Learn to ski in Ischgl
The international ski resort of Ischgl is one of the most popular winter sports destinations in Austria. Located at an altitude of 1,337m in the Tyrolean Paznaun Valley, Ischgl is part of the Silvretta Arena Ischgl - Samnaun ski alliance, which extends into Switzerland and offers a total of 239km of slopes.
Thanks to its high altitude, the Silvretta Arena is one of the most snow sure ski regions within the whole of Austria. The season starts in November and officially ends at the beginning of May with the renowned Top of the Mountain concert.
Within Ischgl, the slopes are spread over three mountains; the Pardatschgrat (2624 m), the Idjoch (2760 m) and the Palinkopf (2864 m). The majority of the slopes lie at altitudes between 2000m - 2872m and three gondolas bring skiers directly from the village to the closest pistes at Pardatschgrat and Idjoch.
Ischgl can be reached in around 1,5hrs from Innsbruck and 3hrs from Münich.
Ski lessons for beginners in Ischgl
Ski schools in Ischgl offer ski lessons from age 3yrs. Group lessons for kids aged 6yrs and above last either 3 or 4hrs, depending on the ski school. Adult ski lessons last for 3hrs. The ski school meeting point for lessons is usually at the Idalp mountain station, which can be reached directly from the village with the Silvretta and Fimba cablecars.
Beginner lessons start with learning the basic skiing techniques of the glide and snowplough. These are taught on the flattest slopes within the resort, usually at the beginners area by the Idalp mountain station. Once the ski beginners feel secure with their first two moves, lessons progress to slopes with a slight incline. Here, the ski schools in Ischgl focus on improving the body position and gradually introducing the snowplough turn.
Beginners with some previous experience are taken for lessons directly to blue slopes. Firstly the basic techniques are refreshed before the parallel skiing technique is introduced. The ski schools in Ischgl recommend the blue run no. 2 for beginners who want to practice their newly-learned techniques after lessons.
For practice after lessons, the ski schools in Ischgl recommend the blue no.22 that heads down towards Ischgl from the Palinkopf at 2864m. The no.22 eventually joins with the no.23 run, making an enjoyably long route that ends down in Höllboden.
Kids’ ski lessons in Ischgl
Children from age 3yrs can learn to ski in Ischgl. The youngest learners - aged 3-5yrs - have 2hrs of lessons daily, children aged 6yrs and above have 3hrs or 4hrs lessons. Beginner lessons meet and take place at the secure children’s area by the Idalpe lift mountain station. With the help of fun mascot figures, the first lessons playfully introduce the young learners to the basic techniques of the glide, snowplough and how to brake.
The Idalpe lift mountain station area also has a separate children’s learning area, where skiers aged from 6yrs learn their first moves.
The ski schools in Ischgl take young skiers with previous experience to slopes that suit their ability, whether blue, red or even black. The ski school instructors help the young skiers perfect their technique and optimise their body position. More advanced skiing styles are firstly introduced when the skier is confident at his or her current level.
The ski schools in Ischgl recommend the extended no.1 red piste from the Idalp as an ideal practice run for intermediate skiers.
Ski lesson prices in Ischgl
The ski schools in Ischgl offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons, plus private off-piste lessons. Lessons for children aged 3-5yrs are available from 37€/2hrs. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include equipment or lunch:
||Kids 6yrs+ ski lessons
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The best ski schools in Ischgl
Skischule Ischgl Schneesport Akademie
Founded in 1930, Skischule Ischgl is one of the oldest ski schools in Austria. The school offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons, plus private off-piste ski adventures in English, German, Danish, Dutch, French and Russian.
At the mountain office on the Idalp, reachable with Silvretta and Fimba cable car.
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Ski hire in Ischgl
For snowsports fans who prefer to rent their equipment, there are 14 ski hire centres within Ischgl, plus a further hire shop at the Idalp Ski Depot. Some ski schools in Ischgl may offer discounts with affiliated hire centres.
Ischgl ski pass
Ski schools in Ischgl recommend the Ski Magic VIP Skipass for beginners. The Magic pass is available from 21.12.2019 - 06.01.2020 and 18.01.2020 - 03.04.2020 and is valid at 45 ski lift facilities in Ischgl & Samnaun. There are price discounts for seniors and children, and kids under 10yrs ski for free when accompanied by a parent.
The Silvretta Skipass is valid for all slopes and 73 ski lift facilities within Ischgl/Samnaun, Galtür, Kappl and See. This pass is ideal for advanced skiers who want to ski further afield. The pass is available in various durations from ¼ day (from 2pm) upwards. There are price reductions for seniors and children and kids under 8yrs ski for free when accompanied by an adult.
The skis schools in Ischgl will be happy to give further advice regarding the two ski passes.
What makes ski lessons in Ischgl special
Ischgl has a packed events calendar, which helps make the resort one of the ultimate winter hotspots. Big name guests are a standard at the Ischgl Ski Opening Mountain Festival, which takes place every year at the end of November.
January sees the annual “Shapes in White” Snow Sculpture Festival. The first “Shapes in White” competition took place almost 3 decades ago. Since then, sculptors from all over the world are invited to come to Ischgl and create beautiful ice sculptures, which, thanks to the constant low temperatures, stay intact until the end of April.
One highlight that should not be missed is the Ischgl ski school show, where the ischgl ski school instructors demonstrate their most impressive freestyle tricks and jumps, accompanied by a laser show and fireworks. The show takes place several times a month in the winter season.