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Location: snowHeadLand
Resort: Lech
Country: Austria
Domain: Arlberg
Author: jd

Date: 30 March - 2 April 2006
Our holiday: Self and beloved. Both early 30s, intermediates - skied about 10 weeks. Never before been skiing just as a couple.
Website : http://west.skiarlberg.at/english/
Basics : Flew with BA to Zurich (Innsbruck timings lousy for weekend as too late in season) and then a nice man called Jean-Christophe drove us. Considered hire car, but decided this allowed more drinking, which is important when I get on a plane to chill me a bit. All organised by Elegant Resorts, who were pretty efficient. I would probably have done it all direct, but the hotel was rubbish at responding to email.
Lift system : Lifts mostly fast chairs, very new, very few queues. Several of them are heated, which was probably overkill for late March, but I am sure we would have liked it earlier in the season. Some cable cars and we used one T-Bar - which we almost messed up from lack of practice. We used the Hexenboden and Trittalp chairs a lot in Zurs.
The terrain : On piste was pretty gentle - it felt like 95% of the runs we saw were red or blue. As long as you didn't get the super icy early morning nasty, they were all fine. We skied mostly in Zurs (free bus in 6 mins as well as ski there from Lech). The lift pass covered lots more than we did. In particular, we did lots of circuits of piste 3 in Zurs. Very gentle but good fun. Watch out where a blue and a red cross - someone got helicoptered off there...
The snow : Was quite warm, so hard and icy first thing and slushy later on. Pretty poor after about 2. So we had lunch instead Smile Small top up on Sat night higher up
Off-piste : We didn't venture off piste much. At least on purpose.
The resort : Lech is small and reasonably pretty, shops OK. We hired one set of skis from Strolz.
Food : Food in Lech good - we only tried our own hotel (Kristiania) and Krone. On the mountains Trittalm above Zurs and Kriegeralpe above Lech both nice. Esp. the former when its sunny. Both had very 80s soundtracks.
Accommodation : Kristiania in Lech. Smallish room, but had a nice view and was in good nick. Mattresses a bit hard on first night, swapped out (no hassle) for softer one after that. Bathroom nice, but shower curtain / wall not quite long enough. Beloved had nice massage on 2nd night, in the hotel.
Costs: Hideous, but worth it.
Conclusion: We loved it, probably in part because we had not been away "just us" before. We'd do it again, but not sure there's enough terrain for our style of week long holiday (we like lots of runs).

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