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 colorful Tyrolean style. In Lech elegant restaurants and clubs mix with clubs and 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’s changed in 122 years! Today the Arlberg ski area is world renown, and about to get more so. This winter they will create the largest ski area in Austria. The new Flexenbahn, with four interconnecting stations, will be four miles in length and stretch from Zürs/Lech to just above Stuben/ St. Anton at Alpe Rauz. The 45 million € ($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 2013 new cable car connecting Warth and Schröcken. That opened up a third ski valley, a dream that was 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.

Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 2.5 Hours
Via: Motorcoach


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Hotels in Lech


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The Hotel Lech opened 60 years ago this year and lots happened there this summer. The second generation Wingelmayrs are installing in a new elevator and putting on a new roof. Sound unglamorous? They’re also upgrading two rooms, the spa and doing several less obvious renovations. The spa has a sauna, steam bath and masseuse. Some of Andrea Wingelmayr’s paintings will still grace the large lounge and perhaps the 33 good-sized rooms. There may be seven different room types but each offers terry robes and slippers. Then come evening, her husband and chef, Andreas, prepares your dining experiences. Yes, the Hotel Lech is truly a family affair.

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  • Superior

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 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 Walch 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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