Ischgl in winter means 239 snow-sure, cross-border kilometers of slopes in the largest interconnected ski area in the Austrian Alps, spectacular wellness, high-profile events, open-air concerts featuring top artists, and internationally acclaimed gourmet cuisine.
The village of Ischgl, with a population of 1,547, is the most famous destination in the winter sports region of Paznaun in western Tyrol. Ischgl is situated at an altitude of 1,377 meters in a sun-drenched high valley between the Silvretta and Verwall mountain ranges. Its neighboring communities include Galtür, Kappl, and See. In terms of its residents, Ischgl has one of the highest densities of 4*, 4*S, 5*, and 5*S hotels in Austria. In this Alpine lifestyle metropolis, guests can look forward to top-notch entertainment with major concerts, events, and a diverse nightlife. Gourmets will also be pleased, as Ischgl boasts an unusually high concentration of fine dining with 26 gourmet hats spread across ten gourmet restaurants, which rank among the best in Austria.
The Silvretta Therme invites to relax
Impressive both inside and out, the Silvretta Therme represents an architectural milestone created by the Silvretta Cable Car Company, enhancing leisure options throughout the Paznaun region. With an investment of around 75 million euros, it stands as the most expensive single investment made by the Silvretta Cable Car Company. Across eight different pools distributed over four floors in two buildings, there is a total of over 1,000 square meters of water surface. These include a 25-meter sports pool, an outdoor pool, a spacious adventure pool, a children’s pool, and a salt-salt cave. The more than 1,500 square meters of sauna area offer a variety of options, including a customs hut sauna, Alpine herbal sauna, event sauna, Swiss pine sauna, and the centerpiece – the panoramic sauna. Culinary delights await guests in the thermal bath’s Trattoria offering Italian delicacies, the thermal bath buffet, and the elegant lounge with a charcoal grill. In addition, a pool bar in the outdoor pool and an ice bar leave nothing to be desired. Another highlight is the 1,300-square-meter ice skating rink surrounding the entire outdoor area, featuring an ice skating track and a 250-meter-long skateable tunnel.
Skiing in the Silvretta Arena Ischgl/Samnaun
With 239 well-groomed, cross-border kilometers of slopes, guaranteed snow-sure conditions, 45 comfortable lifts and cable car systems, numerous freeride areas, and one of the largest connected snow parks in Europe, the Silvretta Arena promises a unique winter sports experience from November 23, 2023, to May 1, 2024. For those who want to follow in the footsteps of historical smugglers, there are Ski Smuggler Routes in bronze, silver, or gold, totaling 61.8 kilometers and 13,740 vertical meters, making them among the longest ski circuits worldwide. The connection to Switzerland’s Samnaun also allows for duty-free shopping. The daily pass in the Silvretta Arena costs 72 euros with the guest card from Ischgl and Mathon. Children under ten who stay in Ischgl or Mathon receive the VIP pass and can ride for free when accompanied by a parent. Teenagers up to 16 years old receive a child discount and pay 45 euros. All information about ski passes and prices. Good to know: Since January 1, 2021, all cable cars, mountain restaurants, and snowmaking facilities in Ischgl are operated with eco-friendly electricity. All sustainability measures in the ski area: here.
Winter activities away from the slopes
Cross-Country Skiing: In Paznaun, cross-country enthusiasts can indulge in their passion on 77 kilometers of trails, reaching up to 2,036 meters, offering various variations and difficulty levels. Whether it’s skating or classic cross-country skiing, all trails are awarded the Tyrolean quality seal, and trail usage is free.
Winter hiking: Discover a tranquil side valley or go on a shopping excursion to Samnaun? The six winter hiking trails in Ischgl cover a total length of around 60 kilometers, ranging from 1,060 to 2,036 meters in altitude, surrounding Ischgl and even crossing into Switzerland’s Samnaun.
Ski touring: Ischgl offers a vast array of ski touring options amidst breathtaking peaks for winter sports enthusiasts.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides: Snuggled in warm blankets, guests can experience the snow-covered nature around Ischgl from its romantic side during a horse-drawn sleigh ride. These rides are available daily upon request.
Snowshoe hiking: For those seeking peace away from the slopes, Ischgl offers unique snowshoeing experiences with guided tours every Wednesday and Friday in the alpine winter landscape.
