A ski and lifestyle experience in the Austrian region of Tirol unlike any other, Ischgl and the surrounding villages of Galtür, Kappl and See offer pure pleasures from November through May.
Ischgl is all about more – and lots of it. There’s more by day: its splendid expanse of skiing blankets 239km of groomed slopes and near endless off-piste with fast modern lifts over two countries (Austria and Switzerland). And there’s more by night: off the mountain, the delights heat up at apres-ski and continue long after dark. Indeed, no resort loves to entertain people like Ischgl -- this lifestyle metropolis of the Tirolean Alps guarantees high-calibre entertainment all winter long. Located in a sunny Alpine valley between the Silvretta and Verwall mountains, Ischgl’s neighboring villages of Galtür, Kappl and See glow with quiet charm and warm hospitality.
This season is off to a fast start, thanks to two more new speedy lifts. Moving at an impressive six metres per second, the comfortable and ergonomically designed six-seat hooded Velilleck F1 chairlift is the fastest in the area. Visnitz N2, an eight-seater chairlift in Samnaun, provides further convenience and comfort. These new lift routes have enabled Ischgl’s famous ski routes -- Gold and Silver Smugglers’ Circuits -- to be extended too. Now the Gold Smugglers’ Circuit is one of the longest ski circuits in the world, covering a total of 61,8km. On the Silver Smugglers’ Circuit, winter sports fans can ride the new Velilleck chairlift and tackle a 41,4km adventure. Many untouched gullies and descents are directly accessible from further lifts such as the Piz Val Gronda cable car, opening onto wide slopes of the Fimba and down 900m to the Gampenalpe.
Away from the piste, a scenic 73km network of skate and classic cross-country trails roll through the Silvretta countryside: use of the trails is free-of-charge. Winter walkers explore peaceful valleys and can even take a shopping trip into Switzerland’s duty-free Samnaun. From horse-drawn sled rides and snowshoeing, to paragliding, ice skating, curling and sledging -- Ischgl’s night-time 7km toboggan run is one of the longest in the Alps. For daredevils, there’s the spectacular 2km valley descent on the Skyfly zipwire.