Lech is one of the oldest skiing towns in Austria, rivalling Kitzbuhel on sheer history, with photos and accounts dating back to the 1890s showing telemark skiers cutting lines in the snow. And for good reason, too. There’s likely nowhere more famous in all the alps than the Arlberg ski region.
Located just 120km away from Innsbruck to the west, visitors can be there in two and a half hours. With five sizeable resorts (and additional small ones) stacked together in the Arlberg region — all skiable under a single pass — Lech is not just a great resort in its own right, but is part of one of the biggest ski regions in Austria, sitting beautifully at the far end next to the legendary Zurs, just below the car-free Oberlech.
Lech itself is a small village that has become known for its upmarket feel. The St.Moritz of Austria, Lech is home to more four and five-star hotels than any other resort relative to its size. 66 in fact! And all that glitz doesn’t go unnoticed. As well as being a world-class ski resort, Lech is also frequented by many celebrities, professional athletes, and even royalty, who all come to relax in the beautiful mountain air and sample the endless powder that lies in the fields above this gorgeous village.
Despite the unavoidable development that has befallen Lech, the town has been adamant about keeping its village charm and every effort has been made to preserve the tradition and history there, all centred around the old town square with its towering church. Nature comes first here, too, and Lech still boasts such a high level of cleanliness that they say you can drink the stream water that runs through it. However, there’s no real need considering mineral water comes out of every tap.
Lech highlights: Beautiful old town with modern, high-standard hotels to give the best of both worlds, all complemented by the amazing skiing found in the hills above.
Lech is best for: Those who want a more upmarket snow holiday and are looking for the best hotels as well as the best skiing in Austria.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Lech:
Lech sits at the perfect height of 1,450m. Why is it perfect? Because it gets the best of both worlds. High enough that skiing back to the resort on one of the many in-to-town runs is very likely during the winter, and not so high that you’re exposed to the brutal colds that resorts like Val Thorens and Cervinia endure.
Like most Austrian resorts, Lech will treat you to a great lift infrastructure with a mindblowing uplift capacity, as well as perfectly groomed runs, impeccably maintained facilities, a variety of high-quality slopeside eating and drinking options, and of course enough powder to drown in.
Part of the Arlberg ski region, you’ll be stepping out of your door and into 160km of mixed pistes in your resort alone. Though travelling further afield will open up an astonishing 340km of downhill skiing across Zurs, Stuben, Warth, St. Christoph, and St. Anton. Though there’s no real need as there’s everything you could want right on your doorstep.
Beginners will enjoy the nursery slopes to both the north and south of the town, serviced by a short gondola on one side and drag lifts on the other, the longest of which is over 400m! That’s plenty of skiing without having to ascend into the mountains if you’re still trying to find your snow legs. And if you’re whizzing up and down the nursery slopes, you’ll also be treated to a view of the gondolas connecting Lech to Stubenbach coming in overhead, sailing silently through the crisp mountain air.
For intermediates looking for more excitement, taking the Schlegelkopf chair or Bergbahn gondola will open up the rest of the mountain. From the top of either of these, lots of sweeping blues will be on offer as well as access to the Auenfeldjet gondola which opens up the ski area above Shrocken and Warth. Though there’s plenty to ski in Lech itself. Endless powder fields to explore and lots of interlinked blues that will push you back down towards the resort.
Heading higher will give you access to the bulk of the reds on offer at Lech. From the top of either Schlegelkopf chair, take the Kriegerhorn up to the peak and then jump onto the 220 Furka-Steinmahder blue run, which will connect you to the Steinmahder chair which is the only one which takes you up to Zuger Hochlicht, the highest point in the resort. This chair is going to allow you to access a lot of runs you won’t otherwise be able to get to so heading there early is advised if you want to get the most out of the day and the slopes on the Zug side of the valley.
First-time and beginner skiers:
Lech’s great infrastructure and family-friendly atmosphere is perfect for beginners, who can enjoy using the fast and long buttons which service the nursery slopes, or head up on the chairs and gondolas to the mid-stations and enjoy long, cruisey blues all the way back to the resort.
Intermediates will find here what they find at most great Austrian resorts. Blues that criss-cross through powder fields begging to be slashed, and reds that snake down from the peaks and into the gentler lower slopes.
Experts will want to head high on either the Rotschrofen or Steinmahder chairs and leap off the sides of the reds there or follow signs for the unmarked pistes, which will treat them to powder skiing that rivals any other resort in the alps. Lech boasts 180km of unmarked runs for you to get stuck into. Literally!
Learn to ski and snowboard in Lech
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Lech:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Lech
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Lech (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Lech
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Lech
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Lech can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Lech
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Lech. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Lech
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Lech designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!