The giant Arlberg ski area is one of the world's best-known ski areas and, ahead of winter 2016-17, became the largest lift-linked area in Austria when the construction of four new gondolas connected the formerly separate St Anton and the Lech-Zurs resorts.
Another sector, around Schrocken and Warth, is connected via the Arlberg Jet gondola lift, meaning that altogether there’s now 305km (190 miles) of groomed pistes and a further 200km (125 miles) of marked off-piste routes for skiers to explore.
Beginners and intermediates should be spoilt for choice on the slopes, as 90% of the terrain in Lech itself is graded blue (easy) or red (intermediate) – with a relatively even division of the two. Beginners can also benefit from great nursery slopes and the resort’s century-old ski school's long-established reputation for excellence. Meanwhile, intermediates have trails up to 5.7km (3.5 miles) in length to explore, both north and south facing.
Along with the 32km (20 miles) of black-graded pistes, good skiers can make use of that 200km (125 miles) of marked off-piste ski routes. And with heli-skiing another thrilling activity available locally, it’s no surprise that the area has a reputation as one of the world’s powder meccas.
The ski season runs from late November to early May and at the very start and end of the season ‘Snow Crystal' weeks allow lift passes to be sold at half the regular rate. Unlike on the St Anton side, Lech limits the number of lift tickets sold at busy times to prevent overcrowding on the slopes.