Ischgl

Ski Resort in Austria

Introduction

Ischgl is located on the Austrian side of one of the world's largest ski areas. Three ropeways give access to the ski area from the village: the Pardatschgratbahn, the Fimbabahn & the Silvrettabahn.

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.

Even with its reputation for après-ski and a formidable list of nightclubs, Ischgl has wider appeal as a high-quality resort to suit all-comers.

The family-friendly slopes are perfect for the majority of skiers, while the grooming and snow-making are in a league of their own. Full lift and piste integration with neighbouring Samnaun over the border in Switzerland make the skiing truly extensive, and after a big fall of fresh snow, there's off piste skiing in every direction. Only tough on-piste challenges are missing.

In town, it's all new and distinctly ritzy, with some good shopping, trendy cafes and plush hotels in abundance.

Ischgl info card

Resort Altitude1400m
Highest Lift2872m
Total Piste230km
Longest Run14km
Directions of SlopesALL
Uphill Capacity91000
Total Lifts48
Gondolas/Cable cars9
Chairlifts27
Drag Lifts12


Ischgl Beginner Skiing

Although Ischgl is not primarily a beginners' resort, high-altitude nursery slopes are snow-sure and sunny.

Beginners must take the Silvrettabahn gondola from Ischgl village centre up to Idalp. The ski school has offices here and there are ski, board and boot hire shops. But lessons should have been organised beforehand at the ski school office in the village.

Although Ischgl is not primarily a beginners' resort, the fact that the nursery slopes are at high altitude means that they are snow-sure and sunny. They are served by their own dedicated drag and chair lifts and are suitably adjacent to pleasant blue runs for easy progression.


Ischgl Intermediate Skiing

Both Ischgl and neighbouring Samnaun have a wealth of blue and red runs, usually very well groomed and ripe for cruising.

On both sides of the ridge marking the border between Ischgl and Samnaun is a wealth of blue and red runs, usually very well groomed and ripe for cruising, whether to Alp Trida or back down to Idalp. If you hit these at the right time in the morning - just as the cold is easing and the crowds have yet to arrive - you'll find some of the finest corduroy in the Alps.

And a tip - if you turn right after coming off the Idjochbahn on run No 64 instead of heading down to Alp Trida you'll find a curiously empty bowl of cruising. A joyous swoop on undulating runs that will polish your ego as you carve flawlessly will bring you to the Greitspitzbahn or the Viderjochbahn chairlifts to take you back up to the frontier ridge.

The Rennstrecke Funpark is to be found to the left of the main run back to Idalp from Idjoch.

Idalp

Another good tip for intermediates to get the best out of the runs between Idalp and the village is not to wait until going home time to do them. The valley run from Idalp can be tricky in places - it's a respectable red with some steep pitches, sometimes treacherously icy in places, and made even more intimidating for many by the late afternoon crowds.

So if you can draw your morning gaze away from the endless acres of skiing stretching away to the horizon, the best time to do the runs back to the valley is in the morning. They're excellent exhilarating trails, cut through thick woods after the first few hundred yards below Idalp, and you can choose to finish in Ischgl village centre or at Fimbabahn lift station in the valley. In the morning they are more likely to be nicely groomed than in the evening, hardly anyone will be on them and nasty worn icy patches and chopped up moguls will not have been formed.

Paznauer Taya and Palinkopf

The Paznauner Taya area is easily accessible by intermediates via the Sassgalunbahn chairlift a few hundred metres below Idalp. Some pleasant reds with a distinct blue tinge are cut through the trees to the Paznauner Taya restaurant.

And intermediates can confidently ride the Gampenbahn to the Palinkopf, from where the long and leg-burning, but un-intimidating, piste 40 will take them all the way back to Gampenalp. From here you can make your way back beside a mountain torrent to the Silvrettabahn middle station - with a strategically placed tow-rope lift to take you along one of the flat stretches to save your legs.

Ischgl to Samnaun

One of the lovely Ischgl days out is perfectly suitable for intermediates - the trip to Samnaun, which should include some duty-free shopping and a leisurely lunch. From Idalp head down to the Höllkarbahn lift, then the Zeblasbahn up to just below the Palinkopf. From here it's downhill all the way to Switzerland, via the long and scenic piste No 80 - with 81 a variation at the top if you like.

There are one or two short but sharp steeper pitches on the way, but nothing an enthusiastic intermediate can't handle. At a point still quite a way from Samnaun you should let your skis run to avoid a bit of poling - the terrain flattens out considerably as you near the village. Watch other skiers to see when they start to point their skis downhill.

The first house you come to is the Schmugglers' Alm - famous in these parts. As you enter it seems all rustic timber and tradition, and is noted for its hot chocolate and rum, but go down to the basement and you enter an airport-style duty-free store, with bargains piled high.

You can skirt the village on skis and head straight for the cable car station. But it's more interesting to shoulder your skis and wander through the village, to see duty free showrooms cheek by jowl with ancient heavily-timbered and balconied gasthauses and restaurants.

Samnaun to Ischgl

Choose one to stop for lunch, maybe at Hotel Post or La Pasta. Every one we've picked so far has been good, and they'll take any currency you happen to have on you. Suitably refreshed, head on down to the bus-stop at the end of the village, where a shuttle bus will take you the short distance to the cable-car station at Samnaun Ravaisch.

