Ischgl Galtür: Pretty, lively towns with snowsure slopes and great amenities.
Ischgl is changing fast. It is a strange mixture of:
- pretty, traditional Tyrolean village
- pricey, upmarket hotels
- drunken, bawdy après-ski
German and Scandinavian males are predominant visitors. On our last visit, there were girls in national costume dancing, cavorting on the bar of a plush 4-star hotel at the foot of the slopes from 4 pm to 6.30. Drunks were 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 in Ischgl 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, expanding in a 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