Date Visited: March 2017
Lech is a fantastic Austrian town which is in the midst of the Amberg ski area. It is home of the White Ring & is a great spot for some winter sports. As it is much smaller than other resorts we have visited, there is not too much to say as an introduction so lets dive right in.
Even though the town might be petite, the mountain is far from that. As you can see from the piste map there are runs scattered everywhere in this ski area. It is definitely an easy/intermediate resort with a couple of advanced options for those who love a good black run.
The area we explored the most is Lech, Oberlech, Schröcken & Warth. With 6 days on the mountain, we got to see a lot. Even though red runs are scattered throughout, they are very wide pistes and are good for beginners to advance their skills. Not only are there pisted runs for all, there is a lot of off piste, free riding to be done here. With ungroomed pistes as well it really is great for people searching for powder.
Not to forget, Lech is home to the White Ring, a ski-able circuit that links Lech to two more surrounding resorts. This is something that can be done in a morning by good snowboarders and is a great way to see the mountain. Just bear in mind it brings in a lot of tourism and can be busy.
There is one option to get the gondola down to the village however it really isn't common on a snowboarding day - more if you're staying on the mountain but it is still and option. As you get close to the village, the resort gets laden with mogels. This can be hard for a beginner but a great opportunity to practise that skill.
Lech ski village is a fantastic town, which is on the smaller side however has just enough to keep you occupied for a week.
It is really common for Austrian-ski hotels to offer full-board stays, which doesn't give you a chance to test the restaurants but we did manage to stop for lunch at a few. The food we sampled was fantastic, with lots of options. There are a lot of shops to kill time in & a spar supermarket, which is great to pick some mountain snacks to keep in your room!
Lastly, the infamous Austrian party town St. Anton is about 20 minutes in a taxi down the road from Lech so if Aprés Ski is a high priority, there is an option for it.
We flew from Heathrow to Innsbruck, which is a great hub for the tirol ski area and then got a taxi to the hotel. This took about 2 hours (in traffic) and was great to get some zzz's in from the morning start.
Getting around town, we walked everywhere. It is a small village and you can easily walk end to end in 20 minutes. Towards the end of our trip we changed hotel (wanted to stay longer for the storm) which ended up being a bit further out of town but there was a free shuttle bus which got you to the slopes in 5 minutes.
When leaving Lech we took public transport to get back to Innsbruck airport. It was a bit long winded but was affordable and easy. We got a bus from Lech (there is no train station there) which took us to the train station in St. Anton. From there we got the train to Innsbruck central and then hopped on a bus to the airport!
So finish off - would we go back? Absolutely. It was a fantastic stay with great runs and with fresh snow and sun it would be hard to leave.
Until the next one.