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Ischgl Galtür

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.

What’s Great

  • 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