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Resort: Lech
Country: Austria
Domain: Arlberg
Author: Erica
Date: 29/1/05 - 5/2/05
Our holiday: Husband and wife - 6 weeks ski experience
Website : http://www.lech-zuers.at
Basics : 1.5hr drive from Innsbruck
Lift system : Fast chair lifts in Lech - 3 sets of lifts had (get this) heated seats! Also, 80 man gondola out of Lech to the Zurs area.
The terrain : Wonderful, wide,very quiet, well-groomed, blues and reds. We also took the Lech/Zurs circuit on Friday via the Madloch (a ski route) - after the heavy snow it had soon become all moguls.
The snow : The first 2 days we skied in sunny weather on beautiful snowy pistes, then we had a metre of snow over the next three days. The last day the sun shone again.
Off-piste : Lech ski school likes to get you off piste as soon as possible. With a few hilarious first attempts (i.e.husband stuck in 4ft of snow), we could do a little by the end of the week. The off-piste skiing (for experienced skiers) looked incredible - the snow was great.
The resort : Very pretty Austrian village, although the main road runs through it. Lots of up-market shops - very expensive. The Strolz shop dominates the high street - selling everything from bespoke Strolz boots to Pucci waistcoats. Did have a Spar shop if you're self catering. Two main apres ski bars - The Pfefferkorn and Tannbergerhof - live music / good gluhwein.
Food : We would eat in Oberlech, the satellite above Lech at lunchtime. The Mohnenfluh is nice. The Palmen Alpen at the top of the mountain is good too. Can't complain about the food - all excellent. Probably 20-30 euros for lunch for 2.
Accommodation : Well, we were spoilt and stayed in the Arlberg - owned by the Schneider family and frequented by Princess Di. Fabulous 5* hotel, amazing food, exceptional service. Full of stuffed animals. Puzzled
Costs: Our holiday was embarrassingly expensive. But, I have looked around the apartments - particularly the Filomena - and they are very nice and very reasonable. We went with Inghams because we could fly charter from Exeter, which is 40mins drive for us.
Conclusion: This is the second time I've been to Lech - and am going back (on a budget, with a friend) on the 19th Feb - I can't think of nicer place. A lot of the ski instructors choose Lech to work in above other Austrian resorts. The snow is always really good. And you seem to get and great sense of travel amongst the mountains.

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