A revisit to Ischgl – Austria
Following up on our blog last week about the launch of the new €18.5million ‘Piz Val Gronda’ aerial tramway in Ischgl in Austria (revisit our Calling All Powder Enthusiasts if you missed it), Anne from Ski Total, decided to share her experience from her trip to Ischgl last year. Here is her story…
Anne in Ischgl – 2013
I was lucky enough to experience some of the Ischgl magic on a late season week-long visit last season. The area is well-known in Europe for its widespread, high-altitude terrain, excellent snow, advanced lift system, and trustworthy five-month ski season. Ischgl prides itself on offering the perfect mix of superb, extensive skiing and lively après ski entertainment offering their visitors 40+ bars to choose from.
Departing on the 15th of April, may cause some a sliver of anxiety. We were assured with the majority of skiing above 1700m as well as many of the slopes on the Ischgl side being north-west-facing that the snow conditions are extremely good even this late in the season. As we were a combination of 2 skiiers, 1 boarder and 1 snow blader (all at varying degrees of intermediate level) we found that the wide open, forgiving slopes were perfect for our party. There were plentiful opportunities for off-piste fun running beside the pistes and everyone had an amazing time.
The ‘Duty Free’ run into Switzerland is absolutely beautiful but towards the bottom it became a bit slushy and we almost ran out of snow which resulted in a very interesting (and amusing) experience culminating in a tedious walk across the village, carrying equipment and with three of us lumbering along in ski boots, to find a bus back to the cable car!
The lively après ski entertainment in Ischgl is well publicised and I have to say that it exceeds its expectations! With plenty of bars scattered around the streets you are assured to not be left parched at any time. Our absolute favourite was the Schatzi Bar in the Elizabeth hotel at the exit to the main ski run into Ischgl. It has a warm, cosy atmosphere and between 4pm and 7pm girls in typical Tyrolean costume dance on the bar to entertain the guests. My 22 year old son was slightly cautious of looking at the dancing girls to begin with (his girlfriend was sitting with him) but they both very quickly realised that is all part of the party ski vibe typical of this amazing ski resort. Although Ischgl is famous for its amazing aprés scene I never found it hard to have relaxing evenings without the ski boots dancing and singing.
As an all round resort with great skiing and fantastic après ski I cannot recommend Ischgl enough. With the new Piz Val Gronda’ aerial tramway being launched this year as well, I can assure you that we will be going there soon again.
Anne – Ski Total
If you want to book your own Ischgl holiday and be one of the firsts to experience the Piz Val Gronda’ aerial tramway, we have some great deals on our Chalet Hotels at the moment.
Stay at our Platinum standard Chalet Hotel Abendrot. Specially built for Ski Total within metres of the piste and lifts:
Early season prices 8-Dec-2013 based on 2 sharing, including Gatwick to Innsbruck return flights/transfers & 5-course dinners with a choice of menu and quality wines from only £548.50 per person. For more info and booking please click here.
Why not begin your holiday with a visit to one of the half-price airport lounges, a special offer for Platinum guests (must be requested at time of booking).
Alternatively make the most of the late season opening and enjoy Spring skiing at the charming and traditional Chalet Zita:
20-April-2013, including Gatwick to Innsbruck return flights/transfers & 4-course dinners with a choice of quality wines from £621 per person based on 2 sharing. For more info and booking please click here.