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One of the classics, Lech is somewhere you should definitely ski at least once – and we won’t be surprised if, like us, you want to come back. Acclaimed for its village charm and world-class ski area, this is a favourite of the rich, royal and pro’ where you’ll experience the Austrian Alps at their snowiest and most glamorous.

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At a glance: • Some of the best snow in Austria • Traditional charm, modern conveniences • Amazing 5* hotels

Great for: • Luxury • High Altitudes • Powder snow

One of the classics, Lech is somewhere you should definitely ski at least once – and we won’t be surprised if, like us, you want to come back. Acclaimed for its village charm and world-class ski area, this is a favourite of the rich, royal and pro’ where you’ll experience the Austrian Alps at their snowiest and most glamorous.

Lech Resort

Known as one of the classic ski resorts, Lech is part of the ‘Best of the Alps’ group. Also crowned 2004’s Prettiest Village in Europe, it oozes traditional alpine charm with the bonus of a world-class ski area and some of the best snow in the Alps. The resort’s superior status in the skiing world has made it a favourite of the rich and Royal for decades – Princess Di used to ski here and sharing a chairlift with Tom Cruise or Vladimir Putin is a real possibility... The uber-posh town has an exclusive feel, glittering with 5 star hotels (more than any other Austrian destination), high end stores, piano bars and acclaimed restaurants.

Lech sits in a sunny position high up in a striking valley, surrounded by the Lechtal Alps. A little river runs through the centre with pistes and authentic architecture either side of it. A striking onion-domed church peers over all and the atmosphere is intimate and upmarket.

A fantastic ski lift system transports 44,600 snow lovers every hour to a legendary ski area where you’re pretty much guaranteed to find amazing snow. Every level of skier and snowboarder are catered for superbly - particularly intermediates - and you’ll also find some of the best off-piste around.

Lech is connected to the higher resort Zurs by ski lifts, pistes and a bus which is why the resorts are usually paired together and referred to Lech-Zurs. Together they’re part of a legendary ski area of over 280km - the Arlberg area, where ski lifts connect Lech and Zurs to après legend St. Anton and the smaller villages of St Christoph and Stuben. You can ski the entire region with the Arlberg pass.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Arlberg, Austria

Established: 1906

Open: December- April

Downhill: 280km

View our detailed Lech snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Lech snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Innsbruck116km, 1h30
Zurich195km 2h
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 120km 42%

  • 132km 47%

  • 27km 11%

Top Altitude:2450m
Bottom Altitude:1450m
Resort Altitude:1450m
Longest run:5 km
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Vertical Drop:1360m
Skiable Vertical:1360m
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:280km
Beginner slopes:42%
Intermediate:47%
Advanced slopes:11%
Lift Pass Price: €235,00
Nearby resorts: Zürs, St. Anton, St Christoph, Stuben

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Lech

This is famously the setting of the hilarious skiing scene in ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’, although you won’t have any Bridget-like disasters on the piste if you take advantage of the excellent instruction and beginner slopes on offer. You’ll find some lovely nursery slopes behind the village church (you can’t miss it) and up around Oberlech to practice on until you feel confident enough to take the Schlegelkpof and explore some brilliant gentle terrain for skiers and snowboarders.

With oodles of intermediate pistes and extensive off-piste, this is a terrific place if you're confident on the white stuff. If you fancy a bit of a challenge, head to the Rüfikopf area just opposite Oberlech and zoom down some serious steeps. The conditions here are ideal for powder seekers and the Arlberg area has 180km of un-groomed terrain for some incredible deep powder freeriding. Get a guide and discover more amazing runs up around Zurs or better still, organise a guided heli-drop on the Schneetäli at 2450m or even higher on the Mehlsack at 2652 for some unforgettable descents.

An absolute must for experts here is the Weisser Ring (or White Ring) challenge, which has been a bucket-list route for over 50 years. This legendary 22km circuit offers some serious thigh-burning over Lech, Zürs, Zug and Oberlech including the demanding 5km Madloch downhill and a whopping 5500m difference in altitude.

If this isn’t enough, you’ll also find one of the nation’s freestyling hotspots nearby – the massive Lech Snowpark in the middle of Schlegelkopf is a populat spot for pro’s and has super obstacles for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned shredders.

Lech Apres Ski

Jägertee (rum, black tea and spices) is the local’s drink of choice, making it a must-try when you’re back from the slopes. Most of the nightlife here reflects Lech’s status as a first class resort, with venues emitting high-end and exclusive feel. While it doesn’t have the same legendary reputation as the après in neighbouring St Anton, you can still find a brilliant variety of venues offering a mix of the traditional and contemporary – chop and change between traditional tea dances and late night clubbing in Lech’s various bars and nightclubs.

