Who Lech caters for
Of all the Austrian ski resorts, Lech is the most glamorous and also the most expensive. It is certainly not a place for those on a tight budget. Restaurants, bars, and hotels are very expensive. Despite being the first Austrian ski resort to open, Lech has managed to retain much of its old world charm and it is also extremely picturesque.
If you fancy taking a break from the ski slopes, you can take advantage of sleigh rides, tobogganing, hiking, and cross-country skiing opportunities. Alternatively, you can kick back and watch a polo tournament or explore the quaint Christmas markets.
For people who prefer walking boots to ski boots, Lech pedestrian passes can be purchased. Prices start at just twenty Euros.
A lively après ski scene and a very good nightlife (which revolves around the numerous restaurants and bars), make Lech a popular destination with those after an exciting trip. The resort is also great for family groups.
A modern lift system, capable of transporting more than 40,000 skiers per hour up the mountains, means that queues are kept to a minimum. Heated chairlifts provide some welcome relief for skiers putting up with the cold conditions found on the slopes.
What accommodation the resort offers
Lech is a very popular resort and accommodation options always fill up early, so make sure you book well in advance. There is a wide range of choices but not many of the hotels or chalets are good value for money.
Lech offers more 4 star hotels than 3 star hotels. If you really want to splash out, you can stay at the classic 5 star Hotel Arlberg, which has been constructed in a traditional Austrian style. Another great option is the Hotel Kristiana, which combines contemporary art and classic antiques. It boasts a great atmosphere and a chic style.
If sticking to a strict budget is your main concern, it is advisable to look for a chalet. You can find good deals on chalets, especially later on in the ski season.
The Arlberg Ski area hosted the World Alpine championships in 2001 and it has been described as one of the best ski areas in the world. With over 270 kilometres of piste on offer in the inter-linked resorts of St Anton, Lech, Zurs, Stuben, and St Christoph, the area offers something for skiers of all abilities and levels of experience.
If you’re looking for a really challenging off-piste experience, there are special off-piste ski routes which must only be tried under the guidance of an official instructor.
As Lech is situated at 2500 metres above sea level, good snowfall is almost guaranteed throughout the season. Furthermore, Lech’s 20 snow cannons are able to provide artificial snow which supplements the natural snowfall when necessary.
The state of the art, touch-free electronic Arlberg Skicard is automatically read by the machines from inside a pocket. This is great for skiers who are fed up of fiddling around in their pockets whilst on the slopes. It allows users to access Lech, Stuben, Zurs, St Christoph, and St Anton. For kids, the discounted Snowman card is available for those born in or after 1997.
- Lech altitude: 1450m/4757 feet above sea level
- Kilometres of piste: 273km
- No. of lifts: 32 between Lech and Zurs (83 in Arlberg region)
- Black pistes: 5 (6%)
- Red runs: 19 (79%)
- Blue runs: 25 (32%)
- Green pistes: 0 (0%)
- Snow parks: 2