Ischgl Ski Holidays

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Ischgl is a pretty Austrian town nestled at 1,400m altitude, with lifts running up to an impressive 2,870m. With bags of Tyrolean charm, some of Austria’s newest and swiftest gondolas, and a lively nightlife to rival — but perhaps not beat — St Anton, Ischgl has a great deal going for it.

There’s plenty of varied terrain and a decent amount of off-piste to explore, though a lack of expansive nursery and learner terrain makes Ischgl best suited to intermediate and expert skiers. The ski area boasts plenty of gorgeous red and blue runs, and the lifts are perfectly positioned to explore the ski area with ease.

The expansive terrain park offers a good range of hits and kicks for freestylers of all levels but, again, it’s geared toward accomplished riders. Flat sections are few and far between and visitors are not reliant on drag lifts to get around, so Ischgl is a fantastic resort for snowboarders.

Down in town, Ischgl is very attractive with charming hotels and quaint streets around every corner. Traditional shops line the walkways and, from après-ski time onward, there’s a whole host of bars welcoming thirsty skiers in off the slopes.

For families, it’s perhaps not the strongest resort choice to make. Although the vibrant nightlife is easy to steer clear of, Austria is home to many family-friendly resorts — Obergurgl for instance — so it’s best to pick from them until the kids can enjoy Ischgl to the full.

On the accommodation front, Ischgl remains slightly under the radar among British skiers. As such, packaged chalet and hotel options are minimal. If you’re looking for a holiday with travel included, there are a few strong options available to suit a good range of budgets, and the locations are good. Of course, if you’re happy to arrange travel separately then the accommodation options broaden to a lovely range of traditional Tyrolean hotels, self-catering apartments and guest houses.

Visiting Ischgl from the UK is easiest in a packaged holiday with travel included. That said, independent travellers can buy flights separately and airports such as Innsbruck and Friedrichshafen are within easy reach. Innsbruck is the closest airport, 90 minutes away. Zurich is 3 hours away, and the nearest train station is Landeck-Zams, one hour away.
Apres ski here — as in many Austrian resorts — is lively and friendly. From around 3pm onward, thirsty skiers come off the snow in search of a cold beer and a boogie. Of course, there’s also a refreshing glass of hot gluwein if you’d prefer! By 5pm, bars such as the Trofana Alm in the heart of the resort are bustling with happy revellers enjoying themselves in the traditional Tyrolean way.

Schatzi Bar and Kuhstall are two very popular après ski venues, and things can get a bit crazy! At times, it is hard to decipher where one bar ends and the next one begins! The most famous nightclub is Pacha, of the same brand as the one in Ibiza. For something a little less hectic, venues such as Bar Allegra offer relaxing atmosphere, broad cocktail lists and a relaxed feel.
Away from the slopes, Ischgl has plenty to keep visitors amused and entertained — if you’re part of a group with a non-skier or two, it’s a decent spot to choose. The hub of Ischgl’s non-ski activities is the impressive Silvretta Centre, where visitors can engage in a huge range of off-snow activities such as bowling, swimming and ice skating. You can also enjoy thrilling pursuits such as skidooing, parapente, snowshoe hiking and night tobogganing.

Down in town, there are plenty of stylish shops and boutiques selling jewellery, watches and the like, and the resort is home to luxury labels including Prada and Versace.

If you’re planning on visiting this high-altitude resort at the start or end of the season, look out for the resort’s popular opening or closing parties. Popular live acts such as Muse, The Killers, Elton John, Robbie Williams and Tina Turner have all strutted their stuff on Ischgl’s famous stage.

Night tobogganing

Centerweg 1



+43 5444 606813

Snowshoe hiking

Silvrettapl. 2



+43 5444 5257

Swimming, Bowling, Spa

Centerweg 1



+43 5444 606950

Austria may not have the culinary reputation of France, for example, but visitors to Ischgl can still enjoy a broad range of restaurants serving diverse cuisine. Below, you’ll find a few top restaurant recommendations for families, couples and groups of friends, as voted by our ski experts.

Good for Couples

Lucy Wang

Dorfstrasse 68



+43 5444 20007

Good for Couples

MAD Fine dining

Hotel Madlein

Madleinweg 2, 6561


+43 5444 5226

Good for Couples


Dorfstr. 95



+43 5444 600

Good for Family

Salz und Pfeffer

Silvrettaplatz 4



+43 5444 5918

Good for Friends

Hotel Central Restaurant

Dorfstr. 44



+43 5444 5258

Good for Friends


Galfeisweg 3



+43 5444 5618

Ischgl is not among the best resorts in Austria for families, but parents with children considering a visit do have a good range of childcare options and non-ski activities to consider.

The resort’s skischule accepts youngsters from 2 years of age for childminding sessions, allowing parents to ski with peace of mind. The service can be booked for a half day, a full day or for several hours at a time. It’s open from 10.30am to 3.30pm, and rates start at an hour’s childcare for 19 Euros up to all day care for 49 Euros.

There’s also Merinannies – a childcare company with a great reputation throughout the Alps. Their experienced team of childcare professionals is top-notch, with highly qualified nannies on hand when needed. You can book part time or full time care at times to suit you and the family, for kids aged from 4 weeks to 14 years.

Aside from the childcare side of things, parents can enjoy plenty of non-ski activities with the kids. There’s swimming, ice-skating, sledging, bowling, dog-sledding and snow-shoeing to enjoy – if the little ones have the energy left after exploring the slopes.

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