Ischgl, Austria: great partying, great off-piste

Ischgl’s wild après is legendary, but if you can resist the lure of the resort’s party scene and hit the piste with a clear head, there’s pristine powder and untracked terrain to be enjoyed

The last time I went to Ischgl, I went out every night. I had boozy lunches in mountain restaurants, indulged in wild and gloriously unhip Austrian après- ski sessions and at the end of the night often ended up in Pacha nightclub, which was then in the basement of the Hotel Madlein.

It was almost a decade ago but even in my younger days that wasn’t normal practice for me in the mountains. Ischgl was most definitely a party town, the “Ibiza of the Alps”, and the slopes were sunny and mellow, with very little to challenge a powder-loving snowboarder, so I figured I had little to stay sober for.

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