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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.
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Ischgl Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 23 Nov 2015|
|Last snowed|| 22-Nov-2015|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||5 cm|
|Upper slopes||30 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Fresh|
|Comments||Resort not yet open|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 25-Nov-2015)
Good skiing was on offer across many of our featured resorts on Monday 23rd November.
The sun was shining and pistes were in fantastic condition thanks to the fresh snow that fell over the weekend. Base depths saw and increase as a result, with Kaunertal (97/118cm) adding another 30cm to an already impressive snow base. There were gains elsewhere also with Pitztal (67/121cm) able to able to get another 2 lifts running to further increase the terrain that is on offer to riders. Kirchberg (0/45cm) saw its first fresh snow of the season, with the only skiing available previously being on artificial snow.
As a result of the good snow fall over the weekend, expect to see a flurry of openings in the near future, with the likes of Ischgl, Kuhtai, Zell am See and large chunks of the Ski Amade looking to get lifts turning this weekend.
The good weather will last until the middle of the week when a period of unsettled weather should see snow flurries across many resorts. Temperatures will remain low throughout the week which should allow for some decent snow making conditions ahead of a number of resort opening dates.
European Weather Outlook
Following the weekend’s heavy snowfall, Monday are Tuesday are forecast to bring calm and mostly sunny weather to the Alps. With overnight temperatures set to dip well below -10C, snow machines should be able to produce a huge volume of snow which is excellent news, especially for Austria where less natural snow fell over the weekend. A further spell of heavy snow is then set to sweep in on Wednesday, with the Swiss Meteo service calling for “intensive” snow overnight into Thursday – dropping as much as 30-50cm of fresh powder on the northern Alps, with up to 20cm expected further south and to the east. Over the weekend some decent sunny breaks are forecast, especially further east, before a further spell of wintry weather moves in from the west on Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are calling for similar snowfall totals as over the past weekend, so as much as 100cm of snow may fall in parts of the northern and western Alps.
The midweek spell of snow is set to benefit the Pyrenees more than the previous snowstorm, with upwards of 50cm forecast for most resorts during Wednesday and Thursday. Cold and changeable weather is then forecast for the end of the week – great news for opening weekend at most of our featured resorts.
Unsettled weather is also expected for Eastern Europe, with some decent falls of snow expected for Bulgaria in particular. With freezing levels lying above the lower slopes at times however, watch out for some rain at the base of the mountain.
Further cool and changeable weather is expected in Scandinavia over the coming week, with a few snow showers forecast in between longer spells of sunshine. As a result expect snowfall totals to amount to little more than a few centimetres, but with temperatures set to remain below freezing for most of the week snowmaking conditions look favourable.
It is set to be a bit of a rollercoaster this week in Scotland, where spells of snow are set to be interspersed by warmer interludes and sadly some rain. Most of the rain however is set to be light, so it should not fully strip the slopes of all the snow cover.