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The ski season typically begins in late November and lasts through to the first days of May, thanks to the area's high altitude.
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.
Ahead of the 2013/14 season, a third ‘sector’ of the Arlberg – representing around a fifth of the expanded total terrain – was added with the creation of the Arlberg Jet gondola lift link to the neighbouring ski areas of Schröcken and Warth, an expansion that had been planned for many decades.
Another attraction for good skiers is the number of marked ski routes. These are ungroomed trails offering skiing the way it used to be before piste bashers were invented, and these make up about a third of the 340km (211 miles) of terrain in the whole area. There's more than 32km (20 miles) of black runs too, including the 4.7km-long (3-mile) Langer Zug run number 37 – arguably the resort's toughest. Additionally, heli-skiing is another thrilling activity available locally.
Beginners and intermediates should be spoilt for choice, 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 century-old ski school's long-established reputation for excellence.
Intermediates have trails up to 5.7km (3.5 miles) in length to explore, and they have the added advantage of being able to follow the sunshine around the resort as there are slopes facing in each direction on the compass.
Unlike on the St Anton side, Lech limits the number of lift tickets sold at busy times to prevent overcrowding on the slopes. At the very start and end of the season ‘Snow Crystal' weeks allow lift passes to be sold at half the regular rate.