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Ischgl Resort Info
Ischgl, set in the beautiful Paznau Valley, offers some of the best skiing that Austria has. It also provides a link into Switzerland at Samnaun for tax free shopping (take your passport). It is a lovely Tyrolean village that has high altitude and good snow, an excellent lift system and great higher intermediate skiing and boarding. There are 200km of runs, with a bus link to Galtur for a further 65km.
Beginners will have to take a lift up and back to Idalp to access the easier slopes and these can get very busy during the day. Experts also have a few problems with limited challenging stuff, although there is some great powder when the snow is good. Also, while there are two runs back to town, they are both tough reds and do get very cut up in the afternoon. Boarders have been welcomed at Ischgl for over ten years and the terrain is great for them. There is also a big half-pipe and a highly-rated specialist park.
New lifts have markedly reduced lift queues to the slopes, while the village has a largely traffic-free centre. It is an attractive place, although expensive, with a good selection of accommodation, hotels and some lively après-ski, favoured by Germans and Scandinavians. There is a reasonable range of non-skiing opportunities including shopping (see Samnaun).
Overall, Ischgl is one of the best of the Austrian resorts, particularly for better intermediates and boarders. It's expensive, but an ace choice if you want to sample an Austrian holiday at its finest.
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Ischgl Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 17 Jan 2017|
|Last snowed|| 16-Jan-2017|
|Fresh snow||1 cm|
|Lower slopes||25 cm|
|Upper slopes||65 cm|
|Runs to resort||Good|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Great conditions - wax up your skis!|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 17-Jan-2017)
A cloudy day for many areas in Austria saw the arrival of yet more fresh snow and the continuation of the great conditions that the country has been experiencing of late.
Whilst the visibility was limited at resorts such as Kaunertal (50/200cm) and Karpun (80/180cm), around 5cm of new snow meant that there was yet more fresh tracks to be had, and with the majority of lifts currently running it certainly is an excellent time to be hitting the slopes.
Elsewhere, towards Salzburg the Loferer Alm (90/130cm) has fallen under the radar somewhat. However, conditions the conditions across the resort continue to improve, and with a stable base depth now in place, there should be good skiing for weeks to come.
The Arlberg region is also offering great skiing. In St Anton (65/160cm), a resort renowned for its off piste, the options are currently excellent, and nearby at Lech and Zurs (95/130cm) the state of affairs is equally as appealing.
The snow and clouds are predicted to continue to dominate the skies over the course of Tuesday 17th January. Thereafter a return to sunnier skies is expected, with temperatures likely to be around -10C.
European Weather Outlook
It appears that the well overdue but all together sensational current storm cycle is drawing to a close. Metres of snow have fallen in the past week and it appears the winter season has finally had the reboot it needed, however the next change is upon us. The next 48 to 72 hours will see the last tiny amounts of snow fall from the sky before strong sunshine returns. From Wednesday morning skiers and riders can expected to wake up to sunny clear skies and dry conditions, not matter where you are in the European Alps. Sunny conditions will remain in place everywhere right though until Sunday the 22nd.
If you’re skiing Europe next week, don’t fret. It is still far too early to forecast how conditions will be beyond the 22nd.
In the Pyrenees, Andorra is currently experiencing sensational snowfalls. After an excellent weekend the next 36 hours should see around 30cm of fresh. Beyond this window expect mostly sunny conditions until the weekend.
In far north Scandinavia expect a continuation of current conditions with a mix of sun, cloud and light snowfall.