Ischgl, Austria

Ischgl ski resort

The Paznaun valley’s party central, Ischgl rocks 24 7, with powder-perfect pistes providing the perfect build up to an incredible après ski scene, and clubs that buzz ‘til dawn.

And that’s before you check out who’s headlining at it’s famous star-studded start-of-season and end-of-season concerts, in the town and on the mountain.

A treat for intermediate skiers, Ischgl has a range of wide, well-prepared slopes, lots of lifts and plenty of appealing places to stop and take in the stunning peaks.

iPhone users will also find Ischgl has its own ski app – iSki Ischgl, so there’s no chance of getting lost even if you do venture off to Samnaun in Switzerland on the famous Duty Free Run.

You can also ski other smaller resorts in the same valley, with easy access by ski bus or taxi.

Pretty Galtür lies at the top of the valley with 40kms of pistes (10km black, 24km red and 6km blue).

And sunny Kappl, just down the valley from Ischgl, which also has 40kms of pistes (5km black, 25km red, 10km blue) – and is perfectly placed for catching the afternoon rays.

Heading back into town, non-party people will find gastronomy is one of the town’s top treats, though you might not venture back into your skinny jeans after a few nights here!

There’s also plenty of opportunities to unwind in the town’s many saunas and pampering places, to shop in fine boutiques, and to try new pleasures such as a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh.

But for those who like to ‘Bring it on’, there’s no better place to kick off than Niki’s Stadl, which rocks daily when the lifts close.

Luxury appeal
Ideal for anyone who likes to fine dine in four or five star hotels, Ischgl hits the mark for those who love the powder, the party…and then the fine pillows…

Star attraction
The Top of the Mountain concerts have seen everyone from Elton John to Mel C  and this year’s closing concert – on Saturday May 3 – is none other than Robbie Wiliams, who will perform against the backdrop of the Silvretta mountains as part of his Swing Both Ways tour.

Technical
There’s more than 238kms of pistes. 45km black, 127km red, 38km blue, and many comfy lifts! There’s also good cross-country skiing.

Apres ski
It’s almost impossible not to après ski in Ischgl, as most of the home runs conveniently end in a lively bar scene, or close to the promenade.

Location, location
Ischgl is in the Tyrol region, and is an easy transfer from Innsbruck airport, which is just over an hour away from the resort.

Amanda started off her career as a chalet girl in Meribel when she was 18, she is the founder and editor of Skibible.com, has written and contributed to features for fashion publications, broadsheet newspapers and previously worked for the Good Ski Guide.

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