Ischgl Ski Holidays
Austria

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Description

Ischgl is a pretty Austrian town nestled at 1,400m altitude, with lifts running up to an impressive 2,870m. With bags of Tyrolean charm, some of Austria’s newest and swiftest gondolas, and a lively nightlife to rival — but perhaps not beat — St Anton, Ischgl has a great deal going for it.

There’s plenty of varied terrain and a decent amount of off-piste to explore, though a lack of expansive nursery and learner terrain makes Ischgl best suited to intermediate and expert skiers. The ski area boasts plenty of gorgeous red and blue runs, and the lifts are perfectly positioned to explore the ski area with ease.

The expansive terrain park offers a good range of hits and kicks for freestylers of all levels but, again, it’s geared toward accomplished riders. Flat sections are few and far between and visitors are not reliant on drag lifts to get around, so Ischgl is a fantastic resort for snowboarders.

Down in town, Ischgl is very attractive with charming hotels and quaint streets around every corner. Traditional shops line the walkways and, from après-ski time onward, there’s a whole host of bars welcoming thirsty skiers in off the slopes.

For families, it’s perhaps not the strongest resort choice to make. Although the vibrant nightlife is easy to steer clear of, Austria is home to many family-friendly resorts — Obergurgl for instance — so it’s best to pick from them until the kids can enjoy Ischgl to the full.

On the accommodation front, Ischgl remains slightly under the radar among British skiers. As such, packaged chalet and hotel options are minimal. If you’re looking for a holiday with travel included, there are a few strong options available to suit a good range of budgets, and the locations are good. Of course, if you’re happy to arrange travel separately then the accommodation options broaden to a lovely range of traditional Tyrolean hotels, self-catering apartments and guest houses.

Visiting Ischgl from the UK is easiest in a packaged holiday with travel included. That said, independent travellers can buy flights separately and airports such as Innsbruck and Friedrichshafen are within easy reach. Innsbruck is the closest airport, 90 minutes away. Zurich is 3 hours away, and the nearest train station is Landeck-Zams, one hour away.


Getting There

If you haven’t organised a package with flights and transfers then you will need to think about the best way for you to get to resort.

Fly

The most common way of travelling from the UK is to fly. There are several local airports to the resort:

Innsbruck - 100km - 1hr15
Zurich - 220km - 2hr35
Salzburg - 278km - 2hr50
Munich - 304km - 3hr

There are several companies that offer both shared and private transfers to and from resort. Shared transfers are cheaper but run less regularly and only on certain days so it is worth checking transfer arrangements before booking flights so you don’t end up stuck at the airport.

Our recommended transfer companies for Ischgl include:

Ski Lifts have been awarded world’s best transfers operator at the World Ski Awards, they provide transfers every day of the week.

Alps2Alps offer good value private transfers

Train

There is no direct train from the UK to Ischgl. To get there, you can take a train from London Kings Cross via Paris Nord Eurostar, Paris Est, Strasbourg, Mulhouse Ville, Zurich HB, and St. Anton. The whole journey takes approximately 12 hours.

Drive

If you are planning on driving from the UK, the journey will take approximately 14 hours. You would need to take either the eurotunnel or ferry and drive through France to Austria. It is important to be aware that there are several tolls along the route which will cost approximately £70 each way, but this will depend on your vehicle and route.


When to Go

Just like the majority of resorts across the Alps, Ischgl gets much busier during school holidays and both accommodation and travel are more expensive during this time. Ischgl is relatively high altitude and has a reliable snow record making it a good choice if you are planning on visiting the resort during the early and late weeks of the season.


Where to Stay

The resort is centered around Dorfstrasse which is a long, pedestrianised street located under the Silvrettabahn gondola. Like the majority of resorts in Austria, the majority of accommodation in Ischgl is hotels and apartments dotted around the resort.

Ischgl can get quite noisy at night so it is probably better to choose accommodation that is set slightly back from the main street if you’re not looking for nightlife.



Getting around

Ischgl isn’t too big so the majority of the resort is walkable. There is an airport-style pedestrian walkway that cuts through the rock around the town was built providing easy access to the slopes and resort amenities.

There is a bus that runs to the other resorts within the Tyrol area if you don’t plan on skiing there.


