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  • Beginner 15 Pistes
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Resort Guide

Lech sits in a valley with the ski area sprawling both sides of the mountain range. On one side the Rüfikopf cable car takes you up to explore the Zürs slopes. A short walk across the river you will find the Schlegekopf chairlifts, leading up to Lech’s main area of slopes.

Lech is in a sunny position with impressive scenery, the ski area is high and open, with very few trees. From the top slopes there are views to the Valluga above St Anton.

From Lech you have access into the whole Arlberg ski area, comprising a number of charming and uniquely different alpine villages with 97 cable cars and chairlifts providing access to 350 kilometres of marked ski slopes and 200 kilometres of ‘ski routes’. With the new Flexenbahn cableway linking Zurs and Stuben it’ll be even easier to reach ski areas such as St Anton or St Christoph. The new lift takes just 6 minutes with 47 cables transporting 2400 people per hour.

For beginners

The main nursery slopes are in Oberlech, but there is also a good dedicated area in Lech. The resort offers good, easy runs for complete beginners to progress on to, both above and below Oberlech.

Snow parks         

The snow park in Lech offers freestylers and snowboarders around 17 obstacle courses covering an area of 3.6 hectares, which are prepared daily and are divided into Fun Run, Rail and Pro lines. Whether you are a beginner, advanced or professional, you will enjoy shredding here. The Fun Run has easier obstacles and is ideal for beginners. Those seeking a thrill will find the challenging Pro line fits the bill.

The Schlegelkopf chairlift, with heated seats, means you will arrive comfortably to the start of the park and during the ride up you get a great view of the kicker beneath the chairlift.

Off Piste

There is only one, very short, black piste on the map, so some might say the ski area is limited for the more experienced skier. But if you are happy to venture onto the ‘ski routes’ and ‘touring runs’ then Lech offers a great deal for the competent skier to enjoy.

Many of the best runs start from the top of the Steinmähder chair. From Kriegerhorn there are shorter off piste runs down towards Lech and a very scenic long ski route down to Zug. Of course, head over to St Anton where you will find there are more challenging pistes as well as more off-piste.

It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe, and to find the best slopes at the right time, professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Ski & Snowboard hosts

VIP SKI offers a free Ski and Snowboarding service to help you find your way around the slopes of Lech and the Arlberg ski area. This service is open to all skiers who feel able to tackle red runs with confidence. The service is available 3 days a week, weather permitting. The hosts will find you the best snow, the best lunch stop, the best beer and the quickest lifts. The meeting point is hotel reception, if ski hosting is in demand the groups will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note that our hosts are not instructors and cannot take beginners, nor will they take you off piste. All children aged 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

Cross Country Skiing

With a snow guarantee and 27 km of beautifully prepared trails, there’s something to satisfy every cross country skier staying in Lech. A wide variety of trails leading across the alpine mountains are a real paradise for pleasure skiers who want to draw strength from nature as well as professional athletes who want to train and build up stamina. The perfectly groomed cross country slopes can be used all season free of charge. Equipment for classic and skating is available for rental at most of the ski shops and the Lech Ski School offers cross country lessons.

Skis, board and boots - another vital part to a fantastic ski holiday. Through us you can pre-book skis, boots and snowboards for all abilities, from complete beginner to the most advanced level of skier or rider. And we haven't forgotten our young skiers, with ski equipment specifically designed to help them progress. Our range includes skis for tiny tots as young as 3 years, through to children up to 12 year olds.

In Lech we provide our ski hire from Strolz a just a short distance from the hotel. Our supplier has been chosen for their expertise and friendliness, and to ensure you get the very best quality equipment in resort.

We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible. 

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctate due to exchange rates

Adult Bronze
Skis only £121
Skis & boots £181
Board only £121
Board & boots £181
Adult Silver
Skis only £166
Boots only £59
Skis & boots £225
Board only £166
Board & boots £225
Adult Gold
Skis only £201
Skis & boots £260
Board only £201
Board & boots £260
Adult helmet hire
6 day helmet hire £42
Child hire
Child skis (70-120cm) £32
Child skis (130-160cm) £43
Child boots (size 15.5-19.5) £17
Child boots (up to size 35) £32
Child helmet hire (up to 15yrs) £32
Child board hire
Snowboard (up to 145cm) £74
Teens
Teenage skis (165-175cm) £74

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to you before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. 

