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Stephen Prince
Posted: 28/04/14
A brilliant resort
Overall rating: 5 stars
Stephen Prince
Visited: March 2014

I have skied in over 50 resorts and worked in several but having found Lech this year it is now my favourite by quite a distance even though the conditions were far from their best. I cannot wait to experience it when the conditions are good.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Sue Wragg
Posted: 23/03/14
Lech Zurs 2014
Overall rating: 4 stars
Sue Wragg
Visited: March 2014

Just back from a great week in charming Lech. Bluebird skies and daily sunshine made it memorable but did make quite a few runs turn to mush in the afternoon. Don't let that put you off as plenty of great intermediate blue and red runs. Zurs and Warth (newly linked from Lech) are particularly worth the visit. Not a huge amount of mountain restaurants but we found those we used reasonably priced and excellent food. A particular highlight was a trip (by coach) to the Sonnenkopf area. Great red runs well groomed there.
On the negative side we found quite often that the piste map was not as accurate as it could be, and long queues on certain lifts. Also perhaps consideration be given in the warmer weeks to re - piste bashing certain runs into Lech. Finally we know Lech is considered a resort for the 'rich and famous' and we didn't feel at all this was an issue apart from the severe lack of reasonably priced shops in Lech itself.

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Glyn Taylor
Posted: 21/03/14
The New Link to Bregenzerwald
Overall rating: 4 stars
Glyn Taylor
Visited: February 2014

I spent a day exploring Warth-Schroecken, which is accessed via the new gondola link from Lech. The gondola is so short that it is surprising that it had not been completed earlier. The new area, also known as the Bregenzerwald, primarily consists of 3 bottom stations in the Warth area, a projected lift is expected to be built to Schroecken soon. The lift system is not as modern as Lech but provides some welcome steep black runs and plenty of easily accessible off-piste. All 3 bottom station runs have black, red and blue options, useful for a mixed group. In short, a very ueful addition to the Lech end of the Arlberg system and a far shorter trip than St Anton to enjoy some more challenging slopes.

I have only rated the appropriate sections below as the others were not tested

Slopes:
4 stars
Eating:
3 stars
Claire Jebson
Posted: 22/02/14
Lots of bumps and very little piste grooming
Overall rating: 3 stars
Claire Jebson
Visited: February 2014

We have just returned from our second visit to lech- 2 families with teenagers. Lech is a beautiful town and the hotel Sandhof is great value and fab location opposite oberlech gondola. The resort has the potential to be great but the piste bashing is minimal and so some slopes that would be great for beginners/ intermediates are hard work by midday. Also the ski hire shops are really disappointing - with poor quality equipment, long queues and stressed out staff. These really are 2/10 compared to somewhere like Obergurgl which is excellent. Also the queue for the rudikopf gondola and the jams on the buses are historic which is very sad as the runs in Zurs are much better prepared. Overall we really want to like it but it's disappointing and very expensive.

Slopes:
2 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
1 star
Ann Balmforth
Posted: 24/01/14
Inconsistent piste grading
Overall rating: 4 stars
Ann Balmforth
Visited: January 2014

The Arlberg ski area is now even larger with a gondola linking the Earth area to Lech. We stayed in a Skiworld chalet at Zug which is a small hamlet a few kilometres from Lech. Ricia and Nathan who hosted the chalet were very welcoming and accommodating and the other residents were great, although the Skiworld recipes for the main courses could be improved. The area needed more snow at the beginning of the week so the pistes were hard and, when it snowed on top of this, the soft snow on popular pistes was skiied into moguls by lunchtime. So a mixed week on the pistes with limited off piste. In addition to this, the pistes were graded inconsistently and whereas W1(black) was an easy black, W18(red) and the bottom is 62(blue) had some surprisingly steep sections. However, if you expect the area to be tougher than the grading suggests, it is an extensive area and we certainly didn't ski it all in a week. We will probably go back (hopefully when there is more snow) because of this and because the food and service in the town and mountain restaurants was excellent.

