Ski Austria

Ischgl Resort Reviews

Ski Austria

Ischgl Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Ischgl Ski Resort

Ischgl Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 42 votes and 33 reviews. Vote

Access: 3.9

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Ischgl.

Public Transport: 3.9

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Ischgl, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.2

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.5

(1) No places to stay in/near Ischgl, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.9

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Ischgl.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.2

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Ischgl, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.7

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Ischgl is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.6

(1) Ischgl relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Ischgl, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Ischgl are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.5

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Ischgl is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.7

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Ischgl, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.6

(1) Ischgl usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.3

(1) The staff at Ischgl are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Ischgl are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.3

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.8

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.6

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Ischgl has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 3.9

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Ischgl, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.4

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.5

(1) Not even a kicker at Ischgl, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 4.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 2.9

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Ischgl, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.7

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Ischgl has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.5

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.8

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.9

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.6

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.9

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.4

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.0

(1) Overall, Ischgl is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.3

(1) Overall, Ischgl is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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September 10, 2003
rey from Ski South Africa South Africa
We have been to Ischgl twice and it is our favourite ski resort in the Alps! Tabogganing is the highlight of the trip. Good snow, excellent atmosphere and WAY ahead of its Swiss competition
March 05, 2004
Erla from Ski Iceland Iceland
Just returned from Ischgl.Great skiing ! Much better than its neighbour ST ANTON. No waiting time at lifts and the slopes were just perfect. Great Apres on the slopes at Pasnauer Thaya as well at the famous Kuhstadl at the bottom. Best restaurant and atmosphere is on the Sammanu site at the Skihaus Alp Trida. I will return next year with a smile on my face.
December 22, 2004
Shaun Wallace from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from my 6 visit to Ischgl 14.12.04, conditions were poor with very little snow, however the recent snow falls have greatly improved the resort, Apre ski was/is best in world. Check out Trofana Alm between 4pm and 8pm for best party in resort.
December 08, 2005
masa from Ski Slovenia Slovenia
We have been to Ischgl three times and can honestly say Silvretta arena is a very good resort. New lifts, good snow, great views and runs of various difficulties. The low-lying pistes can be a problem with snow and can get all iced up. Also rodelbahn (runs at least twice a week after dark) is all ice. Silvretta Arena also falls partly into Switzerland, the village Samnaun is a duty-free zone (with good snow conditions you can ski right trough the village) but beware – there are customs officers in ski boots on the top of the mountain which like to check you when you slide down the chair lift. Famous for it's Apres and high society Ischgl is unfortunately also expensive when accommodation is concerned. The neighbouring villages have fortunately many affordable apartments and free bus connections are good all along the Paznaun valley. If you fell 200 km of pistes are not enough, you can spend a day or two on other resorts in the valley – Galtur, Kappl and See (Silvretta ski pass is valid). St. Anton (another great resort) is not that close as information below the photo says, it’s more like 40 km and you’ll need your own car to do it comfortably.
February 01, 2006
Andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Apparently the only station in the Alps with its own dedicated air rescue due to the apres ski... though whether that's a myth or not I can't say as we were staying on the Swiss side and unable to stay in Ischgl to see the KuhStall in action. Shame, as the number of clubs and bars we saw in the daytime in the town is staggering. As will you be... Skiing wise the lifts are probably the best I've ever experienced. Fast, new, mostly padded (nice), and no queues!!! Pistes are long and the food good. No drawbacks I can think of...
March 14, 2006
jc from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Whilst the off-piste is not as good as its near neighbour St Anton, the on-piste skiing is as good and off the slopes in the bars Ischgl is definately 5 star. The lift system is very efficient, the views great, especially on the long run down into Samnaun. Not many cosy little restaurants on the pistes though. Ischgl also is one of the most snow sure resorts around, usually open from the end of November to the beginning of May, and no glacier skiing. Only negative with the skiing is the two runs from the middle station back to the village often icy, narrow in places and full of those who would be better off getting the gondola down from the mid station.
