Warthlink Express in Lech
The Arlberg ski area in Austria is already worldwide renowned for its skiing, made up of 8 resorts it is one of the biggest areas in Europe. With an Arlberg ski pass you will never get bored, the area hosts a wide variety of pistes and an even better selection of off-piste routes. Just when guests and locals thought the area couldn’t get any better, last season saw the opening of a brand new gondola, the Auenfeldjet which connects the resort of Lech to the neighbouring resorts of Warth and Schroken.
This two kilometre long gondola has been the dream of the local tourist board for many years, its opening has brought around a new chapter in the life of the Arlberg ski area. The Auenfeldjet runs through the Auenfeld pass, a great deal of care was taken during its construction to not disturb the environmental ecosystems that exist in this area. The cable-car itself will feature just a few high pylons at the western edge of the Auenfeld. There is also a positive side effect in that the existing 30 kV power line crossing the Auenfeld will disappear from the landscape and will be re-laid underground in the cable-cars cable ditch. For this reason, the Auenfeldjet project is also referred to as a prime example of a non-invasive transport link.
Winter sports enthusiasts from Lech Zürs can now travel all the way to Schröcken via the Saloberkopf and Lake Körber as well as to Warth via the base of the Warther Horn. This means that skiers and snowboarders on the Arlberg have access to numerous deep snow slopes as well as well prepared pistes. A total of 190km of piste and 47 lifts now operate in Lech and Zurs alone, giving the Ahlberg region a spectacular total of 340km of piste slopes with a further 200km of off-piste.
Words – Emma Farrington
Lech Resort Representative