Paragliding: Fulfill the dream of flying in Paznaun with a paraglider tandem flight with the Twinfly team. Paragliding flights are available in Ischgl daily upon request.
Ice skating: If you want to glide on ice in Ischgl, you’ll find a special 1,300-square-meter ice rink at the Silvretta Therme. It features an ice skating track that goes all the way around the outdoor area and a 250-meter-long, skateable tunnel.
Tobogganing at night: With seven kilometers of sledging fun descending over 950 vertical meters, Ischgl’s night tobogganing track is one of the longest in the Alps. The track is open, weather permitting, from mid-December to early April, every Monday and Thursday from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, and is illuminated.
Must-Do activities in Ischgl winter
For wellness enthusiasts: A visit to the new and spectacular Silvretta Therme.
For ice artists: Explore the 1,300-square-meter surrounding ice rink at the spectacular Silvretta Therme on ice skates.
For record seekers: The world’s longest detachable 6-seater chairlift, Gampen E4, takes winter sports enthusiasts to one of the most beautiful and highest places in the ski area, the 2,864-meter-high Palinkopf.
For ambitious winter sports enthusiasts: A ski area excursion on the “Schmugglerrunde Gold” in the border region between Ischgl and Samnaun, following the footsteps of historical smugglers. This route covers a total of 61.8 kilometers and 13,740 vertical meters, making it one of the longest ski circuits worldwide.
For gourmets: Enjoy a meal at one of Ischgl’s ten gourmet restaurants with Michelin stars.
For night owls: A ride on the seven-kilometer-long floodlit night sledding track.
Exciting events in the Silvretta Arena
January 6-13, 2024: During the “Formen in Weiß” snow sculpture competition, artists from around the world transform the Silvretta Arena into an impressive open-air gallery with this year’s theme being “Lego.”
March 31, 2024: The “Top of the Mountain Easter Concert” with Nina Chuba traditionally takes place on Easter Sunday in the middle of the ski area on Idalp and marks the beginning of the “Spring Blanc” event series.
April 14, 2024: The “Top of the Mountain Spring Concert” with Andreas Gabalier is held on Idalp.
March 31 to May 1, 2024: The Ischgl event series “Spring Blanc” offers various enjoyable and musical reasons for a white spring on the slopes, starting with the Top of the Mountain Easter Concert.
April 21, 2024: “Internationales Schneefest Alp Trida.” The open-air concert with The BossHoss takes place at an altitude of 2,500 meters on Alp Trida, located on the Swiss side in the ski area.
April 30, 2024: Ischgl traditionally ends the ski season with the “Top of the Mountain Closing Concert” on Idalp.
In Ischgl, there are 26 gourmet hats spread across ten gourmet restaurants. Benjamin Parth’s Gourmetrestaurant Stüva was awarded the highest rating by “Gault&Millau 2023” and is the youngest 5-hat chef in Austria. All 10 gourmet restaurants in Ischgl include:
• The Paznaunerstube and Sieberer’s Heimatbühne in Hotel Trofana Royal under the leadership of Chef Martin Sieberer.
• KOYA in Trofana Alm with Chef Pablo Miguel Moreno Cabrera.
• Restaurant Stüva and Bar-Lounge-Club Space73 in Hotel YSCLA with Chef Benjamin Parth (34), currently the youngest 5-hat chef ever awarded.
• Schlossherrnstube and Weinstube in Schlosshotel Ischgl with Chef Patrick Raaß.
• Fliana Gourmet in Hotel Fliana with Chef Andreas Spitzer.
• Restaurant Lucy Wang with Chef Raphael Herzog.
• Bergrestaurant Alpenhaus below Idalp with Chef Manuel Überlackner.
Ischgl Après-Ski and nightlife
Nowhere is après-ski more exciting than in Ischgl. The diversity of venues with different styles is unique in the Alpine region. The same goes for the club scene, where night owls can dance into the early morning hours.
Shopping in Ischgl
Whether it’s small designer boutiques with integrated espresso bars or modern shops, Ischgl offers guests everything from well-known brands to a vast selection of high-quality winter sports clothing. More Information
High-quality accommodations Ischgl has the highest density of 4*, 4*S, 5*, and 5*S hotels in Austria. Guests can choose their accommodation from over 470 establishments, including more than 80 in the 4- to 5-star category.