Skiing in Ischgl

Country: Austria

In a nutshell: One of Austria’s premier resorts with very lively apres-ski and a big high-altitude ski area

We like:

  • The apres-ski is brilliant; one of the best in the business for schnapps-fuelled table dancing
  • The ski area is big, varied and has a great lift network – it’s especially well suited to mile-hungry intermediates
  • It’s possible to ski to the duty-free village of Samnaun in Switzerland for a nice lunch and some bargain shopping
  • The snow record is fantastic

We don’t like:

  • The wild apres won’t be for everyone, and the numerous lap dancing clubs are a bit grim
  • Beginners will find runs to resort challenging, especially at the end of the day
  • Almost all the skiing is above the tree-line, so limited options when the weather closes in


  • Resort altitude: 1,400m
  • Highest lift: 2,900m
  • Lowest piste: 1,400m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport:
    • Innsbruck – 1h 30m
    • Zurich – 2h 45m
    • Salzburg & Munich – 3h
  • Number of lifts: 45
  • Number of runs
    • Easy: 14
    • Intermediate: 42
    • Difficult: 13
  • Ski area size: Large –  240km of piste


  • Apres ski
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders
  • Great for foodies


Ischgl is one of Austria’s premier ski resorts, and despite relatively small, but growing presence in the UK, it attracts lots of international visitors thanks to the extensive ski area, modern lift network, reliable snow record and world-famous apres ski.

The ski area is best suited to intermediate skiers with lots of long, wide runs in the alpine bowls above the treeline. There’s lots of terrain to explore including some long runs down to Samnaun, the duty-free village in Switzlerand. There’s lots of great skiing for advanced skiers too, with some challenging blacks, fun reds and lots of off-piste to explore with a guide.

There are some good beginner slopes on Idalp above the village, but there are limited nursery slopes in the village and the runs down at the end of the day are difficult, which makes Ischgl a challenging resort for a beginner ski holiday.

For post-ski partying, Austrian apres ski is as fun as it gets, and you’d be hard pushed to find a resort that does it better than Ishcgl. From about 3.30 pm the town and mountain comes alive with party animals fuelling themselves on beer and schanpps, having a good time and dancing to loud music. There are seemingly endless bars on the mountain and in resort.

For those wanting something less booze-fuelled to do after skiing the toboggan run is a must. In the evenings it’s possible to take a lift up and toboggan down the floodlit 7 km toboggan run.