Altitude: 1377 Meters

Ischgl in short

  • Pleasant pedestrian centre
  • Excellent apres-ski
  • A superb, high altitude ski area

Ischgl offers some of the best skiing in Austria in the Ischgl - Samnaun - Silvretta Arena. Set in the heart of the stunning Silvretta mountains, this fashionable ski resort has an attractive pedestrian centre, an efficient lift system, high-altitude skiing and beautiful scenery. Ischgl really can be classed as a true paradise for ski and snowboard fans of all levels. Despite the elevated prices, many skiers and snowboarders who visit Ischgl once remain loyal to the resort for its world-class skiing and facilities.

Snow is never an issue in Ischgl, as the ski area Ischgl-Samnaun-Silvretta Arena starts at 2000m of altitude! Many international snowboard competitions are held here, drawing an interesting and mixed crowd to Ischgl. And that's not to mention the après-ski, which is really a big deal here. The list of après-ski bars, restaurants and nightclubs is endless and no one goes to bed early in Ischgl! All of this doesn't come cheap, but then again you are guaranteed the crème de la crème of skiing in Ischgl. If you're looking for a little peace and quiet, you can stay in Galtür, a pretty, unspoilt little village with its own 40km ski area and a free bus service linking it to Ischgl. Skiing in the Ischgl-Samnaun-Silvretta Arena offers cross-border skiing, with the Swiss town of Samnaun offering bragging rights as well as duty-free shopping!

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Skiing in the Ischgl-Samnaun-Silvretta Arena

With more than 200km of slopes, the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun is a well-known name in the winter sports world. Most of the ski area lies between 2000m and 2872m above sea level, providing guaranteed snow from November until early May. The ski area is dotted with mountain restaurants offering the best of Austrian and Swiss cuisine - yes, the Silvretta Arena is located right on the Austrian-Swiss border! A popular way to get to know the ski area is by doing the Smuggler's ski circuit. With three different levels for different skiing abilities, this ski circuit takes you through the various pistes of the Silvretta Arena. A Silvretta ski pass also grants you access to the slopes of Kappl, See im Paznauntal and Galtür, connected by free si bus.

Freeride and freestyle in the Silvretta Arena

Ischgl is well set-up for freestylers. The Jeep Ischgl Snowpark is among the best snow parks in Europe, with more than 30 kickers, jumps and boxes, a quarter pipe and a mega half-pipe. Meanwhile, freeriders will be in paradise at Ischgl. The Pardatschgrat has some beautiful off-piste lines. Since the 2013-14 ski season, Ischgl has designated a 100-hectare area for freeriding. Off-piste enthusiasts can take the Piz Val Gronda gondola to the top of the eponymous mountain, from where you can choose your own route through the powder snow down into the Fimba Valley and the Heidelberg Hütte.

Families and children

Although Ischgl does have several family-friendly hotels and a modest children's ski area, it's not the ideal ski resort for families with young children. For a ski holiday with the kids, we recommend destinations like Fiss or Ehrwald.

Ibiza of the Alps

Ischgl is legendary for its après-ski. Several times a year, Ischgl hosts a "Top of the Mountain" concert at the spectacular open-air Idalp stage, usually with a big-name international musician (past headliners include Lenny Kravitz, Jason Derulo and Alicia Keys). On ordinary days you can party at a variety of après-ski institutions such as the Kuhstall, Schatzi, Niki’s Stadl and the Trofana Alm. In terms of restaurants, you'll never go hungry at Ischgl. The Austrian ski resort has a world-class culinary scene with many Michelin-recommended restaurants.

