How to get there
The large yet welcoming ski resort of Ischgl is situated in the Silvretta Mountains, which dominate the Austrian Alps. It is close to the border with Switzerland and is just 100 kilometres away from Innsbruck. There is an international airport at Innsbruck and cheap flights from the UK can be found on the internet. Once you arrive at the airport, you can hire a car to take you to the resort. Simply follow the B188 south-west towards Ischgl. If you would prefer to travel by public transport, take the train from Innsbruck to Landeck. Free buses run every hour between Landeck and the ski resort. Some skiers prefer to fly from the UK to Munich, usually because they have found a cheaper deal at the last minute. If you choose to fly to Munich, hire a car at the airport and take the A12 through Innsbruck until you reach the B188.
If you would prefer not to fly, try travelling by train. The easiest way to reach the resort by rail is by taking the Eurostar service from London to Paris before catching the overnight train to Munich. From Munich, take the connecting train to Innsbruck and then another one to Landeck. Once you have arrived in Landeck, catch the free bus direct to the ski resort.
Driving between the UK and Ischgl is your final choice. However, most people try to avoid this option since the distance between Calais and Ischgl is over 1000 kilometres. Furthermore, toll charges will add an unwanted expense to your holiday and driving in snowy conditions is always stressful. If you do decide to drive make sure you are properly prepared and have a back-up route in case of problems.
Who does the resort cater for?
The resort is best suited for intermediate and expert skiers. Most of the slopes are fairly challenging and relatively steep. Experienced skiers will love the off-piste skiing on offer and cross-country skiers will be kept happy with the numerous trails scattered across the resort. Beginners would be better to choose another resort because even the gentle slopes are located high above the town and may be difficult to access for inexperienced skiers unaccustomed to lifts. Snowboarders will never be bored during their stay in Ischgl. There is an amazing fun park designed specifically for boarders, with over 30 obstacles, a half-pipe, and a quarter-pipe.
If you need a break from the slopes, there are many activities on offer in the resort. These include tobogganing, swimming, paragliding, and hiking. There are also several impressive historical monuments within visiting distance of the town. Evening entertainment comes in the form of some lively restaurants and bars and there is a popular bowling alley in the centre of the resort.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
There is a wide range of accommodation on offer at the resort to suit all budgets. Many people choose to stay in chalets or private apartments but there are several good hotels in Ischgl. Hotel Elisabeth is just 300 metres away from the town centre and ski lifts are within walking distance. The hotel even offers ski-in and ski-out facilities which always prove popular with visitors of all abilities. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and very comfortable. There is a great restaurant that serves fantastic regional food and also a good swimming pool. Alternatively, try the Hotel Wechner. This hotel only has nine rooms so be sure to book well in advance. It offers a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and is a good-value choice. The great breakfast buffet will provide you with the energy you need for a long day on the slopes.
There are 9 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 48 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 13 blue runs (suitable for beginners). Since Ischgl is part of the Silvretta Ski Area, the correct ski pass will also allow you to access the impressive resort of Galtür. Furthermore, the popular area of Samnaun is linked to Ischgl via the appropriate ski lifts. The slopes are served by modern lifts, which take over 70,000 skiers per hour up the mountains and the resort has over 100 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 200 km
- Cross country trails: 50 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 42
- Maximum Vertical: 1520 m
- Highest Lift: 2900 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1380 m
- Lowest Piste: 1400 m