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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 2016|
|Last snowed|| 26-Nov-2016|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Upper slopes||40 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 09-Dec-2016)
The sun just keeps in shining in Austria. Thursday 8th December saw a continuation of the conditions of late across the country. Snow on the lower slopes is now starting to suffer in places, and is becoming patchy at resorts such as Galltur (0/30cm) and Seefeldd (20/50cm).
As has been the case in recent weeks, Hintertux (25/105cm) continues to boast some of the best conditions at present. The resort was running 19/20 lifts on Thursday, and conditions on the upper slopes remain well groomed and in good nick.
No change in the forecast for the weekend. The sun in set to hover over the country for in most regions, with the odd cloud predicted for resorts on Sunday 11th December.
European Weather Outlook
It’s been dry and sunny for most of Europe recently, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Austria and Eastern Europe could see some snow over the next week but it will be mostly dry. It’s a similar story in the Pyrenees, where sunshine is set to dominate.