Ischgl

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Not to be confused with Bad Ischl.
Ischgl
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Coat of arms of Ischgl
Coat of arms
Ischgl is located in Austria
Ischgl
Ischgl
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°00′47″N 10°17′17″E / 47.01306°N 10.28806°E / 47.01306; 10.28806Coordinates: 47°00′47″N 10°17′17″E / 47.01306°N 10.28806°E / 47.01306; 10.28806
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Landeck
Government
 • Mayor Werner Kurz
Area
 • Total 103.3 km2 (39.9 sq mi)
Elevation 1,377 m (4,518 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 1,562
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6561
Area code 05444
Vehicle registration LA
Website www.ischgl.tirol.gv.at

Ischgl (1377m) is a town in the Paznaun Valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Its ski resort Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun is connected with the ski resort of Samnaun across the border in Switzerland. Together this ski area belongs to the largest skiing resorts in the Alps. Its 238 km of groomed pistes are served by over 45 mechanical lifts including cable cars, gondolas, detachable chair lifts and some T-bars.

Ischgl is well-known (and sometimes criticized) for its lively après-ski parties and roistering nightlife. The resort became famous when it began regularly hosting pop concerts celebrating the end of the annual ski season (Top of the Mountain Concert) at the Idalp (2300m). Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Elton John, Mariah Carey, The Corrs, Pussycat Dolls, Rod Stewart, Jon Bon Jovi, Nena, Sugababes, Enrique Iglesias, Pink, Anastacia, Beyoncé, Melanie C, Rihanna, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys are among the international stars who have performed at these concerts. Paris Hilton and Naomi Campbell also visited the village.

In April 2002 Bill Clinton gave a Message from the Mountains at Ischgl and made this tiny mountain village the location of a world media event.

Ski resort[edit]

Ischgl is located on the Austrian side of one of the world's largest ski areas. The village itself has access to the ski area in the form of three ropeways; the Pardatschgratbahn, the Fimbabahn & the Silvrettabahn. All lifts are centrally located for easy access. Only the Fimbabahn & the Silvrettabahn have middle stations.[2]

Once on the mountain Idalp is the main central point on the mountain where many of the ski lifts converge. The Silvrettabahn and Fimbabahn ropeways both have mountain stations at Idalp[2] where there is also a large restaurant with panorama terrace. From here, all areas of the resort can be reached either by high-speed chairlift or piste.

Idalp however can be extremely busy at three peak times during the day, namely, around 9:30-10:30am, when many skiers and snowboarders arrive on the mountain by cable car from the village, 12:00-1:30pm, when most take a break for lunch and 3:30-4:30pm, when skiers and snowboarders head back to the village via ropeway or piste. The red and black pistes which return to the village can also be treacherous, particularly at the end of the skiing day when literally hundreds crowd the slopes at one time. For less experienced skiers, it is probably a better idea to take one of the ropeways back down to the village.

The area above Idalp offers wide, easy pistes and a snow park for those braver skiers and snowboarders. However, well worth a visit are the other parts of the Ischgl area, where the runs are considerably quieter, over towards Höllboden and Paznauner Thaya. These areas offer many red runs and also some more challenging blacks. In fact, the steepest run in the entire resort is located in the Höllboden bowl, accessed by the ultra-modern "Lange Wand" chair lift (code "C5"). This lift transports skiers and snowboarders to the top of a black run with a gradient of "70%", definitely suited best to the more advanced. On the other hand, Paznauner Thaya offers a wealth of red runs which are manageable for Intermediates.

Over in Switzerland, there are a number of excellent blue and red pistes. The runs here are also considerably quieter than on the Austrian side of the resort making the area particularly suitable for the beginner-intermediate range. More information on this part of the resort can be found by reading up on Samnaun.

The lifts on both sides of the resort, as well as the piste conditions are excellent. Almost all lifts in the resort are High-speed chair or Gondola lifts and the pistes are constantly maintained to ensure the best skiing conditions possible.

Panorama of Ischgl Pardorama

Events[edit]

Top of the Mountain Concert Season-Final
Datum Act
30.04.1995 Elton John
01.05.1996 Tina Turner
01.05.1997 Diana Ross
02.05.1998 Bon Jovi
01.05.1999 Bob Dylan
30.04.2000 Rod Stewart
30.04.2001 Sting
30.04.2002 Enrique Iglesias
03.05.2003 Udo Jürgens
01.05.2004 Peter Gabriel
30.04.2005 Alanis Morissette
30.04.2006 Pink
29.04.2007 Melanie C
03.05.2008 Elton John
02.05.2009 Kylie Minogue
01.05.2010 Alicia Keys
30.04.2011 The Killers
30.04.2012 Mariah Carey
30.04.2013 Deep Purple
03.05.2014 Robbie Williams
02.05.2015 30 Seconds to Mars
Top of the Mountain Concert Easter
Datum Act
04.04.1999 Gianna Nannini
08.04.2001 Nena
07.04.2002 Bro’Sis
06.04.2003 Sugababes
11.04.2004 Söhne Mannheims
28.03.2005 Die Fantastischen Vier
16.04.2006 Wir sind Helden
09.04.2007 Scissor Sisters
23.03.2008 Stereophonics
13.04.2009 Marquess
04.04.2010 Sportfreunde Stiller
24.04.2011 Culcha Candela
08.04.2012 Tim Bendzko
10.04.2012 Aura Dione
01.04.2013 Xavas
20.04.2014 Fettes Brot
05.04.2015 Jan Delay
Top of the Mountain Concert Season-Opening
Datum Act
27.11.1999 Laetitia Casta
30.11.2002 Ronan Keating
29.11.2003 Amici Forever
27.11.2004 The Corrs
26.11.2005 Lionel Richie
02.12.2006 The Pussycat Dolls
01.12.2007 Rihanna
29.11.2008 Jenniffer Kae
29.11.2008 Gabriella Cilmi
29.11.2008 Leona Lewis
28.11.2009 Katy Perry
27.11.2010 Gossip
26.11.2011 Roxette
24.11.2012 Amy Macdonald
28.11.2012 DJ Antoine
29.11.2012 Wingenfelder
01.12.2012 The Scorpions
30.11.2013 Nickelback
29.11.2014 James Blunt

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