Lech – more than fur coats
Lech, along with a few other resorts such as St Moritz, Aspen and Courchevel 1850, has grown a reputation of being somewhat of a ‘catwalk of skiing’.
The Schlegelkopfbahn lift – the main 4-man lift up from the centre of Lech – may well adon adverts for Channel and Huber watches, but ABS backpacks, fat powder skis and technical shell jackets are an increasingly more common sight here and on the slopes, than their fur-lined, diamante-bejewelled cousins.
The shops in the village also include a North Face store alongside others selling backcountry gear and high-end Hestra gloves.
However, if glitz and glamour is more your scene, do not panic… if you have always been on the look out for a pair of sequined moon boots, they can be yours – at a bargain price of €900! Should these take your fancy, they can be seen at the main sports shop in Lech, Strolz. Strolz Sports has been catering to the needs of skiers and ‘strutters’ since the days when leather boots weren’t reserved for the latter, in 1921. The shop itself is beautiful, and well worth a visit, even if they have sold out of said moon boots. It has top quality ski focused gear alongside the more image focused attire, so there is something to keep everyone happy.
As for the skiing in Lech, this almost needs no introduction, with 340km of pistes in the Arlberg, and limitless off piste opportunities, it is clear to see why the increasing numbers of keen skiers are being drawn to the ski resort.
My recommendation? Bring an umbrella – just in case it snows…