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Dominic Pasqua
Posted: 26/11/13
The wonder of Lech
Overall rating: 5 stars
Dominic Pasqua
Visited: December 2012

Lech is just a great all round resort. The local slopes have something for everyone and the return from Zurs on the ski route is lots of fun. Can't speak highly enough of the Hotel Tannbergerhof - been there 3 times now - very comfortable, great food, but best of all are the staff who make you feel exceptionally welcome and add hugely to the enjoyment of your holiday.

The best way to make the best of your lift pass is to use the excellent bus service to get to St. Anton and other resorts such as Stuben. This area rivals the best that France has to offer, but with great Austrian hospitality.

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Chris Woolf
Posted: 19/01/13
Group trip
Overall rating: 4 stars
Chris Woolf
Visited: January 2013

Visited Lech last season while staying in St Anton, so impressed with it then so this year booked a whole week for a group of 18. Stayed in a small hamlet called Zug which is a ten minute bus ride into Lech. Of course you can catch a chair lift from Zug which takes you to the top of run 34 which ends up in Lech although it is quite steep over the last 100 metres!

The whole are including Oberlech and Zurs have some amazing pistes, and some great safe off piste between pistes.

Definitely worth a visit if you've got a few weeks under your belt.

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Marcel Thommen
Posted: 29/12/12
Superb ski resort
Overall rating: 5 stars
Marcel Thommen
Visited: December 2012

We decided to gamble on the first ski week of the season with the small Chalet Hotel Alexandra and what a great experience. The first day skiing was difficult with pistes not fully prepared and heavy snowfall adding to the grading of some blue runs which were difficult. From then on the sun arrived and we were able to fully explore the fantastic runs, the high tech chair lifts (yes heated seats on some) and excellent restaurants. Our hotel staff were fantastic, with great food and service. Be aware that hiring equipment can be expensive.

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Posted: 08/04/08
Lech review
Ski Club member

We had our first skiing holiday in Lech during the first week of February 2008. My husband and I are your typical intermediate skiers but it was our first proper skiing holiday with our kids, aged 9 and 6. The holiday was a massive success and one of the reasons for this was the brilliant kids' ski school in Lech. The instructors were really friendly and spoke perfect English. They take the children for 5 hours each day (10am until 3pm) including taking them for lunch in the mountain restaurants (you just need to leave your child with 10 Euros - we got change!). I was a bit concerned leaving my 6 year old son (who'd never worn skis before) on the first day but his first comment on our return was 'It was awesome!'. On the Saturday at the end of the week there was no ski school. We skied with our kids all day and were amazed to see how well they skied down blue runs and a couple of reds.

I have skied in several of the major French resorts but found the Austrians far friendlier and the skiing just as good. Perhaps if you are looking for really challenging skiing there aren't the black runs here, but there was plenty of off-piste being enjoyed by the thrill seekers. The lift system was superb, very efficient and hardly any nasty lift queues. We only had to do one drag lift and loved all the heated chairs! We had no problems eating up the mountains and liked the restaurants above both Zurs and Zug and at Oberlech. Prices were similar to France.

We stayed with Ski Total at their new chalet hotel Alexandria which I'd highly recommend. Lech does have a lot of rather expensive 4 & 5* hotels so the chalet hotel was a more affordable option. My only complaint about Lech was that hiring boots and skis was expensive although they were very good quality.

Andrew McKenzie
Posted: 16/01/08
Lech review
Andrew McKenzie

We stayed in Lech for Christmas 2007. What a great place! Blue skies and conditions on piste were perfect, but possibly the best thing was the lack of lift queues. Being restricted to school holidays queues are to be expected, but the longest time we had to wait was possibly 15minutes, and that was at 10am on boxing day when the ski schools were heading up the mountain. Otherwise it was skiing to the lift and getting straight on. And many of the chairlifts are heated, which is not a new thing but the first time we'd experienced it, and I'm a fan!

