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Lech links to Warth-Schröcken

by Fraser Wilkin, 30th August 2013

It is one of skiing’s great mysteries. Just how has Austria’s Bregenzerwald region remained below the British radar for so long? In particular, why have so few people heard of Warth-Schröcken, the snowiest ski resort in the Alps.

 

All this is about to change…

 

Not the snowfall of course, but the ski resort’s profile. After years of legal wrangling, the green light has finally been given to link “snow capital of the Alps” Warth-Schröcken, with world famous (and nearly as snowy) Lech-Zürs. The resulting area is one of the largest and most varied in Austria offering 190km of ultra-reliable skiing (340km if you include nearby St Anton and Stüben).

Even without this link, Warth-Schröcken offers an extremely worthwhile 68km of immaculately groomed runs served by 14 efficient lifts, a high percentage of which are fast chairs. The runs may not be especially long, but they are varied, with a good mixture of open bowl skiing and more wooded terrain.

 

And then there’s the snow. Warth-Schröcken’s average winter snowfall is a whopping 10.6m, about twice that of Val d’Isère and on a par with the likes of Snowbird in Utah! Needless to say, there are plenty of powder days and some fabulous off-piste to be explored with a local guide. Not only that, most of the slopes face north assuring a high quality of skiing well into spring.

The new link to Lech, a gondola, departs from deep within the Warth-Schröcken ski area, but will reach that of Lech in little more than 5 minutes. Exploring any part of the Lech-Zürs ski area is therefore a perfectly realistic proposition for skiers based in Warth, and more adventurous types might even consider a trip to St Anton and back in a day!

Staying in Warth-Schröcken is also a very different experience to that of staying in world famous Lech or St Anton. The villages are quiet and unspoilt, and the people some of the friendliest and most genuine we have come across in the Alps.

 

If it’s a warm welcome and personal service you are after, look no further than the 4 star boutique Hotel Lechtaler Hof run by the indomitable Martina and her mother Angela.

Key facts:

 Ski Arlberg ski area*

 Number of lifts

94

 Pistes

340km

 

 Lech & Warth-Schröcken ski area

 Number of lifts

47

 Pistes

190km

 

 New lift Lech – Warth-Schröcken

 Length of lift

2071.66m

 Departure altitude

1719m

 Arrival altitude

1786m

 Lift type

10-one-cable gondola orbit, Doppelmayr

 Transport capacity

1490 passengers per hour

 Cost

12 million Euros (including avalanche safety)

 Owner

Auenfeldjet GmbH & Co KG

 

* Includes Lech - Zürs - Warth-Schröcken - St Anton – St Christoph – Stüben – Sonnenkopf – Klösterle

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