The mythical Ischgl ski resort in Austria offers the perfect combination of abundant activities, vast slopes, incredible landscapes and modern quality facilities. Voted as the best ski resort in the world in 2019 according to the Snow Plaza website. The truth is that Ischgl is a reference both nationally and internationally.
The ski resort Ischgl is part of the Silvretta Arena consortium, together with the Samnaun resort. Both form a powerful ski area with 239 kilometers (149 miles) of slopes and 45 ski lifts capable of transporting about 94,000 people per hour.
The quality of the snow is guaranteed in this ski area thanks to its incredible modern network of artificial snowmaking that has no less than 1,100 snow cannons.
Ischgl Ski Resort and it’s slopes
Ischgl is located at an altitude of 2,872 meters, above the city of the same name, Ischgl, in Paznaun. Together with the Swiss city Samnaun, in the canton of Grisons, it forms the Silvretta Arena. This makes it the third largest Tyrol ski resort in Austria. The Silvretta Arena has 239 km of slopes, 515 hectares of skiable area and 45 modern lifts capable of transporting up to 94,671 people per hour.
Snow is rarely in short supply in Ischgl, thanks to its altitude and the imposing network of artificial snow cannons it has. They can fall back on more than 1,100 canyons to maintain the quality of snow. In terms of skiing, one of the main attractions of Ischgl is the length of its slopes. Some of the piste-tracks offer non-stop descents of up to 11 kilometers.
Perfectly groomed slopes, freeride slopes and spectacular snowparks are just some of the reasons why Ischgl is so incredibly popular with skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. However, it’s not only the amazing skiing at this hallmark Austrian station that attracts so many skiiers and riders. Every year they throw first-rate events. Events at Ischgl attract international stars, through concerts and music festivals all in one of the most charming places in the Alpine massif.
Ischgl is often affectionately referred to as the gourmet mecca of Tyrol and offers world-class culinary experiences in its many restaurants spread throughout the resort.
Hectic pace and world-class artists
“Relax. If you can …”. As you can tell from their slogan, Ischgl may not be the best resort to rest and enjoy the tranquility of the mountains. Ischgl is not the typical destination to enjoy a quiet family holiday, but rather totally the opposite: skiing in Ischgl is an adventure. This Austrian station is well known for its frenetic pace and abundance of activities and events. It is the ideal place to feel intense emotions and adrenaline in its purest form, in a mountain environment like no other.
Among its most spectacular events are the “Top of the Mountain” concerts, which take place every year to celebrate the start of the season, the Easter holidays and the end of the season. These massive concerts, held since 1995, bring together thousands of people and have brought to the resort many top-level artists, such as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Elton John, Katy Perry or The Killers, to mention but a few. It’s clear that, when talking about knowing how to throw a party, Ischgl takes first place .
But all this doesn’t take away the splendor of the ski area, whose surface area is equal to the size of more than 730 soccer fields together. This size offers skiers and snowboarders the possibility of crossing the Austrian-Swiss border with the same ski pass. It has flat blue piste tracks with an area for beginners, red slopes that although quite flat have steeper areas and black slopes that pose a challenge even for experienced skiers.
Snowboarders can also enjoy their snowpark, completely renovated and recently improved, in the 2017 / 2018 season. And after a day in the snow, you will find numerous pubs, bars and clubs around.
The latest technology Chair lifts
Ischgl ski resort continues to rely on quality and the latest technology for its chair lifts. In the last two years the resort has installed two new replacements. First, the “Velilleck F1” chairlift (with six seats and hood) and second, the “Visnitz N2” chairlift (with eight seats and hood).
These modern Doppelmayr D-Line lifts have meant an investment of no less than 24 million euros. Among its most striking features, both will have heated ergonomic 52 cm wide seats with a hood and the Velilleck F1 will be the fastest lift in the region, reaching a speed of six meters per second.