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Lech is a very picturesque alpine village in the Arlberg region of Austria. It is an expensive upmarket resort which offers excellent skiing for all levels of ability. Lying at an altitude of fourteen hundred and fifty metres the resort has a very good snow record throughout the season. Lech and its higher altitude neighbour Zurs provide one hundred and ten kilometres of pistes, while the whole of the Arlberg ski area offers two hundred and sixty kilometres. Lifts provide easy access to the slopes and passes are available for the whole of the Arlberg region. In order to avoid over crowding on the slopes there are a limited number of passes each day. Three hundred metres above the resort is Oberlech where skiing is from the doorstep. Ski schools provide excellent tuition for adults and children from four years and there is also a kindergarten. Lech is a fashionable resort with some rather luxurious hotels where comfort is taken seriously. It also has superb restaurants serving a diverse cuisine that satisfy most tastes but possibly not most pockets. Although it is a charming alpine village set in stunning surroundings, it must be said that Lech is not a suitable destination when holidaying on a tight budget.
Lech is an extremely attractive alpine village offering excellence in all aspects of your ski holiday. With snow sure slopes, superb hotels and restaurants, good shopping and a lively nightlife Lech is a great holiday destination for those with deep pockets.
A Lech ski holiday is popular with those who wish, and can afford, to avoid the package holiday scene. The skiing particularly attracts those at novice and intermediate level as there are a limited number of demanding runs for advanced skiers.
The Lech ski season is a little longer than most as it extends from the beginning of December to the end of April. This beautiful village is also popular in the summer months with walkers, climbers and mountain bikers.
Lech, considered to be one of the most exclusive ski resorts, is located in a beautiful valley in the Austrian Arlberg region. Lech and its satellite Oberlech together with its neighbour Zurs provide over one hundred kilometres of pisted terrain, with another one hundred and fifty kilometres in the Arlberg ski area. The slopes are never crowded as once fourteen thousand lift passes have been sold no more are issued. The area has an excellent good snow record with good cover through to the end of April. Although the terrain accommodates all ability levels, intermediate skiers have the most choice of runs. There are good nursery slopes for novices where they can gain confidence to return via the blue run to the village. This can appear to be a rather intimidating steep run for beginners. There are five black runs for advanced skiers and for those seeking more variety there is easy access to St Anton which has some demanding terrain. Boarders can enjoy the varied terrain as well as the snow park Boarderland Lech which has pro-jumps, a boarder cross course, a half pipe and a triple kicker line. Ski schools provide tuition as well as mountain guides. There is a kindergarten for children from thirty months.
The hotels in Lech have generally been built in chalet style and do not detract from the overall charm of the village. Car use is discouraged as the resort is fairly compact and there are regular free buses throughout the day and into the night. Oberlech is entirely car free and very family friendly. Although many holidaymakers eat in their hotels Lech has a number of excellent restaurants serving exquisite dishes. Evening entertainment is mainly hotel based with bars and restaurants providing alternative venues. Lech has a small number of shops including the famous Strolz Ski and Fashion store.
A Lech ski holiday also provides a range of recreational activities including sleigh riding, tobogganing, ice skating and heli-skiing.
Lech has less than ten bars and most of the evening entertainment is hotel based with discos and live music. Oberlech’s hotels have outdoor bars playing music and it is a popular place to stop on the way down from the slopes to Lech.
Lech has a fair number of shops providing a range of goods and there is an excellent department store named Strolz. It is true to say that few bargains will be found in Lech.
Whilst there are a few excellent restaurants in Lech the majority of holidaymakers return to their hotels for dinner. Many of the hotel restaurants are four or five star and good food is not hard to find. While many serve traditional mountain fare, there are also those that serve international cuisine.