If you ski Lech, you get an exclusive resort in the Arlberg ski region. With a great snow record, a traditional village, lively après-ski and of course some excellent skiing and snowboarding across the Arlberg ski area. Read our review to find out all you need to know.
Lech in Austria's Vorarlberg region and it's close neighbour Zürs, are two very exclusive ski resorts that are part of a linked ski area in the Arlberg ski domain - 84 cable cars and lifts and 283 km of piste. With much skiing history, this is a traditional alpine village. Access is via Innsbruck, Friedrichshafen or Zurich - with Innsbruck being the simplest for transfers.
On the Slopes
Great for beginners and young children, ski holidays in Lech offer highly rated ski schools and gentle nursery slopes in the centre of the village, while intermediates will find abundant choices right across the ski area. From warming yourself up on the Mohnenfluh mountain with it's cruisy blues through to the tougher pistes on the Rüfikopf there's well groomed pistes awaiting every morning.
So amongst the good intermediate slopes, there's also a wide range of steeper pistes, tree lined runs in Oberlech and long very cruisy blues to warm up or learn on. Expert skiers should look for off-piste challenges, or head over to St Anton. It's said that there's over 180km of off piste runs available to you - who are we to doubt! This is also a great location for boarders, with a park and a half-pipe and lots and lots of powder and off-piste challenges across the ski area. Whatever your level, you'll rarely find queues, due to good lifts and strict mountain limits.
If you ski Lech you are also in the ski region of Arlberg.
Off the Slopes
Accommodation in this ski resort is available in every category, but Lech favours the top, exclusive end. After a busy day on the slopes, you'll find plenty of restaurants, open-air snow bars, indoor bars and dancing, and thanks to the tunnel system, Oberlech is a traffic-free zone. This is a great village for real après-ski from the moment you finish your days on the slopes - whether that's 3pm or 5pm! Other activities available include a sports centre, indoor golf, curling, ice-skating, tobogganing, snowshoe walking, and winter walks. Those of a romantic disposition can try sleigh rides, and the children will enjoy feeding high-alpine game.
Who's it Best For?
Lech is especially great for intermediates. But you will need to have quite a big wallet to stay here so this is not the best resort for those on tight budgets!
Lech is a truly beautiful resort to ski in. It has the chocolate box look that people often look for when they travel to Austria and also offers amazing views. The real downside of the resort is quite simply the price. It is the fairground for the rich and famous so expect to pay more here than you would elsewhere.
if you are looking for a package holiday to Lech then check out the deals that we have with leading tour operators. Or you may simply want to organise things yourself but want to find a good hotel room or chalet. Check out all our accommodation listings, compare and then simply book direct with the owners.
Why Choose Lech in Austria
1. Excellent snow record.
2. Great resort for intermediates.
3. east access to other resorts in the Arlberg ski area.
4. Amazing 5* hotels, this is a great luxury ski destination.
Is Lech Right for You?
If you are sure that Lech is the right resort for your next ski holiday then check out the holidays we have on offer and get booking now. If however you need more help why not let our Lech tailormade ski holidays service help you.
For many skiers and boarders a chalet is the epitome of a ski holiday. Many of us imagine staying in a chalet which is nestled in amongst the mountains with great ski in ski out opportunities. You would imagine that a place like Lech abounds with such properties, well you may be a bit disappointed.
In Lech you will find chalets, alongside apartments but this resort is really the home of the luxury hotel. You will certainly struggle if you are looking for a catered chalet so if it is a chalet you are looking for then you will need to accept the need to self cater!
Accommodation in Lech
So chalets do exist, the best place to look is the tourist office which has around 80 chalets on their books. If you do struggle to find a chalet then you may want to consider an apartment or why not look at some of the hotels available, this is after all the hotel resort.
5* and 4* hotels abound but there are also some good 3* hotels. If you were willing to pay for an expensive catered chalet why not look instead at the 5* Hotel Arlberg in the centre of the resort. You will pay up to £2000 per person per week but that may have been your budget for the chalet? If not then check out the 4* Hotel Sonnenburg.
Apartments can be a great option on a ski holiday. Many are now a million miles away from the concrete blocks that were built in the purpose built French resorts. Many are now architecturally designed and are airy, loft apartments with great facilities.
Lech is really a hotel based resort with an amazing array of 5* and 4* hotels. So if you are looking for cheap studio style apartments you will be disappointed. That said, whilst you wont find great value apartments you will find really good value B&B's and guesthouses so if money is tight check out these options.
Are Apartments a Great Option?
Well apartments can generally work out cheaper than chalets and many apartment complexes now being built by the likes of MGM offer swimming pools, saunas and spas, faciltiies that some hotels don't even offer.
In addition, apartments can offer families and large groups greater space and freedom than some large chalets. Some also come catered and are ski in ski out. So don't discount apartments, they can offer really good value for money without compromising on quality.
Book your Lech hotel online through GoSki.co.uk and find a choice of ski hotels in Lech that you can choose from. Booking your winter break early means you often get the best deals.Ski hotels in Lech are available at all levels from budget through to luxury and you can book online and get confirmation within minutes from our partners, hotels.com. Regardless of the type of Lech hotel you want, you'll be nestled in the heart of the Arlberg ski area with a range of skiing hotels from locally-owned to larger companies.
Hotels can be a great choice for a ski holiday. Those that offer pools, saunas and spas are great for skiers and boarders coming off the slopes with aching limbs. Many hotels in ski resorts also offer great restaurants and apres ski meaning you really don't have to travel that far!
What Hotels are Available in Lech?
There are about 75 hotels to choose from in Lech, so this really is the hotel resort! You may struggle if you are looking for a budget hotel, 3* is about the best we can do. A good example here is the Hotel Stulzis or the Sporthotel Cresta which for Lech are good value.
If money is no object then there is the beautiful 5* Hotel Arlberg in the centre of the resort. There is also the amazing Hotel Gasthof Post which is a Relais & Chateux property. Really if its 5* you are looking for the list goes on. In Lech you will find luxury but at a price!
Lech is located in the West Arlberg region of Tirol in Western Austria.You can access Lech from 5 main airports including Friedrichshafen, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich and Zurich, so you have a good choice here.
Transferring from Innsbruck
The nearest airport is Innsbruck which is about 2 hours away. Easyjet now service Innsbruck so this could be a good choice. From Innsbruck you can easily travel by train and bus to the resort. The route from Innsbruck follows the main Inn valley motorway, do bear in mind though that in bad snow conditions the route through St Anton and St Christoph can be a little tricky.
Transferring from Zurich
Zurich may look to be further away on paper(it is 200km away) but it has a ski bus, the Arlberg Express, that runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the winter season straight into Lech. This bus takes about 3 hours so is also a good option.
There is also a train you could get to Langen am Arlberg followed by a bus or a taxi. If you opt to drive from Zurich take the route via St Gallen and then join the Austrian motorway via Feldkirch up towards the Arlberg pass.
Compare Lech ski schools and then book or reserve your ski and snowboard lessons before you arrive in resort! Reserve your spaces in group or private lessons in Lech so saving yourself a lot of hassles!
Ski Schools in Lech
Whether you want to have ski lessons or snowboard lessons, most Lech ski schools offer a wide range of options including half day lessons, private or group lessons. Use GoSki.co.uk to find out more.