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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 - 24 Nov 2014|
|Last snowed|| 18-Nov-2014|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Upper slopes||40 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||Resort not yet open|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 24-Nov-2014)
Monday morning, 24th November began with a little cloud cover but the sunshine broke through the clouds when the afternoon arrived.
The majority of our featured resorts in Austria are expected to open in early December. That being said Ischgl, Saalbach, Schladming, Kuhtai, Kitzbuhel and Zauchensee are all planning to open in time for the weekend.
Kaunertal (135/164cm) was open for business on Monday and had a total of eight lifts in operation. As it is the early stages of winter, there are still parts of the ski area closed until more snow falls. Of the runs that are open they’re in a good state and there are even pockets of powder to be found off the piste.
The week ahead is looking quite sunny with the mid–mountain temperature averaging 5C. There could be some cloudy starts but the sun should break through in time for the afternoon.
European Weather Outlook
The weekend brought high temperatures to many resorts across Europe with some seeing as high as 10C. The high temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week so do take this into account when heading out to the slopes.
The forecast across Europe this week is quite varied with Austria expecting lots of sunshine, with the odd patch of cloud early on. It should be a great week for skiing in Austria with great visibility and don’t forget the sun cream.
On the other hand a large weather front is predicted to develop over Italy, France and Switzerland and as a result each country is expecting clouds to move in over the next couple of days. This emergence of cloud cover is expected to bring light snowfall, with the glacial resorts of Italy forecast to receive the most, particularly in Cervinia with up to 7cm being predicted.