Much like St Anton, Ischgl is known as much for its partying as it is for its skiing. Even with its lively reputation and long list of night clubs, Ischgl has a wide appeal as a high-quality resort which caters to everyone who chooses to visit. The sophisticated lift system is quick and enables you to make the most of the 238km of piste in the resort, and just over the border into the Swiss resort of Samnaun. The centre of town is a traditional Tirolean farming village dotted with upmarket hotels, trendy cafes, designer boutiques and of course, raucous bars.
Ischgl is just a short 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Innsbruck airport.
The winter season in Ischgl kicks off with one of the biggest open air concerts the alps has ever seen – Top of the Mountain Festival. Attracting over 20 000 people every year, the accommodation is booked up months in advance and has seen people such as Tina Turner, Elton John and Rihanna start the season off with a bang. Whilst there is much skiing for beginners and families who want to ski together, it is Intermediates who are going to love exploring this resort. The updated Piz Val Grondabahn cable car opened up a beautiful red piste with 1000 vertical metres of descent and is something that any confident intermediate skier has to try. There isn’t much in the way of steep skiing that will satisfy true experts, but after a fresh dump of snow the off-piste is unbeatable, and the touring opportunities are excellent.
Whilst still a bustling summer village, Ischgl is nowhere near as busy as it is in the winter. Without the snow, the party goers seem to steer clear and instead come mountaineers, hikers and mountain bikers. Ischgl itself has over 300km of hiking trails, and there are mountain huts all over the area making it a perfect base for alpinists keen to tackle a few peaks. Ischgl is a part of the famous Paznaun High Trail, a 120km hike with 11,000m of altitude difference that draws thousands from around the globe every year.
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