Our ski expert Nicola has just returned from skiing in Ischgl and has shared some of their favourite aspects with us. She has shared her favourite hotel and restaurant as well as the skiing conditions and atmosphere in Ischgl, read her insider tips here.
I thought the modern, five-star Hotel Elizabeth was amazing. At the foot of the ski slopes, it had an outstanding location so guests can ski-in ski-out. The hotel’s Schatzi Eisbar was a popular après spot for a beer or glass of wine at the end of the day, accompanied either by a DJ or live music with dancers wearing the Tyrolean Dirndl.
As I walked through the hotel, I felt as though I was in a sleek, contemporary art museum. Around 120 pieces by young Austrians and Europeans are placed throughout the hotel. The open log fire in the lounge gave a cosy atmosphere and our tired legs appreciated a soak in the large indoor pool overlooking the mountains.
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The Kitzloch restaurant served a lovely selection of traditional Tirolean fayre. I chose a cheese fondue and shared a bottle of white wine with Nicola (also a ski expert!), which was delicious. The service was friendly, and all the waitresses were dressed in Lederhosen, which added to the charm. The restaurant also turns into an après ski bar later in the afternoon, with skiers enjoying an Austrian beer.
Made up of lots of small family-run hotels and traditional Alpine architecture, I found Ischgl had an exclusive feel. There was excellent access to the slopes, most of the hotels at the bottom of the piste. The après and bars in the evening were lively with lots of German and Eastern Europeans, which probably makes it less suited to families.
The resort has quick escalators that made getting around Ischgl easier as it’s quite hilly. This meant it was easy to access great skiing on the higher pistes, thanks to the world-class lift infrastructure.
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After a great snowfall, the skiing was sensational. It was quite cold, but the fast and heated lifts warmed up our bottoms in between runs. I wouldn’t mind sitting on the lifts for longer! Above all, we found the people welcoming and friendly, the service was good and buying food and drinks on the mountain was reasonable.
For more information about skiing in Ischgl, please speak to Nicky on 0207 471 7700.