Skiing Holidays in Ischgl
A beautiful Tyrolean ski resort in Austrian’s Paznaun Valley, Ischgl is part of the cross-border Silvretta Ski Area along with the Swiss resort of Samnaun.
With a resort height of 1400m, 239km of pristine piste, skiing available up to a lofty 2864m, and 45 lifts of all types including gondolas, cable cars, T-bars and detachable chair lifts, there’s a preponderance of red runs here for intermediates and a few tricky black routes to challenge experts.
Ischgl is inspirational for snowboarders too and the terrain park is rated as one of the most enjoyable anywhere in the Alps, with a range of gnarly obstacles and a big air bag where you can practice your jumps safe in the knowledge that you’ll have a soft landing if you wipe out.
There are some superb scenic runs down into Samnaun and if you treat yourself to a ski area pass, you also have access to the picture postcard village of Galtür, which has its own small but perfectly formed 40km ski area, including lots of quiet, unspoiled runs, many of which are particularly suitable for novices.
North-facing slopes and a good location and altitude mean that Ischgl is naturally snow-sure, but there are also plenty of snow cannons in place to ensure coverage on all slopes right throughout the season.
Ischgl is also family-friendly, with lots of comfy and accessible accommodation of all types, cafes and restaurants for all tastes, excellent ski schools, a well-designed novice area with magic carpets and alternative activities like tobogganing, ice skating, and a well-appointed leisure centre with a sauna, steam baths and pool.
This is no quiet backwater however ̶ the apres-ski in Ischgl is legendary and comprises everything from traditional Alpine ski bars to Aussie and American-themed pubs, as well as buzzing nightclubs where you can party tilt the wee small hours.
An Ischgl ski holiday suits skiers and snowboarders of all stripes and when you book with Erna Low you can look forward to a convenient, customised package where every component delivers total satisfaction.
Skiing in Ischgl
Ischgl ski resort is a snowsports haven with something to offer every type of skier ̶ it’s well equipped for novices finding their feet, there are plenty of cruisy blues and exciting reds for intermediates, and a few fantastic black runs and off-piste opportunities for experts and freeriders. Top this off with the cross-border opportunities a Silvretta Ski Area pass offers and an uber-efficient lift system linking the whole powdery playground, and you’ve got a resort to contend with. Take a look below at our top tips for skiing in Ischgl:
Three robust gondolas provide your main access to the slopes at Ischgl. There’s one at each side of the resort taking you to the 2320m mid-mountain station of Idalp and a third that whisks you to 2642m Paradatschgrat.
The Palinkopf is the highest peak here and it has a 2864m top lift station ̶ combine this heady altitude with superb snow making capacity and snow reliability is excellent in a long season from November right through to May. The vast majority of runs here are above the tree line, so head down to lower slopes to seek shelter in snowstorms.
The 239km of crisp corduroy in this sunny resort is heaven for intermediate skiers, with a vast network of sweeping blue and rapid red runs. If you’re looking for vertiginous vertical drops, they’re slightly lacking here, although there’s a cracking red run with a 1000m drop you can access from the big Piz Val Grondabahn cable car.
Novices should buy a full lift pass as this takes you from the resort up to the mountain base at Idalp via the Silvretta or Fimba lifts. This is where the ski school meets and there’s a lovely collection of nursery slopes where beginners are supported by a T-bar, chairlift and magic carpet. After you build your confidence you can tackle some tasty blue runs located on the snow bowl’s powdery east side.
In terms of off-piste skiing in Ischgl, there’s plenty to keep powderhounds happy too ̶ hire a local mountain guide to unlock slopes with fresh dumps of pow and 50 per cent gradients, cliff-drop descents and more, spread across 20km of glorious freeride terrain.
It’s evident that Ischgl is perhaps best suited to novices and intermediates, but if you’re an expert downhill skier or freerider travelling as part of a mixed ability family or group, there are enough advanced attractions to keep you reasonably satisfied here too. Further, the stunning scenery and excellent resort facilities, amenities and apres-ski compensate for the lack of truly white-knuckle runs.
Snowboarding in Ischgl
Snowboarding holidays in Ischgl are packed with action, with a terrific snow park, lots of off-piste powder for freeriders, slopes for all abilities on both sides of the Silvretta border and an adrenalin-fuelled apres-ski scene. Read on for some top tips on snowboarding in Ischgl:
With so many pistes located at 2000m and above, snow reliability is superb in Ischgl, which means that you can spend entire blissful blue sky days carving up the well-conditioned slopes, without having to trek around to find the freshest powder.
Off-piste is easy to access here and unlike some other resorts, it remains unspoiled for a good long while and doesn’t get tracked out. The area around the Piz Val Gronda is great for freeriders, but a local guide can help you discover plenty more.
The 238km of pistes here comprise plenty of wide cruisy blues which are great for practicing turns and perfecting stability, but there are also a few steep reds that offer more of a challenge.
The Jeep Snowpark is a freestylers heaven and it offers something for every type of rider, with two terrain parks, a funline and a bag jump for grabbing some big air. Meanwhile, if you’re a speed demon there’s a speedline to race around and skillful shapers keep all boxes, boosters, rails, jumps, jibs and fun tubes in pristine condition on a daily basis.
As you can see, getting into the snowboarding groove at Ischgl is easy for riders of all styles and abilities and the resort ambience is second to none.