Alternate activities

The region surrounding Ischgl has around 75km of cross-country trails, although most of these are not in the immediate vicinity of Ischgl. Winter hikers, on the other hand, have countless trails of all difficulties to choose from. Along the way there are 18 mountain huts where you can take a relaxing break. It's possible to hire a guide and undertake a multi-day tour. Other non-skiing activities at Ischgl include horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, tobogganing (including night tobogganing), outdoor ice-skating and a water park. Adrenaline junkies can try out the Ischgl Skyfly zipline reaches speeds of up to 80km/h. If you prefer to relax, Ischgl is planning to open a wellness centre in the 2022-23 ski season.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Ischgl

Restaurants 65 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 45 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 18 Concert hall
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Ischgl

No. of ski schools 5Private ski lessons € 132
No. of ski instructors 100Ski lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 217
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons3 Days, 14 Hours, € 240
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 Book ski schools in Ischgl online

Adult-Ski-Lessons 3 Offers available
Kids-Ski-Lessons 5 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 4 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 1 Offers available
Ski-Kindergarten 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Ischgl

No. of hotels 157 Supermarkets 2
Total no. of hotel beds 6965 Banks
Total no. of beds 10302

 Tourist information for Ischgl

Tourismusverband Paznaun - Ischgl
0043 - 050990 - 100

 Distances from Ischgl

Railway station
Landeck-Zams approx. 30 km by bus
Innsbruck approx. 100 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 25 km 30 minuten by car

 Ischgl for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Ischgl

Public saunaFootpaths 60 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descent -
Public solarium Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court -

Ski blog about Ischgl

2 June 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Authentic Austrian villages and traditional charm define skiing in Austria. But that doesn’t mean the Austrians don’t know how to party – in fact, après-ski was basically invented here! The ski areas in Austria offer a wide variety of terrain for every taste and budget, from the glitzy slopes of St. Anton to the family-friendly resort of Mayrhofen. We’ve narrowed down the top 15 ski resorts so you’re sure to find the perfect place for your next ski holiday, whether it’s a family bonding trip or ... More ›

3 January 2020 by Danielle in 'Latest news''

The popular Austrian ski resort of Ischgl has announced that Eros Ramazzotti will perform at the 25th edition of the Top of the Mountain Closing Concert. This yearly event draws huge crowds of skiers and snowboarders to the Silvretta Arena, where international artists traditionally close out the ski season every April.... More ›
(Photo: © Pazanaun - Ischgl, Julian Hargreaves)

1 November 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Snow cover is one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday. There's nothing worse than arriving at your skiing destination after a long summer and finding the hills still green and covered in flowers! It's a little hard to ski without snow, and since we've all experienced this horrorshow at least once in our lives, we've learned to scope out ski resorts with guaranteed snow at the moment of booking our holidays. If you're planning on going skiing in Austria this year, here are 10 Austrian ... More ›

16 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Believe it or not, summer is a busy time for many ski resorts. Even when the Alps aren't covered in snow, there is plenty to do: lifts, piste bashers, and snow cannons must all be inspected and fixed where necessary, and preparations must be made for the upcoming ski season. Some ski resorts take advantage of the ski pistes being closed to instal new lifts! Here you'll find a quick overview of the major new lifts that will be inaugurated for the 2019/20 ski season.... More ›
(Photo: © TVB Paznaun Ischgl)

12 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

There's nothing more heartbreaking than arriving at your long-awaited ski holiday only to find brown hills and a couple of cows grazing! When you've scheduled holiday time, invested money and spent hours researching your ski area and accommodation, the last thing you want is a ski area with unreliable snow cover. The good news is that you don't have to be completely at the mercy of the elements this year. Switzerland is known for its especially high-altitude ski areas and the following ski areas hav... More ›
(Photo: © Jungfraubahnen 2019)

Ski area
Ischgl - Samnaun - Silvretta Arena

Ischgl - Samnaun - Silvretta Arena
Total slopes 239 (km)
Blue slopes 47 km
Red slopes 140 km
Black slopes 37 km
Off-piste 15 km
Lifts (45 )
Drag lifts 11
Chair lifts 25
Gondola lifts 9
70 cm
20 cm