Ischgl has launched its 2014/2015 season with exceptional snow conditions and a concert by megastar James Blunt. A total of 17,000 winter sports enthusiasts were out on the snow as the season opened in the Silvretta Arena: “Thanks to its altitude, skiing in Ischgl can now be enjoyed up to almost 3,000 meters: in recent weeks we have benefited in particular from snowfall from the south, so we can now offer visitors great conditions”, says Andreas Steibl of the Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Office. On Saturday evening skiers rounded off a perfect ski day of clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine with a concert by British superstar James Blunt. Playing his ukulele, he staged a spectacular show of pure emotion and feel-good songs such as “Postcards” and “Bonfire Heart” from his current album Moon Landing. The mood reached fever pitch as the performer leapt into the audience. As an avid skier himself, James Blunt also took in the ski area before his concert and was hugely impressed by the perfect snow conditions: “It’s an incredible feeling to be able open the ski season here in Ischgl. I wish I had time to do a few runs. The pistes look fantastic.”
Ski season opens with world record
Since Thursday 27 November 2014 the slopes have been open as far as Samnaun in Switzerland, while the new 3-cable lift up to the Pardatschgrat has now started running, whisking skiers from the town centre to an altitude of 2,624 metres in under 10 minutes. The cable car is suspended from three cables to ensure stability in severe wind conditions, while at 1,251 metres it will have the biggest height difference of any tri-cable lift worldwide. With its 238 km of slopes the Ischgl ski area will be offering superb conditions right through until the beginning of May 2015.