The old cable-car used to be an appalling bottle neck for skiers heading back to Ischgl, with waits of an hour or more not unusual. Now it has been replaced by an impressive double-decker, which whisks skiers up to Alp Trida Sattel for the round trip back to Ischgl via Alp Trida or Alp Trida Eck.

Another day you can take a scenic red run from Alp Trida down to Compatsch, where a short walk will take you to the buses for the cable car at Ravaisch.

Ischgl Advanced & Expert Skiing

The Greitspitz, the Palinkopf and the Paznauer Taya are the starting points for a number of good blacks, but Ischgl also has some interesting ski routes.

Some challenging fun can be found in Ischgl by taking the draglift from the top station of the Idjochbahn up to the Greitspitz, the highest point at 2,872m (9,422ft). Three black runs start here, one of which is the interesting 14a, a route which takes you down to the Hollenkar valley.

From here a good option is to take the Hollkarbahn chairlift to link up with the Zeblasbahn - and access the super, swooping, black descents, routes 20 and 21, from the Palinkopf. By the side of these runs, when there has been new snow, you'll find some wonderful powder stashes.

Paznauer Taya

Alternatively, take black route 33 down from the Palinkopf, beneath the Hollenspitz, and head down to the Paznauner Taya section where you'll find more exciting black runs either side of the Hollspitzbahn chairlift. These bring you to the Fimba Valley, from where you can continue down to the middle station of the Silvretta gondola for a return to Idalp, or take the Gampenbahn chairlift back up to the Palinkopf for more fun.

The Paznauner Taya area, at the western end of the ski area, has an atmosphere of its own distinct from the rest of Ischgl. It's also usually strangely under-used - except for the extremely popular Paznauner Taya restaurant, one of the area's best, by the bottom station of the Hollspitzbahn. Perhaps it's because this restaurant is so pleasant, and conducive to long lunches, that the slopes are so empty.


Off piste in Ischgl

This is also the kicking off point for some of the best off-piste in the area. Beneath the Palinkopf and the Hollenspitz are some of the more testing slopes Ischgl has to offer - these are recognised ski routes, but technically off-piste and unpatrolled. They are marked on the ski map with dotted red lines but are best tackled with a guide unless you are very familiar with the area. Some of the best are at the extreme western edge of the area, from Palinkopf down to Fimbatal, or the steep descent from Hollenspitz to the Hollenkar valley.

Back at the eastern side, some good black runs, and a couple of ski routes too, are accessed by the Pardatschgratbahn, either down to the Velilltal valley, or all the way to the middle station of the Idalp gondola. These runs also give some of the best views of Ischgl and the Paznaun Valley.

Good skiers and boarders can get a lot of snow time at Ischgl. It recently won an award for being top of the fast league table, with 62per cent of its lifts high speed. A plan for a new chairlift from Vesil, on the western extremity of the skiing, to the Piz Val Gronda at about 9,300ft, is at an advanced stage and will open up scores of kilometres of exciting new skiing. A snowcat lift is sometimes used in this area. For a few euros per person, skiers are towed up by ropes trailing from the snowcat.

Idalp, at the top of the Silvrettabahn, has a superbly-equipped new ski hire shop, with a test centre for good skiers and boarders to try out the latest gear.


Ischgl Boarding & Freestyle

Ischgl is very big on boarding and has what is widely recognised as one of the best terrain parks in Europe.

Ischgl is very big on boarding. Proud of being one of the pioneers of the art, Ischgl was one of the first resorts in Europe to realise the potential popularity of boarding and embraced it wholeheartedly while many others were eying it suspiciously.

Ischgl has what is widely recognised as one of the best terrain parks in Europe and brings in new features every season. The nursery slopes are wide and very suitable for boarding beginners, and the lifts are boarder friendly. And the vast, wide open powder fields are boarder heaven after a fresh snowfall.

The Rennstrecke Funpark is located between Idjoch and Idalp and has a championship standard half-pipe, with jumps, a quarter-pipe, rails, a boarder-cross course and a timed race course. There is also a separate snowboard area for smaller children, and a smaller funpark on the Swiss side.


Snow conditions in Ischgl

The north facing high altitude slopes already make for great snow throughout the season but with the added snow making facilities across most of the pistes skiers can be guaranteed frequent snow coverage throughout the entire season.


Après Ski, Restaurants and other activities in Ischgl

Ischgl has some of the best après ski in the Alps. There are a wide range of bars and nightclubs (many are part of resort hotels) as well as special events throughout the season. The Trofan Alms has been named the #1 Aprés ski bar in the world on several occasions and it's neighbour, The Schatzi Bar, is famous for it's bar tops dancers in their own very short version of the traditional Dirndl. Also ty: · Pacha Nightclub (Hotel Madlein) · Feuer & Eis · Kuhstahl · American-themed Allegra Bar · Down Under · Kitzloch · Fuchsloch · Tenne.

Ischgl has a good range of restaurants, with a mixture of themes ranging from traditional to Mexican, fine dining to pizza. Try: · Salz & Pfeffer · Grill Alm · La Bamba · Goldener Adler · Trofana Alm · Kitzloch (for fondue).