Apres

Apres ski here — as in many Austrian resorts — is lively and friendly. From around 3pm onward, thirsty skiers come off the snow in search of a cold beer and a boogie. Of course, there’s also a refreshing glass of hot gluwein if you’d prefer! By 5pm, bars such as the Trofana Alm in the heart of the resort are bustling with happy revellers enjoying themselves in the traditional Tyrolean way.

Schatzi Bar and Kuhstall are two very popular après ski venues, and things can get a bit crazy! At times, it is hard to decipher where one bar ends and the next one begins! The most famous nightclub is Pacha, of the same brand as the one in Ibiza. For something a little less hectic, venues such as Bar Allegra offer relaxing atmosphere, broad cocktail lists and a relaxed feel.


Eating out

Austria may not have the culinary reputation of France, for example, but visitors to Ischgl can still enjoy a broad range of restaurants serving diverse cuisine. Below, you’ll find a few top restaurant recommendations for families, couples and groups of friends, as voted by our ski experts.


Good for Couples

Lucy Wang

Dorfstrasse 68

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 20007

Good for Couples

MAD Fine dining

Hotel Madlein

Madleinweg 2, 6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 5226

Good for Couples

Paznaunerstube

Dorfstr. 95

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 600

Good for Family

Salz und Pfeffer

Silvrettaplatz 4

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 5918

Good for Friends

Hotel Central Restaurant

Dorfstr. 44

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 5258

Good for Friends

Kitzloch

Galfeisweg 3

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 5618


Activities

Away from the slopes, Ischgl has plenty to keep visitors amused and entertained — if you’re part of a group with a non-skier or two, it’s a decent spot to choose. The hub of Ischgl’s non-ski activities is the impressive Silvretta Centre, where visitors can engage in a huge range of off-snow activities such as bowling, swimming and ice skating. You can also enjoy thrilling pursuits such as skidooing, parapente, snowshoe hiking and night tobogganing.

Down in town, there are plenty of stylish shops and boutiques selling jewellery, watches and the like, and the resort is home to luxury labels including Prada and Versace.

If you’re planning on visiting this high-altitude resort at the start or end of the season, look out for the resort’s popular opening or closing parties. Popular live acts such as Muse, The Killers, Elton John, Robbie Williams and Tina Turner have all strutted their stuff on Ischgl’s famous stage.


Night tobogganing

Centerweg 1

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 606813

Snowshoe hiking

Silvrettapl. 2

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 5257

Swimming, Bowling, Spa

Centerweg 1

6561

Ischgl

+43 5444 606950


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in that will offer group and private lessons to suit all abilities. Group lessons are cheaper but will be less intense than one on one tuition. Most ski schools will be happy to chat through your requirements to assess which lessons will be most suitable for you. It is recommended that you book your hire in advance to ensure availability especially if you are travelling on a peak date as the schools do get booked up early.

Our recommended ski schools in Ischgl include:

Skischule Ischgl are the main school in resort and offer a wide array of different lessons suitable to all ages and abilities.

Maison Sport have professional ski instructors and offer great value lessons.


Getting around

Ischgl isn’t too big so the majority of the resort is walkable. There is an airport-style pedestrian walkway that cuts through the rock around the town was built providing easy access to the slopes and resort amenities.

There is a bus that runs to the other resorts within the Tyrol area if you don’t plan on skiing there.


Family ski

Ischgl is a traditional alpine ski resort with expansive terrain and a welcoming Tyrolean charm. Lifts are spectacularly swift and modern, which makes getting across the ski area a breeze, and the high altitude means snow coverage is typically great from early December until the end of April. 

This is a very pretty resort, and the car-free centre makes it a safe place for families with children. With such rapid lifts, queues around the lifts and gondolas are rarely a problem, and the terrain parks are the perfect place for budding freestylers to hone their skills. 

Intermediate-level skiers are perhaps the best catered for in Ischgl. The range of beginner-friendly terrain is limited, and although wonderfully varied, the ski area overall can be covered by expert skiers in a few days.

There’s a good range of restaurants to choose from up on the mountain and down in town, where parents can find a broad range of cuisine to keep the kids fuelled for the alpine adventure. Ski schools such as the Ischgl Snowsports Academy are of a very good standard, and you’ll find lessons for all levels alongside specialist clinics for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. 

