Focus on: Lech, Austria

It's for very good reason that Lech is the playground of European royalty - Lech/Zurs is one of the snowiest regions in the Alps!

The skiing is superb and the village of Lech is also a charming and sophisticated destination, and one of a renowned circle of 12 locations dubbed 'The Best of the Alps'.

The Lech-Warth link up 2013/2014 season

The most hotly anticipated link up in the Alps comes to fruition for the 2013-14 ski season with the opening of the Auenfeldjet cable car.  This 2 kilometre long, continuously circulating cable car has 10 gondolas and will run along the western edge of the Auenfeld from Lech to Schröcken in Bregenzerwald, taking 1490 people per hour.

With this new link up, a total of 47 lifts and cable cars, together with 190 kilometres of ski runs, will make this new complex the biggest ski area in Vorarlberg.

In winter 2013/14, skiers holding a Ski Arlberg ski pass will be entitled to use the Warth-Schröcken ski area too.

Cineastic Gondolas  - Sat 14.12.2013

Attention all snow and culture aficionados - put this date in your diary!  On Saturday 14th December, the cross-genre event "Cineastic Gondolas" is taking place for the third time in Lech am Arlberg.

This synthesis of the arts features animated films, visual art, space and sound installations, performances, DJs and live acts and will take place at and in the disco and cinematic gondolas. For one evening, the top and base stations of the Rüfikopf cable car will merge together into a single work of art.

Ticket prices have not been released as yet but are expected to be around €30 per person.

'The White Ring'  Saturday 18th January, 2014

"The White Ring" is the longest ski race in the world, and follows a unique ski circuit in the Alps between Lech, Zürs, Zug and Oberlech.  The route is 22 kilometres long and has an altitude difference of 5,500 metres, starting at the Rüfikopf and running round Lech -Zürs am Arlberg, with the legendary Madloch downhill run as the secret climax.

In 2014, the race will be held on the 18th January with applications closing in September.  The White Ring race record has been held from the race inception in 2006 by former ski racer Patrick Ortlieb, with a time of 44:35:07 minutes.

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