Famed for her sophistication and elegance, the stunning resort of Lech is an exclusive escapism within the heart of Austria's
largest connected ski area, Arlberg. Tradition and luxury go hand in hand here as you stroll down the pristine main street adorned with intricately detailed & colourful residences, boutique shops & restaurants. Once a farming village, the old age charm has been preserved in every detail which further adds to the warm community feel of this resort. Incredibly chic but not at all pretentious.
But once out in the mountains, this timeless grace, genteel nature and elegance are but a distant memory. Board the gondola to transport you up into the
towering heights beyond, unfolding as you go, the promise of some of Europe's most challenging off-piste terrain ahead. High altitude, thus a great snow sure area with a longer than usual ski season, the Arlberg ski area consists of neighbouring Zürs along with St Anton 'over the top'. Don't forget to make a stop off in the small village of St Christoph where you will find one of Europe's best lunchtime spots, Hospiz Alm, and a huge variety of slopes for all levels of skier. For nursery slopes and the more nervous skiers, we suggest staying close to the area around Lech where gentle, cruising uncrowded pistes can be found. For the adrenaline junkies & powder hounds, make your way over to St Anton and take on the longest off-piste lift connected on ski route - taking in the infamous Valluga summit.
Zürs is just 4 km's away from Lech and can be reached by car and also ski lifts and pistes. The famous White Ring includes Lec, Zurs, Zug and Oberlech. Zürs is now almost exclusively a hotel village and the first ski lift in Austria was built here in 1937.
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Spend the day skiing the 22 kms White Ring, which is a spectacular panoramic trip amidst impressive Austrian Alpine peaks. Created according to the vision of the Vorarlberg pioneer Sepp Bildstein about 60 years ago, the ski circuit is now one of the most beautiful and impressive ski runs in the Alps. From the top of Rüfikopf peak at an altitude of 2,131m, the White Ring runs between jagged boulders before the seemingly infinite majestic mountains appear before you in the distance.
Stop for a light lunch at Balmalp, which is a modern chalet building located conveniently at the top of the Zug ski lift and serves good food, such as charcuterie boards, local cheeses and freshly made pizzas.
After a hard day’s skiing head to the Aurelio, which is an iconic hotel in the centre of Lech and offers gourmet dining in simple yet very elegant interiors with a relaxed atmosphere. The cuisine here really is out of this world, not only in taste but also in its stunning presentation.
Strolz is world renowned for its handmade ski boots - they are custom made by craftsmen and it is said that once you have a pair of Strolz boots, you are a customer for life as they are made with orthopaedic expertise and precision to suit your individual feet. Now in the 3rd generation, it is still a family business and in addition to ski boots and handmade skis, there are 6 floors of ski equipment, ski wear and fashion to tempt you. Sip a glass of champagne at their bar in-store whilst your boots are being made, or alternatively they will deliver them to your hotel. The service is impeccable!
Early evening take a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh where you can see the charming village of Lech and stunning countryside, ride along snow covered country pathways to the romantic church in Zug and onto Kristiania Lech. Sip an elegant craft cocktail in the Rote Bar before dinner at the Kristian Restaurant which is a relaxed and easy-going, friendly restaurant and serves traditional Austrian dishes fused with contemporary lounge music. We recommend their surprise tasting menu, where the chefs put all their skill and craftsmanship into creating a truly gourmet experience with inspired cuisine.
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