Introduction

Mountains huddle conspiratorially around the snow-sure slopes of the rugged Arlberg region, one of Austria’s top ski destinations. The best-known villages are picture-postcard Lech (1450m) and its smaller twin Zürs (1716m), 6km south. Because of their relative isolation, fabulous skiing and five-star hotels, the resorts are a magnet to royalty (Princess Diana used to ski here), celebrities and anyone who pretends to be such from behind Gucci shades.