Ischgl Ski Resort

In a country known for partying as hard as it skis, Ischgl is a snow-covered, mini-Ibiza which eclipses all other resorts for après-ski. But there’s great skiing and boarding to be had as well.

Ischgl is a ski resort that is perhaps more famous for its après-ski than it's skiing. There is a formidable list of bars on the slopes and in town, plus nightclubs to suit most budgets and tastes, and some surprisingly glitzy shops, plus its famous Top of the Mountain pop concerts and other live events.

All this means its slopes are sometimes forgotten about which is a shame because they are actually perfect for the majority of skiers. The lifts are almost all modern and high speed; the piste grooming is generally spotless, and there is sufficient artificial snow-making to guarantee a long season, although it's not always needed because this is a relatively high resort (by Austrian standards) in a naturally snowy area.

Full lift and piste integration with neighbouring Samnaun over the border in Switzerland creates a large connected ski area with more than 40 lifts and over 200km of piste. That's enough for most intermediate skiers staying for a week, especially if they don't get out of bed first thing in the morning, which seems a safe bet given the nightlife. And if they do run out of new runs to discover, they can always take the bus to Galtur, which is nearby and will keep them busy for a day or two.  

Advanced skiers are not neglected either. There are 10 marked but ungroomed ski routes, and with a guide the off-piste possibilities are almost limitless. The Val Gronda lift which rises to over 2800m and has only one run down (an ungroomed ski route) has effectively created an unpatrolled freeride zone for strong skiers and boarders who know what they are doing. Boarders also have a good terrain park to practice their skills on.

Beginners get a mixed deal. There are plenty of ski schools and the nursery slopes are high quality, but you have to go up the mountain to Idalp to find them, and that means buying a full lift pass.

Ultimately whether you like or loathe Ischgl is unlikely to be decided by the quality of its skiing alone. Ischgl might be compact and traffic-free, but if you're seeking a charming, traditional, quiet Tyrolean village, you've come to the wrong place (although you could try Galtur or Samnaun). But if you want to stay in the party capital of the Alps with all its glitz and noise then Ischgl could be the perfect ski resort, especially as there is a wide choice of accommodation to choose from.

Ski & Snowboard Hire in Ischgl

There are plenty of ski rental outlets in the resort, but generally they won't give discounts if you just walk into them. Ultimate-Ski partner ALPINRESORTS.com works with several shops in Ischgl and can secure discounts of up to 35% if you book online in advance

SKISET also has an outlet in Ischgl and it too gives discounts if you book online in advance.

Ischgl Pros & Cons

+ Lively apres-ski and nightlife
+ Big enough ski area
+ Snowsure
+ Excellent pistes for intermediates
+ Some challenging ski routes and off-piste
+ Compact, traffic-free resort

- Beginners need an expensive lift pass
- Too loud, brash and charmless for some. 

 

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Ischgl Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • RegionTirol
  • Base1,377 m
  • Peak2,872 m
  • Elevation1,495 m
  • Ski Area218 km
  • Beginner38 km
  • Intermediate132 km
  • Advanced48 km
  • Longest run11 km
  • Number of ski lifts42 
  • Cable cars
  • Gondolas
  • Chairlifts25 
  • Surface lifts12 
  • Riders per hour84,935 
  • Day lift passEuros 41
  • 6 day lift passEuros 242

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