Ischgl Chalets & Hotels

A ski holiday in this famous resort wouldn't be complete without accommodation in just the right spot. Browse our great range of Ischgl hotels now or take a look at our latest property, the Chalet Hotel Abendrot, to finish off your perfect break away.


Family Skiing in Ischgl

Ischgl is one for the bucket list. Everyone needs to experience this resort at some point and it is a brilliant place for a family ski holiday. There is loads of skiing to be enjoyed and it’s a really fun place with loads of outdoor activities and a wide selection of mountain restaurants. Ischgl boasts the longest toboggan runs in the Alps, perfect for adventurous families!

There is a fantastic beginners area with an easy access magic carpet take you up the easy slope. The intermediate and advanced skier have access to loads of skiing, and even a world class fun park for those that like to fly!

There is a range of food options available to cater for all budgets, from the basic self-service up to fine dining. Ischgl has 14 mountain restaurants and ski lodges in the Silvretta Arena.


Group Skiing in Ischgl

Ischgl sells itself when it comes to groups skiing. Iglu Ski has a range of accommodations to choose from and we offer hotels that can give us a large allocation of rooms to accommodate big groups.

The Skiing, the Après and the nightlife that Ischgl offers is up there with the best, it just comes down to how much energy you and your group have… You will certainly have a story or 2 to tell the next morning!

Transportation - Get In


By plane

For most foreign visitors, an hour or so drive from Innsbruck airport, two from munich and three from Zurich.

Innsbruck Airport - 100km / 1 hour 15 minutes
Memmingen Airport - 195km / 2 hours 20 minutes
Zurich Airport - 220km / 2 hours 35 minutes
Bolzano Airport - 222km / 2 hours 25 minutes
Salzburg Airport - 278km / 2 hours 50 minutes
Munich Airport - 304km / 3 hours


By Car

Ischgl can be reached very easily from Innsbruck, the regional capital of the Austrian state of Tyrol. Follow the "S16" motorway route until you reach a junction near to "Pians" and exit the motorway in the direction of "Paznauntal - Ischgl" The drive is just over an hour and is very direct, making the most of Austria's incredibly efficient road network.

There are several ways to get to Paznaun from Germany:

  • First take the A7 in Germany or the A95 heading south. Then on the Fernpassbundesstraße (B179) via Imst and Landeck, on the A12 motorway and continue on the S16 (Arlberg expressway) to the Pians exit. From there on the Silvretta A-road (B 188) to See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür.
  • First take the A 93 in Germany heading for Innsbruck. Then take the Inntal motorway in Austria (A 12) via Kufstein, Innsbruck and Landeck on the S 16 (Arlberg expressway) to the Pians exit. From there on the Silvretta A-road (B 188) to See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür.
  • First along the A 96 heading for Lindau to Austria on the A 14. Then continue via Bregenz, Feldkirch and through the Arlberg tunnel onto the S 16 to the Pians exit. From there on the Silvretta A-road (B 188) to See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür. In summer you can also exit the motorway in Bludenz and get to Paznaun via the Silvretta high Alpine road.

There are two ways to get to Paznaun from Italy:

  • First of all head north on the A 22 motorway over the Brenner Pass on the A 13 in Austria. Then in Innsbruck head towards Bregenz on the A 12 and continue on the S 16 until the Pians exit. From there on the Silvretta A-road (B 188) to See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür.
  • First take the SS 40 heading north via the Reschen Pass on the B 180 to Austria. Then head via Nauders and Landeck onto the S 16 towards Bregenz to the Pians exit. From there on the Silvretta A-road (B 188) to See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür.

Getting to Paznaun from Switzerland:

  • First take the A 3 to Feldkirch or the A 1 to Lustenau and Dornbirn. Then in Austria take the A 14 toward Innsbruck and continue through the Arlberg tunnel on the S 16 to the Pians exit. From there on the Silvretta A-road (B 188) to See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtür. In summer you can also exit the motorway in Bludenz and get to Ischgl via the Silvretta high Alpine road.

By Train

Ischgl itself has no railway station and neither do any other villages or towns in the entire valley. However, trains from Innsbruck travel as far as Landeck, roughly 2 miles/ 5 kilometres from the start of the valley Ischgl is located in, the "Paznauntal." Regular bus services operated by "OBB", Austria's main public transport operator, run from the station in Landeck (Landeck-Zams),via the central town, to the Paznauntal frequently, making for a relatively simple journey. Further details on the train and bus services can be found by using the following links: Bus Service Landeck- Ischgl Train Services Innsbruck-Landeck

Accommodation & Hotels

The accent is on luxury accommodation and Ischgl unashamedly targets the affluent.

Ischgl decided at an early stage of its development as a ski resort to aim for the upper end of the market. Ischgl now has no less than 33 four-star hotels, plus the five-star Trofana Royal, one of Austria's top hotels and eight three-star establishments. Even among the bed and breakfast hotel category, hotels garni, there are 77 boasting three or four stars.

The accent is on luxury accommodation and the resort unashamedly targets the affluent. Although it is not uncommon to see a German number-plated people carrier unloading cargoes of families, Ischgl is not primarily a family resort. Of course, children are welcomed and looked after superbly, but the main target is adults, and it tailors its accommodation and other attractions to that end.

