Ischgl

 

 

 

Klaushof, Paznaun
Rossbodenweg, Paznaun, Ischgl, Austria.

Latitude: 47.00744
Longitude: 10.28126

 

Aire/Campsite:

This is not an aire, but a field next to a hotel apartment. There are no campsites in the valley and this is the only place that we found that accepted vans. It is normally a paddock in summer but during the winter the farmer allows vans to park here.

There is space for about 8 vans. There are no amenities available, but the farmer will plug you in if you ask him. You need to be fully self sufficient to stay here and if you have solar the site gets a good dose of sunlight throughout the day.

Costs are: €10 per night flat rate; €5 for electricity if you want it.

To find the site, when approaching UP the valley drive past the main part of the village and once you see you are at the end of the built-up area look for the turning to Paznaun. Turn right to Paznaun and cross the bridge. Take the first left onto Rossbodenweg (caution it is quite narrow) and go 50m to the end of the Klaushof apartments. There you will see the site on your left (there may be a rope barrier). It is visible from the main road should you miss the Paznaun turning.

 

Resort:

Ischgl sits in the Silveretta Valley which is chock full of ski resorts. See, Kappl, Ischgl and Galtur are the main ones, with Iscgl by far the biggest.

There are 235 Km of pistes serviced by 40 of the most modern lifts in Europe. From the site it takes 5 mins to walk back to the Dorf. There are 3 lifts direct from the town up onto the ski area so you will rarely have to queue to get up the hill. The area it self is massive and has good altitude starting in Ischgl at 1400m rising to 2865m. Most of the runs are over 2300m, but you can ski right into Ischgl centre. It's one of the best run-outs i've ever done - 11km from the top to bottom!

Geographically, it's just over the mountain range from St Anton and shares the same great meteorological conditions.

Perhaps one of the best reasons to visit apart from the great skiing is that very few brits come here. The vast majority are either Dutch or Russian. Luckily English is widely spoken so language should prove no obstacle.

Generally speaking this is not an expensive resort for us campers; eating out is quite cheap and sundries the same prices as the rest of Austria. Accom. however is not cheap. There are an abundance of 4 and 5 star hotels so you wont find package tourists here. What you will get are plenty of "lifestyle" guests, who luckily seem to prefer the shopping rather than the skiiing.

For those in the market for luxuary goods, you can ski down into Samnuan in Switzerland - which is a tax-free haven. Just remember to carry your passport. For info - there is a fully provisoned Aire in Samnaun costing CHF48 per night.

Ischgl and Samnaun share the same ski area. There are two petrol stations in Ischgl, neither sold LPG, but Diesel was €1.02 per litre (at 25 Feb 2010).

 

Skiing:

 A Silveretta ski pass valid at all resorts in the Valley.

  • Costs: 2 day €86
  • 5 day €200
  • 14 Day €423

This may seem expensive, but this resort has ultra modern equipment and makes most resorts look third rate. If you like Avoriaz, 3 Valleys or St Anton you'll love this place. I can't recommend it enough!

 

Thanks to Austin Hind for the information.