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Lech ski resort

Lech ski resort is one of Austria’s oldest ski resorts famously known as the birthplace of Alpine skiing and home to the world’s first heated chairlift (1937). A favorite spot among British Royals including Princess Diana, a ski holiday in Lech is a must for families and ski enthusiasts looking for a fun-filled winter getaway.

Ski Information for Lech

Located in the mountainous region of Vorarlberg, Lech combined with the other 6 neighboring ski resorts provides an extensive skiing terrain named Ski Arlberg. The resorts together create Austria’s largest ski resort with over 306 km of skiing slopes, serviced by 88 lifts.

With the Ski Alberg’s high-tech ski pass, skiers can access all cable cars and lift station gates in Lech ski resort ‘hands-free.’  Ski Alberg is also home to Europe’s oldest and strongest ski club, producing famous World Cup and Olympic gold medalists and hosting numerous ski races and competitions yearly.

Home to hundreds of high-quality five-star hotels, glamorous sports boutiques, and fine ding restaurants, skiing in Lech is quite expensive. Despite this, more families still come to visit Lech for its large powder-filled and well-groomed terrain for beginners and intermediates and its extensive facilities for children. It also offers one of Arlberg’s greatest après ski spots and numerous exciting off-mountain activities.

Skiable Terrain in Lech

Majority of Lech’s skiing areas are composed of sunny, wide open and interconnected slopes that are great for beginners and novices. Off-piste terrains with some doubled diamonds are available for expert and advanced skiers. Many insurmountable peaks are accessible through heli-skiing.

Because of its high altitude and modern snowmaking equipment, the resort provides snow-sure and top-quality skiing slopes. For powder hounds looking for deeper powder, avail the Ski Arlberg pass to get access to Europe’s snowiest skiing terrain. Connected by the Auenfeldjet lift, the small Warth ski resort receives 11 meters of natural snow every year.

Flexenbhan cable way is a new and efficient chairlift system that connects Lech ski resort to six neighboring villages allowing skiers to access more slopes. One of the world’s five largest skiing resorts, Ski Arlberg claims over 5,000 hectares of skiing terrain for skiers and snoboarders. In addition to the groomed slopes, over 180 km of ungroomed slopes are waiting for freestylers and freeriders with several routes marked extremely difficult.

Lech Skiable Terrain for Beginners

Lech offers very limited slopes for beginners. The best area for beginners and children, serviced by a T-bar is located near the Flühen lift, close to the 600-year-old church. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are also offered for those who want to learn how to ski before they head to the slopes. After some practice from the ski schools, confident beginners can try the runs at Oberlech and some easy blue slopes near Weibermahd. There are also slopes for advanced beginners at the Rüfikopf area like the Monzabon-See trail and the Schuttboden-Zurs trail leading to the Zurs base area where more nursery slopes are available for novices.

Lech Skiable Terrain for Intermediate Skiers

Lech allots almost 50% of its terrain to intermediate skiers. The pistes are perfect for deep powder runs. The famous White Ring circuit, a 22-km clockwise route connecting Lech and Zurs area is composed of red and blue slopes. While some parts are well-groomed, there are areas in the circuit that are steep and challenging even to the best intermediate skiers.

Most of the long intermediate skiing slopes are immaculately groomed and are connected through a series of lifts and gondolas.  One of the ideal slopes is the 5 km long route taking skiers from the top of Madlochjoch downhill leading to Zug.

At Lech, plenty of vast powder filled slopes await those seeking for some skiing at blinding speeds like the Weibermahd run. A few off-piste locations are available for skiers looking for more fresh powder and more challenging terrain.

Lech Skiable Terrain for Experts

Lech combined with Zurs offer 33 km of ungroomed black marked pistes for experts and over 200 km of ungroomed and off-piste tracks across the Arlberg. Best explored with a mountain guide, most of these slopes are considered ‘Extreme’.

The Kriegerhorn (2,173m) have expert routes like the mogul-filled Südhang (202), the ‘Extreme’ Osthang (203), some off-piste areas near Nordhang (204) and the Furkawang route (222) taking skiers down to Zug for another two marked trails. From Rüfikopf (2,362m), the Langerzug (215) is another extreme trail that leads to Stubenbach’s gladed terrain. The popular and challenging off-piste Schwarzewand slopes offers wonderful views of Lech.

For more freeriding adventures, head to Zür’s powder deep off-piste area near Madloch. The black marked Sonnenberg and the ungroomed ‘Extreme’ Seekopf is just one lift up on the western side of the resort and both of these slopes leads back to Zur’s base area. Freeriding is available at Hexenboden (2,223m) near the Trittalp area, but it will require a steep and daring climb, supervision of a mountain guide is a must.

For experts seeking for more unforgettable adventures, Heli-skiing trips are available on Monday to Friday, taking off at the Abflugplatz Flexenpass. There are two locations available. Schneetäli (2450m) is great for intermediates and the other one is the expert skier’s favorite, Mehlsack (2652m). The 5.5 km long and 1,200m vertical descent from Mehslack’s peak is one of the longest run in Alberg and offers the freshest powder.

Afterski & Nightlife in Lech

Lech has plenty of options when it comes to relaxation, night outs and partying after skiing. The resort is home to 4 and 5 star hotels and bars that offer delectable cuisine and long list of drinks.

Fux Jazz Bar

The Fux Lounge Bar is a trendy and chic après ski spot located on the riverside. When it comes to food, the Fux offers exotic steak cuts from crocodile and shark. The bar offers a wide collection of beers, wines, cocktails and champagnes served on its warm cozy sofas with a relaxing jazz music in the background.

Haus Nr. 8

One of the oldest restaurants in Lech, this one of a kind bar and restaurant offers hearty and traditional meals. Haus Nr.8 is located inside an astonishing 300-year-old barn, named as it is the 8th house to have been built at Lech. The bar is popular among skiers for a late nigh drink thanks to its friendly and lively ambience.


Located at the heart of Lech near the Rufibahn station, Archivbar hosts the liveliest parties at Lech. Open from 9pm until dawn, ArchivBar is the place to be for those who are looking for a memorable but affordable après ski spot. It offers a large variety of drinks and cocktails priced mid-range and hip dance music for those looking to party until early in the morning.

Activities in Lech

Lech offers a lot more than skiing on the challenging slopes. Visiting Lech gives you a chance to enjoy the spectacular snow-covered mountains while enjoying the resort’s numerous winter activities. Take winter hiking trips, try tobogganing in the specially designed slopes or take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride in the peaceful and calm routes. Here are some of the skiers and family favorite things to do at the resort:

Winter Hikes

During your visit to the spectacular skiing paradise Lech, experience a different outdoor activity like going on a winter hiking trip. Lech and the neighboring Zürs have over 32 miles of beautiful well-groomed trails. Take a memorable trip alone, with your family or with groups of friends. Feel the snow crisp under your feet and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Alps.

Snow Shoeing

Enjoy Lech’s snowy forests and snow blanketed slopes on snowshoes. The snowshoe hiking trips are a wonderful way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the resort. Snowshoe hiking trips are arranged in the evenings too with torchlights and hot drinks for guests. Just make sure to wear warm clothes as the temperatures could drop very low.

Toboggan Run at Oberlech

Toboggan is guaranteed to provide fun for the entire family. Take an exhilarating journey at Oberlech with well-groomed tracks winding through the snowy forest leading back to Lech. The high-speed toboggan run is about 1.2 kilometers long and cable cars are always available to take you back up to the slope.
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