|Lech's base area. Makes it hard to have the energy to actually ski.
We hit the slopes of the picturesque Lech, Austria for our first European skiing adventure. We are so lucky that within a 3 hour drive of Stuttgart we have so many amazing choices for skiing in the Alps.
|All smiles before the pain of skiing for the first time this season.
We rented our gear at the outdoors shop on base, so we were able to hit the slopes early on Sunday morning. All the slopes are pretty much above the tree line, so it is a much different experience than skiing in the U.S. It gets pretty windy, so the chair lifts have bubbles on them that you can lower. Most of the chair lifts are 4-8 people, so the lines are really short (if any).
|Bubbles make chair lift snack time easier. And warmer.
|Quit taking pictures Kristin. I'm trying to ski.
|I think we might be lost. Sounds like an adventure.
Lech is part of a much larger group of ski resorts in the Arlberg area, so we were able to ski a huge loop between the mountains called the White Ring. It is pretty fun to have a series of trails to ski that lasts a few hours without any duplication of the runs. The White Ring hits Lech, Steubenbach, Zurs, Zug, Oberlech and then finishes back in Lech.
|It's a long way down right after that tower.
|Enjoyed traveling in this guy with 80 of our closest friends.
|This piste was pissing Kristin off.
|Matt was having a great time.
And then Kristin got even less happy. The resort closed the t-bar lift at the base of the super windy run due to the wind. So with nowhere else to go, we took our skis off and started our walk UP the mountain.
|Taking a picture of Kristin right now would have been a very bad idea. She was not amused.
|Proud of us for making it up the hill pretty quickly.
Matt was a champ and carried both sets of skis. Because he's the bestest.
|Wait, we get to ski downhill here and don't have to walk up? I'm in.
We stayed at the Hotel Schwarzwand in Lech. Although the rooms definitely had an "old world charm," the food at the restaurant was fantastic. Dinner was 6 pretty great courses. We were worried that it would be traditionally heavy German/Austrian food, but it was much lighter, modern takes. It was great after a long day on the slopes. Our room was on the 3rd floor on the left, overlooking the Lech ski slopes. They had a convenient ski storage room in the basement, and it was just a few minute walk to the lift. The lovely woman at the front desk even will sell you your lift ticket.
|The new car looks so cute. We'd wake up the next morning to 8" of snow on it.
|Getting ready to check out the apres ski.
|My new favorite way to have hot chocolate