The giant Arlberg ski area is one of the world's best-known ski areas and is divided into two main parts, the St Anton side and the Lech side, which are not connected by ski lifts. Advanced skiers can, however, ski from St Anton to Lech off-piste with a guide.
A third ‘sector’ of the Arlberg – representing around a fifth of the expanded total terrain – was added ahead of the 2013/14 season, connected via the Arlberg Jet gondola lift.
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 use marked ski routes, which are ungroomed trails and make up about a third of the 350km (228 miles) of terrain in the whole area. Additionally, heli-skiing is another thrilling activity available locally.
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.