Why Ischgl should be your next ski trip






Matthew Moore




The ski season may be over, but now is the perfect time to plan ahead for the next one and look into the mountains of Ischgl, Austria, which offers some of the best runs and experiences for veteran skiers and newcomers alike.. But while skiing may be the main attraction, during my time there I discovered that the ski resort offered so much more, from glamorous restaurants to biking and other sporting activities, to a thriving summer of activity programs, it was all there.


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I was a first time skier when I headed to the practice slopes and Teresa’s tutelage, I was able to quickly start getting used to the snow sport and now I can’t wait for the next season of skiing where I will be sure to start my return to the slopes.


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But it’s not just slopes that this ski resort offers, as on its opening and closing days, it hosts a major concert, The Top of the Mountain, attracting megastar talent from around the world. This year the Kings of Leon have shut down, while previous stars have included the likes of Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Elton John and Robbie Williams.


Read on to find out more about this gem in the Austrian mountains, which always manages to attract the biggest stars.


Activities


Let’s be realistic, if you are on this article it means that you are interested in the ski offered to you, and with 239 km of slopes, there is something for all levels, in addition to an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea levelthe region is just perfect during the winter, and even in the first months of spring.


For a beginner like me, the practice trails offered a bit of a challenge, but as the hours passed, I grew more and more confident and filled with the desire to access some of the tougher ones. The station is divided into normal blue, red and black runs, so the station offers enough for everyone. AAnd for those feeling partially adventurous, there’s also the Smugglers’ Run, which stretches all the way to Samnaun, Switzerland and is named after it was once a route for tobacco smugglers.


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And it’s not just mountain skiing on offer, as you can choose to ski off-piste or try cross-country skiing in nearby Galtür. Skiing is not the only way to descend the mountains, because those in need of adrenaline can choose to luge down certain slopes, reaching speeds of up to 40 km/h.




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I became a proficient skier in no time


And for those of you who need more than skiing and sledding to get the juices flowing, you’re in luck, because there’s also fat biking available, and it’s definitely a trek. Maybe not one for those not in their best shape, as you climb the steep slopes all the way up a mountainous path to Galtür. Guaranteed to burn your legs! And if that’s not enough, in the nearby village of Kappl you can take snowshoe walks up the mountain, with great snowy views at the very top and a lovely chapel at the end.


But if you need a summer break, the area still offers a wide variety of activities not available in the winter months with mountain biking, hiking and even white water rafting.


Food


Iscghl is not called Tyrol’s gastronomic mecca for nothing, with all the surrounding hotels and restaurants offering all the best highlights of Tyrolean cuisine. We dined at our four star hotel, Hotel Sonne, most nights and were treated to some of the best examples of this cuisine from a varied menu.


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Another taste highlight for us was at Kappl, where we were treated to a magnificent meal where you cooked the meat to your liking yourself. Delicious in every sense of the word.



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The fat bike has been one of the hardest workouts I’ve done in a while


And when you go out skiing, check out the restaurant they have on the slopes, perfect to provide you with the energy you need to hope to get straight back on the slopes.


Location


The village of Ischgl itself is beautiful and very safe with face masks required even outside. Expect wonderful restaurants, the best bars to enjoy après-ski and local shops selling the best local produce you can get your hands on.


Hotels


The area offers a wide variety of four star hotels, and even a five star hotel, where we stayed at the beautiful Hotel Sonne, where many celebrities also like to stay, with a wall in the foyer dedicated to artists who have passed through the area.


Despite being high in the mountains, you wouldn’t know a thing, with the hotel always keeping you at the perfect temperature no matter what the outside thermometer is telling you. The spacious bedrooms have twin beds, a large TV and a shower you won’t want to leave.



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The Austrian views were second to none


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The dining room is reserved for hotel guests in the upstairs section, while everyone is available to dine downstairs, and a large spa is available for guests. Featuring saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms and even an L-shaped swimming pool, it’s the perfect place to let the hours pass by when the slopes close for the night..


A day ski pass for Ischgl starts at £63 with prices rising for longer stays, with rooms from £95 per day at Hotel Sonne. Ski passes can be purchased at the hotel.

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