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Ischgl 2019/2020

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Sitting on a train heading to client meeting in Bristol and my mind keeps drifting forwards to the weekend when we head out to Ischgl...

Any snowHeads out there to give a local view on conditions in resort?

Thanks Madeye-Smiley
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I suspect it is sunny and hardpacked like the rest of the Austrian resorts with a bit of snow forecast this weekend
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DanishRider wrote:
The song abort Lauda is actually abort mama Lauda Happy Who is the mother of Nikki Lauda - mama Lauda:-)


"Mama Lauda" sounding like "(something) lauter", which means "say it louder". Or something like that.
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Pistes are in great condition given that it hasnt snowed for a while. Nice and grippy in the mornings. Home run a bit scratchy at points at the end of the day. The (few*) moguls rock hard obviously.

I think this is one of the weeks Ischgl a great place to ski v other resorts- when there isn't much fresh snow. Not afraid to use the snow cannons and seem to do a great job of piste preparation.

Haven't been offpiste this week but looks hard and windblown.

*Wish they left more runs unpisted
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Mjit wrote:
DanishRider wrote:
The song abort Lauda is actually abort mama Lauda Happy Who is the mother of Nikki Lauda - mama Lauda:-)


"Mama Lauda" sounding like "(something) lauter", which means "say it louder". Or something like that.

Indeed it do - but it is Mama Lauda:-)
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Mjit wrote:
DanishRider wrote:
The song abort Lauda is actually abort mama Lauda Happy Who is the mother of Nikki Lauda - mama Lauda:-)


"Mama Lauda" sounding like "(something) lauter", which means "say it louder". Or something like that.

Indeed it do - but it is Mama Lauda:-)
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DanishRider wrote:
Kitzloch is 50% danes - Been that way for +20 years


But us Irish have been taking it over for St Patricks Day for the past few years....and we will be again this year!

Arno wouldn't have it any other way.
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Kitzloch it is then!


Bob we didnt go to Kitzloch last year as it is the other end ot our hotel , but we did get to Schatzi bar in Elizabeth hotel .15cm to 20 cm forecast by Morris on saturday . So assuming no delays with flights / transfer we should need our goggles
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dazman wrote:
DanishRider wrote:
Kitzloch is 50% danes - Been that way for +20 years


But us Irish have been taking it over for St Patricks Day for the past few years....and we will be again this year!

Arno wouldn't have it any other way.


Lots of Dublin jerseys etc on view....and guys who do v little skiing in between the drinks but return home with all sorts of tales of black slope dramas and off piste near misses etc........ Very Happy Very Happy

Going to ischgl for first time on 25th.....weather seems to be turning for the better.......!!
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dazman wrote:
DanishRider wrote:
Kitzloch is 50% danes - Been that way for +20 years


But us Irish have been taking it over for St Patricks Day for the past few years....and we will be again this year!

Arno wouldn't have it any other way.

Did St. Paddys once i NYC - would love to do it in Ischgl too!
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Kitzloch it is then!


Bob we didnt go to Kitzloch last year as it is the other end ot our hotel , but we did get to Schatzi bar in Elizabeth hotel .15cm to 20 cm forecast by Morris on saturday . So assuming no delays with flights / transfer we should need our goggles

Kitz is 200 yards from Schatzi Happy just across the little stream:-)
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Maybe they can’t swim?
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Maybe they can’t swim?
Very Happy
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Maybe they can’t swim?
Very Happy
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Captain Primrose wrote:
Maybe they can’t swim?


The piste basher that fell through the bridge at the bottom of the piste couldn't Embarassed
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@Mjit, sounds expensive!
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Just got back from a week of bluebird sky skiing in Ischgl

Pistes holding up really well. All the ski routes are closed and the long red from the top of the E5 cable car shut midweek. We did it on Tuesday and it was fairly horrible and lots of bare rocks 1/2 way down.
We left at 5 am yesterday with 3 inches of snow on the cars and it was snowing heavily , and continued to do so for the next 4 hours until we got well into Germany. Despite the slow start we made it to Calais in 9.5 hours.
They definitely needed a freshen up of snow but have done a great job of keeping what they have.
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More bluebird these last few days. Pistes generally good and there is some soft snow off piste if you know where to look.
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I'm off to ischgl in a few weeks and I wondered if there are any piste-side picnic spots, like say the ones in Val Thorens? Thanks!
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No picnic spots that I can think and I know the area very well.
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No picnic spots that I can think and I know the area very well.
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Thanks @Corky, eating in cable cars it is
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posted this elsewhere but thought useful here too

a report from Ischgl

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/11/coronavirus-update-live-news-uk-health-minister-italy-lockdown-australia-us-china-stock-markets-outbreak-latest-updates?CMP=share_btn_tw&page=with:block-5e6923cd8f087df56e4c6aeb#block-5e6923cd8f087df56e4c6aeb

an individual's experiences are not necessarily reflective of the situation as a whole and the criticism is of the UK response not the authorities in Ischgl
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From the Tiroler Tageszeitung's live blog https://liveblog.tt.com/414/coronavirus

