Ischgl often creates a media storm by attracting some of the biggest names in the world. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Hilary Clinton have visited, and the yearly Top of the Mountain Concert–2,300 m above sea level–attracts some of the biggest names in pop. There is little doubt that this small village in the Austrian Alps has a big reputation. Other than the skiing, visitors come here to party, and with over 40 après-ski bars and late nightclubs, the term “ski hard party hard” has never been more appropriate. There are plenty of other outdoor activities too, with tobogganing high on the agenda and amazing trekking trails offering stunning scenery–particularly in the summer months.
Location: High in the Alps
Ischgl is located in the Paznaun Valley on the border of Austria and Switzerland in what is the largest ski resort in Europe. This small traditional village is 1,377 meters up in the Alps, but is easily reached by car, bus, and train. The nearest airport is Innsbruck, but is also within reaching distance from Salzburg, together with Munich and Friedrichshafen in Germany, or Zurich in Switzerland.
Business: Hotel conference suites
For a resort so high in the mountains, there is a remarkable number of conference facilities in several of the bigger hotels in Ischgl. Given the resorts popularity and abundance of team building opportunities, the lively ski resort is a popular choice for companies to build relations with their clients and offer rewards to hard-working executives.
Culture: Escape the pistes
Away from the parties and pistes, visitors can explore the mountain surroundings by foot, although between November and May you should be prepared for snow. The Silvretta cable car museum is also worth a visit if you are interested in the region’s history. The museum tells the story of the first settlers to the region and how the village evolved into the bustling resort you find today.
Activities: Out in the open mountains
You can find just about any mountain activity you can imagine in Ischgl. Other than the obvious snow-centred activities, visitors have the opportunity to go mountain biking, paragliding, fishing, tennis and Nordic walking–a keep-fit routine. Oh, and don’t forget to go shopping–it’s duty free!