The new Gampenbahn cableway, new restaurants, new slopes, new photo points: Ischgl 2018/2019 is a bit different from last season’s Ischgl. We show you everything on the mountain that’s even better than before.
The Silvrettaseilbahn AG cable railway company invested 25 million euros in the ski area in summer 2018. That’s a huge amount of money, but visitors up on Idalp will notice every single cent which has been spent on the infrastructure.
The most important, expensive and, above all, most noticeable renovation in the ski area is the new Gampenbahn cableway. In just five months, the chair lift leading up from Fimba to Palinkopf was completely renovated. Instead of a four-person chair lift, the new cableway has six seats per unit. The cableway rises over 924 metres, the greatest altitude difference of any six-man chairlift anywhere in the world.
The cableway doesn’t miss a trick: comfortable seats, heated seating and an enhanced safety bar are every bit as standard as the specially low-vibration operation. Three less supports have been used than with the old cableway, transportation capacity has been greatly increased with 122 seats – and at 16.5 million euros, the Gampenbahn cableway is the Silvrettaseilbahn AG’s biggest investment of the summer.
There is a new self-service restaurant in the Gampenbahn valley station. “Ischgl Slope Food” brings the ski region into the restaurant – which means that the food comes out of a gondola and the plates are placed on snow guns. So even at lunchtime you feel like you’re right in the middle of things, and not just looking on.
New for this year, too, and just 400 metres away, right on Piste No. 40, is the Gampenalpe mountain restaurant. The traditional ski hut seats 100 and looks very much as if it’ll be a new gastronomic hot spot in the ski region.
There are additionally two new photo points, one by the Pardorama mountain restaurant and the second next to the Flimjochbahn mountain station.
In Samnaun, a new piste was also created over the summer. The 68B goes from the Mullerbahn mountain station to Alp Trida. The red piste is one kilometre long, with a difference in altitude of 250 metres, and can be covered with snow artificially.