Take a break from skiing for a bit of swing in Lech Zürs am Arlberg. When the days start to get longer again, the sun above the snow in Lech will sometimes turn up the heat to T-shirt temperatures. The Tanzcafé Arlberg Music Festival in the bars and hotels serves up lovingly selected soundtracks to accompany the feeling of spring approaching. It’s not even necessary for skiers to climb out of their ski boots or snowboarders to get out of their clothes for some of the concerts in the series because the stages right next to the slopes are an invitation to stop and enjoy the swing!
Even if the programme does include trendy pop acts as well as jazz and electro-swing, the music festival continues the fine traditions that legendary winter sports resort are famed for: enjoyable teatime dancing. Dance halls from the days of yore are passé on the Arlberg but ski huts, sun terraces and hotel bars in all the districts – from Lech and Oberlech to Zug and Zürs – present charming and varied settings. Live acts and times are perfectly adapted to skiing routines. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, singer-songwriter Milov and ‘Russkaja with her crazy ska polka’ among others have performed here in the past.
Josh. & band got the party going
Tip: the Swing & Snow dance courses with Lindy-Hop classes (a dance for couples from the 1930s) for different levels create a dignified dance café atmosphere and old-school grooves. It’s said that the dancing makes some people even forget that they’ve come here to ski. It’s best to book early.