Lech

With the highest average annual snowfall of any resort in Europe (10.6m), picture-postcard Lech, which comprises elegant hotels, high-class restaurants and chic bars,is built around its river and attracts an exclusive clientele – Princess Caroline of Monaco, David Bowie and Princess Diana among them.

Exceptional skiing and charming scenery aside, Lech is a gourmand’s paradise. With a rich array of top-class cuisine on offer – usually with prices to match – the restaurants of Lech cater to all tastes.

Travel Information

  • Airport 1
    INNSBRUCK (INN) - 120KMS // 1HR 35MINS
  • Airport 2
    ZURICH (ZRH) - 195KMS // 2HRS 15MINS
  • Private Airport
    INNSBRUCK (INN) - 120KMS // 1HR 35MINS
  • Train Station
    LANGEN AM ARLBERG - 15KMS // 20MINS
  • Heli Pad
    FLEXENPASS - 8KMS // 10MINS
  • Huge ski area
    High end luxury properties
    Short transfers
    Excellent snow record
    Good for all abilities

    Lech Ski Overview

    Thanks to the consistent rate of snowfall in Lech and to a recently developed network of new lifts aimed at integrating the resorts of Lech, St Anton, StChristoph, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken, the area available for skiing using a single ski pass is expansive (the largest in Austria) and the scenery is breathtaking.

    To preserve the tranquility of the resort as it has grown over the years, the Lech resort was the first in Europe to apply a cap on the number of day skipasses issued in peak holiday times. As a result, runs are never overcrowded and more than 350 instructors take classes of usually fewer than tenpeople. While the terrain is well suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, the well-known 21km Weisse Ring (White Ring) and the off-piste areas areideal for more advanced skiers.

    Key Information

    • Ski Area: Lech Zurs am Alberg
    • Resort: 1450m // Top: 2450m
    • Pistes: 275km
    • Beginners: 21
    • Intermediate: 26
    • Advanced: 7
    • Ski Lifts: 86
    • Snow Park: 2
    • Nursery Areas: 2
    • Cross Country: 21km

    In addition to the exceptional skiing opportunities, well-kept cross-country and hiking trails in the Zug valley cater perfectly to those wishing to immerse themselves in enchanting wilderness, explore the forests and to catch spectacular views of peaks. Other activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, toboggan runs and ice-skating.

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    Sightseeing

    A plethora of warm and inviting Christmas markets welcome visitors in December and are well worth a browse.

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    Festivals & Music Scene

    The Cineastic Gondolas film festival, also in December, includes independent films, impressive light shows projected onto the mountain sides and an outdoor ice bar and DJ set.

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    Leisure Centre

    Activities at SportPark Lech include indoor climbing, football, volleyball, badminton, bowling, as well as a sauna and a bowling alley.

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    Spa

    Visitors looking to pamper can treat themselves to massages and beauty treatments.

    Lech’s gastronomy scene is outstanding: in addition to traditional bakeries, Lech’s wide variety of restaurants and cafés – several of which are of international acclaim – offer a range of international and traditional Austrian cuisine. Many of the restaurants are within hotels, such as the GasthofPost, Tannbergerhof and Hotel Arlberg, and boast extensive and impressive wine lists. Après-ski in Lech is a significantly more refined affair than innearby St Anton: riverside bars dot the slopes and are perfect for those wishing to enjoy the afternoon sun with a sheepskin throw and a glass of champagne while cocktail and jazz bars cater to those wishing to stay out until the early hours.

    Griggeler Stuba

    Austrian, International, European

    Award-winning, Griggeler Stuba is part of the Burg Vital Hotel in Oberlech. If you are searching for a gastronomic feast, this is the place – the restaurant has three Gault Millau toques

    Balmalp

    German, European, Austrian, Alpine

    Balmalp at the top of the Zugerberg chair, is a contemporary mountain restaurant with a sun terrace. There’s table service with Italian fare and daily-changing Asian stir-fried dishes.

    Kinderclub Lech is a great way for the little ones to discover snow for the first time. The kids’ club provides a fun and safe environment for children to get to grips with how to use their equipment, make snowmen, do arts and crafts, dress up and take part in games and enjoy the snow. The tourist officewill be happy to offer guidance when it comes to childcare, including professional babysitting services and ski schools.

    The Lech Ski School, for example, which was founded in 1925, offers lessons taken by professional instructors who are experienced when it comes to the local area and piste conditions. Private or group sessions with reliable and enthusiastic instructors will help build confidence; beginners and advanced skiers alike can hone their skills, whether learning to snow plow or perfecting parallel turns.