Lech Ski Holidays
Austria

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Part of the extensive Arlberg ski domain, the fashionable resort of Lech sits just down the valley from the more widely famous St Anton. While groups of party animals may choose its neighbour, Lech draws visitors – including rich and famous clientele – with its beautiful historic buildings, peaceful ambiance, some outstanding restaurants and varied slopes for all skill levels.

The ski area includes dedicated nursery slopes, wide cruisy blues, great rolling reds and some steep, demanding black runs for experts. There are 2 snow parks (1 in Lech and 1 in St Anton), and when the conditions are right there’s superb off-piste skiing to be had over in the linked Warth area. Speaking of lift links, as of winter 2016/17 Lech will be part of the largest interconnected ski area in Austria, with new lifts offering improved connectivity to the St Anton side of the Arlberg. Other resorts in the area include close neighbour Zurs, as well as St Christoph and Stuben.

Lech is a great choice for families: the ski schools are wonderful, and the convenient access to good nursery slopes makes life easy for parents with young children. That said, the resort can be quite expensive. The après-ski scene is much more relaxed than that of St Anton, but there are a few superb bars for a classy, laid-back drink. Foodies, meanwhile, will find some delightful restaurants to enjoy, including lovely rustic spots with traditional cuisine.

Holidaymakers interested in Lech can fly from a number of UK airports to Innsbruck, from which the resort is roughly 1 and 3/4 hours away by road. One can also fly from London Gatwick to Friedrichshafen, which is approximately 2 hours away from Lech.

Within the resort itself, it’s quite easy to reach most amenities on foot, and there are reliable busses that run to the various villages around Lech and Zurs.
Lech is more about smart hotel bars than dancing on tables in ski boots. With this in mind, here are some fantastic places to head for a glass of wine or three.

Down in the resort centre, there are a few establishments that open out onto the river, including the Tannbergerhof with its daily open-air party and, purportedly, “the best Glühwein in the world”. Another classy choice is Pfeffermühle, which offers a cosy atmosphere and a great wine selection, while the FUX Restaurant and Bar serves brilliant whiskeys and cigars in a jazz-bar ambiance.

For something a bit livelier, the Archiv Bar is the place to party and enjoy excellent cocktails until 2am.
From special skiing challenges to activities off the slopes, Lech has plenty to keep lucky visitors thoroughly entertained.

For experienced skiers in search of a challenge, one can undertake the famous White Ring circuit, which comprises roughly 22km of terrain around the Lech and Zurs area. Visitors who complete the challenge get a little souvenir to mark their achievement.

For non-skiers, or those looking to shake things up, Lech also offers a range of activities sans skis. The resort has some 29km of walking trails, including a beautiful route that takes you along the river to Zug – maps are readily available from the tourist office.

In the evening, the floodlit toboggan run is a must. This starts from Oberlech and runs down to the town via a 1.2km route. Another winter staple, horse-drawn sleigh rides run from Lech to Zug – an absolutely enchanting way to see the snowy country.

If you fancy something indoors, the Sport Park has heaps on offer, including a gym, climbing wall, indoor tennis, badminton, volleyball and more – the kids will love the ten pin bowling! If all you want to do is unwind, the wellness area includes a soothing sauna, steam room, infrared cabin, massage room and relaxation area. There are also a few spas and salons in town.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are a few ideas to start you off.

White Ring Ski Circuit

Rüfikopfbahn

Lech

+43 5583 2824 0

Snow-shoeing

Tannberg 443

Lech

+43 5583 39880

Sports Park

Lech

+43 558 341 850

From traditional culinary delights to exotic steaks, Lech presents some excellent restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

On the slopes just above Lech, the Rud Alpe serves excellent lunches in a beautiful rustic setting. At the top of the Rufikopfbahn, the Panorama Restaurant plates up excellent burgers and, as the name would suggest, offers breathtaking panoramic views from an altitude of 2,350.

In town, the Klösterle restaurant, a former monastery, is a fine place to enjoy traditional fondues in historic surrounds. For a taste of Italy, Don Enzo Due is the only pizzeria in the Arlberg run by an Italian – they also have some lovely wines. The FUX Restaurant and Bar, meanwhile, offers the novelty of ostrich, crocodile, alligator and shark steaks, among other things.

Visitors will also find that many of the hotel restaurants in Lech offer superb gourmet cuisine, keeping with the high standard of this very fashionable resort.

Below, you’ll find a few top dining options for families, couples and groups of friends, as well as some excellent on-mountain options.

Good for Couples

Klösterle

Zug 27

Lech

+43 5583 3190

Good for Couples

Hus Nr 8

Tannberg 629

Lech

+43 558 339 888

Good for Couples

Die Stube im Hotel Arlberg

Hotel Arlberg

Tannberg 187

Lech

+43 558 832 1340

Good for Family

Don Enzo Due

Dorf 163

Lech

+43 5583 2225

Good for Family

Schneggarei

Omesberg 8

Lech

+43 558 333 220

Good for Friends

Rud Alpe

On Piste Restaurant

Haus-Nr 185

Lech

+43 558 341 825 0

Good for Friends

Panorama Restaurant

On Piste Restaurant

Top of the Rufikopfbahn

Lech

+43 5583 2336 278

Good for Friends

Seekopf Bergrestaurant

On Piste Restaurant

Top of the Seekopfbahn lift

Lech

+43 5583 2283 230

For families with kids, Lech offers some excellent childcare options and fun pastimes to keep them entertained.

As well as excellent ski instruction, Fun and Snow have wonderful babysitting and childcare services, which include exciting activities for the older kids. Meanwhile, the Kinderclub in Lech takes children between 3 and 5-years-old and introduces them to the joys of skiing in a fun and safe environment. The Lech Skischule is another brilliant choice for kids taking their first turns on the slopes.

Otherwise, tobogganing, ice skating and an indoor Sports Park mean there’s plenty to amuse the young ones on and off the slopes.

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1450m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    5km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2811m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    94

  • TOTAL PISTE

    340km



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