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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.
More Ischgl resort information
Ischgl Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 09 Dec 2013|
|Last snowed|| 06-Dec-2013|
|Fresh snow||15 cm|
|Lower slopes||15 cm|
|Upper slopes||60 cm|
|Runs to resort||Packed|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Good skiing on well groomed pistes|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 09-Dec-2013)
There was moderate snowfall at most of our featured Austrian resorts over the weekend to continue the excellent start to the season in the Alps.
St Anton (20/60cm), Lech (45/75cm) and Zurs (45/75cm) in the Arlberg ski area all enjoyed a good opening weekend after 10cm fell on Friday 6th December. The best conditions of the weekend could be found in Obertaurern (100/140cm) where 20cm of fresh snow fell on Saturday 7th December.
There are over 50 lifts in operation at Serfaus (10/55cm) and Fiss (10/50cm) and good on-piste conditions. All three resorts are now both open every day following the weekend and had a dusting of fresh snow on Friday.
There are still excellent conditions on our featured glacial resorts in Austria with fast skiing on hard-packed pistes. However, Kaunertal (0/272cm) received 20cm of fresh powder on Friday which made for a fantastic weekend of riding.
There was also decent snowfall on Saturday at Westendorf (10/55cm) Zauchensee (60/85cm) and Saalbach (35/75cm). Each resort benefited from 15cm of new snow and offered great on-piste conditions on Monday 9th December.
European Weather Outlook
The sunny weather looks set to continue in Europe with France, Switzerland and Austria all expecting clear skies and dry days throughout next week. Temperatures could also rise to above 5C in some places.
While very little snow is expected to fall anywhere in Europe this week Bulgaria could receive light snow during the middle of the week in preparation for opening day at Bansko next weekend. There is also some much-needed light snow forecast for Oppdal in Norway.