Many of the reviews say that there’s a lack of mountain restaurants but how many do you want, if the ones that are there are full of character and serve good food. We were braced for sky-high prices having read other peoples' reviews but didn't actually find them that bad. Hot chocolate ~3euro, gluwein or large beer ~5euro, soup ~6euro - that's comparable or better value to home (having paid nearly £8 for 1 mulled wine and 1 pint in a pub in Burford at the weekend). Dinner out on the chalet hosts' night off was ~40euro (~£30) for a couple of drinks and 2 mains.

The on piste skiing was not really challenging but was certainly enjoyable. It's easy to find you are the only people on a piste.

For non-skiers there was sledging, walking, ice-skating at one of the hotels, horse drawn sleigh rides (40euro for the sledge one-way from Lech to Zug) for romantics. Yes its quiet at night but the people staying in our chalet (Ski Total - Sonneck) were good fun so we didn't feel the need to head out. Ski buses run to a regular 20min timetable until ~7pm (depending on route) but then every 30min through until ~3am.

It may be more expensive to stay here than other places, but I thought it was actually great value taking into account of the lack of queues and the quality of service and attention to detail. Lech does have an element of some people going to be seen rather than going to ski, but ignore them, and you'll see what they are missing.

Richard Gee
Posted: 25/03/07
Lech review
Richard Gee

Just returned from 6 days in Lech Thursday 15 March to Wednesday 21 March. Warm and slushy to start, then from Sunday evening until Wednesday morning snow and lots of it. Fantastic light powder everywhere 2/3 feet. One of the best mornings skiing I can remember in the last 20 years with the sun coming out to cap it all.
Lech itself is a lovely resort,we stayed at Oberlech at the Hotel Montana owned by the Ortleib family (Patrick won the Gold medal at the Albertville Olympics in 1992 and also the World Championship Downhill) which has superb views to the mountains and down to the valley.
Good long runs round the back of the mountains to Zug and Zurs. Great amount of off piste itineries.Anyone who snubs this resort because of previous comments is missing out on one of the best resorts in Austria.

Posted: 29/03/06
Lech review
Ski Club member

Just back from 5 nights in Lech - great resort and worth the extra pennies! Stayed at the Monzabon Hotel, large rooms, very friendly staff, good food and the cleanest and most comfortable boot room I have encountered! Very close to lift (20 seconds!) great apres ski with a mixed bunch of friendly people. Tannenberghof has one of the most popular bars outside but inside great live music! We skied to St Christoph and had a wonderful lunch. St Anton relatively easy to get to on the bus - although very crowded and the drive on some kind of death wish! Apart from that we really enjoyed the resort and the short transfer from Friedrichshafen airport served from London Stansted by Ryanair was a bonus. Worth taking a private instructor/guide to show the routes rather than the pistes! Very few lift quest just a bit of a scramble at the cable car in the centre of Lech. People start realtively late here so worth hitting the lift before 9.30am.

Posted: 18/01/06
Lech review
Ski Club member

We spent the Christmas week at the Hotel Stuelzis in Lech. What a fantastic place! We booked direct and the owners we so helpful - booking taxis, lift passes and providing advice about ski schools, etc. The hotel provides half board and the food, wine and service were all excellent. We even had a gala Christmas dinner with carols and the staff dressed in traditional outfits. The rooms were large, clean and very comfortable. The boot room was the best we have ever used and the wellness suite was new, clean and well maintained. We have already booked for next year - it was that good! The skiing/boarding round Lech was fantastic though we were very lucky with the snow so early in the season. All runs and lifts were open. The queuing is well mannered and short, the lifts modern and often heated - you can even return downhill in the chairlifts if you are too tired to ski down. The pistes are well groomed and well marked - difficult to get lost. Some of the pistes are areas rather than tracks and have several ways down - check the map! Yes it can be very expensive - never seen so many fur coats and private banks in one place before. We saw a Moet & Chandon delivery lorry one day so they must get though a lot of the stuff. Even so, everyone we talked with was very friendly. In summary - expensive but you probably get more than you pay for.

