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Ischgl

Ischgl Ski Resort Guide

Ischgl, Austria

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length200km
Highest Lift2,900m
Resort Height1,380m
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and St. Gallen-Altenrhein
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Ischgl

A large but traditional Tyrolean village below one of Austria's greatest and highest ski areas, crossing the border to be linked with Samnaun.

Summary

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 1,380m, with 200km of marked runs.

Ischgl is part of the Silvretta ski area with access to 480km of downhill skiing, with 145 marked pistes, served by a total of 101 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, Kappl and Samnaun. Ischgl is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Samnaun.

With ski lifts as high as 2,900m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Ischgl?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm, expected on 24 October, with around 17cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Ischgl
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2,125m
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1,636m
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1,454m

Ski Area Stats

Ischgl Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1354km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
42206km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1469km
Downhill
Total Length
200km
Cross Country
Total Length
74km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
42

Silvretta Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
145
Downhill
Total Length
480km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
101

Altitudes

Ischgl Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,900m
Lowest Piste1,400m
Resort Altitude (Ischgl)1,380m
Max Vertical1,520m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Ischgl
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Ischgl Overview

Ischgl is a large but traditional Tyrolean village below one of Austria's greatest and highest ski areas, crossing the border to be linked with Samnaun since 1978, making a unique Austro-Swiss ski area. Considering its status today as one of the best and largest ski areas in the Tyrol, Ischgl has been something of a late developer. It survived as a predominantly farming community despite hardship causing increasing migration until the late 1950s, with the first cable car opening in 1963. Indeed Ischgl's current success is a remarkable turn-around for a village which once had to send its children over the border to tend cattle in order to make ends meet, a practice so common that the children were even given a name, 'Schwabenkinder'.

Although there are now more than 9000 tourist beds, making this one of Austria's biggest resorts, the local population remains below 1500. The 200km (125 mile) ski region is one of the largest in Austria (at least partially) and with a vertical approaching 1400m up to 2872m it is much higher and bigger than some of the country's other big name ski areas like Kitzbühel. Ninety per-cent of the ski area is above 2000m making this a particularly snowsure area with a long season, traditionally culminating in a big 'top of the mountain' concert at the end of April, which in the past has featured some big stars like Elton John, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Diana Ross. The concert and many other aspects of the area such as its status as a snowboarding mecca all contribute to make Ischgl one of the coolest resorts in the Alps.

The resort's more recent developments have lead to Ischgl being one of the best designed ski areas in Austria and indeed the world. It has hi-tec lifts, including a funitel (ultra-stable high-capacity gondola running on two cables rather than the usual one) and a double decker cable car rapidly accessing the slopes, and slopeside lodging offered by many properties. Although customs regulations between Austria and Switzerland are described by the resort as 'lax', you should still carry your passport as customs official have the right to check it, and observe shopping 'import' restrictions when returning from the duty free shops of Samnaun to Austria and the European Community.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Ischgl is 11km long and the most difficult run is the 'Nordabfahrt (4)'.

Skiing

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.

Ischgl offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding

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.

Location and Map

Where is Ischgl?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Ischgl is Innsbruck Airport, 70 minutes drive away.

St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Friedrichshafen, Memmingen, Bolzano, Zurich, Munich and Salzburg airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 42 ski lifts are able to uplift 73,255 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 200km of ski runs, with 1100 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Ischgl open?

 Open from : 26 November 2020.

 Closes : 1 May 2021.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Ischgl Piste Map
Ischgl

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Ischgl, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Ischgl Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Ischgl

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Ischgl Webcams

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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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