Ischgl Ski Resort

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Ischgl ski resort Austria starts & finishes right in the village!
Ischgl ski resort Austria starts & finishes right in the village!
Ischgl off-piste terrain is expansive.
Ischgl off-piste terrain is expansive.
Ischgl has loads of easy angle piste trails for beginner-intermediate skiers & snowboarders
Ischgl has loads of easy angle piste trails for beginner-intermediate skiers & snowboarders
Facilities are first rate at Ischgl - Pardatschgrat (2634m)
Facilities are first rate at Ischgl - Pardatschgrat (2634m)
Despite high visitation numbers, fresh turns can be found at Ischgl for those willing to look
Despite high visitation numbers, fresh turns can be found at Ischgl for those willing to look
Piz Val Gronda (2812m) at Ischgl provides fun off-piste skiing for powder seekers
Piz Val Gronda (2812m) at Ischgl provides fun off-piste skiing for powder seekers
The Duty Free Run links Ischgl to Samnaun n Switzerland
The Duty Free Run links Ischgl to Samnaun n Switzerland
The double-decker Pendelbahn rises from Samnaun in Switzerland to return the Duty Free Run skiers to Ischgl
The double-decker Pendelbahn rises from Samnaun in Switzerland to return the Duty Free Run skiers to Ischgl
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Ischgl's lift system is modern & includes high numbers of 6 & 8 seat chairlifts
Après ski at Ischgl is a serious affair, starting early & finishing late!
Après ski at Ischgl is a serious affair, starting early & finishing late!
Idalp at Ischgl is the hub for novice skiers & outdoor dining
Idalp at Ischgl is the hub for novice skiers & outdoor dining
Novices & children are catered for at Idalp in Ischgl ski resort
Novices & children are catered for at Idalp in Ischgl ski resort
Progression slopes at Idalp are popular.
Progression slopes at Idalp are popular.
Ischgl ski resort snow park
Ischgl ski resort snow park
Flimjochbahn 8er chairlift heads to Viderjoch at Ischgl ski resort
Flimjochbahn 8er chairlift heads to Viderjoch at Ischgl ski resort
Ischgl has ski terrain for all abilities
Ischgl has ski terrain for all abilities
The Skyfly zip line at Ischgl provides a fun alternative return to the village, but the valley ski trails are excellent also
The Skyfly zip line at Ischgl provides a fun alternative return to the village, but the valley ski trails are excellent also
Ischgl is a vibrant modern resort village with superb lift & ski access.
Ischgl is a vibrant modern resort village with superb lift & ski access.
Ischgl skiing
Ischgl skiing
Ski Ischgl in the Paznaun valley, Tyrol, Austria
Ski Ischgl in the Paznaun valley, Tyrol, Austria

Ischgl Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Galtuer
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Samnaun
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    Ischgl Samnaun ski trail map
  • Ischgl Samnaun Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,371m – 2,872m (1,501m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (45)
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    25 Chairs

    Silvretta Ski Areas
    73 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to early May
    8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 239km
    Longest run – 11km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 62%
    Beginner - 33%

    Silvretta Ski Pass Area - 365km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Silvretta Pass
    (Valid in Ischgl, Samnaun, Galtür, Kappl & See)
    Adult - €58
    Child - €33.50
    Child u/8yr - Free
     Paznaun Silvretta Pass Resort Map
  • Silvretta Pass Resort Map

Ischgl Ski Resort Austria

Ischgl ski resort in the Silvretta mountains of western Tyrol is one of Austria's most popular snow holiday destinations. The resort has a deserved reputation for excellent skiing & snowboarding plus a serious party scene.

Situated on the frontier with Switzerland, Ischgl is interlinked with Samnaun ski resort to create a huge & diverse ski area of over 239km of trails & 45 ski lifts. Ischgl will delight Powderhounds of all abilities with the range, size & quality of the snow, lifts & terrain, but may disappoint with its volume of humanity!

Ischgl is renowned for its fun après sessions in the mountain huts & the village. Be prepared for music, drink & dancing from lunchtime & well into the night, most nights.

Pros and Cons for Ischgl Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge ski area spanning two countries (linked to Samnaun Switzerland);
  • Consistent and quality snow.
  • A long season from November to May.
  • Variety of on & off-piste terrain to suit all abilities & sense of adventure.
  • Expansive easy access backcountry terrain.
  • Super-modern & efficient lift infrastructure.
  • Good value lift pass.
  • Silvretta lift pass linked with the smaller Galtuer, Kappl & See ski resorts provides welcome relief from the crowds.
  • Superb access to ski lifts & multiple return ski trails in the village.

Cons

  • Extremely busy during peak periods.
  • Few challenges on-piste for advanced skiers & riders.
  • Inbounds off-piste terrain gets tracked out quickly on a powder day.
  • Accommodation can be expensive and hard to get, so the fall back is inevitably Landeck Zams if leaving it to the last minute.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Majority of Ischgl’s pistes are north-facing so are less sun-drenched than in Samnaun.
  • Ischgl village is a modern resort style version of a traditional Austrian village.
  • A massive après ski scene from lunchtime onward – love it or loath it – you choose!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The mountains of Ischgl found the perfect partner in neighbouring Switzerland at Samnaun. Ischgl has the colder north-facing more adventurous terrain, whilst Samnaun has sun-drenched south-facing terrain perfect for beginner & intermediate cruisers. Piste trails, despite their designation, tend to be on the easier side of the ledger.

