Visitor reviews for Lech Ski Resort
March 24, 2013
john from Guernsey
We are getting prepared for our 26th year in Lech. Some years we have been twice, so we must be looking at approximately 30 visits. It is a fabulous place to ski and the locals are such lovely people. We have seen so many changes but all of which was to improve the resort for skiers. The restaurants are first class athough they are now getting rather expensive due to the exchange rate with the English pound. Lech is, without doubt, one of the best ski resorts in Austria.
Overall: 4.2. Based on 14 votes and 16 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Lech.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Lech, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Lech, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 5.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Lech.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Lech, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Lech is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Lech relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Lech, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Lech are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Lech is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Lech, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Lech usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.8
(1) The staff at Lech are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Lech are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Lech has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Lech, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Lech, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Lech, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Lech has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.6
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.6
(1) Overall, Lech is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.8
(1) Overall, Lech is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 21, 2012
John B from United Kingdom
Every year I visit Lech and I'm never disappointed. This year I'm on my third trip, tried everywhere else but keep coming back. Hotel Arlberg and der berghoff my favourites but pricey. Antonius better value found it this year really nice, food excellent not so stuffy. Kristiana used to be good but owner has to much attitude now for my liking plus it's a walk to the lifts. Snow good all season gets slushy in Lech in pm in March so switch to Zurs. Finish your day with the Weiss ring takes you back to Lech via Zug. No more expensive on the mountains than rest of Europe and food much better than France plus no miserable Frenchman who doesn't really want to serve you.
March 08, 2012
RB from United States
Skied Lech/Zurs for variety during a trip to Ischgl. I didn't spend much time there, so take my impressions for what they are worth.
My impression of Lech was that it is a tony, high-end ski area that is perfect for families and casual skiers, but not so exciting for serious skiers. For starters, there were very few tough slopes considering the vast expanse of the Arlberg region. Also, I was dismayed to find that all of the forested areas at the bottom of the slopes were off limits (They sported signs saying "It is your forest too." If that's the case, why can't I ski it? I have a hard time understanding why skiing through a forest covered with 5 feet of snow is more environmentally harmful that skiing over alpine tundra higher on the mountain!)
When we skied Lech, it was a cloudy day, so we were basically stuck skiing boring, overly crowded groomed pistes when we could be sure that our next turn was not our last. Unfortunately, that is par for the course in Europe since the tree line is so low.
December 17, 2011
Luis G from Portugal
Lech is my favourite ski resort.
Staying down in the village or in Oberlech is very, very nice.
Wonderful hotels, great restaurants, good shops, nice people.
And the ski is fantastic! It is linked by piste with Zurs, and by frequent and free buses to St. Christoph and St. Anton.
Also one of the most snow sure resorts I know.
I keep coming back almost every year, with some infidelities in the middle, which I come to regret in the end.
February 22, 2011
Toby from United Kingdom
Just back from a week's skiing in Lech and very please with my first visit to the Arlberg region.
I found Pension Alpenfluh online and was slightly worried that I could not find any information on it (in English at least!) but with Lech being famous for it's 5* hotels I thought it could not be too bad, after all the website looked good.
I dealt with the manager/owner Mirjam over e-mail, who was very helpful and friendly when booking. Booked our flights via EasyJet to Innsbruck and a transfer via minibus through alletransfers who turned out to be excellent.
Upon arrival we were checked in swiftly and were shown to our rooms. We chose two of their apartments for a bit more space and these would certainly suit a family. The rooms were very clean and in good order. Nice bath/shower facilities and plenty of wardrobe space. Watch the wardrobe doors, they have a habit of catching your fingers.
The board basis is half-board with breakfast and a four course evening meal, drinks not included. The restaurant was cosy and perfect for a relaxing meal after a hard day's skiing. The food was superb and can honestly say we did not have one bad meal. The service is attentive but not stuffy. The staff really do look after you. Mirjam floats around to check on everyone and you really feel at home. You keep your same table all week which was just fine.
The breakfast in the morning was excellent as well with a choice of cereals, fruits and breads. You are also offered omelettes etc. They really try to find something for everyone.
Once again the service and friendly approach really shone through.
In the evening you can spoil yourself in the spa facilities, these were really good and the pictures just don't do them justice. You get robes and towels when you get in and you can get changed there. Remember, this is Europe and swimming suits are frowned upon. Almost everyone was naked! Still they were happy for us to wear towels, pruddy Brits do it again, he-he. The steam room/sauna and wellness room really brought those tied muscles back to life :-)
This place really suits families and couples looking for a romantic get away. The prices are a bit more than some resorts but certainly comparable to a trip to the US and the snow record here is really good. If you are looking for some après then there is a great bar near the main lift set back from the road, Mirjam will direct you. There is some action after you come off the slopes but this does die down around 18:00. If you are looking for some serious partying then you may be best off in St Anton, which of course you can get to easily enough.
In fact we skied the who area and really enjoyed all of the skiing. I would say it's more geared up for intermediates and above. We found St Anton no harder than Lech. Lift queues were small and slopes, mostly uncluttered.
The Pension is ski in/out with only a few steps up to the lift. The town itself is down the hill a little way, about five minutes, which we did not mind. Over all, I would recommend this Pension and destination, you won't be disappointed and don't be put off by the reports of it being expensive. We found the value was excellent certainly comparable to some French resorts / Tignes / Les Arcs etc. I had a burger and chips on the mountain for 12 Euros and it was amazing, so much better than the rubbish I've been served in the past. You can get soups and other bits from 7 Euros, I would say. Beer's not too bad either, 4 Euros I think.
January 05, 2011
Cathy and Phil Bibby from Austria
We have been going to Lech for the past 12 years and love the skiing. Good for all abilities. Good ski school. We say at the Monzabon Hotel which is a family run hotel
May 02, 2010
Jodie Walker from United Kingdom
We recently visited Lech in April 2010 (Easter) week and were surprised how quiet the resort was, we didn't have to queue for the lifts and the slopes we virtually had to ourselves at times; it was a real pleasure. Would love to go back to Lech again.
We stayed at the Hotel Antonius the staff were very helpful.
February 20, 2009
Rick Phillips from United States
Getting ready for my 5th trip back to Oberlech (Lech). There really isn't any better place for me. I stay at Pension Sabine where the gracious Reischl family treats me like an old friend or member of the family. Great ambience and delicious food. The Slopes at Lech are rarely crowded and for an early morning skier, like myself, you often have the entire run to yourself; Nice :) The ski-in and ski-out at Sabine's has spoiled me for any other resort.
February 11, 2009
Colin Boyd from United Kingdom
My wife and I have been to Lech for the past five years. Even though we have to travel during February half-term, we have never found the resort crowded. We stay at the Hotel Schwarzwand, a very friendly, family run hotel. We hit upon Lech as a compromise but will continue going on holiday there as we really do love the place.
January 27, 2009
Allan Watson from Switzerland
Lech is a beautiful resort which has great facilities for kids, lots of blue runs for intermediates, and also has some challenging ski routes dropping off Rüfikopf - although you may want to consider a guide or enlisting a local to show you the way. While the nightlife at Lech is quiet, the cafes and restaurants are great and you'll want an early night to enjoy the mountains in any case. I'm lucky enough to be at Lech most weekends.