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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 Apr 2015|
|Last snowed|| 18-Apr-2015|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Upper slopes||150 cm|
|Piste state||Spring snow|
|Runs to resort||Spring snow|
|Off piste snow||Spring snow|
|Comments||Spring conditions across the resort|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 26-Apr-2015)
Almost all of our mid-range resorts have now closed leaving the higher resorts and glacier resorts still open for snow sports. Of the resorts still open the remaining mid-range resorts that are still open, they’re offering enjoyable spring time skiing but you don’t have long left before they close too. St Anton (55/320cm) had 23 lifts running on Thursday 23rd April providing access to some soft pistes and varied off piste. The resort is expected to close this weekend along with the neighbouring Lech and Zurs (15/155cm).
If you want some more reliable skiing then aim high for the likes of Kaunertal (273/371cm) and Pitztal (302/343cm). There are other glacier resorts too with firmer pistes such as the Hintertux (10/270cm) and Neustift (5/260cm).
The current weather pattern of sunshine in the west and central regions, with cloudier skies in the east look set to continue as the weekend approaches but more clouds should develop towards Monday – bringing some rain followed by snow.
European Weather Outlook
Following a prolonged spell of warm and sunny weather, the weather is set to change massively over the weekend in the Alps. Heavy rain is expected to move in during the course of Saturday, with snow only falling above 2,500m. A second weather front moving through on Sunday night is also set to bring heavy rain, but the temperature is set to drop rapidly through the night and by Monday morning the snow level could be as low as 1,500m. High regions could see in excess of 50cm of fresh snow by Monday, and lower levels around 20cm on Monday alone once the weather cools. The cold and snowy theme is set to continue next week – perhaps with the snow level dropping below 1,000m. So winter is forecast to return with a bang.
A mild and damp final weekend of the season is forecast for Bulgaria, although there may be a few sunny breaks over the weekend – especially in the mornings.
The forecast for Scandinavia is looking changeable and noticeably colder than of late. Sweden may catch some great late-season snowfall, with Are expecting up to 40cm of new snow which should set it up for a great final week of the season.
Winter is set to return to the Scottish Highlands through Saturday, bringing with it some potentially heavy snowfall into next week. The great season is set to continue…!