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.

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.

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.

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.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Ischgl

Restaurants 56 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 36 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 18 Concert hall
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Ischgl

No. of ski schools 5Private ski lessons € 129
No. of ski instructors 150Ski lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 211
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons3 Days, 12 Hours, € 235
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 Book ski schools in Ischgl online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 4 Offers available
Adults-Ski-Lessons 3 Offers available
Snowboarding-Lessons 4 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Ischgl

No. of hotels 138 Supermarkets 2
Total no. of hotel beds 6723 Banks
Total no. of beds 10122

 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 38 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

12 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations'' | 0

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)

12 June 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news'' | 0

In the run-up to next ski season, Ischgl has announced plans to further update its lift infrastructure. Last year saw the introduction of the Gampenbahn, a six-seat bubble chairlift with heated seats. For the 2019-20 ski season, Ischgl is investing in two new chairlifts, the Velilleck F1 and the Visnitz N2. The Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun continues to set the standard for comfortable ski holidays!... More ›

26 March 2019 by Danielle in 'Mountain restaurants'' | 0

It's inching towards spring skiing weather in many ski resorts and this is the perfect time to be seeking out the best mountain terraces in the Alps!  The longer days and warm weather make you want to spend every second outside, so instead of huddling around a hearth clutching mugs of mulled wine, you'll increasingly find us skiers and snowboarders shedding the winter jacket and kicking back with an Aperol Spritz in a sun lounger, enjoying the sunshine!  Here are 10 of our favourite al... More ›

17 October 2018 by Danielle in 'Latest news'' | 0

Top of the Mountain Closing Concert on the Idalp

Ischgl recently announced that rock legend Lenny Kravitz will grace the stage with his presence for their end-of-season Top of the Mountain concert on April 30, 2019. The legendary Top of the Mountain concerts are held in a breathtaking arena at an altitude of 2300m in the heart of the ski area, and admission is free upon presentation of a valid ski pass. Lenny Kravitz fans and ski bums around the world, this is the time to start planning your spring ski holidays!... More ›

12 August 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

This winter, the popular Austrian ski resort of Ischgl will kick off the 2018/19 ski season with another one of their popular Top of the Mountain concerts. Following on the heels of Helene Fischer, who debuted the 2017/18 ski season, pop star Jason Derulo is slated to send his music reverberating around the hills of the Silvretta Arena this November. The American artist will entertain thousands of skiers and snowboarders with his R&B hits at Ischgl’s open-air stage on November 24, 2018. Don’t... More ›

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Ischgl - Samnaun - Silvretta Arena

Ischgl - Samnaun - Silvretta Arena
Total slopes 240 (km)
Blue slopes 47 km
Red slopes 150 km
Black slopes 43 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (43 )
Drag lifts 11
Chair lifts 25
Gondola lifts 7
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