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Ischgl, Samnaun & Galtur
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  Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Innsbruck or Salzburg
Ski Area 350km whole area
Ski Lifts 42
Ski Runs 126
Longest Run 9km
Resort Height 1400m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 4.5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 5 / 5
Affordability 3.5 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Ischgl Ski Resort is situated high in the Paznaun valley in the heart of the stunning Silvretta mountians. An efficient high altitude lift system and stunning scenery helps make Ischgl a paradise for skiers and those who enjoy a lively apres ski.Ischgl though quite sizeable now,is easily walkable from one end to the other, thanks to lifts and short-cut tunnels.In common with many Austrian resorts, Ischgl offers more authentic buildings, typical of an Austrian ski resort, which creates a quite pretty and atmospheric resort.The area offers much of its skiing abover 6000ft ensuring some of the best and reliable snow in Europe and is far above and out of sight from the road, the lifts and the town.We firmly believe this resort is hard to beat in Europe for any party wanting a big ski area and suitable for any level of skier or boarder, reliable snow, reasonable prices compared to many resorts in France and Switzerland and a rather lively apres ski, which sets the bar high!

Normally on the same ski pass and not far up the valley, is the more sedate resort of Galtür, a picturesque village of only 20 restaurants, which is spread out around a lovely church.Not connected to Ischgl on the slopes but by the fairly frequent bus, it’s much smaller and quieter with a much smaller ski area.A great for families offering very good value.

Ischgl Ski Resort has more than 40 lifts, the majority of them high speed and some heated gondolas, for those cold winter days.The skiing really is excellent in a huge area offering more than 230km, most of it high.The highest point, the Palinkopf, is 2,865m,so the snow is pretty much guaranteed beyond the end of April. The pistes are being continually widened with big sweeping runs, which all levels of skiers can enjoy. The long run from the Palinkopf back to the village is nearly a mile of vertical. 

The Swiss/Austrian border crosses the slopes and you can drop over onto the Swiss side for more magnificent runs,some of the best and most varied in the Alps, over to the Swiss duty-free pocket of Samnaun.A large cable car returns you back to Austria.This adds on over 100km to the immediate ski area, so you are looking at around 350km of skiable terrain on the one ski pass.Staying in Samnaun may not have the vibrant party scene of Ischgl but being a tax free zone its a VERY inexpensive way to ski the area.

For up to date Ski Pass prices click on the link below:

http://www.ischgl.com/en/active/ski-area/skipass-prices-operating-hours/prices-skiclassic 

This is an extract from Welove2ski.com publication and sums up Iscgl as a resort quite well, with the addition that there are now about 5 or 6 catered chalet options there too!!

Ischgl is considered internationally to be Austria’s second most important resort after St Anton. The two ski centres, which are only 45km apart, developed along parallel lines during the early 20th century. But St Anton found international fame while Ischgl remained largely the private haunt of ski-tourers.

All that has changed in recent years. Ischgl now has a sophisticated lift system, and the old farming village houses a collection of smart hotels, cavernous spas and buzzing bars. An airport-style pedestrian walkway, cut through the rock around which the town was built, provides easy access to pistes, shops and restaurants – regardless of where you choose to stay.

The resort is also linked by piste to the duty-free village of Samnaun in Switzerland, and there’s a free shuttle bus during the day to the small resort of Galtur.

Ischgl’s increasing international popularity is largely due to its Top of the Top of the Mountain Festival, which opens and closes the ski season. Some 20 years have slipped by since St Anton’s less famous rival in the Western Tirol put music in the mountain mix and magically conjured up a way of attracting new skiers to a moribund market.

The 2014-15 season was opened by James Blunt, and past concerts have featured Elton John, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Sting, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, The Scissor Sisters, The Killers, and Robbie Williams.

Other resorts across the Alps have wisely followed with a host of music festivals designed to boost ticket sales in the low season. But nowhere does it better than Ischgl, which has created a worldwide brand that it now zealously guards.

All in all, it’s a paradoxical place. The accommodation is mostly upmarket, and the clientele tends to be at least ten years older than the 20-somethings that pack into the Mooserwirt in St Anton. But that doesn’t stop the Ischgl crowd from partying hard. From 3.30pm until dinner time the atmosphere is electric. It’s also wonderfully good-natured. If all you’ve ever known is the surly swirl of the average British pub on a Friday night, you’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise. 

 

 

 

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