Probably Lech’s most popular venue, Eisbar in the Tannbergerhof is worth experiencing for drinks and dancing every afternoon. Anyone wanting to extend the après into the early hours should head to the trendy K Club for fantastic drinks and an equally fantastic dance floor...

For eating out, Hagen's Dorfmetzgerei und Imbiss is a super restaurant dishing up traditional Austrian cuisine and it’s well worth reserving a table at Gasthof Post which also serves local dishes in generous portions.

Lech has some good non-ski activities if you fancy something without being strapped to a plank... There's no shortage of wellness facilities and you’ll find a sports centre as well as Europe’s first and only ice-rink with air con. Winter walkers can dip between snowshoe treks and 15km of hiking trails. For a real adventure, try icefall climbing. There’s also a natural toboggan run and you can extend the winter charm on a horse drawn sleigh ride.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Lech

When is the best time to ski Lech?

With its snow history claiming some of the best conditions in Austria and the tourist office boasting guaranteed snow, you can usually ski on fantastic conditions throughout the season. Thanks to a shared ski area with higher resort Zurs, with altitudes up to 2450m, slopes facing all directions and the opportunity of heli-skiing, you’re likely to find some decent skiing throughout the season. One of the great things about this resort is that it has fantastic connections to the Alberg Ski area which means you can always ski further afield if you fancy. As with any ski resort the venue gets busier around peak weeks such as Christmas and half term although you probably won’t notice it on the slopes - the resort’s modern lift technology is very efficient at keeping queues to a minimum.

Peak Dates

Soak up a fabulously festive feel this Christmas in Lech. Christmas starts early with traditional Christmas markets and with Lech thought to be Europe’s prettiest village, you can expect a real winter wonderland. Browse Lech Christmas ski holidays ‣

Toast in the year with a Jägertee over New Year in Lech. There’s usually a big party at Rüfiplatz, with a midnight firework display followed by more music and dancing. Browse Lech New Year ski holidays ‣

Lech’s family-friendly nature is often unduly overlooked – all ages can have a brilliant week over Half Term in Lech. With ski conditions at a peak, this sunny, world class resort is a brilliant choice for a week away in the mountains. Browse Lech Half Term ski holidays ‣

Enjoy some of the best snow in Austria over Easter in Lech, which is known to have good coverage even late in the season. Children can expect a visit from the Easter Bunny and you can usually attend Easter concerts. Browse Lech Easter ski holidays ‣

Lech Ratings & Customer Feedback
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Average Rating 4.3 out of 5
The people in Lech that you meet in the restaurants, hotels etc are all really friendly and everyone seemed really happy. The village is small and the places where you can eat are typical Austrian, with a few places where you can buy food (which was the last thing we needed, they feed you so well in the restaur... + more
Nikola Raszykova, Reading
5 out of 5
I love Lech, the skiing’s really good and the lifts are amazing. The lift pass place is right next to the lifts which is convenient and you can go to other resorts easily with just a bus ride. The ski area has loads for intermediate and advanced skiers. The weather in January was good, with fantastic snow and ... + more
Clare S, Stockport
5 out of 5
Night life in Lech can be legendary if you know where to look. There are a handful of chilled out apres bars that you can spend your afternoon in, including hotel krone with a good sun terrace. In the evening your first stop should always be Shneggerai, a traditional ski hut that serves the best pizzas with the... + more
Hannah Umlandt, London
4 out of 5
Lech is more of a posh family resort or somewhere for couples and groups in their 30s and 40s, it’s less of a party place for young people. There isn’t a great deal of après in Lech - we ended up in St Anton most afternoons and it’s amazing. You can’t ski from Lech over to St Anton, instead, you get on... + more
Will, North Yorkshire
3 out of 5
We hadn’t been to Lech before but we had been to St Anton and had found it was a bit challenging with kids. By linking the Lech area up to another resort, it’s opened up a new set of slopes. Without the new link it would be quite small but with the whole area, you can easily do a full week’s skiing. It’s... + more
A. Barker, Surrey
5 out of 5
Lech is very pretty and has some lovely bars and restaurants. Weather wise, the first three days were clear and then we had a couple of cloudy, snowy days but we knew our way around by then so it didn’t stop us from skiing! From the ski lift standpoint, there were lifts on both sides of the main street and fro... + more
Group from Minster, Kent,
5 out of 5
We stayed in Oberlech, so had to get a cable car down to Lech (which we didn’t do much in the end). The weather was gorgeous in late March and one thing I’d recommend is skiing the White Ring ski route. We did it as a big group and it was quite easy, there was just a tricky bit at the end. In all it’s a real... + more
Kate, London
5 out of 5
Another brilliant week in Zug / Lech, we’ve been back a couple of times now and enjoyed it. It has great ski in and ski out and great connections to other resorts up the valley and indeed over to St Anton on the bus. Next year you’ll be able to ski from Lech and into St Anton. Overall it’s a great location a... + more
Fred,
5 out of 5
We had a couple of sunny days in April as well as some overcast days. We were beginners so didn’t explore the whole area anyway, but others in the chalet still managed to enjoy themselves. I think it is a good place to learn, there were several easy nursery slopes and practice slopes, and a nice area to progre... + more
Francis, Devon
4 out of 5
The snow wasn’t great but we still had a good week’s skiing. We’ve been skiing several times and the atmosphere and service you get in Austria is so much better than France. There was definitely enough for our group to explore on the slopes – obviously you have to get used to taking buses, but we went ove... + more
Picky, Cheadle
4 out of 5
I wouldn’t go back again for the village, there wasn’t a lot there and I’ve been to prettier ski resorts (like Seefeld and Zell am See). It’s along one road with a parade on the left hand side and a couple of shops and the slopes on the right hand side. It has a little church on one side as you go in. There... + more
Mrs Whistler,
3 out of 5
We were in a chalet in Zug, which is very small. There’s a good bar up at the top but not really any other bars to speak of in terms of après ski – you just had to do it and ski down which was ok for us. The place itself is fairly non-descript as a village. On 3 or 4 days we had good powder snow. I’d say th... + more
Gary, Hampshire
3 out of 5
Love this resort as it has asscess to other resorts leading to a big ski area. Lots of runs for all abilities. Really nice place to stay and plenty going on. The tobogan run is a must! Great for all ages and look out for the kids as they come hammering down. + more
Lizzy,
5 out of 5
It wasn’t the best snow conditions while I was here, the weather was superb but there wasn’t really any snow. It’s been a bad snow year. I stayed in Zug, a hamlet a couple of miles out of Lech. There isn’t much there, it’s quite remote, there’s a bar and a few restaurants. I was skiing on my own for the f... + more
Tony, Hertfordshire
5 out of 5
A charming village, with some great offpiste. Set in the Arlberg close to the German border, Lech is linked to Zürs with a good lift system. + more
Seb, London
5 out of 5
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Families in Lech