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctate due to exchange rates

6 day Ski Arlberg lift pass
Adult £257
Adult 65+ £222
Teenager 16-19 years £222
Child 8-15 years £155
Children under 7 years £14
3 day Ski Arlberg lift pass
Adult £140
Adult 65+ £128
Teenager 16-19 years £128
Child 8-15 years £90
Children under 7 years £14
Arlberg Safety Card
Adult or Child £14

Whether complete beginners, those wanting to take skiing up again, or experts – everyone can learn something from the ski professionals in Lech am Arlberg. There are several ski school providers in Lech, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a couple of our recommended suppliers below, and we pre-book lessons with both schools on your behalf.

Ski School Lech +43 (0)5 58 323 55

Ski School Lech is known for its wide selection of instructional offerings and for its highly skilled instructors. You learn to enjoy skiing and improve your skills naturally, making your time in Lech an unforgettable experience. From alpine skiing and snowboarding, ski touring, freeriding and telemarking to heli-skiing, they offer a multitude of possibilities with both child and adult group lessons and private lessons available.

Kinderclub Lech +43 (0)5 58 323 55

In the Kinderclub of Lech your little ones (from the age of 3) will be introduced to snow and the joys of skiing in a playful and structured fashion.  Children are given time to become accustomed to their ski equipment and the snow so that the crossover to ski school is then very easy.

They offer highly professional supervision, in modern and well-equipped rooms your children will be cared for by our qualified team of Kindergarten teachers and ski instructors. The daily routine is clearly structured but also offers children the greatest possible freedom of movement and creativity, including approximately two hours of skiing, free play time and a diverse animation programme.

Lech offers a variety of activities for both the non-skier and those wanting some alternative entertainment after a day on the mountain. We’ve listed some of the most popular activities below.

(Please note there are numerous choices of companies for all options so please speak to our Hotel Staff once in resort for further details. With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.)

Leisure centre

The 'Sport Park Lech' offers a spacious and well equipped gym, indoor tennis courts and other ball sports such as badminton, volleyball, football, handball, basketball and table tennis. There is also 10 Pin Bowling, a climbing wall as well as a Wellness area to relax and the sports lounge cafe.

Ice skating

Hotel Jagdhaus Monzabon offers you 300 square metres of rink for ice skating and curling, the first and only air-conditioned hotel ice rink in Europe. There is a gorgeous natural ice skating rink situated in a quiet location in Zug. Have fun – even in the evening – with ice skating or curling. Right in the center of Zürs you will find another natural ice skating rink which offers great fun – for kids and adults.

Icefall climbing

If you are an ambitious icefall climber, Alpincenter Lech will organise extended ice tours of one of the many frozen waterfalls in the Arlberg region on request. Further information and reservations at Alpincenter Lech.

Horse drawn sleigh rides

Whether by day or at night a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh could be a highlight of your ski holiday in Lech! An absolute must for families and romantics is a nostalgic trip with a horse drawn sleigh. Wrap up warm with blankets, cuddle up together and enjoy the magical winter wonderland.

Feeding the wild animals

Feeding the wild animals is a lovely experience for nature fans. With guided groups starting from Engerle-Wald you can observe the wild animals being fed in safety. During the hard winter months food is scarce for the animals, they almost lose their fear of humans during this time and allow us a rare glimpse close up whilst being fed. Don’t forget to take binoculars with you!

Bowling

There is a 4 lane bowling alley at the 'Sport Park Lech', they even have special light effects and sounds, such as ‘Moonlight’ or ‘Glow in the Dark’.

Tobagganing

A 1.2 kilometre toboggan run winds its way through the forest of Lech and has several tight twists in store, the high-speed descent just before the last station is guaranteed to cause adrenaline levels to rise. Tremendous fun which can be repeated quickly as the Oberlech mountain railway takes adventurous souls back to the start within four minutes.

