Ischgl Ski Holidays

Ischgl Ski Holidays


The little Tyrolean alpine village of Ischgl, set close to the Swiss border, is the gateway to the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun ski resort, one of the largest by area in the Alps. With its 238kms of regularly groomed pistes served by more than 40 lifts, the resort has become known as an upscale party central for its regular pop concerts featuring famous bands and international stars to celebrate the end of the skiing season. Aside from the gigs,  its main attraction is its riotous nightlife and après-ski parties. The resort has even attracted US President Bill Clinton who, in 2002, gave his ‘Message from the Mountains’ from the village.

Access from the 1,377m elevation village to one of the world’s most extensive ski areas is by three ropeways, with all the efficient, modern lifts having middle stations and central locations. Most lifts converge at Idlap, making the station extremely busy at the three daily peak times, with the slopes crammed with skiers on the way down to the village at around 16:00. The less experienced are advised to return via one of the several ropeways. Wide, easy pistes are a strong feature here, with more challenging runs for both skiers and snowboarders in the snow park. Quieter red and some black runs are found away from the main areas in the direction of Hollboden and Paznauner, with the steepest black run set at a scary 70 degree gradient, in the Hollboden Bowl.

Ischgl’s slopes are more suited to intermediate and advanced level skiers and it’s a major destination for freestylers, with the huge, efficiently maintained, 1600m snow park the big draw. High, snow-sure slopes and the attractive village with its carefully constructed traditional ambience make the resort a popular up-market destination, although some regard the village the ‘Ibiza of the Alps’, dubbing it brash and swanky, rather than stylish and urban. In tune with the resort’s reputation for late-night carousing, the ski school here starts as late as 10:00. The season and its organised parties open later here, at the end of November, and runs through to the end of April.