There are a handful of holiday apartments for rent, with the Golfais near the Pardatschgratbahn particularly good, but Ischgl looks chiefly to its hotels to provide accommodation, in traditional Austrian style.

One of the most popular four-star hotels is the excellent Post, near the centre, and the Madlein attracts a lot of attention because of its minimalist rooms and Zen themes. The Hotel Elisabeth is right by the Pardatschgratbahn and Fimbabahn, while the Solaria nearby has traditional luxury. The Jagerhof and the Brigitte are both highly recommended.


Just 200 metres from the Silvrettabahn Cable Car and a 5-minute walk from the Fimbabahn and Pardatschgratbahn cable cars, Hotel Palin offers you a convenient location in Ischgl, a modern spa and wellness area and elegant rooms with balcony and fee...

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL PALIN SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 96. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast

 


The Alpvita Piz Tasna enjoys a quiet location above the centre of Ischgl, which is only a 2-minute walk away. It offers a modern spa area, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • Very quiet
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • ALPVITA PIZ TASNA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and location.


First mentioned in 1640, this historic 4-star hotel in Ischgl is just a 3-minute walk from 2 cable cars. The spa area includes a sauna, a hot tub, and a steam bath. Free WiFi is available.Featuring wooden floors and bright wooden furniture, the spacious rooms at Hotel Goldener Adler include cable TV, a minibar, a safe, and a bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer.Traditional Tyrolean specialities, Austrian dishes and international cuisine are served in the restaurant. Gluten-free dishes are also available.Guests of the Goldener Adler can buy ski passes, use a ski storage room, and relax on the sun terrace. Free underground parking is available just a 2-minute walk away.The Silvretta All Inclusive Card is included in all rates during the summer season. It offers free use of cable cars in the region, of the buses from Landeck to Bielerhöhe, and free access to the indoor and outdoor pools and to the lake in the Paznaun Valley.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great menu
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Nice building
  • HOTEL GOLDENER ADLER SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


The Apart-Garni ERNA located in the pedestrian zone in the centre of Ischgl has comfortable apartments for 4 to 6 people and luxurious rooms with two three or four beds breakfast included.If you value an individual and relaxing stay you will definitely feel at home here.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Nice sauna
    • Friendly service
    • Comfortable beds
    • Good management
  • APART GARNI ERNA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 11% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, breakfast and service.

 


The award-winning 5-star-superior Trofana Royal in Ischgl has a large wellness area, its own park and wine cellar, and a Michelin star and 3 Gault Maillau toques for its gourmet cuisine. Free garage parking and free WiFi are available.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Great reception
    • Nice building
  • HOTEL TROFANA ROYAL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


The family-run Hotel Arnika is situated in the centre of Ischgl, next to a pedestrian area. The Fimbabahn Cable Car, taking guests to the Silvretta Ski Area, is just a 3-minute walk away.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great menu
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Clean rooms
  • HOTEL ARNIKA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its food, service and rooms.

 


Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.. Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free valet parking is available onsite.. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.. With a stay at Hotel Mondin, you'll be centrally located in Ischgl, steps from Silvrettabahn and Silvretta Cable Car. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of High-Bike Testcenter Paznaun and Ischgl Ski Resort.. Make yourself at home in one of the 20 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

 


Hotel Garni Christine is located right in the pedestrianised area of Ischgl, about 150 metres from the Silvretta cable car and opposite the end of the ski slope. Free private parking is possible on spot.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL GARNI CHRISTINE SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 92. Guests highly recommend it because of its location, rooms and breakfast.


Property Location: With a stay at Schlosshotel Romantica in Ischgl, you'll be minutes from Silvretta Cable Car and High-Bike Testcenter Paznaun. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Ischgl Ski Resort and Idalp.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries.Rec, Spa, Premium

Amenities: Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a nightclub and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).

Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free valet parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Beds need improvement
    • Spacious rooms
  • SCHLOSSHOTEL ISCHGL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 88. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.


Catering includedHalf-board, Welcome drink, Breakfast Buffet: Vitality buffet with produce from the house-own farm, Salad bar, Afternoon snack: (5 courses): 2 main dishes to choose from.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Nice building
    • New rooms
    • Modern Hotel
    • Friendly service
  • SPORTHOTEL PIZ BUIN SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.

Ski Area

Ischgl is an ideal resort for family skiing, although there is also a massive amount of off-piste. The ski area is linked to that of Swiss Samnaun.

Huge as Ischgl's ski area is, the pisted runs are predominantly intermediate and ideal for family skiing. Serious challenges on the network of marked runs have to be hunted out - although there is a massive amount of off-piste. When snow conditions are good, almost all that can be seen can be skied.

An invisible line linking the peaks of the Greitspitz and Idjoch is the frontier between Austria and Switzerland, and cross-border skiing is a feature. The resort links with Samnaun in Switzerland, a duty-free enclave that is a cross between picturesque village and tax-free showroom, full of liquor, watch and fragrance stores.


Across the border to Samnaun

The lift-pass covers both Ischgl and Samnaun. Technically you should have your passport with you when you visit Samnaun. There is a Customs hut at the high-altitude frontier that is allegedly manned occasionally to check the bulging rucksacks of skiers returning from Switzerland with their duty free booty. But I've never seen a check made in 15 years of visits.

