Ischgl - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Ischgl - Ski Resort in Silvretta, Austrian Alps - 200km of Piste (1400m to 2900m)
The Austrian Ski Resort of Ischgl is part of the Silvretta ski area and has direct access to 200km of downhill skiing, with 52 individual pistes, served by 42 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Ischgl itself (200km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Silvretta ski resorts of Galtür. Ischgl is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Samnaun.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Who is Ischgl good for?
Ischgl Ski Area
|9||Black Pistes (54km)|
|43||Red Pistes (206km)|
|13||Blue Pistes (69km)|
|74km||Cross Country Pistes|
Ischgl Ski Area Height
|1380m||Resort Altitude (Ischgl)|
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Ischgl are perfectly feasible. Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Ischgl
Ischgl's huge high ski area, the largest in the Eastern Alps, is easily accessible from the village centre with a choice of three gondolas to take you up to the high altitude skiing above. The slopes directly above the resort are north facing and have snow making so, with the fact that Ischgl is in any case higher than most Austrian resorts, it means you can normally ski back to the village from the start to the finish of Ischgl's long season. The resort does not have any real resort level nursery slopes and beginners take the gondola up the mountain to a snowsure learners' plateau. The gondola is now easy to reach with a tunnel to the base station from the village centre and the altitude beginner area at least means you can be sure of the right type of terrain to learn on. It's quite common in Austrian and Swiss resorts with only village level nursery slopes for beginners to have to start on slopes steeper than the ideal up the mountain for much of the season if resort level snow is inadequate.
Intermediates will enjoy the Silvretta ski arena the most which opens up six valleys and the exciting feeling of skiing over the border to Switzerland, making use of some very hi-tec uplift technology in the process. The runs include long wide open cruisers of up to 7km (over 4 miles) in length. There are high alpine bowls and fun runs down through the trees.
Although there are 200km (125 miles) of linked skiing between Ischgl and Samnaun almost double that amount is available on the Silvretta Pass which also includes neighbouring but not lift-linked Austrian ski areas at Galtür, Kappl and See in the Paznaun. The total is 370km (232 miles) of trails served by 66 lifts and a free ski bus linking the various area.
Experts have ten trails graded black in the region, with a total length of 40km (25 miles), a fifth of the terrain. The resort's single ski school leads off piste and powder expeditions. There is also has extensive cross country skiing with 48km (30 miles) of prepared trails including loipes at all ability levels.
Snowboarding in Ischgl
Ischgl is without doubt one of the world's snowboarding meccas where the terrain and the attitude of the resort - to 'boarding and to life in general - come just right. This was the location of the first ISF Snowboard Championships held in 1993, and the Snowboard Masters the following season. Three World's Series were staged from '95 to '97 and the Ballantynes Halfpipe Grand Prix in April '98. An FIS Snowboard World Cup was staged again in December '98 and has been scheduled annually. The 'boarders paradise is divided in to four areas with 30 obstacles and there's a permanent 90 metre half pipe. Carving fans can enjoy their own carving slope, served by the Idjoch chair.
The funpark consists of five jumps, four straight jumps, three high jumps, one quater-pipe, one fun box, one WM Halfpipe (The Tube), four rails, two waverides, one boardercross, one riesentorlauf and finally, a kindercross.
Ischgl Aprés Ski
Ischgl has a very lively nightlife reminiscent of its neighbour St Anton, a few miles away over the mountains. There is the same cosmopolitan mix of international guests although the over-riding theme is more Germanic here, compared to the strong British presence of St Anton. More than a dozen bars are lively as soon as the lifts close and more than thirty are on offer once the evening is in full swing.
Slopeside open air socialising is possible at a number of venues, notably the Marends at the hotel Elizabeth, the Sonne where there's often live music and for country and western, it's the Buffalo in the Hotel Grillam. Other popular places throughout the evening include the Allegra American Bar in the hotel Tscla, the Guxa cocktail bar and Niki's Stadl in the Piz Buin hotel; there are many more. The three discothèques are the Club Après in the Hotel Central, Feuer and Eis (Fire and Ice) and Madlein Wunderbar.
Other evening activities include swimming, tobogganing, bowling to 1am (closed on Saturday nights) film and theatre shows.
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Ischgl in brief
Ischgl Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.
Ischgl Season Dates
Opened : November 28, 2013.
Closes : May 4, 2014.
Usual opening - Late Nov.
Usual closing - Early May.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Ischgl.
Ischgl Piste Map
Map of IschglFull Page Map of Ischgl
Ischgl Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Ischgl is able to augment natural snow, on 200km of ski runs, with 653 Snow Cannons.
Ischgl Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 42 Ski Lifts of Ischgl are able to uplift 73,255 skiers / snowboarders per hour.