April 06, 2007
Rod Grinsted from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ischgl is a hidden gem. We were there in the 1st week of April and the snow conditions were amazing, especially given that 2006/2007 has been no better than average. The lift system is very efficient with fast 4/6/8 seater chairs that get you away from the main gondola stations quickly. The apres-ski and clubbing is every bit as good as some other reviews have indicated, with the Khustall at the centre of the action from 4:00pm. One draw back is the late night noise when the clubs close. If you aren't there and want to get some sleep, make sure to take ear plugs!! Having said that, Ischgl is a great ski resort and one we will definately be returning to.
December 23, 2007
Andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having just returned from a week's fantastic skiing at Samnaun / Ischgl, I'd just like to say what a brilliant ski area it is. A brand new Fimbabahn up from the town, no queues at all and great snow accompanied by 6 days of sun-filled skiing. Enough piste and off-piste to satisfy anyone, and stunning views from the new Pardorama restaurant and Trida Sattel. My only grumble is the prices in Samnaun's restaurants are on the steep side - €9.40 for 2 sausages and chips in the Alp Trida is a bit cheeky in my opinion. However, I got the impression there are plenty of people willing to pay it, as well as go into Samnaun Dorf itself and pay €750+ for ski wear...
January 09, 2008
KKS from Ski France France
Dec 2007 2nd week: Ischgl off-piste skiing rocks and is now on my list of top 2 ski stations in Europe - 5 continuous days of 1-3ft consistent pow. Freshies nearly every run.....500m tree lines to carving GS turns in 2ft of powder down classic 1000m big mountain open terrain. And, though usually not a hindrance for accessing the goods, unbelievably NO hiking for our turns the whole week. Our crew of 10 hombres enjoyed the hospitality and service of the Wolf family and staff at the Olympia Hotel - what a great value (Euro70/night x 5 nights for xlnt full buffet breakfast and consistently delicious 4-course dinner; spacious, clean, well appointed rooms, 200m from tram and main village. Must take the pleasant and scenic backside piste down to Samnaun for lunch......especially charming if with a family. Great on slopes dining for all budgets. Euro15 also buys you a single entry to the must-go-to wellness spa facility at the Madelein Hotel. Can't comment on the nightlife and apres-ski, but a good time was had by all. (By the way, the other top pick of overall ski stations with heavy weighting on the off-piste skiing quality are in the Engadine Valley/St.Moritz area.) Peace, love, and powder!
January 22, 2008
John Bauer from Ski United States United States
Revised from earlier review: Visited Ischgl from Jan 5 2008 to Jan 12, 2008. The slopes are magnificent and you can go to Switzerland to visit from the top of the mountain. Prices, in general, are expensive compared to the dollar but that is due to Bush and can't be helped. Altitude is around 1400 meters or 4620 feet, which is not too high. However, you can easily get out of breath if you're not in shape. The ski slope starts at 7200 feet. If you get a multiple day pass, don’t forget to return the pass to the machine and you get 5 Euros back. Beats me why they would want it back but the cards is an RFI card so they probably re-use it. The lifts are mostly chairs. However, there are quads, sixes and even an 8 person chair. There are only a few T-bar lifts and Poma lifts on the beginner slopes. If you are in town go to the Hotel Sonne and ask for Iva, the blond Czech bartender. She's very friendly and can chat with the best. She speaks 4 languages. The food was also great. They had a two piece band with Dagmar the singer from Slovenia and a keyboard player, didn’t get his name. They sing all the German oldies and some Motown too, pretty fun entertainment. The Russians dance like crazy when a Russian song comes on. This time period coincided with the Russian Christmas and the town was 80% full of Russians. They were very friendly and out to have good time. They bring the whole family, including grandma. The main discos are Fire and Ice and Kuhlstahl (cow stall?). They are packed with kids, so if you want an older crowd the restaurant bars are the better places to be. The apres-ski is great at Trofana, but you have to get there early at around 4:00 pm straight from the slopes because it gets so crowded that you cannot walk, but have to body swim. Ask for Heinz, he is the only guy in town that knows how to make a decent vodka martini. However, you have to bring your own olives because he does not sell enough martinis to stock olives, he’ll have onions though. If you let him know that you’ll be back the next day, he will reserve a place at the bar for you, which is where you want to be instead of upstairs. They throw everybody out at 6:50 pm to clean up and get ready for dinner because it's also a restaurant. We stayed in Galtur, the site of a massive avalanche in Feb 1999 and the room was 28.00 Euros per night at Frau Niedermeier's Pension (niedermeier@cable.vot.at; tel: 004354438322). The single room was small but included a bathroom, but don't forget to bring soap and shampoo because it is not included. The cab ride from Galtur to Ischgl is 20.00 Euros for a 10 minutes ride and cabs are available at all hours. We also skied at Kappl and they had the best slopes because they faced south and were sunny the entire day until 4:00 pm when the lifts closed. We skied Galtur also but this was not as nice because it was in the shadow the entire day. All in all, I would not hesitate to come back because everyone was so friendly. The food was great and the skiing was outstanding with 3 separate areas that can be skied on the same ski pass. Of course, Ischgl is the biggest and best but if you want to avoid the crowds try Galtur and Kappl.