The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 5 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Arlberg region

Key facts

Resort1450 m
Slopes1075-2650 m
Lifts97
Pistes340 km
Price index125

Lech

Austria

Resort and river

The upside

  • Lech is a traditional village in a picturesque riverside setting
  • Excellent snow record
  • Sizeable area of slopes shared by Lech and Zürs – now, with gondola links from Lech to humble Warth and from Zürs to Stuben and St Anton, part of Austria’s biggest linked ski area
  • Some very lovely hotels
  • Lively après-ski scene in Lech

The downside

  • Pricey, by Austrian standards
  • Surprisingly limited shopping
  • Few non-hotel bars or restaurants
  • Intrusive traffic on main streets
  • Hardly any challenging pistes
  • Nearly all slopes above treeline
  • Blue runs down to Lech are too steep for nervous novices
  • Still a few slow, old lifts
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    News – 2017/18

    A new restaurant will open at the top of the Trittkopf above Zürs. At Warth, a new gondola will connect the eastern, central part of the village to the ski lift base area.

    News – 2016/17

    The Lech-Zürs ski area was linked to St Anton to form Austria’s biggest ski area. The ancient Trittkopf cable car from Zürs village was replaced by a two-stage, 10-person gondola. The mid-station is linked by the new 10-person Flexenbahn gondola to Rauz, on the edge of the St Anton ski area. There is no piste from the mid-station to Rauz. In Lech, the 32-person cable car from the village to Oberlech was replaced by a 80-person one. Two new mountain restaurants were built; Schegelkopf is a stylish place on three levels with great views and ambitious food.

    Summary

    Lech and linked Zürs – in Vorarlberg, but sharing a lift pass with St Anton over the Arlberg pass in Tirol – are the most fashionable resorts in Austria, each able to pull in Porsche-borne Germans by the thousand. Putting aside their 5-star hotels, though, they don’t feel particularly exclusive.
    Unless you are counting the pennies, Lech’s combination of charm, varied slopes and good snow is difficult to beat. A wider choice of good mountain restaurants would be no bad thing, though.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 5 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 4 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 4 out of 5
    • Off-slope 3 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Arlberg region

    Key facts

    Resort1450 m
    Slopes1075-2650 m
    Lifts97
    Pistes340 km
    Price index125