Posted: 09/11/04
Lech review
Ski Club member

Much smaller then we expected and not as pretty either (though of course this is relative as all Austria is pretty). We stayed in the Gotthard hotel 4 star and thought this was excellent - room, food, service, boot room etc. and not far from the lifts. The skiing here is very good and even I, ( a timid intermediate) managed to ski the circular route via Zurs. I liked that there were very few drag lifts and lots of chairs. Apre-ski was a bit muted compared to Ischgl but was quite good. What did amuse us was the age of the cliental. We even saw someone ski-ing with an 'over 80's ski club badge' on their arm. I half expected to be passed on the slopes by someone with a zimmer frame. Would recommend Lech - it wasn't as expensive as we feared - and we will go again.

Posted: 03/02/04
Lech review
Ski Club member

Just back from a 4 day break in Lech...I would recommend this resort to anyone. Great ambience, very friendly people,and while the village does have its share of fur coat wearers, prices are generally not any higher than any other resort in the Alps. The infrastucture is superb...from having your luggage transported to your accomodation in Oberlech, to the fast and modern chair-lifts that spread out over the mountains. The only drawback we found, was that the blue runs above Lech and Oberlech became very choppy, very quickly. This is not an area for beginners or nervous intermediates, as some of the slopes (especially back to the village) are quite steep and to us seem to be undergraded. I suppose, as with other resorts, it doesn't do to have your runs back into town graded red, as this may put off people visiting. The slopes above Zürs on both sides were far quieter and much better prepared...ideal for gentle cruising, and if you are able to handle the long red ski-route (steep and mogulled in parts) back to Zug, then you will have had a great days skiing. It took us 6 hours including lunch and breaks, and felt a sense of achievement at the end. Lech and Zürs are both great places to visit, but to get the full enjoyment you need to be a good intermediate or more...nervous 2nd weekers beware !

Posted: 19/01/04
Lech review
Ski Club member

Stayed hotel Sonneck - ski Total - excellent with good pool and sauna - easy bus ride to Lech. Excellent ski-ing with no queues over Christmas week.

Posted: 12/05/03
Lech review
Ski Club member

We skied for a long week-end in mid-April this year with our two children (aged 7 and 8). We were lucky with the weather and snow, which meant that we got great ski-ing in the area above Lech: fabulous for intermediates.


However, having come from many years at Courchevel, I felt we would run out of new runs to ski fairly quickly: we were beginning to do the same runs over and over again even by day three - that's partly because the Lech and Zurs areas don't link up particularly well: you have to take a long "ski trail" to get back from Zurs, which we couldn't have done with the kids.


The ski-trails and off-piste were in fresh powder and looked fantastic - but you need to be a decent skier and have a guide to get the best.


Hotels were great, but beware: there don't seem to be any mountain restaurants, and you have to ski back down to Oberlech even to get a glass of water.

Posted: 24/03/03
Lech review
Ski Club member

We went for a day's ski whilst staying in the Vorarlberg last Fri 06/03. Easy to access slopes but pistes very crowded and cut-up. Best skiing was on the ski trails - until others found them too!! If we'd had an inexperienced skier with us it would not have been an enjoyable day! Yes to lack of mountain restaurants and yes to expensive!

Posted: 30/09/02
Lech review
Ski Club member

I would rate Lech better than two stars for advanced (assuming we are not talking expert!), with the proviso that you need a good off piste guide to enjoy it. My regular guide has skied there for over 30 seasons (after a
few at Alpbach beforehand) and despite having recently celebrated his 60th birthday (at 6000 metres) can still take me down some off piste skiing that holds its own against anywhere I have skied (eg Tignes, Les Arc, Chamonix). It might help that his nickname with the other guides is "the chamois"!

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