Ischgl – Austria
Resort height: 1,400m – 2,864m
Total piste length: 230km
Ischgl is one of the most popular resorts in the world and is known for premium skiing. It has increased in popularity recently, especially amongst British visitors, due to its incredible après-ski scene and the quality of its pistes. Ischgl has become more than just a resort; it is a branded destination that hosts an end-of-season Top of the Mountain concert with headliners such as Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey. When James Blunt headlined the concert in 2014 he brought a staggering 24,000 people to the mountain to watch him perform at 2,400m.
It’s not just the party scene that’s good, the slopes are too. There is over 230km of pistes with over 40 state of the art lifts. The slopes are arguably best for intermediates with a good covering of snow each day. In addition there are 7km of toboggan runs that drop 950m. For those looking to escape the raucous party crowds, the regional lift pass is a much more family orientated experience; Galtür and Kappl are the best places to head to. The village is traditional Tirolean style with contemporary flourishes like the main street and the tunnel connecting the two ends of Ischgl.
Where to lunch
For those looking to blow the budget on a sumptuous feast, Restaurant Alpenhaus serves modern cuisine at their VIP Lounge eatery. Carpaccio of beef, veal fillet and turbot are all on the menu.
For a more budget-friendly option Pardorama is a large restaurant offering more generic cuisine in a neutral setting. No frills, but good, convenient service and accessible via the Pardatschgratbahn gondola lift.
Where to stay
For those wishing to lay their head somewhere special, the five-star Trofana Royal is a place that has welcomed celebrity singers in the past. With a world-class restaurant, pool and wellness area, you are sure to relax after a hard day on the slopes and long night partying.
On the other end of the spectrum is the warm and friendly Haus Julia. is two star accommodation in located in the suburb of Waldhof and offers self-catering accommodation. Perfect for those who want the flexibility to cook their own meals and come and go as they please.
Renowned for its après scene, Pacha is described as being a slice of Ibiza in the Austrian Tirol. Hotel Madlein runs this venue, as well as three others. Guests often include international stars, models and actors. the venue is open late and has DJ’s from all over the world grace its decks.
A completely different way to spend the night is in Niki Stadl, the bar that is more corny than classy but still man- ages to get the crowd going. Drinks are cheaper and the atmosphere is lively with the owner doubling as DJ and singer.