Ischgl's forty-two lifts serve 200 kilometres of runs, and with 90 per cent of the skiing at over 6,600ft, snow is virtually assured through a long season from the end of November to the beginning of May. From the village of Ischgl at 4,590ft, three gondola lifts rise to the main skiing area. The Silvrettabahn, from the village centre, and the Fimbabahn, from the eastern end, take skiers and boarders to Idalp, at 7,582ft. The Pardatschgratbahn gondola is located next to the Fimbabahn, but goes to Pardatschgrat at 8,609ft.


Idalp

From Idalp, an initially confusing array of lifts fans out towards all corners of the ski area. The immediate area in front of the Idalp lift station is often thronged with skiers studying lift maps as they try to get their bearings. This can take some time. The ski area is vast and the chances of taking the wrong lift very high. Trial and error is the best way to get to grips with the place enjoying the runs as you go regardless of whether they are the ones you intended to ski.

The area close by the Idalp complex, which houses a large self-service and waiter service restaurant as well as ski hire shop, ski storage and ski school, serves as the learning area. There is a dedicated drag lift here for beginners as well as neighbouring blue runs to which to graduate. The learning area is also served by a chairlift.

From Idalp, intermediate and advanced skiers can take the Idjochbahn, the world's first eight-person bubble-covered chairlift. The top station is just yards from Switzerland, and you can drop down on long cruising runs to Alp Trida.


Alp Trida

Alp Trida is a hub, like Idalp, from which a number of lifts radiate, serving more sweeping reds and blues. There are a couple of restaurants here, Skihaus Alp Trida and Bergrestaurant Alp Trida, among the cluster of lift stations. Just above here, by the Grivaleabahn, is the Restaurant Alp Bella.

From Alp Trida the Alp Trider Sattelbahn takes you to the top station of the double-decker cable car from Samnaun. By now you are beginning to get an idea of the scale of the place. Ischgl is one of those resorts where each lift ride brings you to a ridge that reveals yet a further expanse of skiing. Just finding your way around is an adventure for the first couple of days.


Days out from Ischgl

Ischgl is now linked, as far as administration and marketing is concerned, with the other resorts in the Paznaun Valley, Galtur, Kappl and See. Galtur, at 5,200ft, is a quiet, traditional village, with houses clustered around its church. It has been extensively rebuilt since being hit by a devastating avalanche in 1999. Millions have been spent on snow defences to ensure no such tragedy can ever happen again here. The skiing starts a short bus ride from the village, with a modest range of slopes. It does boast some very good nursery slopes and is a good choice for families seeking peaceful surroundings. Galtur also has nearly 40 miles of good cross-country tracks.

Regular buses link Galtur with Ischgl, as with Kappl, further down the valley. Kappl has some superb slopes, about 25 miles in total, including several tough reds. It's well worth a day out from Ischgl. See is further still down the valley towards Landeck, with a small ski area above the village lining the road.

Ski Lifts & Pass

The ski lift system in Ischgl is ultra-convenient and even includes an airport-style moving walkway between gondola base stations.


Ski Lifts

Ischgl is recognised as having one of the fastest, most modern and well-planned lift systems in the Alps, and money is constantly being lavished on refinements. There are 42 lifts, with a predominance of fast multi-pack chairs with magic-carpet loading and protective bubbles.

From the village, 3 gondolabahns give access to the skiing. One, the Silvrettabahn, is in the centre, the other two, the Pardatschgratbahn and the Fimbabahn, are on the east side - but the two areas of the village are linked by an airport-style moving walkway through a tunnel for ultra-convenience.

There are a further 22 chairlifts, 15 draglifts, and 2 cable cars from Samnaun. Given the high capacity from the village, the speed of the chairlifts and the extent of the ski area, which swallows up crowds once you get away from Idalp, the potential for serious queuing is kept to a minimum. The resort has also invested heavily in snowmaking, with a network of 270 snow machines across the slopes.


Ski Pass

Hourly tickets

Peak seasonLow season
AdultSeniorTeenagerChildAdultSeniorTeenagerChild
From 2 pm
€26.50 ($31.02)
€26.50 ($31.02)
n/a
€16.00 ($18.73)
€26.50 ($31.02)
€26.50 ($31.02)
n/a
€16.50 ($19.32)
 

Day tickets

Peak seasonLow season
AdultSeniorTeenagerChildAdultSeniorTeenagerChild
Day ticket
€49.00 ($57.36)
€49.00 ($57.36)
n/a
€30.50 ($35.71)
€49.00 ($57.36)
€49.00 ($57.36)
n/a
€30.50 ($35.71)
2 Days
€96.00 ($112.39)
€96.00 ($112.39)
n/a
€57.50 ($67.32)
€96.00 ($112.39)
€96.00 ($112.39)
n/a
€57.50 ($67.32)
3 Days
€139.00 ($162.73)
€125.00 ($146.34)
n/a
€83.50 ($97.75)
€125.00 ($146.34)
€125.00 ($146.34)
n/a
€83.50 ($97.75)
4 Days
€178.00 ($208.38)
€160.00 ($187.31)
n/a
€107.00 ($125.26)
€160.00 ($187.31)
€160.00 ($187.31)
n/a
€107.00 ($125.26)
5 Days
€214.00 ($250.53)
€192.50 ($225.36)
n/a
€128.50 ($150.43)
€192.50 ($225.36)
€192.50 ($225.36)
n/a
€128.50 ($150.43)
6 Days
€247.00 ($289.16)
€222.50 ($260.48)
n/a
€148.00 ($173.26)
€222.50 ($260.48)
€222.50 ($260.48)
n/a
€148.00 ($173.26)
7 Days
€278.50 ($326.04)
€250.50 ($293.26)
n/a
€167.00 ($195.51)
€250.50 ($293.26)
€250.50 ($293.26)
n/a
€167.00 ($195.51)
10 Days
€361.00 ($422.62)
€325.00 ($380.48)
n/a
€216.50 ($253.46)
€325.00 ($380.48)
€325.00 ($380.48)
n/a
€216.50 ($253.46)
14 Days
€451.00 ($527.99)
€406.00 ($475.30)
n/a
€270.50 ($316.67)
€406.00 ($475.30)
€406.00 ($475.30)
n/a
€270.50 ($316.67)
 

