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Austrian Luxury, Style and Skiing … Lech, Austria

Lech, sometimes referred to as the “Aspen of Austria,” promises its guests a wealth of the two quantities which are the ultimate in luxury – time and space.

In addition to the full 110 kilometers (68 miles) of trails within its boundaries, the resort is surrounded by 180 kilometers (112 miles) of off-trail skiing possibilities. Lech assures that space isn’t crowded by limiting the number of skiers on the slopes to a mere 14,000 a day. The limited number of snowsport enthusiasts and an excellent lift system assure that precious ski time isn’t lost in lift lines. Lech operates 34 lifts of which five are cable cars, 18 chairs, and 11 are draglifts.

There is a top-notch ski school for the greenest of beginners, but the skiing may be too challenging for these earliest learners once they leave the gentle slope of the nursery slopes. Lech is designed primarily for intermediates, with 44 kilometers (27 miles) or 38 percent of the 110 kilometers (68 miles) available marked red.

In addition to venturing off-trail, experts can travel to St. Anton and Zürs for more advanced challenges.

Lech is a great resort for beginner and intermediate snowboarders as there is a park and a half-pipe.

Located at an altitude of 1,450 meters (4,757 feet), Lech is a cozy, relaxed, high-class village that provides contemporary comforts without detracting from its commitment to tradition.

After the skiing is done, the village offers a limited amount of high quality après-ski. Restaurants serve mainly Austrian, Italian, and French cuisine. Surprisingly, some of the best food in town is to be found in the hotels. Hotel Montana has the best wine cellar in town. The Arlberg is highly recommended with an Austrian influenced gourmet menu. Hotel Krone is known for local cooking with a delicious integration of local ingredients. The cafés emulate the Viennese style and atmosphere and the handful of bars are lively after the lifts close down. Après caters primarily to an older, more sophisticated crowd in Lech.

After a day on the slopes, your muscles will thank you if you find your way to the Erlebnis Badeparadis (experience swimming paradise). Open throughout the year, it offers 400 square meters (4,306 square feet) of different pools with waterfalls, ground whirl, massage swirl, whirlpools, and a panoramic heated terrace that makes you feel like you have traveled to a different climate.

For those days off the slopes (even if it’s all your days in Lech), there is a full range of winter activities to keep the visitor actively enjoying the area. You will even find activities, such as feeding the wildlife, that aren’t common to ski resorts in other areas. But in between the sleigh riding, snow hiking, ice skating, curling, tobogganing and other activities, visitors will revel in the main activity in Lech – simply taking in the beauty that surrounds them in this magical place.