Katy Dartfords muchbetter guide to Ischgl

Why Ischgl?

Unlike a lot of Austrian resorts, not many Brits have cottoned on to pretty and compact ischgl, with its top-class slopes, big-name gigs ( the Top of the Mountain Concerts) and a high-end feel. About 90 minutes from Innsbruck, the resort is in the Paznaun Region of the Tirol and is in the Silvretta Mountains. It’s a huge 230km area and most of it high up. There are three modern cable cars are found in the town centre and are just a few minutes walk from each other. The Silvrettabahn transports you directly to the top station, the Idalp, whilst the Fimbabahn takes you to either the middle station, Pardatschalp or the Idalp. If youre a beginner, you start high up where the runs are easier. The pistes do have names, but the Austrian dialect makes them hard for even Germans to pronounce so they also have numbers. The lower numbers are all the runs down to the village anything over 60 are high up and on the Swiss side. If youre a beginner, then at the end of the day you can take one of the high-speed gondolas back from the mid-stations as the slopes back to the village get steep towards the bottom.
Ischgl-and Austrian resorts in general have good Green credentials too. See the Ski Club of Great Britain s website to find out more.
Favorite spot for Skiing in Ischgl?
Most of Ischgls runs are big and sweeping with the ‘Eleven’ ski piste being one of the longest in Austria, at a drop of 1,472 metres. Starting at the Greitspitze, the first part is black, then consistently red. Fly past the Idalp and back down to the town centre. Swiftly get back up to the bowl like Idalp ski area, and make the most of the heated seats on the new Lange Wand chair lift , warmed up and ready to do it all over again.
You can also stock up on goodies via other great piste from the Palinkopf – the Duty Free Run. (80/81) You dont need your passport, just drop over the border into the Swiss duty-free pocket of Samnaun and enjoy the views on the way down. People often ski on the Swiss side in the morning as its sunnier, but can also be busier.
Favorite places to grab some food in Ischgl?
There are plenty of places to eat in Ischgl. Virtually all village restaurants are associated with hotels, so most people tend to stay half board, but they are available for non-residents too. For a real treat, they don’t come much better than the Paznaunerstube in the Hotel Trofana Royal (05444 600 50) The Michelin starred and Gault-Millaut multi award winning gourmet restaurant is presided over by celebrity chef Martin Sieberer..
Other good hotels to try are the 4* Hotel Jgerhof , or the 4* Hotel Goldener Adler which offer five-course meals and themed evenings. For lighter meals try the Schatzi, Allegra (burgers etc) or the Trofana Alm (grills) and for fondue or ribs try the Kitzloch . For Italian, try the Toscana and Salz & Pfeffer.
The mountain restaurants offer a great range of dishes from hearty Austrian fare to gastro 5 course dinners, Try a lunch of a bacon and chive dumpling in clear broth, followed by a meat rosti covered in runny egg and more sweet dumplings to finish at the Paznauner Thaya ( 2000m). Its more than enough to fuel you through an afternoon of skiing. It also has a good self-service on the ground level, and a large sunny balcony terrace area.
Also on the Austrian side the Alpenhaus (Idalp – 2,300m) (43 (0) 5444 606-844) is the home of Ischgl’s exclusive VIP club the first such club in the Alps. Its very much a modern twist on an Alpine cabin and feels very designer. with both table-service and self-service areas. The glass-sided Pardorama (Pardatschsgrat – 2,624m) (05444 606-820) is impressive and offers some of the best views over the mountains. Try the clear broth with pancake slivers, schnitzel and for dessert, dumplings filled with three different flavours; berries, chocolate and apricot.
In the evening you can take the Silvrettabahn for dinner at the Panorama (Idalp – 2,300m) (05444 606-813) During the day it offers a good self-service on the ground level, and on the first floor is the cosy ‘Gourmet-Stberl’, a cosy mountain cabin with waiter service which also has a large sunny balcony terrace area to dine on. The restaurant offers regional specialties and international dishes.
Favorite places for a drink in Ischgl?
Try stomping along in your ski boots to the umpah Euro rock of Niki’s Stadl ; Niki MC’s and keeps everyone revved up in bierfest mode until around 7pm when the aprs ski winds down as people head off to eat. Also, dont miss sipping glhwein outside the Trofana Alm near the Silvrettabahn cable car. Packed to the rafters, this rustic cabin has two floors, filled to the brim with full on German sing-a-longs. Then theres the Kuhstahl under the Sporthotel Silvretta where crowds spill out onto the streets around Silvrettabahn cable car.
Ischgl is one of the liveliest resorts in the Alps, but its still quite laid back and after dinner, the partying revs up again and there are lots of good bars offering great late-night partying and dancing. The Golden Eagle pub is lively or head for some dancing in the huge Trofana Arena . Other nightclubs include The Coyote Ugly at Hotel Madlein and the only alpine branch of Ibizas legendary club, Pacha, which is also in the Madlein Hotel .
Whats the best time of year to come to Ischgl?
There is usually snow from November right up until May in Ischgl. The resort is at an altitude of 1,377 meters and most of the ski area is high up, with the top point, the Palinkopf, at 2,865m. I went at the very beginning on the season in November and the snow was fantastic.
Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Ischgl
There is a lot of good off-piste skiing in Ischgl, but most of it cant be seen from the pistes so few venture onto it. Great for anyone who is new to deep powder skiing and wants to practice their skills.
The best ski pass deal in Paznaun is the 4+2, allowing four days in one of the villages and two in the neighbouring resorts of Galtr and Kappl, with 2010-11 prices for adults from 190

Why Ischgl?