Free choice ski pass

Peak seasonLow season
AdultSeniorTeenagerChildAdultSeniorTeenagerChild
5 out of 7
€234.00 ($273.94)
€210.50 ($246.43)
n/a
€140.50 ($164.48)
€210.50 ($246.43)
€210.50 ($246.43)
n/a
€140.50 ($164.48)
10 out of 14
€385.50 ($451.30)
€347.00 ($406.23)
n/a
€231.50 ($271.02)
€347.00 ($406.23)
€347.00 ($406.23)
n/a
€231.50 ($271.02)
 

Season tickets

Season ticket

Nov 23, 2017

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May 1, 2018
Pre-selling
AdultSeniorTeenagerChildAdultSeniorTeenagerChild
Season ticket
€765.00 ($895.59)
€678.00 ($793.73)
n/a
€442.00 ($517.45)
€765.00 ($895.59)
€678.00 ($793.73)
n/a
€442.00 ($517.45)

Activities & Things to do

Ischgl is noted for its very serious toboggan run and its Shapes in White snow scuplture competition.

There is no shortage of non-skiing attractions. This is, after all, a can-do kind of town. Ischgl is noted for its toboggan run, a very serious matter of about five miles down a floodlit track from Idalp. You fortify yourself with a few schnaps at the Panorama restaurant beforehand. The ice-skating rink also has curling lanes, with all equipment for hire. The village also has horse-drawn sleigh rides (Tel: +43 (0) 5444 5365).

There are 15 miles of marked and cleared walks, plus an excellent sports centre, with an adventure swimming pool, sauna, solarium, massage and bowling. Many hotels also have wonderful 'wellness' centres, with all sorts of massage and beauty therapies. The best of these is at the Trofana Royal, one of the largest such centres in the Tirol.

The upmarket shopping is impressive, with Versace and Prada represented. There are restaurants that non-skiers can get to by gondola and a special 'pedestrians' pass is sold for non-skiers to use specially selected lifts and join up with skiing friends for lunch.

The resort specialises in big events, chiefly a series of concerts through the winter with big name stars. The biggest one is the closing concert held at the beginning of May at Idalp. Stars in the past have included Sir Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Enrique Iglesias, Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel and Alanis Morissette.

A big opening concert in the village centre opens each season at the end of November - Lionel Richie kicking off the 2005-06 season, following the likes of The Corrs, Amici Forever and Ronan Keating in previous seasons.

Another big Ischgl tradition is the Shapes in White snow sculpture competition, which attracts ice sculptors from all over Europe. The stunning ice sculptures dot the slopes and have a different theme each winter - cartoon characters, rock stars or mythological figures. The contest is held in early season and the creations are a feature of the landscape through the winter until the spring sun does its work - and the works of art melt away along with Ischgl's season.

Sights & Landmarks

Tyrol doesn’t just provide any amount of sports and activities, it also offers museums, churches and concerts. The ski pistes, cycle trails and discos in Ischgl are world famous. Yet in addition to these, there is also a broad cultural offer, which is proving increasingly popular.

Museums around Ischgl – providing a deeper understanding of the region

  • The Mathias Schmid Museum is situated on the periphery of the village and the forest in Ischgl. From here visitors get a wonderful view to Ischgl and the Verwall mountain group opposite. This impressive building which has a hipped roof doesn’t just house exhibits, it is also a place of remembrance to a Paznaun artist. The works of Mathias Schmid (1835 to 1923) reflect life in the mountains; the daily life of the mountain farmers in an environment so full of privations. The educational Mathias Schmid artists’ trail also starts at the museum and this runs from Ischgl to Mathon and Galtür. Numerous information boards along the route provide information about this famous artist.
  • The agricultural museum in Mathon provides an exciting insight into the life of the mountain farmers in the Paznaun region. Regional specialities can also be sampled in the old snug.
  • The Silvretta Seilbahn AG Museum reveals the impressive history of the business. There are lots of pictures and original items spanning from its inception in 1963, to the contemporary present-day.

