Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 2.5 Hours
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Lech

Dairymen from around Zermatt originally settled the tiny villages of Lech and Zürs (about a half mile from Lech) around the 1200s. Neither has grown much in the ensuing 700 years; in fact, Zürs has only 65 inhabitants in summer! Lech, with its rushing river, full of old world charm, in 2004 was voted Europe’s prettiest village. While en route, with a blink, Zürs passes you by. Their buildings, ancient and new, are painted in the colorfull Tyrolean style. In Lech elegant restaurants and clubs mix with cozy stüblis, while a small number of elite shops appeal to their sophisticated guests. Have lunch on the mountain or at one of the town’s popular ice bars. Then one evening go by horse drawn sleigh through star-lit pines for a romantic dinner in Zug.

In 1894 Lech’s locals first tried their luck with barrels stays. A lot has changed in 124 years! Today the Arlberg ski area is world renown, and got more so. Last winter they created the largest ski area in Austria. The new Flexenbahn, with four interconnecting stations, four miles in length stretching from Zürs/Lech to just above Stuben/St. Anton at Alpe Rauz. The 45 million Euros ($50 million) investment allows skiers to go from one resort to the other in minutes while above some of 314 miles of terrain serviced by 87 lifts. This milestone follows the ’13 cable car connecting Warth and Schröcken. That opened up a third ski valley, a dream 100 years in the making. Those just getting their ‘snow legs’ can start on Oberlech’s more gentle slopes, graduating to some of the greatest variety of intermediate skiing anywhere. For off-piste enthusiasts, you are in the midst of Austria’s largest powder arena.

Today with their Flexenbahn, one really can’t separate Lech, St. Anton, St. Christoph and all their neighboring villages. All are one: ‘The Arlberg’ and named 2017’s world’s best ski resort by SnowOnline Magazine.

Hotels in Lech

HAUS ALPINA

The Haus Alpina is three buildings centered around the 250-year old stube. Its Strolz family has been in Lech for nearly as long. The paneled stube is where breakfast and tea are served, locally sourced from the Lech area’s nearby farms, the closer the better. Two and a half centuries? Don’t think old because the Alpina is 21st century eco-friendly. The hotel is small, very small: six doubles, a suite and three apartments, all brightly decorated with a mix of local antiques. Its smallness enhances the warm feeling. They’ve a Finnish sauna and steam bath. It’s literally two minutes off the main street, so dinners are steps away. Maybe though, you’ll most enjoy hanging around the fireplace with a glass of Austrian wine before calling it a night.

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HOTEL ANGELA

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This understated, elegant hotel is always one for the top of your list with a ski-in, ski-out location overlooking lovely Lech. The winter 14/15 marked the Angela’s fiftieth year. In 07-08 the hotel was promoted to Lech’s superior four-star category. Two years ago the Walch-Fernandez family has renovated the hallways, elevator and other public areas. The hotel’s 34 lovely rooms, suites and apartments come with fluffy robes for the mini-spa with sauna, whirlpool and Turkish bath. Dinner in the family’s flower filled restaurant is the day’s pièce de résistance! It may start with sautéed foie gras, recommended wines to compliment each course and with local Austrian products served to perfection. Yes, surely the Angela is one of labor’s true rewards!

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HOTEL HALDENHOF

The Schwärzler family celebrated their hotel’s 50th year last October. Barely past the newlywed stage, Isolde and Hubert opened it in 1968. He became director of tourism two years earlier; a post he held until 2001 helping to create the wonderful, pined-for resort Lech is today. They stepped back from managing a few years ago, tuning it to their son. Both wander in and out, skiing, sharing life’s stories with guests. The hotel’s 26-rooms are individually decorated in rich woods and vibrant furnishings. There’s a cozy fireplace for drinks; the dining room serves fresh from-the-farm cuisine with an international flair; and for bodily cures: a pool, sauna, steam bath, aroma therapy, and massages. Notice the fine art gracing the hotel walls then sit by the fire, share a glass and Hubert will tell their history.

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