by: keithmalin - 19th February 2007

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Ischgl is one of Austria's well-kept secrets, a smallish village by the side of a small mountain road, 25km from the autobahn, but giving access to a vast area of pistes and extensive runs of all grades. We went for the day in February - a Saturday, half-term and sunny, but we never had to queue for more than a minute or so during the day. All lifts look brand new, are fast and efficient, and move people up the mountain to where the skiing begins. We covered a fraction of the total available, and would definitely recommend it as a resort for up to a week. Most skiing is above the tree line, pistes are wide and open, and signposting is good. We only had one tedious ski-walk during the day, but by and large the resort is well designed. Runs into Switzerland, and to restaurants serving Swiss food make it more exciting - and there are clear plans for developing the resort further in the years ahead. There is one vast run from the very top right down to the village - 11km in all, but the best skiing is above the 'middle' station (top of the main bubbles). The red run back to the village -ending at a road - was crowded at the end of the day with skiers moving either too slowly or too fast, but that apart slopes were delightfully free of others. Cheaper day passes are available from 11.30am. Remember that ID is required if buying any reduced price lift passes (ie for children or pensioners). We shall be returning!
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