Churches and chapels around Ischgl – places of contemplation which enjoy a long tradition

  • St. Nicholas parish church in Ischgl is dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra. A precursor church stood here since 1443. In the middle of the 18th century the current church was built in a Gothic style. The Rococo altars are impressive, as is the Rococo stucco work made from entwined leaves. The centrepiece is the silver arm reliquary of St. Stephanus. A man from Ischgl took this from the Eiffel in 1794. The church was renovated in 1972/73.
  • The pilgrimage chapel ‘Sieben Schmerzen Mariä’ in Unterpardatsch (1676) is located in an idyllic forest glade on the old road into Fimbertal. It was built by Ischgl landlord Christian Zangerl. In the centre of the chapel is a picture the Virgin Mary possessing miraculous powers, by Josef Schöpf from Telfs (1745 to 1822).
  • Annakapelle near Bodenalpe has stood since 1610. It is the oldest documented of the chapels in Paznaun today. The simple building which has a ridge turret adorns an altarpiece from the 2nd half of the 17th century.
  • In contrast Martha Chapel was first inaugurated on 28th July 1995. An initiative made up of women in the hamlet of Ischgl-Innerversahl had been appointed for many years to get it set up. Thanks to donations from citizens and local companies, building began in June 1994. The altar is decorated with a group of carved figures, Jesus with Mary and Martha, created by Josef Jehle from Kappl. The colourful, leaded window was created by Ischgl’s artist-teachers Paul Zangerl, Bernhard Walser and Andreas Salner.
  • Maria Schnee chapel in Pasnatsch is the biggest in the parish of Ischgl. It was built in 1643 and extended in 1708. The splendid high altar deserves particular attention. The richly carved pieces of art which date from around 1660 are attributed to Baroque sculptor Michael Lechleitner from Grins. The rectangular oratory is decorated with a coffered ceiling with carved decorations.
  • The Heilige Dreikönigskapelle was built in 1818. Stucco work decoration can be seen here above the triumphal arch, as can the round-arched windows and a Madonna statue by Michael Lechleitner which dates from the 17th century.
  • The Mariahilf Chapel was built in 1676; its current form was achieved during its renovation in 1793. A curved façade on the gable side characterises the exterior of the chapel. While the interior houses an altar with figures from Josef Georg Witwer’s workshop.
  • The exemplary restoration of Antious Chapel in Versahl in 1981 is representative of chapels typical to the Paznaun region. It was built around 1630 in honour of St. Antonius of Padua as a plague chapel and extended in 1673. The high altar and galleries have kept the form of Paznaun furniture dating from the 17th century. The show piece of the furnishings is a Pietà by sculptor Johann Ladner.
  • The Totenkapelle zum Heiligen Luzius was built in 1773 and reveals a delightful little black Rococo altar. Franz Hosp from Imst carved the four holy figures Edmund, Aloysius, Stefanus and Laurentius. The altarpiece and the upper altar piece were painted by Christian Miller from Imst. There is a precious Pietà by Jakob Auer (around 1700) on the altar mensa.
  • The Kapelle zum Heiligen Gallus on Alpe Oberpardatsch in Fimbertal was built in 1793 on the site of a small chapel built in 1736. Among others, an altar piece by Anton Schueller from around 1760 can be seen.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Possibly rivalled only by St Anton, Ischgl must be the apres-ski capital of Europe.


Ischgl Apres-Ski Bars

Superlatives must be dusted off and applied liberally here. Possibly rivalled only by St Anton, Ischgl must be the apres-ski capital of Europe. It starts in early afternoon, at venues such as the Trofana Alm, with a DJ who adores both oompah and Europop, the Ice Bar at the Hotel Elisabeth, where scantily clad girls dance on the bar, and the famous Kuhstall in the village centre.

Opposite the Kuhstall is Fire and Ice, similarly lively and offering pool and bar football, while the Hollboden, just along the street, often has live bands. At the eastern end of the village, by the river, is the Kitzloch, a personal favourite which is noted for people dancing on tables in ski boots and with some uninhibited lady skiers, often not much else.

At peak season at 5pm it's difficult to tell where one bar ends and the next begins. The village centre can become one swaying mass of happy skiers - but for the most part a very well behaved bunch it must be said. Despite the boisterousness of some of the bars, there is a welcome absence of serious lager loutishness.

For a quieter drink there is the Guxa, a cigars and cocktails establishment, and the Allegra. Hidden away down some of the alleys are a few simple bars where the local workers gather, and the prices here are adjusted down accordingly. And every hotel has its own bar too, for more restrained sipping, so there is an overall choice of scores of après-ski destinations.


Ischgl Restaurants

It's the Austrian way that most people are on half board and tend to eat in their hotels, which uniformly have a good reputation for their restaurants. But there are some special treats for those who want to venture out occasionally.

The Trofana Alm reverts from being an ear-bashing pub with dancing at about 7pm, and is transformed into a beautifully atmospheric, candle-lit restaurant, serving Tirolean specialities as well as international dishes.

The Madlein has a stylish restaurant with imaginative menu, while the Allegra and Salz und Pfeffer are good for more simple pasta and pizza dishes. The Grillalm and Salnerhof also have highly-recommended restaurants.

But to really splash out, it's impossible to beat the Stube at the Trofana Royal, a truly romantic room of carved wood-panelling which is presided over by celebrity chef Martin Sieberer. He's quite happy to come out to chat about his creations - and his nine-course gala dinner is something very special.


