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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 - 28 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 28-Nov-2014)
Despite the amount of cloud seen across Europe, Austria had the best day on Thursday 27th November as most of the cloud was quite thin and pockets of sunshine were seen, particularly in the Tirol region.
Ischgl (0/40cm) is now open for snow sports and started its day with 26 lifts in operation. The best conditions can be found at altitude as the resort runs are still a little premature and require more snow cover. That being said there is plenty of good riding higher up and the link into Samnaun, Switzerland is open if you fancy skiing across the boarder.
Mayrhofen was scheduled to open this weekend but it has been pushed back until 6th December due to maintenance being carried out on the lift system
For those who are heading out to the Austrian slopes this weekend the forecast looks like a mixture of sunshine and cloud but please be aware there is lots of cloud expected on Sunday, which could bring light snow fall at altitude.
European Weather Outlook
Europe on the whole had quite a cloudy day on Thursday 27th November with Austria enjoying the most sunshine with less cloudy spells. Italy and Switzerland were both quite cloudy and there were reports of light rain fall in Italy. France was particularly cloudy too but there were reports of sunny intervals being seen. The weekend is expected to be a mixture of sunshine and cloud across all of our featured countries but thicker clouds are predicted to move in by Sunday, which could bring fresh snow.
There is currently a warm climate sweeping across Europe at the moment and it is causing a few problems for many resorts that are planning to open this coming weekend. Resorts in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland who are scheduled to open this weekend will almost certainly be delayed as their snow preparations are being hindered by the high temperatures. There is a potential for fresh snow this weekend as mentioned earlier so hopefully that will occur and assist the resorts who are planning on opening soon.