Event Highlights in Lech

The most important dates for your diary this winter in Lech

The ski season in Lech Arlberg is full of events and activities. We have put together some of the most important dates for your diary this winter to make your next holiday in the Alps an experience to remember. Check out the highlights for the 2018/19 season:

Ski Opening - Catch Me If You Can

29. 11. 2018 - 2. 12. 2018

The legendary ski opening at the start of the season features a brand new event this year: "Catch Me If You Can - The Night of the Long Turns". On 29 November 2018, 222 participants in groups of two will whizz down the famous Kandahar piste at night with just headlamps to light their way. The next day will be the first of the season when the lifts and cable cars will be in operation.

Indeed, the whole opening weekend is packed full of highlights. There will be a chance to test all the latest skis from a wide range of brands during the three-day ski test extravaganza. Visitors who have always wanted to experience the feeling of driving on snow and ice will also have the chance to do just that as part of the Audi Driving Experience at the car park next to the Rendl lift.

On Saturday evening, Anastacia and Mel C will be in town to get the party and the season started in spectacular fashion.

Arlberg Wine Testing

Fine wine festival in Lech: 4. - 8.12.2018

International winemakers, wine conoisseurs and those who simply enjoy the finer things in life will gather in Lech from 4 to 8 December 2018 for the fourth Arlberg Weinberg wine festival. Instead of being held in one single venue, as has been the case in previous years, the event will this year be spread throughout the villages of Lech and Zürs. Local delicacies will be served alongside some of the world's finest wines during this five-day festival ideal for foodies and wine lovers.

Famous vineyards will be represented in force during the festival. It is little wonder that over the years Lech has developed a reputation as a haven of fine dining in the heart of the Alps!

Fine wines combined with delicious local food – a culinary highlight not to be missed.

Fantastic Gondolas


The spectacular multimedia art and music festival Fantastic Gondolas will be taking place for the eighth time in Lech am Arlberg on 8 December 2018. It will see the Rüfikopf cable car transformed into a huge stage for famous video and projection artists, DJs, musicians and other visual artists to put on a colourful show.

  • Gondola rides and performances by the artists
  • From 20:00 until 2:00 in the morning
  • Between 1450 and 2350 metres above sea level
  • After-party in the many bars and clubs in Lech/Zürs

This year, Fantastic Gondolas will be extended to cover the weekend from 7 to 9 December with a range of parties. Check it out!

Lech Christmas Market

14.12. 2018 - 17.12. 2018

The traditional Christmas market on the church square in the centre of Lech will be held once again this year. On Sunday 16 December at 18:00 visitors will be able to watch the traditional procession marking the arrival of the "Christkind" (Christ-child), who in Austria brings the gifts to children. There will be a small surprise for all youngsters at the procession.

Local producers from Lech will be offering traditional food and drink made using ingredients from the region. Brass bands and choirs will also be on hand to provide plenty of Christmas cheer. The Christmas market will feature activities for children and a warming open fire.

Opening hours: 15:00 until 20:00

Ski race: "The white Thrill"

21. 4. 2019

"The white Thrill" is an annual ski race inspired by a classic film of the same name (in the original: "Der weisse Rausch") released in 1931 featuring Leni Riefenstahl and ski legend Hannes Schneider in the main roles. The film tells the story of the young tourist Leni and ski instructor Hannes Schneider. They both line up on the start line of a race which sees them pursued down the pistes of the resort by 40 other skiers trying to catch them.

Once a year this scene is recreated on the Vallugagrat ridge. When the lifts and cable cars have closed for the day, 555 brave participants from around the world line up for a mass-start. When the gun goes the skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers head off on a 9km sprint to see who is the first to reach the finish line at the bottom of the Galzigbahn cable car.

The fastest racers complete the course, including a short climb of 37 vertical metres on foot, in under 9 minutes!

  • 555 participants from around the world
  • Start: top of the Vallugabahn I cable car
  • Finish: bottom of the Galzigbahn cable car
  • Total distance: 9km
  • Vertical drop: 1341 vertical metres
  • Course record:  8:14 minutes
  • Maximum gradient: 100%
  • Average gradient: 17%