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Resort: Ischgl
Country: .at
Author: Red 27

Date: Jan 9th - 16th 2010
Our holiday: Solo trip by 40 something competant piste skier with a liking for steeps.
Basics : Ischgl is in what I believe is the best ski area in the world, Western Austria. I flew Swiss from LHR to Zurich, got the train to Landeck and then the connecting Post Bus up to resort. All ran like clockwork.
Lift system : Famously new and fast Ischgl's lift system is very good. Avoid the morning queues at the Silvretta Funitel by going to the Fimba Gondola if possible. Galtur, Kappl and See are on the same lift pass but I didn't visit them
The terrain : with 235 pisted KM's there's a lot to explore. If you only skied the Idalp and Alp Triade bowls you could be forgiven for thinking "so far so bland", you could be in La Plagne or somesuch. The best of the skiing for those like me is over on the Greitsptitz and Palinkopf areas where Blacks 20 & 21, 34 & 35 and especially 13 & 14 have challenge and character. Also don't leave the home runs of 1, 1a & 5 for home time - they're brilliant descents through the trees to resort, all with steep pitches, but at 4.00pm the choked with punters.
The snow : Fast skiing on Hard pistes - or was it Hard Skiing on Fast pistes... More snow is needed, although the cold temps have allowed very skiable artificial to patch up most of the bare patches.
Off-piste : There was effectivly none - all chopped up crusty crud
The resort : Do you like huge groups of German blokes on the lash roaming the streets chanting oompah fussball songs? You do? Ischgl by night is perfect for you. Lots of strip clubs too and the all important Burger Bin. rolling eyes All easily ignored of course... The village itself is rather pretty...
Food : Great food on the mountain - my fav was the ultra modern Alpenhaus. In resort I didn't have a bad meal, but nowhere stood out as exceptional.
Accommodation : I stayed in the Feriengluck B&B which, alarmingly was right next door to the KuhlStall (Cowshed?) apres ski bar but happily my room was at the back and so quiet. The hotel was excellent - great breakfast and a beautiful new spa area - not for the bashful though as typically everyone is naked. top value for 76€ a night.
Costs: Flight £100, Train/Bus £50, Hotel £500, liftpass £175. Only 4€ for a large Weissbeer in the bars in town - the advantage of lots of competiton.
Conclusion: Great skiing for those who like something steep - rowdy resort may deter some but if you can ignore all the madness then it's one to add to your list.

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