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Galtur/Ischgl

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We have been to Saas Fee first week in April last two years but fancy a change next year. Don't want to do France but was thinking staying Galtur with option of skiing Ischgl.
We are two adults happy on blues and easy reds and 8 yr old who skis everything and boards and would go in ski school to whizz around.
Looking at diy.
Any advice from anyone with experience of the area much appreciated.
Very Happy
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@lpsmc1,
The skiing sounds like it should suit you. The Galtur area is fairly small but pleasantly varied without much testing on the piste. Ischgl has skiing pretty much for all standards. The only problem that I see is that although the areas are fairly close and easy to get between if your son is in ski school he will be based in one area and it would be a bit of a pain going to the other one and then getting back to pick him up.
DIY is straight forward.
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Thanks for that. We might put him with a private for 3 days to satisfy his skiing and he would be happy to board our type of runs for the others. I am sure husband and I could pass the time in Ischgl. We enjoy our skiing but don't mind sitting with a coffee or beer whilst junior is skied out!
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@lpsmc1, If you were doing private it may be possible to get the instructor to go to the area of your choosing, I'm not sure, private instruction is not cheap there though.
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I have been working as a ski instructor for the Galtür ski school, I think it would suit perfectly to your needs.
1. Galtür is very quiet as it is located at the end of the valley so there is almost no traffic through the village which is pretty horrible if you stayed in See or Kappl which are both located in front of Ischgl.
2. The snowboard instructors are all very nice and it seems the snowboard kids have a lot of fun, they sometimes ride on snowbikes for an afternoon which is reallly nice. There is good off-piste terrain near the Breitspitzbahn so he will have a good time in his group
3. Although there is technically only one blue slope (and a "hiking track" which can be skied and which is even flatter than a blue), the reds and even some blacks are not too challenging (also for intermediates like you. Slopes you should avoid: 1 in the upper part), 6, 11, 12, 19 (this is actually quite steep and sometimes a bit narrow)
4. Ischgl is really nice for you as basically the whole swiss side is at maximum red and as long as you avoid the black slopes on the austrian side you will be fine.
5. The scenery is overwhelming as you have a panorama on all 3000 meter peaks of the Silvretta (more than 70 I think) and on could visibility days you can see from the Greitspitze (Ischgl) to the Ötztaler Alps including the Wildspitze (3768m). These high alpine views are much better than what you will get at Kitzbühel, Saalbach etc.
6. As it is quite high (1600m the village of Galtür) the air is very clean and the areas are very snow safe.
7. On wednesday, you can go night skiing which is a remarkable experience (particularly if there are clear skies - the stars are breathtaking).
8. If your son likes parks, he will be in heaven in Ischgl (seriously big park including a big airbag to try new jumps) however there is small fun park with some boxes and kickers in Galtür (enough for a 360) and there are some wave runs (several consecutive small hills) which are quite fun too.

I would suggest to ski in galtür for three days (son in ski school) and then go to Ischgl for the other days. To avoid crowds, take the Pardatschgrat 3S or the Fimbabahn and ski away from the Idalp as fast as possible, preferredly to the Swiss side. Food can be quite pricy in Ischgl, but the pizza in the Schwarzwand pizzeria is nice and for 11 euros it was just ok. Although the ski area looks really big and the map can be a bit confusing, the sign system is superb so you always know where you are going. The ski bus back is really crowded so make sure you exit the area via the 1a to Pardatschgratbahn valley station or just ride the pardatschgratbahn down and walk to the ski bus station called "Tunnel Prenner". It happened several times that, if you go down the main valley run and want to get on the bus at the "Silvrettabahn station" the bus just passed because it was already full. And it is true, the valley run from the Paznauner Taja is usually very crowded and there are a some drunk idiots, but if you use one of the other (the most uncrowded is the 7 which goes through a remote side valley and is beautiful) you will not have problems with drunk people, however they can be crowded if you go down at 4pm with all the others and this season in spring, the last middle steep part of the 1a called "Prennerhang" actually became a mogul field with big slush moguls (it was -2 to 0 degrees on the mountains but 15 degrees in the valley (which made the bus ride back feel like a sauna Very Happy ) so watch the conditions and rather decide to take a gondola down as it is usually not very enjoyable (and the gondola is much faster).

If you have any questions, just let me know. I could give you some lodging advice based on your budget and expectations. It is absolutely perfect for a family vacation!
P.S. sorry for bad english, I am from Germany Little Angel
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