Every skier and snowboarder worth their salt knows that Ischgl has a well-earned reputation as one of the true après-ski meccas worldwide. Indeed, thanks to its legendary Top of the Mountain...
- Elevated between 1,377 m and 2,872 m, the Ski Resort is among the 15 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Austria. The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,495 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 720 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Ischgl is among the 10 best rated Ski Resorts in Austria.
- Season starts on 23 Nov and ends on 1 May (159 days). Average season duration in Austria is 124 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (23 Nov to 1 May) is 71 cm at summit elevation and 14 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 102 cm at summit elevation and 19 cm at the base. Therefore Ischgl is among the 10 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Austria.
- Ischgl features 95 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 88 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 22 sunny days.
- Offering 238 km of slopes and terrain, Ischgl is among the 10 largest Ski Resorts in Austria.
- A connecting tunnel for pedestrians between the Parking Lounge Ischgl and the 3-S Pardatschgratbahn gondola
- Expansion and development of the artificial snow machines
The Ski Resort
Ischgl is one of the most popular ski resorts in Austria and world-famous for its Après Ski program! A real highlight are the concerts at the beginning and end of each season where world stars such as Elton John, P!nk, Jon Bon Jovi and Robbie Williams already performed. The Tyrolean ski resort does not attract so many visitors solemnly because of its big party atmosphere. For excited skiers and snowboarders Ischgl has lots to offer too! The 238 kilometers of pistes (148 mi) and 45 lifts of the Silvretta Arena, which lead all the way into the Swiss Samnaun, make this ski region a real dream come true! The elevation of over 90% of the ski resort is above 2.000 meters (6561 ft), which gives Ischgl an unusual long season.
From the city center there are three lifts to take skiers and boarders up the mountain to the area called Idalp. This spot is the heart and soul of the ski resort. For beginners you will find easy terrain (slopes number 6,8 and 11), which is perfect for getting back in shape and practicing some more. Other blue marked pistes can be found on the Swiss side of the region around the Alp Trida mountain hut. Newcomer skiers can reach these pistes by taking the Filmjochbahn chair lift from the Idalp.
The rest of the area is intended for experienced skiers and boarders because a huge part of slopes are marked as red and black pistes. For carving fans the run through the Velilltal valley (number 7) is a true highlight you should definitely not miss. The slope through the winter wonderland is perfect not only for skiing but also for enjoying a truly unique view onto the Madlein mountain range. You can reach this slope from the Idalp taking the Velillbahn chair lift or Gratbahn chair lift. Other beautiful and intermediate descends can be found in the area below the Alp Trida mountain hut or alongside the Gampenbahn chair lift. A definite must is the eleven kilometer (6.8 mi) log run to the valley of Ischgl from the highest point of the ski resort, the Greitspitze at 2.872 meters (9422.5 ft). Expert skiers have enough advanced terrain with black marked pistes to enthusiastically rave out at the areas Pardatschgrat, Greitspitze as well as Palinkopf and Höllspitz, so no one will leave the resort insufficiently challenged.
If you want to see the whole ski resort in just one run you should try the Schmugglerrunde piste. You will start at the Idalp, past the Paznauner Thaya and the Höllspitz until you reach the Gampenalm. From the Palinkopf you will take the 8 kilometers (5 mi) long descend into the Swiss Samnaun. Here you can even take a quick break and shop duty-free. From there you will traverse the Greitspitze and the Höllboden leading you straight back to the Idalp. Two terrain parks await the many freestyle skiers and boarders at Ischgl. The Ischgl Snowpark at the lower Idalp is really long and has three areas for all different levels of difficulty. The Obstacle Park of Samnaun (above the Alp Trida) presents even experienced freestyle skiers and boarders with fun and exciting challenges.
On Mountain Dining
If you need a break to sit, relax and get some food you have 14 mountain restaurants to chose from at Ischgl. The largest restaurant is the self-serve restaurant Idalp with 480 seats and a large sun terrace. If you feel like Italian food check out the self-serve restaurant Schwarzwand where you can choose between delicious pasta and pizza dishes. Traditional cuisine is served at the Vider Alp in a rustic and comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant Sattel uses first and foremost regional products while the Bistro Gampen provides small snacks for the convenient between-the-meal-snack
The steepest slope in Ischgl is the black marked slope No. 14a with a gradient of up to 70%. The piste begins at the chair lift “Lange Wand”(long wall) at the Greitspitze. Ischgl also has the longest descend in the alps called “Eleven”. From the highest point in the ski resort (9422.5 ft) the more than 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) long slope leads you all the way back to the city center of Ischgl.
Just one minute from the city center you will find a natural ice rink next to the Silvretta cableway. You can skate or play a bit of hockey here.
The winter scenery in Ischgl can be discovered on many stunning hiking trails. The paths are prepared and marked with signs. The large selection offers tracks with lengths from 5 kilometers (3 mi) up to 11 kilometers (6.8 mi). A very nice tour would be the hike up to the Heidelbergerhütte mountain hut.
Adrenaline junkies can go paragliding or try hang-gliding and discover the ski resort from a new point of view. Every Monday and Thursday there is night sledging. Starting at the Silvretta cableway you have a more than 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) long area covering a difference in altitude of about 950 meters (3116.7 ft) where you can sledge your way back to the valley. The track is open and illuminated until 12 AM. If you want to trade the cold for a nice warm environment you should check out the adventure pool at the Silvretta Center which includes a wellness area, a bowling alley and a tennis center.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Ischgl and Après Ski – one cannot exist without the other! Après Ski was created here, that's what they say at least. The Après Ski party begins on the slopes at mountain restaurants and umbrella bars. The party people meet up for example at the Paznauner Taja at the top station of the Paznauner Thayabahn chair lift. In the city center the party continues until the early morning hours. Right after the run to the valley you should stop by the Trofana Alm or the Kuhstall (cowshed). The Schloss Lounge (castle lounge) combines modern design with a rustic mountain hut atmosphere. The Après Ski bar Freeride offers live music and even arranges theme parties!
Dining and Restaurants
Gourmets will not be disappointed in Ischgl. There are four highly rated restaurants, awarded by Gault-Millau. In the restaurant Stüva the famous Benjamin Parth will be cooking for you, one of the youngest star chefs in Europe! On his menu you will find creative creations as well as traditional dishes. The restaurant Mad offers food which is inspired by the Asian cuisine. A rustic and homey atmosphere awaits at the Schlossherrenhof thanks to an old tiled stove and century old furnishings. The kitchen is famous for its regional and seasonal dishes. Last but not least the Paznauner Stube invites guests to enjoy their diverse menu. These restaurants are all that gourmets need to feel satisfied on their trip to Ischgl.
To get there by car take the Inntalautobahn (A12) and the S16 (Arlberg highway). Take the exit Pians and from there continue on the Silvretta main road (Bundesstraße B188). In about 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) you should reach Ischgl.
Take the train to the station Landeck-Zams. From there you can take the public service bus 4240 to Ischgl. The bus ride should take you about an hour.
The nearest airport would be Innsbruck. That is about 100 kilometers (62 mi) away from the ski resort (another 90 min. by car).