Snowshoeing

Snow-shoeing is a great way to see the mountains. Experience the unique winter landscape around Lech Zürs am Arlberg in the fresh, clear winter air. Be inspired by the wonderful snow-covered mountain scenery and discover really special views away from all the hustle and bustle.

Toni Grissemann at Four Seasons Guiding offers guided snowshoeing tours every Tuesday. ‘Toni‘s Classic’ is probably the most beautiful snowshoeing tour in the world, taking you through the amazing, snow-covered forest of the Zug valley this tour leads you to truly hidden places. On every other day they offer private guided tours for families and groups (minimum 4 people).

You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

Winter hiking

Stock up on new energy in the winter landscape around Lech am Arlberg and enjoy nature at its most beautiful. Under a thick glistening white coat, as the sun shines down from cloudless skies, fresh air flows through the body and the snow crunches underfoot. Lech offers a great network of winter prepared paths and a reduced priced lift pass allows you to reach the higher hiking trails or just simply enjoy the wonderful view.

Heli skiing

There is no greater experience for advanced skiers and snowboarders than heli-skiing. Lech – Zurs is the only destination in Austria that offers heli-skiing with flights taking off from the Lech ski area the Flexen Pass in Zurs am Arlberg. Groups of 3 (plus 1 certified guide) fly to remote peaks and ride down some incredible powder terrain. For off-piste skiers and snowboarders this is one not to miss.

Choose between two magnificent peaks: 1) MEHLSACK …ideal for experienced skiers, powder in winter, firm snow in spring. 2) SCHNEETAL – ORGELSCHARTE …recommended for skiers with intermediate skills and particularly attractive in the spring on the hard-packed snow.

Tandem gliding

See Lech Zürs from a bird’s eye perspective through the snowflakes and glide gently back to earth. This is possible with tandem gliding. Enjoy the wonderful mountain panorama and an indescribable feeling of freedom. See you in the sky!

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours.  The après ski scene and nightlife in Lech certainly doesn’t rival that of neighbouring St Anton, but outdoor bars and cafés line the main street where there’s a fun, friendly après ski atmosphere which caters well to a more discerning crowd.

The centre of Lech am Arlberg is fairly compact and along the edge of the river there are outdoor bars that offer great views of the ski area and the resort. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Lech. Don’t forget to ask your Hotel Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!

Eis Bar outside Hotel Tannbergerhof is famous for après and is fantastic for people watching. It’s a popular spot, and the hotel's disco is popular at happy hour as well as late in the evening;

The Schneggarei bar by the Schlegelkopf lift is a small restaurant/bar which catches the crowd as they come off the slopes. A lovely venue for an apres ski drink or two.

Fux lounge bar boasts a great location right on the river. The two bars provide a venue for dancing, live music and DJs. There's jazz early in the evening, and over 60 different malt whiskys to choose from whilst snuggling on a sofa in front of the open fire.

Pfefferkörndl has a relaxed atmosphere and is popular with locals, but has an interesting music selection (ok if you particularly like random 70s and 80s pop). Après-ski is lively from late afternoon until early in the evening.

Archiv is a cool bar that attracts a younger crowd for its cocktails and dancing staying open until 2am.

Tannbergerhof is also on the main street, famous for its Glühwein served in dainty porcelain, this is very lively and one of the most popular choices for Brits. Open until late, it has cheap shots, a happy hour and a club downstairs. Live music and good DJs.

Krone Bar & K-Club - The Romantic Hotel Krone’s Après ski motto is ‘quality not quantity’ and that is apparent when you wander onto the sun terrace which is home to the stylish après ski Ice Bar. Enjoy exquisite rosé champagne, a fine cigar or a warming cognac in the beautiful and traditional surroundings. K-Club opens its doors at 10pm. The modern and exclusive K.Club is the perfect place to head for sophisticated parties in the middle of Lech. The club’s ambience is legendary.

There is a wide variety of cafes and restaurants in and around Lech both on the mountain and in the village, from cosy inns to well-known gourmet restaurants, many have earned international acclaim.

