Set in the Tirol, ski Ischgl for access to the beautiful Paznau Valley - and for some of the best après-ski in the Alps. Whether you're skiing or snowboarding there's over 200km of marked pistes and miles more off-piste to enjoy this winter.
Ski Ischgl and you'll be based in a high-altitude Tyrolean village in the beautiful Paznau Valley - another gem amongst the Austrian ski resorts we've reviewed. Ischgl's 40 lifts serve 238km of runs and with 90% of skiing over 2000m snow is virtually assured. There's a further 65km of piste via a bus link to Galtür. Access is via Innsbruck or Zurich.
On the slopes
If you ski Ischgl the first thing you'll find is easy access to the mountain from the village centre as there's three gondolas that will take you up to the ski area above this resort. The slopes are mostly North facing and at this altitude - you are guaranteed good snow. There's not really any learner slopes down at village level - so you will need to take the gondola up too. Intermediates will find the most in Ischgl, with over 40 pistes and some good long 7km runs down to the Valley floor.
With access to the Silvretta ski arena, ski holidays here enable you to ski or snowboard to six interconnecting valleys. There's top class grooming and extensive snow-making just in case, making this resort ideal for long days on the slopes - which can then lead to long nights off. Extensive off piste and some great bowls are available for advanced skiers and boarders - all that's really lacking is challenging on-piste routes. Snowboarders will find a championship half-pipe and excellent terrain featuring a timed racecourse.
The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl is one of the liveliest resorts in the Alps - a snow-bound Ibiza - with a great selection of clubs, bars and restaurants. For eating out you can choose from Tyrolean specialities to gourmet cuisine, but it's the après-ski that sets this resort apart. Favourite destinations include the Trofana Alm and Schatzi bar, Hollboda bar for live music, and the late night scene at Pacha. There's even a casino! The only problem is the resort does come in a lot more pricey than some other Austrian destinations - but you'll have a great time.