Ischgl and Galtur, in the Austrian Tirol are in a mountain range known as The Silvrettas. Quite possibly you are not familiar with this range, but if you are a skier, you would do well to get acquainted, the area has a lot to offer. The ski terrain, which is entirely skiable with one convenient ski pass, consists of the villages of Ischgl, Galtur and the Swiss village of Samnaun on that country's side of the mountain.This pass covers 200kms of skiable terrain, and sixty ski lifts, all high enough (3,000m.) to all but guarantee decent snow conditions. If you are less ambitious or talented, you can opt for a less encompassing pass which covers the individual resorts only. There are several smaller entries in this circus, but for purposes of this story lets stick to the main performers shall we?

This pass covers 200kms of skiable terrain, and sixty ski lifts, all high enough (3,000m.) to all but guarantee decent snow conditions. If you are less ambitious or talented, you can opt for a less encompassing pass which covers the individual resorts only. There are several smaller entries in this circus, but for purposes of this story lets stick to the main performers shall we?

Ischgl is the first of the resorts you see as you come into the Paznaun valley. At   1,400m above sea level, this is the biggest of the resorts in the region with 35 of the total ski lifts under its direct umbrella. The next major player along the valley floor is Galtur. This is the highest village at 1,584m. It has plenty of uphill transportation both along and above the valley, all united on the bigger Silvretta ski pass. And do not forget dear reader, this region allows you skiing forays into Switzerland too. Each village has its own ski school also its own lift system, but each has equal access to the main stream as it were. There is a great "traditional Austria" feeling about the whole valley, and we suggest you give it a look in. Earlier we touched on the relative obscurity of this area with non-European skiers, in our opinion this just makes it more attractive, more authentic. There is decent, but not wild night life, and, while it is not a budget destination, it is reasonable value for money.

Munich, in Germany, and Zurich, in Switzerland are convenient airports. If you can get a flight into Innsbruck you're even closer. The Paznaun valley is reached via Innsbruck if you are coming by car from the Munich area, and Landeck if St. Moritz is one of your ports of call.

 

Ischgl and Galtur, in the Austrian Tirol

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