The cradle of alpine skiing
Traditional wintersports in Lech am Arlberg
The history of alpine skiing begins in the Arlberg region. It was here that in the 1930s Austria's first ski lift (1937) was built, paving the way for Lech to later become an international tourism hub.
Further ambitious construction projects quickly transformed the area, once an insider tip, into Austria's number one wintersports destination. The ski instructors in Vorarlberg were the first to teach their guests the modern skiing technique still used today, and the Arlberg was the first ski area to install lifts with heated seats.
Today the region offers 340 kilometres of pistes, 87 lifts and cable cars and a huge off-piste area with countless powder descents. Thanks to its high-tech infrastructure it remains the number one destination for ski holidays.
The network of slopes connecting villages such as Lech, Zürs and St. Anton range between 1300 and 2800 metres above sea level.