by: gailandnorm - 18th February 2009

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 5Nightlife
  • Terrain Park
  • Value
great network of modern lifts, great snow maintenance, wonderful convenience
not a lot of advanced skiing

Full review

We a group of Canadians and Americans had never heard of Ischgl but went there on the recommendation of a friend. What a surprise! this pretty little town and the huge ski area around it is picture perfect and extremely up-to-date in terms of technology...moving sidewalks, escalators and elevators taking you up to different levels of the town or restaurant..all buildings look like they have been recently redone. Not a broken shutter, peeling paint or unpolished gate to be seen. The infrastructure servicing the very large, lift-linked ski area is magnificent. A vast network of lifts includes combinations of gondolas and mostly high speed chairs with bubbles. ...no long traverses or catwalks, just miles of beautifully grromed (mainly intermediate/red runs and large areas of off-piste in lovely bowls. A very pretty and long run wil ltake you over the mountain to the Swiss town of Samnaun..a good spot for lunch. Take the double decker tram back to the Austrian side. There are excellent restaurants in town and an inordinate number on the hill so there are no long line-ups or lack of seating for lunch. We especially appreciated the fact that most of the on-hill restaurants gave easy access to washrooms (by elevator or by ski-in/out.) And all of these restaurants were spacious and modern and pretty with large washrooms..plenty of stalls and all of the modern conveniences. We stayed at the Aurikel Corso in an apartment. It was very convenient to the lifts..ski -in ,and close to the elevator which takes you up to the moving sidewalk in the tunnel which gets you to the upper level and main drag of the town If you are looking for really challenging skiing this isn't for you. Nor does the place give you that feeling of skiing in an old authentic town ..but what it lacks in old-world charm it makes up for with beauty and convenience. Be advised that while many places take Visa, they charge a premium for it so take lots of Euros. Ischgl isn't cheap. Be sure to take all of your own supplies, like batteries, etc because most items are expensive (the locals go into Innsbruck to shop) Most service people speak some English and all were helful and friendly. This is a geat resort for apres-ski and can be noisy at night if you are in the wrong location. We took an ATS private shuttle from Munich airport (6 of us) This service was excellent
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