Unlike a lot of Austrian resorts, not many Brits have cottoned on to pretty and compact ischgl, with its top-class slopes, big-name gigs ( the Top of the Mountain Concerts) and a high-end feel. About 90 minutes from Innsbruck, the resort is in the Paznaun Region of the Tirol and is in the Silvretta Mountains. It’s a huge 230km area and most of it high up. There are three modern cable cars are found in the town centre and are just a few minutes walk from each other. The Silvrettabahn transports you directly to the top station, the Idalp, whilst the Fimbabahn takes you to either the middle station, Pardatschalp or the Idalp. If youre a beginner, you start high up where the runs are easier. The pistes do have names, but the Austrian dialect makes them hard for even Germans to pronounce so they also have numbers. The lower numbers are all the runs down to the village, anything over 60 are high up and on the Swiss side. If youre a beginner, then at the end of the day you can take one of the high-speed gondolas back from the mid-stations as the slopes back to the village get steep towards the bottom.

Ischgl-and Austrian resorts in general have good Green credentials too. See the Ski Club of Great Britains website to find out more.Favorite spot for Skiing in Ischgl?

Most of Ischgls runs are big and sweeping with the ‘Eleven’ ski piste being one of the longest in Austria, at a drop of 1,472 metres. Starting at the Greitspitze, the first part is black, then consistently red. Fly past the Idalp and back down to the town centre. Swiftly get back up to the bowl like Idalp ski area, and make the most of the heated seats on the new Lange Wand chair lift , warmed up and ready to do it all over again.You can also stock up on goodies via other great piste from the Palinkopf – the Duty Free Run. (80/81) You dont need your passport, just drop over the border into the Swiss duty-free pocket of Samnaun and enjoy the views on the way down. People often ski on the Swiss side in the morning as its sunnier, but can also be busier.Favorite places to grab some food in Ischgl?

There are plenty of places to eat in Ischgl. Virtually all village restaurants are associated with hotels, so most people tend to stay half board, but they are available for non-residents too. For a real treat, they don’t come much better than the Paznaunerstube in the Hotel Trofana Royal (05444 600 50) The Michelin starred and Gault-Millaut multi award winning gourmet restaurant is presided over by celebrity chef Martin Sieberer..Other good hotels to try are the 4* Hotel Jgerhof , or the 4* Hotel Goldener Adler which offer five-course meals and themed evenings. For lighter meals try the Allegra (burgers etc) or the Trofana Alm (grills) and for fondue or ribs try the Kitzloch.The mountain restaurants offer a great range of dishes from hearty Austrian fare to gastro 5 course dinners, Try a lunch of a bacon and chive dumpling in clear broth, followed by a meat rosti covered in runny egg and more sweet dumplings to finish at the Paznauner Thaya( 2000m). Its more than enough to fuel you through an afternoon of skiing. It also has a good self-service on the ground level, and a large sunny balcony terrace area.Also on the Austrian side the Alpenhaus (Idalp – 2,300m) is the home of Ischgl’s exclusive VIP club the first such club in the Alps. Its very much a modern twist on an Alpine cabin and feels very designer. with both table-service and self-service areas. The glass-sided Pardorama (Pardatschsgrat – 2,624m) is impressive and offers some of the best views over the mountains. Try the clear broth with pancake slivers, schnitzel and for dessert, dumplings filled with three different flavours; berries, chocolate and apricot.In the evening you can take the Silvrettabahn for dinner at the Panorama (Idalp – 2,300m) (05444 606-813) During the day it offers a good self-service on the ground level, and on the first floor is the cosy ‘Gourmet-Stberl’, a cosy mountain cabin with waiter service which also has a large sunny balcony terrace area to dine on. The restaurant offers regional specialties and international dishes.Favorite places for a drink in Ischgl?

Try stomping along in your ski boots to the umpah Euro rock of Niki’s Stadl ; Niki MC’s and keeps everyone revved up in bierfest mode until around 7pm when the aprs ski winds down as people head off to eat. Also, dont miss sipping glhwein outside the Trofana Alm near the Silvrettabahn cable car. Packed to the rafters, this rustic cabin has two floors, filled to the brim with full on German sing-a-longs. Then theres the Kuhstahl under the Sporthotel Silvretta where crowds spill out onto the streets around Silvrettabahn cable car.

Whats the best time of year to come to Ischgl?

There is usually snow from November right up until May in Ischgl. The resort is at an altitude of 1,377 meters and most of the ski area is high up, with the top point, the Palinkopf, at 2,865m. I went at the very beginning on the season in November and the snow was fantastic.

Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Ischgl?

There is a lot of good off-piste skiing in Ischgl, but most of it cant be seen from the pistes so few venture onto it. Great for anyone who is new to deep powder skiing and wants to practice their skills.

The best ski pass deal in Paznaun is the 4+2, allowing four days in one of the villages and two in the neighbouring resorts of Galtr and Kappl, with 2010-11 prices for adults from 190

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