High-up Ischgl enjoys a long, snow-sure ski season, and is a good bet for early or late ski trips. The season is bookended with famous parties that feature big name acts and draw in the crowds. Ischgl is lively – the après-ski rolls on through until dawn, and ranges from dancing on tables in Euro-pop taverns, to bars with scantily-clad shot girls. The energy is infectious, and thankfully the town-sized resort – and the ski area – are big enough to cater for quieter, more sophisticated visitors too.
The resort’s fast ski-lift network and thrilling on and off-piste slopes make Ischgl perfect for intermediate and advanced skiers, and a hit with snowboarders. Novices may be daunted by a ski resort of steep inclines and predominantly red pistes, and will certainly want to avoid the hairy valley runs. The resort ski area connects to Samnaun in Switzerland, and there are quieter areas as well as some very long top-to-bottom pistes of 1000m vertical or more. There’s also a world-class terrain park and great off-piste.