The main mountain hub in Ischgl is the Idalp, and it’s here that the ski schools meet. There are no green runs here, which can pose a problem for beginners keen to move on from the nursery slopes but not yet confident enough to tackle the blue or steeper red pistes.  

For parents in search of childcare, there’s a crèche which accepts little ones from two years old which you have to book in advance, and the welcoming Ski Kindergarten – run by the ski school – which accepts children from 3 to 5 years of age for all-day care. 


Group Ski

After St Anton, Ischgl is one of the most popular resort in Austria for groups looking for apres ski with a host of bars both on and off the mountain.

Ischgl is mainly suited for groups of advanced and intermediate skiers and has a good range of hotels throughout the resort available on a bed and breakfast or half board basis.


Childcare

Ischgl is not among the best resorts in Austria for families, but parents with children considering a visit do have a good range of childcare options and non-ski activities to consider.

The resort’s skischule accepts youngsters from 2 years of age for childminding sessions, allowing parents to ski with peace of mind. The service can be booked for a half day, a full day or for several hours at a time. It’s open from 10.30am to 3.30pm, and rates start at an hour’s childcare for 19 Euros up to all day care for 49 Euros.

There’s also Merinannies – a childcare company with a great reputation throughout the Alps. Their experienced team of childcare professionals is top-notch, with highly qualified nannies on hand when needed. You can book part time or full time care at times to suit you and the family, for kids aged from 4 weeks to 14 years.

Aside from the childcare side of things, parents can enjoy plenty of non-ski activities with the kids. There’s swimming, ice-skating, sledging, bowling, dog-sledding and snow-shoeing to enjoy – if the little ones have the energy left after exploring the slopes.


The Piste

Beginners

Ischgl isn’t notably a beginner resort, there are nursery slopes located at high altitude meaning that they are snow-sure and sunny. Beginners can take the Silvrettabahn gondola from Ischgl village centre up to Idalp where the nursery runs are located. These slopes are serviced by their own dedicated drag lift, and there are chair lifts located nearby which service a network of blue runs for easy progression.

Intermediates

Ischgl is well suited to intermediate skiers. The resort has a wealth of blue and red runs which are normally well groomed and great for cruising. There are some great runs between Idalp and the village centre, and the Paznauner Taya is an easily accessible area for intermediates via the Sassgalunbahn chairlift located a few meters below Idalp.

Experts

Ischgl has some challenging runs for intermediate skiers. There are three black runs from the top of the Greitspitz. There are also exciting black runs either side of the Hollspizbahn chairlift. There are are more challenging runs beneath the Palinjopf and the Hollenspitz which are recognised ski routes but technically off-piste and unpatrolled.


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in that will offer group and private lessons to suit all abilities. Group lessons are cheaper but will be less intense than one on one tuition. Most ski schools will be happy to chat through your requirements to assess which lessons will be most suitable for you. It is recommended that you book your hire in advance to ensure availability especially if you are travelling on a peak date as the schools do get booked up early.

Our recommended ski schools in Ischgl include:

Skischule Ischgl are the main school in resort and offer a wide array of different lessons suitable to all ages and abilities.

Maison Sport have professional ski instructors and offer great value lessons.


Equipment Hire

There are several stores in Ischgl offering the latest selection of equipment. It is recommended that you book your ski hire online in advance as many stores will offer online discounts.

Silvretta Sports have two stores in Ischgl, one is located in the station of the Silvretta cable car and the other Station of the Pardatchgrad train.

Sport + Mode Zangerl is located near the centre of Ischgl. They offer a good selection of different rental packages to ensure you fully enjoy your ski holiday to Ischgl.

Ischgl Rent - Hauptgeschaft have five stores in Ischgl offering a varied selection of ski and snowboard equipment.


Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking.


Lift passes  Child(8-16)  Adult(16+)  Senior(60+)
1 Day          €30.5          €49             €49
6 Days         €148           €247           €222.5

You can pre book your lift pass through the tourist office or buy it in resort. Alternatively, you can pre-book it via your tour operator who will have it ready for you in your accommodation when you arrive in resort.


Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 2 people & over
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Chalets sleeping: 32 people & over



Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    1380m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    14km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2872m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    48

  • TOTAL PISTE

    200km






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Abendrot
 

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Garni Binta
 

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Hotel Yscla
 

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