Founded in the fourteenth century by émigrés from the Valais district of Switzerland, Lech still has its original Pfarrkirche (parish church) from that era. This type of a snug alpine ski village is joined to Oberlech, which is a small satellite resort a bit farther up the mountain. Lech is situated at 1,440 meters and Oberlech is at 1,710 meters.
Though its reputation as a ski resort, Lech offers and some great warm-weather activities. During the summer, visitors come here to tour the Upper Lech Valley that stretches for almost sixty kilometers to a scenic valley between the Lechtal and the Allgau Alps.
Lech is a resort in the area of Ski Arlberg, along with another interested resort that is situated close, St. Anton am Arlberg, offering access to 280 kilometers of skiing courses, and other 180 kilometers of free ride courses that are appreciated by the experienced skiers.
In the year 2004, the resort won the title “Prettiest Village in Europe”, and this recognition boosted the number of tourists that want to come here. The resort is interesting, modern, but the traditions are cherished and valued. Lech is the first town in Austria where you can’t enter with a car, stating the care of the Austrians for environment and health. Lech is situated close to Oberlech and Zurs, and because of the free ski bus, the distances aren’t a problem in the area.
The ski season begins in November, and it lasts until the end of April, or even until the beginning of May. Some of the cable installations work until the middle of May, and since the middle of April, the Schneekristall Wochen program offers great tourist’s offers, skiing packages with included ski pass.
In the year 2009, the region of Lech was chosen as the best place for Freeride in the world!
We warmly recommend you Der Weise Ring tour, the white circle, which has about 20 kilometers of courses. You can try the snowpark, but also the course for giant slalom. The speed you gain will be compared with the one of the Olympic Ski champions, and you should not wonder if you see some of those champions training on those courses!
The snowboarders also have numerous methods to spend free time, with a fun park and wall rides. Lech is indeed the complete resort designed for any person that loves the winter sports, but also for families that are looking for relaxation.
Lech Skiing Holidays
From middle June to middle September, Lech offers an Activ-Inclusiv Program. During this program, any hotel guest in the resort gains free access to the 5 cable cars that run in the summer, the tennis courts, and the indoor pool. Also great feature of this program are the daily guided hikes from five to eleven kilometers and with various difficulties.
Snowboarding techniques are taught at each of the ski schools in Arlberg's resorts. Shredders have free access to all of the region's slopes, and Lech even has several slopes that allow only snowboarders.
Situated in the upper regions of the Arlberg Pass, the resort has no railway connections. Visitors can take the train to the rail stations at either end of the Arlberg Tunnel and then transfer to a bus that goes way up the mountain passes to Lech. Passengers from Vorarlberg or Tyrol are best advised to get off at Langen am Arlberg, which is the closest station to Lech. All Zurich-Vienna express trains stop here. Passengers then transfer to one of the 5-6 daily buses that depart for Lech (trip takes about half an hour).
If driving from Tyrol, one should take Route 198 north after passing through the Arlberg Tunnel.