If you like to
see and be seen, then Lech is the place to
visit. This charming village, in the area of
Arlberg, a mountainous region in the Austrian
Alps, is where the rich and famous come to ski
and be seen.
You will need plenty of cash if you plan to
vacation with the rich and famous in Lech, as
they stay in five star hotels, dine in the
best restaurants, and enjoy the thrilling
après ski scene.
Alternatively, if your primary reason to visit
is to ski, it is still possible to enjoy Lech.
More affordable hotels and restaurants are
available and the skiing is the same for
Lech provides mostly intermediate skiing on
carefully manicured runs that are as long as 3
miles with 3,000 feet vertical drops. Just
next to Lech is Zürs, a smaller, quieter and
even more exclusive resort. Zürs, at a height
of more than 5,600 feet, gets plenty of snow.
You can ski these areas plus Stuben and St
Anton, or a total of about 85 lifts, with a
single ski pass.
Another interesting and exclusive area where
you can people watch is Oberlech. Oberlech is
made up of a group of hotels right next to the
slopes, above the main village. A unique
attraction in Oberlech is an underground
tunnel that connects some of the hotels and
uses electric carts to move luggage and other
supplies up and down the mountain.
Lech is one of 11 resorts in five alpine
countries that jointly promote themselves as
"Best of the Alps." For American skiers,
Zurich, Switzerland, is the closest major
airport to Lech.
largest ski are in Arlberg is St Anton. This
more moderately priced area attracts many more
skiers than its more exclusive counterparts
above. Much of St. Anton's following is
largely made up of younger "serious" skiers
who love the challenge presented by this
St Anton am
Arlberg has long been thought of as the
serious skiers' resort, and has attracted
those who awake at the crack of dawn in search
of the "steep and the deep", including powder
skiing, not found in most of the Alps.
Hard skiing and hard partying have always been
the name of the game here. These loyal skiers
are largely responsible for both St. Anton's
great reputation as a ski resort, and the
cultivation of one of the most awesome après
ski line-ups in the Alps.