Ischgl is on the Austrian side of the Ischgl-Samnaun skiing district that straddles the border of Austria and Switzerland. In the Austrian town, the ski season opens with a rock concert in November and closes with the world-famous Top of the Mountain concert, every May. Over 200 km of piste is available to skiers, with gondolas, cable cars and chair lifts serving the slopes. Many of these lifts converge at the mountain town of Idalp, where skiers can find pistes of every grade. In addition to skiing, visitors can enjoy snowboarding, skating, tobogganing, curling and even ride on a horse-drawn sleigh. The resort hosts many international events and competitions, and ski tuition is readily available. One fun annual event is the Shapes in Snow contest, where competitors make ice sculptures.
The resort has the distinction of mountain restaurants and bars that are accessible only by gondola (which disabled people can access). To travel on these, visitors can purchase a non-ski lift pass. The Panorama restaurant is the most famous, where skiers can enjoy drinks before a day on the slopes. In the town, many bars and restaurants welcome après-ski parties. Shopping facilities include supermarkets, outlets that sell ski equipment and luxury-brand boutiques, like Hugo Boss and Prada. Available accommodation includes 5-star hotels, breaks in guesthouses and chalets for ski parties.
Flying to Innsbruck airport is the easiest way to get to the resort. From there, the visitor can take a hire car, the train or the bus.
Landeck-Zamis is the nearest train station to the resort. From there it's possible to take the 4240 bus to Paznaun.
Several bus companies offer direct transfer from Innsbruck airport to the resort. Within the resort, skiers with a valid ski pass can enjoy the use of a free bus service.
Car hire is available at Innsbruck airport, near the E60 motorway. Visitors should drive west to Grins, and then take the 188 roadway to Ischgl. The journey is roughly 100 k.
The ski season lasts from late November until the beginning of May. The VIP ski pass is valid on up to 45 lifts and available for one quarter of a day up to fourteen days. The Silvretta pass is valid on up to 73 lifts and is available for the same time slots. Both passes give discounts to children accompanied by adults. Season tickets give discounts to children, seniors and disabled people. All discounted passes require photo ID. No group discounts are available.