Ischgl - perhaps more than any other resort in Austria - has completely changed its image over the last years.
Once a quiet mountain village away from the mainstream, marketing now keeps the name of Ischgl in the forefront of people's minds. Rock concerts on the main ski slopes with top world stars or - in the summer - a plan to build a stone staircase to the top of one of the nearby mountains.
Of course, marketing doesn't help that much if the product isn't there in the first place. Ischgl boasts one of the top ski areas in the Alps and the village, although small, is known for the quality of its accommodation and its nightlife.
Elevation: 1377 metres
Location: 6561 Ischgl - Tyrol - Austria
Ischgl was once a farming village on the road up and over the pass into the neighbouring province of Vorarlberg. In fact, the original settlers were thought to have arrived on the mountain trail over the pass as a gorge made any entrance to the Paznaun valley difficult.
Nowadays the village has good road connections to the main Inn valley. Those travelling by car
should remember, however, that this is a resort surrounded by high mountains
and chains and winter equipment are a necessity. The summer route over the
Bielerhöhe is closed in the winter and those relying on software for navigation
should route their journey via the town of Pians at the entrance to the valley.
More information about travel to Ischgl
The locals are justifiably proud of their ski area, which crosses the border into Switzerland and links up with the tiny duty-free resort of Samnaun. Three large lifts take the skier up to the Idalp and a vast choice of long and mainly intermediate ski runs at a snow-sure altitude.
Recent investment in lifts and connections has moved Ischgl into the top rank of Austrian ski resorts.
More information about the Ischgl ski area
Ischgl is a pretty compact resort clustered around the church and the two main lift stations. Escalators help movement from one level to another and regular ski buses serve the few hamlets which are not within walking distance of the lifts.
More information about Ischgl hotels & other accommodation
Ischgl is far enough up the Paznaun valley that it has no major resorts nearby - the closest smaller ski areas would be the higher resort of Galtür (often visited by Ischgl skiers), and the resorts of See and Kappl further down the valley.