Pretty, lively towns with snowsure slopes and great amenities.
Ischgl is changing fast. It is a strange mixture of pretty, traditional Tyrolean village, pricey, up market hotels and drunken, bawdy après-ski, dominated by German and Scandinavian males. On our last visit there were dancing girls, scantily clad in national costume, cavorting on the bar of a plush 4-star hotel at the foot of the slopes from 4 pm to 6.30, and drunks weaving their way through the treacherous streets all evening. But the resort remains quite trendy and attracts top-draw entertainers for open-air concerts – Elton John, Diana Ross, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart to name a few.
The slopes are extensive, high, snowsure and ideal for intermediate cruising – some of the best intermediate terrain in Austria. And the efficient lift system now boasts fourteen high-speed chair-lifts (including six-seaters and eight seater) and three gondolas.
The resort has introduced a unique refund service if the road to and from it is shut because of avalanche danger. Alternative accommodations will be paid for as long as the road is closed.
- Charming old Tyrolean village, expanded in sympathetic fashion
- High slopes with reliable snow
- Lots of good intermediate runs, extending over the Swiss border to duty-free Samnaun
- Impressive lift system
- Very lively après-ski
- Not ideal for beginners, for various reasons
- Few tough runs for experts
- A few T-bars still to be eradicated
- Wild après-ski may not be to everyone’s taste