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 to ensure most intermediate skiers keep on discovering new runs throughout a week-long stay, especially if they don't get out of bed first thing in the morning, which is highly likely given all the nightlife that goes on.

Advanced skiers are not entirely neglected either. True, there are not many tough groomed pistes but there are 10 marked official ski routes with further off-piste just to the side, and with a guide the 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.

Only complete beginners lose out. There are good nursery slopes and gentle blue runs for novices, but you have to go up the mountain to Idalp to find them, and that means buying a full lift pass.

But whatever your skiing standard, whether you like or loathe Ischgl is unlikely to be decided by the quality of its slopes alone. If you're seeking a charming, traditional, quiet Tyrolean village, you've come to the wrong place, although you could try neighbouring Galtur which is connected by bus to Ischgl, and was sensitively rebuilt after a devastating avalanche. But if you want to stay in the party capital of the Alps with all its glitz and noise, and a distinctly modern urban vibe, then Ischgl could be the perfect resort for you.

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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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