Ski resorts in Lech am Arlberg – Lech & Zürs
This extremely beautiful and slightly exclusive resort of Lech, since the dawn of skiing as we know it, has been known as the “cradle of Alpine skiing”. Lech is a small mountain village in the Arlberg region of Austria. Lech am Arlberg is an exclusive ski resort, considered the “Swiss St Moritz” or the “French Megève”, where the rich and famous want to go. Regardless of this, this village has still kept its traditional farming town with its old charm. This guide gives you a little bit of low down on the ski areas, Après Ski, Nightlife, and accommodation in and around Lech.
Lech & Zürs Ski Guide – Skiing in Lech & Zürs
With the village set at a decent altitude of 1,440m, Lech has some good snow each year. The Lech slopes are ideal for the intermediate skier, who will find the terrain a lot welcoming than in the linked resort of St Anton.
With a huge range of terrain and reliable snow coverage, it is no surprise that Lech/Zürs is a favourite for skiers and riders worldwide. With 305 kilometers of ski runs, it is in the largest connected ski area in Austria. The bold among you can also explore the entire off-piste terrain of Arlberg on 200 kilometers. Lech is best known for its skiing (both on-piste and off-piste). It is well connected by lifts and groomed pistes with the neighbouring villages of Zürs, St. Christoph, St. Anton and Stuben.
The city of Lech itself is very simple, consisting of luxury shops, chalet accommodation, stylish bars, and ski shops both sides of the main road that runs directly through.
Photo: Martin Str
Official Tourist Board of Lech & Zurs
Lech Zürs am Arlberg Tourism ski resort video
Lech & Zürs ski area & runs
The Lech Zurs Ski area is deceptively large: you will never feel overcrowded in Lech, as ticket sales are limited each day (14000). This largest ski area in Austria offers 305km of marked runs, and an enormous 200km of off-piste just waiting to be explored. Lech area has a lot of easy slopes marked for beginners and intermediates.
Lech & Zürs are part of the Arlberg area of ski resorts – Lech region has 10 cable cars and gondolas, 45 chair lifts, 28 drag lifts.
The Lech ski area has 34 Blue runs (easy), 70 Red runs (medium) and 30 Black runs (difficult). Chair lifts leave for the main area above the town, offering plenty of local runs and connections over to warth. The cable car on the other side of Lech accesses the route over the Zürs. From here, keen skiers can get to St Christoph and Stuben or complete the white ring circuit and take the lift into the Madloch area, which leads to slopes above the hamlet of Zug, and finally a Panoramic of the village of Lech.
Lech is at an altitude of 1,440 meters (spread between 1,440 and 2,811 metres) and Zürs is at altitude of 1,717 meters. While Lech draws the attention of the rich and famous, it sure promises skiers a snow-sure destination. Zurs, near the flexen is much smaller, yet has a good choice of 5-star hotels and services.
Off Piste Skiing in Lech & Zürs
Skiing well-matched for intermediates, whilst off-piste skiing caters for the advanced skier. Arlberg ski area is one of the best off-piste ski areas in Europe with its 200 Km of ski routes: it will make your off-piste runs much safer, can even give the edge. We recommend you hire a Guide for extreme off-piste adventure or if you are planning a Heli-ski tour.
Do not miss the famous off-piste run Valluga in St.Anton – North and West, both worth giving a shot with a Guide if you are not faint-hearted.
Here are our ratings for Lech and Zurs:
• For beginners: 5
• For intermediate: 8.5
• For advanced: 9
• For snowboarders: 9
• For freestylers: 7
• For free riders: 10
• For Nightlife: 7
• Après Ski: 7
• Resort Charm: 8.5
Lech & Zuers am Arlberg -Piste Map
Best Après Ski in Lech
Après ski in the village is fun and fashionable, stylish bars and first-class lunchtime restaurants plus mountain huts, many of which offer award-winning cuisine. Lech and Zurs it is a little low key, compared to St.Anton. Zur’s resort is even more exclusive than the resort of Lech.
However, nightlife and Après-ski in St Anton are much more popular compared to Zurs and Lech. If you are looking for more nightlife, read our Après-ski section in St. Anton.
Photo Credit to - Schlegelkopf restaurant