Let's Get The Party Started
Not known to all outside of Europe, but well known within. Depends on what you are after, but this place offers up some glitz and glamour in the town and some terrain up top that is suited to the intermediate.
Let’s start with what happens at base camp. It’s well known for the music/bar/après scene, and if you are looking for a party, you have come to the right place. Not saying that it’s worlds above anywhere else in terms of après, but they know how to get it done.
When talking about the glitz, it depends on where you go. If you are heading to Trofana Alm or Champagnerhütte. There are bottles nailed to the walls with name plaques.
These are bottles of champagne bigger then you will have ever seen, so splashing cash around in these places is done by the big swinging dicks. Make sure to gravitate towards them with the cork pops.
If you are after some more down and dirty après, head to Schatzi or Kuhstall. There are no status symbols in these places. If you want to carry on way into the night, there is Pacha. You do a big night there and you won’t be on the slopes the next morning.
If you do end up doing a mischief on yourself, there is a great wellness centre, where you can sauna it up and get all the toxins out before you ruin yourself all over again.
Ischgl’s famous start- and end-of-season Top of the Mountain concerts attract stars that have so far included Elton John, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, the Beach Boys and Kylie Minogue. So if you are really looking to tear yourself a new one and party. Make sure you get to these events.
Now before you even get to these bars, you have to earn it!!! The mountain is massive and extends into Switzerland to a resort Samnaun. It’s best to get the lift ticket to both as you don’t want to miss out on the terrain over that side.
It’s not for the frothers who want to hit double diamond blacks all day, as this mountain is more catered towards intermediate. There are a lot of beginner slopes as well and a great place if that is where you are coming from and can advance.
There are plenty of good wide intermediate slopes, and hidden off-piste which are not on the maps, so if you are looking for some more difficult terrain, it’s there.
They do have super-fast lifts and plenty of there, so wait times are minimal. Also to note is that they have a long season that goes to May. The terrain park stacks up there, not massive, but it’s there when you want to Find You Limit.
In terms of what you are dealing with. The 238km of pistes are served by 45 lifts extend across the Swiss border to the Engadin resort of Samnaun. The main ways up is by gondolas. A third one, the Pardatschgratbahn gondola, puts the icing on the cake for mountain access.
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