Ischgl lies just 100km to the west of Innsbruck, meaning that visitors can be there in just over an hour and a quarter. The transfer is very easy, with just two roads connecting the city and the resort. This further aids Ischgl’s popularity. The resort is known in equal measure for its skiing and nightlife, and remains one of the busiest resorts in the country, where, during high season, the population can spike to 9,000 — a huge leap considering the official permanent population is just 1,500.
A relatively late bloomer, Ischgl’s first cable car wasn’t installed until the 1960s, by which time many major resorts already had solid lift infrastructures in place. However, with such a huge skiable area above the town, 90% of which stands above 2,000m, meaning that it has a long and very reliable season, people couldn’t stay away. And with the ability to ski the mountains from either Austrian Ischgl or Swiss Samnaun, the resort is always busy. But, busy slopes means lots of ski passes, and that means solid revenue, which has been spent in all the right places. As well as lots of fast and efficient chairs, Ischgl has a funitel (a stable two-cable gondola capable of braving higher winds), a double-decker cable car, as well as some of the best-groomed slopes you’ll ever ski. Ischgl’s infrastructure is one of the finest in the Alps, and makes getting around very easy and quick, allow skiers and boarders to squeeze every last ounce of snow out of the hills before heading down for the equally legendary apres.
Austria’s apres scene in general is held above the rest of Europe’s, and it could be argued that Ischgl is leading the charge. There are a range of accommodation options, from budget to high-class, meaning that the mixture of people in the town is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to experience. There are plenty of rambunctious, loud bars to choose if you’re looking to party, but you’re equally as likely to find a quiet side-street bistro serving award-winning food. There really isn’t just one side to the town, though those looking to ski hard and party hard will likely get the most out of their trip.
Flaine highlights: Massive snow-sure ski area, lots of apres and gastro options, a lively and welcoming town, and a fast and efficient infrastructure all make Ischgl a great choice for a longer break or annual holiday where you’re looking to get the most out of your week away as you possibly can.
Flaine is best for: Mixed groups who are looking for lots of options. Varied ski terrain, a variety of accommodation and apres options, and plenty to do for both skiers and boarders, as well as non-skiers, makes Ischgl a great place to visit for those who need a resort that does everything.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Ischgl:
From Ischgl, you’ll have a choice of two fast gondolas that will both take you up to well over 2,000m. It will take a few more transfers to get to the highest point — Palinkopf at 2,864m — but there’s plenty of fun to have along the way.
From the Idalp mid-station, beginners will find lots of great, gentle terrain to ride, as well as access to the beginner area. From there, the B2 lift is a good one to take to open up a lot of long and cruisey blues. Generally, the deeper into the mountains you go, the more challenging the terrain.
Intermediates won’t find much off-limits, and from the Idalp mid-station can take the C1, C2, and then D1 chairs up to the high point. There are reds running in every direction from here, and more than enough snowy paths to keep you interested for a whole week.
Those seeking more advanced terrain will find a long black off the top of the D2 chairlift just below the Palinkopf peak, as well as some excellent unmarked trails. Though heading out to Piz Val Gronda at 2,812m via the might E5 gondola should definitely be on the to-do list in order to try the 42 red.
The whole area offers 200km of downhill spread over 69 pistes, serviced by 42 of the best lifts in the Alps.
First-time and beginner skiers: First timers will love sailing up in the gondola and enjoying the mountain scenery while they learn. Much of the easier terrain is found on the Samnaun side of the area, accessed most easily off the B2 and B3 chairs from Idalp.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates should explore some of the outlying runs. The 70 red is fun from the Greitspitze peak, and the 37 red down from Paznauner Thaya all the way back to Ischgl is an epic run as the afternoon wears on, taking you down through treelined valley right the way to the bottom.
Expert skiers: Experts will find a lot of enjoyable reds to tackle, as well as several long blacks. The 35 black is notable down from the E2 chair, as is the 33 and 34 black — which join on from one another — from the D2, which connects you to the Palinkopf peak. And if you have the time, take the 80 red down from there, and ski all the way over to Samnaun, down past the village on an easy blue, and then grab the L1 gondola back up. It’s a huge loop, but it’s an amazing trip for those with the stamina to tackle it.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Ischgl
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Ischgl:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in Ischgl?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons Ischgl
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Ischgl (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Ischgl
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Ischgl
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Ischgl can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Ischgl
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Ischgl. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Ischgl
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Ischgl designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!