The perfect ski holiday destination is a big billing to live up to but the small village of Ischgl in the Paznaun Valley in Tyrol, Austria, does just that.
With a population of only 1500, one would be forgiven for expecting little of this picturesque hamlet but a visit to the village and ski resort, Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun, which is connected to the Samnaun resort across the border in Switzerland, proves otherwise.
The valley rises steeply from the village offering a beautiful view of a wooded valley. Above the tree line is where the magic lies as the Silvretta range is revealed in all its majesty. This is most definitely a ski destination you shouldn’t forget to bring your camera to.
With all the slopes barring the runs back to the resort being over 1,800m, you are quite likely to have good snow on your trip to Ischgl. There are also snow cannons to ensure prime snow conditions on the slopes.
Ischgl is a well planned village with everything close at hand.
The gondolas are centrally located within a few minutes walk of each other and even have heated seats. The speed and capacity of each gondola ensure that even during the busiest of days, waiting time is kept to a minimum.
Dining In the Resort
The fare on offer in the village is of a very high quality with Mediterranean and traditional Austrian cuisine quite prevalent. Many hotels are well known for their high standards and with competition for custom so high you’re guaranteed quality.
Shopping in Ischgl
The village itself has it’s own shopping street which is pedestrianized. You will find many sporting goods shops here for all your skiing needs but there are also a number of boutiques selling the latest fashion. There are a number of supermarkets and grocery stores that are well stocked and reasonably priced.
Ski Chalets, Apartments and Ski hotel Accommodation in Ischgl
With over 400 landlords and an extensive range of accommodations you are guaranteed to find whatever lodgings you desire. The group of lads or girls, the honeymooning couple, the family with kids, all have different needs and wants.
With many hotels within short walking distance of the centre of the village your choice should be easy enough to make.
Some types of accommodation include:
- ski hotels
- catered ski chalets
- luxury ski chalets (exclusive, but expensive!)
- Private Rooms
- Holiday Homes (ideal for groups or families)
- Themed Chalets
- Designer Chalets
The resort is an ideal destination for families with children of any age for numerous reasons. The village is quite small and has a nice atmosphere with extremely friendly locals who don’t seem to mind the kids finding spots in the town to go «bum boarding» (small cheap boards available in shops in the village).
There are hoards of group activities (non-ski) to choose from in-resort too
Some activities include:
- Ice Skating (rental skates available)
- Tobogganing (Floodlit night runs from Idalp)
- Indoor Tennis
- Sleigh Rides
- Kids Ski School (Schneesport-Akademie, providing classes for kids of any age)
- Kindergarten (For non-skiing kids under 5)
With many hotels having swimming pools and other indoor activities you can rest assured that your kids will have just as much, if not more, fun than you.
There is only one ski school in Ischgl, The Schneesport Akademie, which prides itself on taking extremely good care of its skiers.
Whether your group includes middle aged adults, uni-students, teenagers, children, or first-time skiers, the ski school in Ischgl caters everyone. With over 100 fully trained and qualified snow sport instructors you are sure to find a class that suits your needs.
The lessons at the Ischgl Ski school available include:
- Touring groups
- No-Handicap classes (These classes cater for disabled skiers and ‘boarders)
- Ischgl Ski School
Entertainment in Ischgl
As with all ski holidays, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Ischgl boasts a bustling nightlife and caters to a wide range of patrons. Whether you’re a newly married couple looking for a romantic candlelight dinner, a group of friends over for a week of skiing and fun, or even a middle aged couple celebrating your anniversary then Ischgl has something for you.
The possibilities are endless with countless restaurants, inns, and quiet cafes to choose from. This makes it quite easy to find somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the nightclubs and then it’s a simple matter of seeing where the mood takes you and enjoying each other’s company in this beautifully scenic and romantic village.
It is well known that if there was a top ten chart of resorts that offer the best Après Ski entertainment then Ischgl would be close to, if not at, the top. The clubs here are excellent with Pacha considered one of the best ski resort clubs anywhere.
Your stay in Ischgl will be filled with fun and excitement and no two nights will be the same. And with the increasingly popular live concerts marking the opening of the season attracting the biggest stars you can be sure of a trip to remember for you and your friends.
So whether you’re a family with young children, a couple, or even a group of friends Ischgl has something to offer you. The beautiful scenery, great ski school, wide variety of cuisine, and the superb night-life all make Ischgl a perfect Austrian ski holiday destination.