Ischgl nightlife

Later, the discos beckon. The Madlein Hotel houses a branch of Pacha, which also features in Ibiza. The disco beneath the Post Hotel is popular too, while all the above mentioned bars party way into the early hours. The most lavish nightclub is the multi-million euro Arena, part of the five-star Trofana Royal, which has live bands as well as girls dancing in cages scattered about the place.

Ischgl also boasts no less than three lap-dancing clubs, the most famous of which is Coyote Ugly at the Madlein, which somehow has managed to avoid taking on a seedy image. The Trofana Royal also has one, through a door off the dance floor at the Arena, and the four-star Grillalm boasts the Living Room club, by all accounts the most participatory of the three.


Ischgl Mountain Restaurants

A ski area the size of Ischgl should have more eating places on the mountain, but the quality is generally high and the prices reasonable.

The mountain restaurants in Ischgl tend to get crowded, but the food is generally of a very high quality and reasonably priced. But a ski area this size should have more eating places on the mountain, and it tends to lack the small huts that are popular elsewhere in Austria and Switzerland. A number of the restaurants offer waiter service.

The Panorama restaurant at Idalp has self and waiter service and is renowned for good food. There is a large sun terrace for fine weather dining. The Paznauner Taya above Bodenalp is full of character and very popular. It has table service upstairs - and often a band on the terrace. The Hollenkar has the highly-rated Schwarze Wand pizzeria at the head of the valley and the Hollboden by the bottom lift. Alp Trida, over in Switzerland, boasts three restaurants, with good food and table service in the Marmotte above the Alp Trida self-service.

Shopping

Actually, holiday time is also a perfect opportunity to go shopping. When else are you so relaxed? Indeed, the range on offer has to match the occasion, as it does when shopping in Ischgl in Tyrol! There is everything here to set the hearts of people who love brand names racing – classic jewellery, fine watches, subtle aromas. And of course fashion of every hue, from evening wear to traditional costume!

Shopping in Ischgl in Tyrol – also means top quality branded goods. Whether it is the classic chic of Hugo Boss or stylish eyewear from Prada and the like, every aficionado will strike it rich here. This applies to all sports enthusiasts too of course. The latest Alpine and cross-country skis, poles, snowboards, shoes, wheels, rucksacks and all kinds of accessories can be found in the various sports shops and are available to hire too of course. And those who want to turn out in a new outfit in the evening will get to sample the Alpine lifestyle, where the traditional meets the contemporary!
Of course there is also no shortage of items to your daily needs. Those of you spending your holiday self-catering will be inspired by the range on offer in the supermarkets and delicatessens. Incidentally, typical tasty Tyrolean delights also make a lovely little gift. So those of you who indulge in a little bit of shopping now and then can but triumph.

Festivals & Events


WINTER

With its magic nights, Ischgl can compete with any megacity. In the midst of the snow, there are great concert-moments in breathtaking scenery! Elton John, Rihanna and Kylie Minogue are just three of the global super stars who have made their way to Ischgl. And left again, enthralled by this globally unique location on the Idalp!

With global super stars into the skiing season

The Party-Season kicks off in November with the "Top of the Mountain Opening Concert". Taking to the stage in recent years: international stars such as Roxette, Nickelback or James Blunt! Thousands of visitors come to Ischgl every year to celebrate the start of the skiing season with these legendary concerts. With a valid ski pass it's even for free – nowhere in the world but in Ischgl!

Spring, corn snow and rock music

Easter sees the traditional "Top of the Mountain Eastern Concert". Up to 20,000 fans start dancing by 13:00 under the warm spring sun, after having enjoyed some great skiing on the wonderful corn snow in the Silvretta Arena.

Top of the Mountain – the legendary season finale

And to bid a quick farewell to Ischgl's slopes, international stars rock for third time at the "Top of the Mountain Concert" – Robbie Williams or Alicia Keys were famous guests in recent years. The perfect finish to the extra-long Ischgl winter! Because it promises optimal piste conditions until early May.


SUMMER

SUPERB EVENT FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS - ISCHGL IRONBIKE

Every year in August Ischgl invites you to the mountain bike highlight of the year - Ischgl Ironbike. One of the toughest mountain bike marathons in Europe. Top international pros and ambitious hobby cyclists do battle for the 20,000 Euro prize money, which makes Ischgl Ironbike the mountain bike marathon with the highest prize money in Europe.

RUNNING AT SPEED ON THE THREE-THOUSAND METRE MOUNTAINS - THE SILVRETTARUN 3000

The Silvrettarun 3000 provides a challenge for very fit marathon pros and ambitious, leisure-oriented runners alike, with three different routes. Participants can choose from the ‘Small’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Hard’ routes. The shortest route is 15.8 kilometres. The longest route is 43.3 km, taking courageous runners through the mountains in Paznaun up to the Kronenjoch at 3000 metres altitude – adrenaline up above 1600 metres altitude.

Culinary Jakobsweg

On the ‘Culinary Jakobsweg’, hikers, bikers and culinary enthusiasts can explore the fascinating mountain backdrop and food devised by 5 international star chefs in a traditional mountain hut atmosphere. Each of the exceptional professional chefs will each sponsor one of the Alpine Association huts and will create an exclusive dish for the summer menu

Top of the Mountain Biker Summit

This weekend Ischgl will revolve around hot engines, speed, exhilarating bands and partying, at the Top of the Mountain Biker Summit – the highest motorbike meet-up in the Alps,

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