Snow Conditions in Ischgl
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A reasonable 1400m resort height, a majority of slopes well above the tree line at 2000m and skiing available up to almost 3000m mean that Ischgl is amazingly snow-sure for a glacier resort. In fact, its expanse of lofty terrain is the best in Austria and if you want to find fab conditions early or late in the season, this is one of your best bets anywhere. Here’s the lowdown on snow conditions in Ischgl:
Base depth measurements in Ischgl might seem meagre compared to some rival resorts, but because it preserves its snow so well, it can compete with practically any resort in the world for snow-reliability.
One slight disadvantage of so many slopes being set at such a high altitude is that you can be exposed during inclement weather ̶ if you do experience a whiteout, head down below the treeline to seek shelter in the forest areas.
In the most recent season there was an 85cm total snowfall, average summit depth of 90cm, maximum summit depth of 120cm, maximum base depth of 70cm, average base depth of 70cm and largest snowfall of 40cm.
On the rare occasions when natural snowfall doesn’t quite deliver on expectations, an impressive armoury of snow cannons can cover up to 70% of the slopes with artificial snow.
Apres Ski in Ischgl
From traditional Austrian bars with wall to wall lederhosen and beer steins to chic cocktail and champagne bars and bustling nightclubs, there’s a wide world of apres-ski available in Ischgl. Here’s a rundown of the awesome après hotspots in Ischgl:
Looking for a bar that attracts locals and visitors alike? Schatzi is located at the exit of the main ski run so it’s the perfect place for your first pint after a busy day on the pistes and its chalet-style vibe is enhanced by traditional Austrian dancers who whip the crowd into a frenzy between 4pm and 7pm each evening.
The wildest party in town might be at Niko’s Hexenküche ̶ this busy venue next to the Silvretta cable car featured deft DJs on the wheels of steel and a lively clientele that loves to throw shapes on the dancefloor. Plus, at the end of the evening when you’re suitably refreshed you can also have fun trying to pronounce the bar’s name!
Paznauner Thaya is the perfect place to enjoy a chilled-out beer on the scenic sun terrace, snack on a freshly-baked pizza or enjoy a sumptuous slap-up meal in the serviced restaurant. When you want to wine and dine, this perpetually popular spot takes some beating.
If a glass or three of bubbly is floats your boat, you’ll love the chic and sophisticated setting of Champagnerhütt. If you like a laid back vibe with chillout sounds spun by resident DJs, this venue will be right up your strasse!
The Golden Eagle Pub is a British-style bar which has been an Ischgl institution or over 40 years. You’ll find a fine range of beers, wines and spirits here, a friendly crowd and a superb soundtrack of soul, rock and pop to help every evening go with a swing. When you want a traditional pub with a wonderful atmosphere, this is it!
Niki’s Stadl is another longstanding Ischgl hotspot where you can enjoy a traditional Tyrolean evening with oompah music and plenty of premium pilsener and strong shots to keep everyone feeling frisky the whole night long.
Pacha brings the Ibiza beach vibe to the mountains and this chic club is one of the best places to people watch in the resort as it’s regularly frequented by famous actors, models, sportspeople and entertainers.
Kitzloch is another Germanic oompah bar where the après sesh starts at 4pm and a lively crowd indulges in hearty singalongs. The cosy booths in this old-school bar are the perfect cubby holes for chatting away to friends, family or your significant other.
These vibrant venues are merely the tip of the après Iceberg in Ischgl, but hopefully they’ve whetted your appetite ̶ remember to leave some time for your skiing in between parties too!
Facilities in Ischgl
You’ll be glad to know that a ski resort with so many natural blessings and efficient on-slope organisation as Ischgl is just as impressive when it comes to facilities and amenities off the slopes. Resort staff are dedicated to making skiers and snowboarders of all stripes feel completely comfortable here.
Ski hire in Ischgl
There are a number of ski hire facilities in Ischgl but to save yourself the trouble of organising the correct gear for every member of your party, why not leave it to us? With great connections on the ground in the resort, we can find you top quality ski equipment at a highly competitive price and arrange pickup at a location near your accommodation.
Ski passes in Ischgl
Erna Low can secure great deals on Ischgl ski passes at any time during the season, including low-cost Ski Classic passes which help you save during quieter times of the year, Skifly passes, the VIP Skipass for Ischgl and Samnaun, and the Silvretta Skipass, which covers Ischgl, Samnaun, Galtür, Kappl and See.
Spa & pool in Ischgl
Several accommodations in Ischgl have their own onsite spas and pools, but a vast and luxurious thermal spa complex is currently under construction and should open in the middle of the next ski season, further enhancing the leisure offering here.
Shops in Ischgl
You’ll find a fab range of shops in Ischgl, including delis and supermarkets, sports shops and fashion boutiques selling designer gear and authentic Tyrolean costumes.
Facilities for Children in Ischgl
At this family-friendly resort there’s everything necessary to support your young skiers and snowboarders in having the time of their lives.
Ski schools in Ischgl
You’ve got a choice of quality ski lessons in this inclusive resort from organisations like Skischule Ischgl, Gerald Kurz and Tiroler Alpin-Skischule.
Children’s entertainment in Ischgl
Away from the slopes and ski parks, kids can enjoy a varied programme of activities in Ischgl, including ice skating, floodlit tobogganing and the Ischgl Sky-Fly zipline, which is a whopping 2km long.
Childcare in Ischgl
Skischule Ischgl offers childcare for kids from aged two upwards and nanny services are available from Merinannies.