Ischgl ski resort is located near the Swiss border and 110kms from Innsbruck. Munich and Zürich are the nearest international airports. The most convenient way of getting to Ischgl from the UK is to fly from London to Innsbruck and hire a car.
Innsbruck Airport has daily jet service throughout Europe, including all major Austrian airports, as well as from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Zürich. Munich and Zürich airports receive many carriers from worldwide destinations. Shuttles go from Munich Airport to Innsbruck, from where regular trains go to Landeck and free buses go on to Ischgl ski resort, hourly.
By car, Ischgl is over 1,000kms from Calais – more than a day’s drive, or 10 hours with two drivers. From Munich Airport, bypass the city, taking the A-8 south and the A-12 through Innsbruck, and then the B-188 southwest to Ischgl; the 267-kilometre journey should take about 2 hours, 30 minutes. A more scenic drive is from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the A-95, over the mountains towards Innsbruck and then west to Ischgl.
Innsbruck is connected with all parts of Europe by international railway links. There are at least five daily trains from Munich, taking three hours. From London, there is a link to Innsbruck with three connections going via Paris, gare de l’Est; Paris to Munich on the overnighter; and Munich to Innsbruck on the Eurocity train. The Eurostar leaves London at 17:09 and the Eurocity arrives in Innsbruck at 11:20 the next day.
Bus service to all Austrian cities is provided by both Postal Buses and Federal Railway Buses.
Ischgl is a well established ski resort in the Austrian Alps, located near to the Swiss border. Due to its high altitude, the 200kms of ski runs are open for six months of the ski season, making it a very popular skiing destination.
Situated in a picturesque location in a deep valley, Ischgl has a wonderful small Alpine resort atmosphere and a large variety of accommodation. The town is easy to get around on foot and, together with the excellent après-ski facilities, offers a welcome respite from the slopes. Additionally, an excellent kindergarten is also available.
Ischgl ski resort, which stretches across borders, is proud of its 200kms of slopes and 42 lifts which are ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers. In addition, 48kms of regional cross-country skiing trails are available, along with night skiing. Ischgl’s Snowboard Fun Park has a half-pipe (90m), quarter-pipe, and lots of terrain features with four areas and 30 obstacles.
Ischgl’s après-ski and other facilities include: a seven-kilometre toboggan run; paragliding; a bowling alley; indoor swimming; historical monuments; an interesting museum; beautiful zoological gardens and a national park. Ischgl has some of the best nightlife of all Austria’s Alpine resorts with a host of bars, pubs, and discos open until 02:00.
There is a long ski season due to Ischgl’s high altitude, with great skiing from late November to early May. The best conditions are from February through to the end of March and the cheapest times are before Christmas, after New Year’s Day and the last month of the season to early April.
Ischgl is 100kms from Innsbruck, which has a provincial airport with scheduled flights from major centres. Trains go from here to Innsbruck, from where there are connections to Landeck; from here, buses go to Ischgl ski resort, or you can hire a car and drive yourself.
Hard on the border with Switzerland and located in the Silvretta Mountains, Ischgl (pronounced ‘Ish-gull’) is an extensive ski resort high in the Austrian Alps and is almost unknown by non-Europeans, yet extremely popular for returning skiers. The main part of Ischgl ski resort is situated at an altitude of 2,000 to 2,872m, far above and out of sight from the road, the base stations and the town.
Ischgl town itself, affectionately known as the ‘Majorca of the Alps’, is a small Alpine resort built on a knoll in a deep valley, easily walkable from one end to the other, thanks to elevators and short-cut tunnels. It is loaded with quality accommodations with no high-rise construction to seriously mar the small village atmosphere. Eleven smaller hamlets complete the region.
Hotels, inns, holiday apartments and guesthouses (both luxury and affordable), are all available in the town, along with private accommodation outside the town. Ischgl has one of the best après-ski scenes in Austria from 15:00 to 19:00, then excellent nightlife from 22:00 to 02:00. The ski school is well-organized, with good English-speaking instructors and a popular ski kindergarten.
Ischgl ski resort has more than 200kms of wide-open runs with 42 lifts, cross-border skiing into Switzerland, and 80kms of challenging off-trail areas. Intermediate and advanced skiers will have a wonderful time in Ischgl, but the resort is not recommended for absolute beginners; the nursery slopes are far above the town.
Twenty minutes higher up the valley, Galtür, known for its cross-country and ski-touring opportunities, is a picturesque little village spread out around a late-baroque church. With its superb slopes and relaxed atmosphere, Galtür is better for younger skiers – beginner to intermediate levels. Alternatively, Landeck, an Alpine crossroads near the entrance to the valley, is a regional shopping centre and is distinguished by the towering Landeck Fortress.
With 90 per cent of its ski area over 2,000ms, Ischgl’s snow security is virtually assured from the end of November to the beginning of May. The cheapest weeks are before Christmas, after New Year’s Day, and from late March through to April and closing. Regular trains go from Innsbruck to Landeck from where free buses go to Ischgl; alternatively, by car from Landeck, take route B-188 from the E-60 highway.