ISCHGL CREW-CARD: SKIING WITH FRIENDS

The Ischgl Crew Card has plenty of deals on offer for people working in Ischgl. Such as a weekly ski safari. Trisanna was there, and really did find new friends.

This is Tobi, Tobi Gomez. Tobi is 20 and comes from Baden-Württemberg. Tobi is a waiter, has worked the season for one year, and after what turned out to be a rather short stay in Switzlerand, he’s been in Ischgl since the beginning of this year. He doesn’t really want to think about it much, but it’s pretty likely that he will be back in Ischgl next year. And one reason for that is the Crew Card. “It offers really fantastic benefits,” says Tobi, “and it motivates me to do a few other things outside work.”


The Crew Card is the Tourism Association’s answer to the question of how to persuade people to choose Ischgl in the international competition for good tourism employees. The card, which all employees can get for free from the Tourism Association, firstly offers discounts at participating businesses, from cheaper drinks to food and reduced prices for leisure activities.

And secondly, there are those leisure activities themselves. “We want to offer our tourism employees something. We came to realize that when competing for staff, salary is not really the deciding factor, because it’s very similar everywhere, there are hardly any differences,” says Werner Aloys, leader of the project at the Tourism Association, “But when we give employees the opportunity to be proactive alongside the job, in leisure activities or even further education initiatives, then that makes us attractive.” In terms of the Crew Card, this means yoga sessions, ice hockey parties, cross-country skiing meets. And joint ski trips too, of course.

And this ski tour is exactly what appealed to Tobi.  “It’s great, because it’s really easy to meet other people here who are also working in Ischgl. It’s a very relaxed way to spend your free time.”


“I CHOSE ISCHL AS A PLACE TO WORK BECAUSE I LOVE GOING SKIING. AND THAT’S ALSO WHY I’M MAKING THE MOST OF THIS OFFER”

Tobias Gomez, waiter, from Baden-Württemberg

With the Crew Card, the season ticket is greatly reduced in price (it then costs less than 200 euros – Ed.) You can rent equipment at a big discount from ski hire stores, and for anyone who can’t ski at all, the Ischgl Ski Sport Academy has an amazing offer: there’s a free ski course just for employees.

Tobi doesn’t need that anymore, but he’s a fan of the ski safari which takes place every Wednesday. “It’s super because you get to know the whole area like this. And if there’s someone there who can show you the best pistes, it’s even easier than having to find everything out yourself.” Tobi has arranged his shifts so that he can ski for at least two hours each day. And he’s managed to do that throughout February. “After all, if I’m in Ischgl, I should make the most of all the opportunities here,” he says.

Talking of opportunities: January was the only month he didn’t go skiing. Because that was when he was doing a snowboard course. With the Crew Card.