Skiing in Lech

Skiing in Lech

Skiing in Lech is varied enough that both beginners and experts can get a lot out of their holiday. Between Lech, Zug, Zurs, Oberlech and Stubenbach, with which Lech shares its ski area, there are four green runs and 18 diamond runs, with a whopping 80 red runs and 42 blue runs to bridge the gap between first-timers and those who are at home on their skis. With the majority of pistes being high over the tree line, some at around 2,500m, there is always enough snow and great grooming to ensure a healthy ski and snowboarding season. Snowboarders can make the most of the Fun Park, which includes a variety of terrain, including extensive cross country tracks. Those who purchase an upgraded lift pass can also head to The Alberg, where the powder snow, carving and steep slopes are ideal for boarders to cut loose on.

Perhaps because of its history as a top resort, Lech is a magnet for professional and serious skiers who come for the powder and bumps. But, don’t let that be intimidating; in fact, though there are plenty of runs for all levels, Lech is probably best-suited to intermediates, purely for its huge range of red and blue runs.

But the real winners in Lech are those who like to ski off-piste. There is nearly 300kms of off-piste are to explore. Not only is it some of the most extensive, but it’s also some of the best off-piste action in Austria.

But despite its popularity, Lech is blissfully crowd-free and queuing for the lifts never takes more than a few minutes. Most skiers and snowboarders make their way to the gentle slopes just above the town, which are ideal for beginners. There are also plenty of chair links – most with heated seats – that lead to a large number of slopes ranging from hair-raising black diamond runs to long, cruising intermediate runs.

Most advanced skiers head to the challenging pistes on Rufikopf or they take a local guide to the off-piste trails to explore some of the area’s most photogenic scenery.