There are at least 55 Lech restaurants, serving international and Austrian cuisine, many of which are within the hotels. The cost of a meal varies significantly between Lech restaurants, but many of them are not for the budget conscious, quality is of the essence.

In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Hotel Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Lech.

Mountain restaurants

In and around the Lech ski area there are a number of cosy mountain restaurants. Discover everything from self-service restaurants, high-quality gastronomy, and fabulous traditional rustic huts serving high quality cuisine.

Rud-Alpe is right on the Schlegelkopf just above Lech, with beautiful views of the surrounding snowcovered mountains. It’s a welcoming, rustic place, lovingly built using timbers from other old huts. They offer traditional Austrian hospitality, from lunch on the terrace to a romantic candle-lit dinner in the cosy, old wooden rooms.

Kriegeralpe is rustic and charming, with jolly service. Its location lacks views but is great choice on a poor weather day. They offer a typically alpine menu including bread snacks, cheese dumplings, casseroles or pancakes. They also boast an exquisite selection of wines from the Burg wine cellar.

Seekopf at the top of the Seekopf lift offer table service, home-style cooking of hearty Austrian specialities and snacks.

Rüfikopf offers breath taking panoramic views of the mountain scenery at an altitude of 2350m. With a large sun terrace and tile stove the menu offers traditional dishes and Austrian specialities. It is renowned for extremely efficient and friendly staff, and their delicious, enormous burgers.

Balmalp, at the top of the Zugerberg lift, is a modern ski hut with plenty of wood and hearty Austrian fare. There is a good atmosphere at the bar on the terrace with music playing. Balmalp offers dishes such as goulash soup, ribs, pasta, pizza and salads.

S1 Ski Lounge is a bar which is also a restaurant, and vice versa. Local products and freshness are top priorities at the S1 Ski Lounge. The sun terrace with outdoor bar is very popular when the weather is nice.

Petersboden is a gorgeous suntrap hotel-restaurant located in the heart of Oberlech. The restaurant offers a wide range of food from the traditional Austrian Tiroler Gröstl to XL burgers, pasta and their very own Petersboden Salad.

For mountain restaurants over in the St Anton valley please see details on our St Anton page

Village Restaurants

Hagens Dorfmetzgerei is actually a butchers, right next to the Schlosskopf lift but with a Bistro cafe at the rear it offers a range of hearty treats!

Die Stube Restaurant is found at the Hotel Arlberg, and offers a welcoming atmosphere and a superb menu. At lunchtime, the kitchen crew spoils its guests with traditional and regional dishes and in the evenings enjoy extraordinary fondue creations.  Choose from nine fondues and one raclette and the perfect wines to accompany these cheese feasts.

Skihütte Schneggarei is a big, spacious wooden building at the foot of the slopes offering a good range of modern dishes, everything from soups, salads, Käsespätzle to authentic Wiener Schnitzel is served. The pizza made in the wood oven is also recommended.

Pizzeria Olympia - Centrally located next to the lift station Lech-Oberlech. This cosy café-restaurant serves typically Italian specialties, a fabulous selection of pizza and pasta dishes all served up by helpful and pleasant staff and a prompt service.

Fux Restaurant & Bar in Lech is a stylish alternative to the many hotel restaurants and is a popular late night cigar bar with open fireplace and dancing. The modern building houses an American bar steakhouse downstairs serving exotic steak dishes - ostrich, crocodile, alligator and shark - as well as traditional prime cuts, while upstairs there is a Euro-Asian restaurant and cosy jazz bar serving cocktails and an extensive selection of malt whiskies and top cigars.

Hus Nr 8 on the main road is a characterful 300 year-old barn restaurant rich in atmosphere as well as good food. On the menu you will find traditional dishes from old Walser recipes, tempting delicacies of Austrian cuisine; meat and cheese fondue as well as Raclette, hot stone, and roasted duckling (on request).

Our luxury hotel in Lech

The Hotel Theodul is the perfect place to enjoy one of the finest ski areas in Europe. As our only property in Lech, these rooms won't be available for long. 

Call our Sales Team today on 0208 875 1957 to book your winter break or email ski@vip-chalets.com

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