Staying somewhere that’s ski in / ski out can make skiing as a family much easier, so pick somewhere like Hotel Arlberg which offers doorstep skiing, about a minute from the nearest lift and 3 minutes from the nursery slopes. Chalet Alpenland is another ski in / ski out option in the nearby village Zug. If you’re a family of experienced skiers, this is ideal as the skiable access is via intermediate terrain. The property works for less confident skiers too, who can hop on the regular bus which takes you to Lech in only 5 minutes.

Hotels can be a terrific choice for families – ask us about family rooms, adjoining rooms or hotels with childcare services if these will make your stay easier. Chalets offer a more intimate accommodation where you can enjoy quality time together in an authentic alpine setting. Both provide the meals for you – so you won’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen during your week away and can spend more time as a family instead.

The resort and ski area cater for families really well. Little ones learning to ski will enjoy a fun and safe environment at the Kinderclub, where ski lessons are combined with fun in the snow like snowman building and indoor activities including arts and crafts. Older children can be booked into group lessons with others of similar age and ability or you can all learn together with a private instructor. Experienced families can have a go at freestyling in one of Austria’s best snowparks or hire a mountain guide for a tour of the best powder.

GroupsGroup Holidays Lech

Right in the middle of the village, the popular Hotel Tannbergerhof is a perfect place to stay for groups looking to party – Eisbar (arguably the best après ski in town) is right outside. If you’re a large group, have a look at Chalet Alpenland. It’s a little further away in Zug but the ski in / ski out location and possibility of sole occupancy make it well worth staying a bit further out. Zurs has its own good selection of bars and restaurants including the Rote Wand and you can access Lech really easily via a 5 minute bus ride or on the piste. Book one of our luxury properties and enjoy evenings relaxing together in on-site piano bars and wellness facilities.

The ski area has something for all tastes and abilities – book into a private group lesson if you want to learn and improve together or hire a mountain guide for a tour of the best powder. Non-skiers won’t be at a loss to do with wellness and sports facilities as well as various outdoor excursions that don’t require being strapped to a plank. However everyone chooses to spend the daylight hours, you can all join together for a warming Jägertee in one of Lech’s mountain huts, bars or nightclubs.

Get everyone booked up and on the mountains with one of our accommodation, flights and transfers packages. Select an airport that suits everyone best below to view the most convenient holidays. Self-drive packages are also available if you’re all planning to drive and if it’s proving too difficult to find a mode of transport that suits everyone, book accommodation-only.

Which are the best ski holidays in Lech?

Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Hotel Berghof 7 £ 1349
Hotel Arlberg 7 £ 2029
Hotel Haldenhof 7 £ 1009
Hotel Theodul 7 £ 1259

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