⛔️ Skibetrieb in Ischgl ab Samstag für zwei Wochen gestoppt

Das Land Tirol greift in Sachen Coronavirus zum ersten Mal zu einer drastischen Maßnahme, was den Wintertourismus betrifft: Ab Samstag ist der Skibetrieb im Wintersportort Ischgl für zwei Wochen untersagt, erklärte LH Günther Platter heute Abend bei einer Pressekonferenz in Innsbruck. Es handle sich um eine "einschneidende Maßnahme", so Platter.


Basically the Chief Minister of Land Tirol, Günther Platter has announced that Ischgl will close for two weeks from Saturday.

I would guess it can only be a matter of time before similar measures happen elsewhere, hope not but it looks inevitable.
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@munich_irish, this is turning out to be a nightmare for a lot of people.
The people that tested positive in Ischgl are any of them serious?
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@VolklAttivaS5, No idea beyond what is posted here. A number of staff at one of the apres spots, Kitzloch, have tested positive. The suggestion is that there have been a good number of undetected cases but impossible to really say, in current circumstances there are so many rumours, most of them wrong. I must say I cant see the place reopening this season but who knows, presumably the hope is that self isolating a whole village will mean it is safe to reopen. Also think it is bonkers to keep the other Paznauntal resorts open though the economic pressures to keep them open is very strong, at the end of the day people still need to pay their rent or mortgage and put food on the table!
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@munich_irish, yes I thought straight away that I bet it doesn't reopen.
I wonder what the point is though if Galtuer and Kappl are still open
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The 14 day closure is off, now it is ‘bis auf weiteres’ (for the time being)
Reopening would be virtually impossible anyway. All the staff, mostly foreign, will leave now.
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@Langerzug, the loathsome money grubbing gits that run Ischgl are not offering proper refunds on ski passes only vouchers to be used in the future!
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@Langerzug, the loathsome money grubbing gits that run Ischgl are not offering proper refunds on ski passes only vouchers to be used in the future!
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Lucky Friday 13th? - last day's skiing.
https://www.ischgl.com/news-en
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Definitive closure for this season is announced

@munich_irish, a bit more sympathy please.
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Definitive closure for this season is announced

@munich_irish, a bit more sympathy please.


I agree with @munich_irish. Hotels, airlines and TO's elsewhere are offering refunds. Should be same for lift passes.
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Was supposed to be heading out on the 21st, gutted but at least TO has offered a full refund rather than just saying to check travel insurance.
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@Langerzug, It is now clear that there have been a lot of virus cases in Ischgl. That is no one's fault, it could have been any resort. However I am afraid I have no sympathy for the folks that own Ischgl, they should have offered full refunds on ski passes from the day the closure was announced. There will be a lot of owners of smaller businesses that are going to struggle with all this but not the shareholders in the Ischgl lift company or those that own the big apres spots and flashy hotels. It is going to be particularly bad news for all the seasonal workers who will now lose a lot of income, hopefully they will be covered by the Austrian social system.
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From BBC

"Austria probes ski resort

Ischgl, a ski resort in Austria's Tyrol province, has been linked with hundreds of cases of coronavirus. Now Tyrol's government has asked state prosecutors to investigate whether a business at the resort failed to tell authorities about an infection at the end of February.

Austrian, German and Scandinavian health officials have all traced cases back to the tiny town, but it only shut for business last week"
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Yes, Stanton posted a link a week ago claiming Ischgl was ground zero for Europe's 2020 death plague.

Iceland government also warned on Austria and the Alps several weeks before that.

Some speculation 1 barman may have spread it to 500+ skiers in a crowded, humid club.

Viruses love crowds and humidity.

Perfect storm.
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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/europe/austria-ski-resort-ischgl-coronavirus-intl/index.html
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Was stanton put down crevasse for reporting on this and CV in St Anton??
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Yes, Stanton posted a link a week ago claiming Ischgl was ground zero for Europe's 2020 death plague.


Impressive work for Ischgl to be the European epicentre, with it's first case suggested to be at the end of Feb...a month after the first case in Italy.
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