Annual ski trip to Ischgl
Always happy when we reach this time of the year: winter season! Traditionally we visit Ischgl somewhere in December because we know out of experience there will be snow, not a lot of people, but still enough to have a nice après ski atmosphere with a great party.
In the Ischgl snowpark we had seen the air pillow plenty of times and also in other ski resorts, but this year we wanted to finally take the time to give it a try. Tom started with a first jump, and as it was all new and nobody was present in front of us, Tom lowered his speed a bit, and only made a small jump. The others learned from that and went faster with a better jump. For a second jump also Tom had enough speed to end in the middle of the pillow 🙂
It’s not very difficult to make a simple jump with landing. Just go with the flow. A friend of us tried to break his fall and not land on the skis, but that was a bad idea. So we advise you to just try to land on the skis. You’ll easily click out of them. After 2 times most of the fun was out of it. Maybe we’ll give it another try next year 🙂
We normally go up with the first cable car and try to grab the last one to the highest point to come back to the village by skiing. This year this led to following impressive (according to us) statistics:
- Day 1: 53.5 km, 27 lifts, 10.771 altitude meters
- Day 2: 67.2 km, 37 lifts, 13.923 altitude meters
- Day 3: 63.8 km, 35 lifts, 13.354 altitude meters
- Day 4: 40.2 km, 25 lifts, 8.235 altitude meters
In total that makes 225 km for Tom and 246 km for Marie-Claire. Difference is that MC always skis down to the valley, but Tom sometimes takes the elevator; The last day, with bad weather conditions, Tom stayed after the late lunch in the Pardorama and went down by the cable car. Such a day is known as a “Big John” day. Insiders know what I mean 🙂
The first day we could have scored some more kilometers, but there we still had to rent a locker, fetch our skis after being waxed and there was an issue with the cable car to get up. So we only left with the Pardatschgratbahn around 09:00 instead of 08:30 😉
Try some new lifts
This year we were eager to try out 2 new lifts. The first was the new E4 Gampenbahn which replaced the older one. This elevator has a world record as it covers the most altitude meters in the world for a 6 persons elevator. The Gampenbahn is semi automated, has racing seats which are heated and bring you 924 meter higher in approximately 7.87 minutes.
The other elevator is E5 Piz Val Gronda which was already build in 2013 but it was often closed when we were around. At as the slopes are not prepared, it also held us a little back. However, this year we wanted to try it out. The slope was in good condition and you should not be afraid to take this slope. It’s not extremely steep, so every moderate skier should be able to come down safely. It has 2 cable cars which can host each 150 persons and it has 34 heated seats.
Some fancy hotels
In Ischgl you have plenty of fancy (and expensive) hotels available. You find multiple 4 (superior) and 5 star hotels which look really incredible. This visit I took some pictures to set as ambition to stay in one of those, one day 🙂
Trying some new restaurants
In the evening, after having an après ski party, we often selected the easy choice for dinner. Think mainly about Kuhstall, Salt & Pepper, Guxa, Testarosa (now Stiar), Nevada. … This year we tried to go for a few new restaurants and that was a good decision. We found and tried 4 new
Located near Pardatschgratbahn across the river. Currently on 4th place on TripAdvisor. It is more expensive than average, but the quality and service were very good. They have an extremely extensive wine card, but most of the wines are not affordable for regular people. They have bottles easily over 1000 euro. Luckily they also had some bottles of just above 30 euro. The desserts were very tasteful as well. I can recommend the Limoncelo sorbet.
Located near the church, so in the upper part of the village. A family run hotel and restaurant where we managed to acquire a spot without reservation. However, I think it’s better to reserve upfront. Their 8th place on TripAdvisor seems correct to us. Friendly staff and not too expensive. We had wine, main dish and a dessert for around 34 euro per person.
Currently on 1st place on TripAdvisor and worth that place. The service is good and friendly. We were 6 people and a little more space around the table would have been welcome, but we managed fine. They have affordable priced dishes, but you can go crazy and eat a piece of meat of + 100 euro. The desserts were priced over average, but they were very nice decorated and delicious. You certainly have to reserve if you want a spot here. They work in 2 shifts. 18:30 and 20:40.
Located just outside the city center. Follow the road from Silvretta towards Trofana and a little alter at the left side you will find this pizzeria. A normal restaurant with standard card and prices. Nevertheless we had a good experience here. Currently on 18th place.