Skiers Enjoy the Snow as Ischgl is Cut Off by Massive Snowfalls
Ski Total guests have been enjoying the fantastic snow and skiing conditions. As the resort has been cut off due to the heavy snowfall, it’s been more like an exclusive ski club with no outsiders coming in to take advantage of the snow and slopes.
Although the resort has been cut off the authorities have advised they expect the road to be back open before the weekend. Leavig guests in ther Chalet Hotel Abendrot and Chalet Zita to take full advantage of the facilities of their chalets and the resort.
Andreas Steibl, The Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Director put out the below press release to give a little more insight to the extent of the snowfal over the past few weeks.
The top Austrian ski resort of Ischgl has been cut off this week after huge snowfalls caused the closure of access roads.
Nearly 1,000 British holidaymakers are staying in Ischgl and the neighbouring village of Galtur in the Tirol and have been enjoying excellent skiing and boarding conditions.
Four days of non-stop snowfalls until yesterday (Monday) dumped five feet (150cms) of snow, which brings the total depth of snow on the mountain to eight feet (250cms).
The main access road, along the Paznaun Valley from Landeck to Ischgl, was open at the weekend, allowing holidaymakers to get in and out of the resort. But since then the road has been closed as a precaution because of the risk of avalanches.
The road between the village of Kappl and Ischgl has been shut, as well as the road beyond Ischgl to the smaller resort of Galtur, also popular with British skiers.
“Although the roads have been closed, the resort itself has been operating as normal with skiers and boarders experiencing amazingly good conditions,” said Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Director Andreas Steibl.
It’s understood that most UK tour operator arrivals and departures took place as scheduled last weekend, and few people had to extend their stay. Changeover time for most British holidaymakers is weekends and access routes are expected to be open again by this coming weekend.
Thirty-six of Ischgl’s 44 skilifts were open today (Tuesday) and 155 kilometres of runs.
“The forecast for the rest of the week is for sunnier conditions, so we don’t think there will be problems with people getting in and out at the weekend,” said Mr Steibl.
British ski instructor Sarah Hannibal, who works in Ischgl, said: “The skiing conditions are fantastic, although obviously no one is going off-piste at the moment because of the amount of snow. It has been very windy at the top of the mountain which means visibility can be affected by wind-blown snow – but the holidaymakers are having a wonderful time.”
Sarah added: “Many ski instructors who live in other parts of the valley are the ones affected most by the conditions and they have had to make arrangements to stay with friends or at hotels in Ischgl. That includes me – I live in Galtur and have been stranded in Ischgl – but it’s no hardship when the skiing is so good. And having this amount of snow at this stage of the winter means that everyone can look forward to a fabulous season.”