Small village of Ischgl began to develop itself as a resort in 1960s. Its popularity is favored by the proximity to Silvretta Arena on the one hand and to Samnaun free trade zone in Switzerland on the other. Ischgl and Samnaun form common ski area at the elevation up to 2872 m.
Ischgl is located at the bottom of the narrow gorge. When here it is difficult to imagine that 500-1000 m higher start slopes with no wood, vast valleys, passes, and a mountain view opens up. Major lift lines go out Idalp station, and many tourists go straight away to Idjoch pass (2760 m), i.e. to Switzerland border. It is also possible to get to Switzerland from Hollenkar via Palinkopf station, but people are attracted by steep slopes to the Fimbatal Valley.
There are not many difficult trails here. Experienced skiers are attracted by Paratschgrad-Nord (1600 m, elevation change 1200 m). The longest trail goes from Palinkopf peak (2864 m) to Ischgl (intermediate, 9000 m, elevation change 1500 m). The trails in this area are usually well-groomed, but those who enjoy extreme conditions will also find slopes to their taste. One of the resort advantages is large number of lifts; when there is no snow already at the bottom, nothing prevents you from going to snow-covered slopes. You may get to the new line of Silvretta-bahn from the center of the village through a tunnel, it is very convenient.
The village of Ischgl has changed over last decades and expanded taking in neighboring Manton (4 km). In the center, where vehicular traffic is prohibited, there is a beautiful church and some ancient houses. The rest is built up with hotels and boardinghouses.
In Silvretta-Center you may rest after skiing and while away the time in bad weather. Foot walks, horse sled rides, and quadracycle tours are also a part of the entertainment program.