Chilled out small resort with a little bit of everything and a short distance from Ischgl
Some good pockets but limited
Nice wide easy slopes
Wide and easy to learn on
Lift count : 2 x Gondolas 2 x Chairlifts 4 x Drag-lifts
Pass (Low/High Season) : 25.50-28.50 Half-day , 37.00-40.00 Day , 169.00-197.00 6-day , 169.00-197.00 6-day linked area , 571 Season pass
Galtür / Photo: Steve Dowle
If you manage to venture further down the Paznaun Valley past Ischgl you'll arrive at Galtür, the perfect hangover cure for the hectic partying of it's more famous neighbour.
With only 43km of slopes you can easily get the measure of this place within a day, and it's not going to hold the attention for advanced riders much beyond that, however that’s not really the target market. The marketing machine have divided the resort into 6 zones to cover family, adventure, piste etc, however it's really not necessary to think in these terms, suffice to to say there is a little bit of everything.
The terrain is pretty intermediate except from a couple of steep black runs. The runs are all very open, well pisted, and quiet enough to be taken nicely at speed. On the main face there are plenty of small drops and great terrain to explore between the pistes. There are a number of recognised off-piste routes, which are great before they get too tracked out; the Ballunspitze run is super fun on a powder day, but the big draw is the Breitspaitzbahn area. Back in 2016/17 season they replaced the old chair with a nice new gondola which has really opened up a lot more freeriding opportunities.
The resort is a good choice for beginners; the terrain and runs are wide and open with a really consistent gradient, and it never seems to be particularly busy. Mixed abilities will also appreciate that there is just enough to keep everyone happy, and families will find some fun little freestyle features to give the little ones a bit of air time.
It's not the highest resort in the world, and most of the slopes are in the sun all day, so the lower slopes do get pretty slushy and rutted by the end of the day.
If you want to venture further afield, then you can opt for the Silvretta ski pass which then allows you to ride in Ischgl/Samnaun Kappl & See but a weeks pass will cost an extra 100 euros.