See the Ischgl-Samnaun ski trail map here.

Whilst Ischgl’s 1500m+ skiable vertical may appear daunting to some; the reality is many of the piste trails are relatively easy going & accessible to most skiers – hence its popularity. Idalp is the hub for novice & beginner skiers, plus has an excellent series of snow parks complete with ski-thru punching bags! The adventurous will appreciate the long & challenging descents off the 2864m Palinkopf (the second highest peak within the resort) & the more remote Piz Val Gronda. At the end of the day some wonderfully long valley trails (up to 11km) extend all the way down into both Ischgl & Samnaun. One of them is the heavily trafficked ‘Smugglers’ or ‘Duty Free’ run. Yes, you can duty free shop at the end of it – super tacky!

Ischgl’s lift system is something to behold. The term ‘modern’ doesn’t quite cut it. ‘Unbelievable’ goes a touch closer. The venerable quad chair is an endangered species at Ischgl, which gives a clue as to what happens on a powder day inbounds. There is some fabulous freeride terrain at Ischgl but get to the resort & on the lifts early or you’ll skiing other people’s tracks all day! Thankfully, the local backcountry always provides the goods.

The main lift ticket in the region is called a Silvretta Pass. The pass includes unfettered access to all the combined ski lifts (73) & trails (365km) of Galtuer, Ischgl-Samnaun, Kappl & See resorts. Free local ski buses link the resorts together, providing a ready escape from the madness that is Ischgl.

View the Silvretta Pass resort map here.

Where is Ischgl Austria?

Ischgl is in the Paznaun valley near the border with Switzerland in south-west Tirol, Austria. Around 100km by road from Innsbruck, the nearest major centre is Landeck-Zams, 30km north of Ischgl. Ischgl is well serviced from all airports by train & bus via Landeck-Zams train station.

Closest major gateway airports are Innsbruck (INN), Munich (MUC) & Zurich (ZRH). For safe post COVID-19 travel, search & book all airport transfers to Ischgl here.

Landeck-Zams train station is on the main line between Switzerland & Innsbruck. The route 260 bus is free for skiers from Landeck all the way up the Paznaun valley to Ischgl. Other free ski-buses run up & down the valley linking all the villages & smaller ski resorts. It is certainly possible to do day trips to Ischgl from Landeck by free ski bus. Search & book train tickets to Landeck-Zams here. Buy bus tickets from the driver, or if in ski attire, travel for free.

Anyone driving a rental car to Ischgl can find adequate day & overnight parking in one of the modern parking garages within the town precinct. Access to the region is easy via the motorway from Innsbruck & then up into the Paznauntal.

Ischgl Accommodation

Ischgl comprises a multitude of lodging options in town, on the mountain, ski-in ski-out or elsewhere in the valley. Proximity to the main ski lift bases will dictate price & availability., but the entire village is so brilliantly connected to lifts & trails, anywhere in town will be good. With multiple parking garages, underground tunnel links & walkways getting to the three main access lifts is easy. At the end of the day, at least 5 return trails deposit skiers into their preferred part of town.

Search & book all Ischgl ski accommodation here.

If Ischgl is booked out or what is left is out of your price range, try any of the villages up & down the valley like Galtür (& Wirl), Kappl & See. Each has its own great ski resort & regular ski-bus connections to Ischgl. The buses travelling from Galtuer to Ischgl are less crowded than the ones coming up the valley from Kappl & See. Day trips to Ischgl are possible from as far away as Landeck.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available with our local partners throughout Ischgl (near major lifts & in the centre of town), plus the surrounding villages. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Ischgl Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

The search for fresh tracks at Ischgl can be made easier by skiing with a local, but a mind-boggling array of ski instructors, ski schools & mountain guides ply their trade in the Paznaun valley & its numerous resorts. To narrow down the field, search & book a private/group lesson or mountain guide with the best providers via our Paznaun Valley Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Aside from the 3 other Paznaun valley ski resorts of See, Kappl & Galtür, another sneaky little resort is on the way. The secret stash of Venet above Landeck-Zams is a beauty on a powder day or for a quick leg stretch. If coming via Innsbruck, the local resorts are sensational and diverse.

Review

The Powderhounds last reviewed Ischgl in 2019. We will return to the Paznaun valley soon to get to know the area better. Until then, read our fearless insights on Ischgl via the 'Reviews' link near the top of this page.

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Ski Tours in or near Ischgl

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

St Anton & Ischgl Austria Ski Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski multiple Austrian ski resorts based in the legendary St Anton & Ischgl. This tour is Austrian Alps skiing at its finest with abundant snowfalls, endless ski terrain for all levels, vibrant villages & après ski that must be experienced to be believed.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room.
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USD 3,695
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Innsbruck Freeride Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group, come alone & meet new friends or fully customise a private tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy on a 7 day tour.
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USD 1,726
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