What’s the best ski area in the Alps? Ischgl. Of course. We’ve known that for a long time. But yesterday it was confirmed by Snowplaza, the most important ski portal in the German language. And quite right too, we think.

What accolade does a ski area most want to receive? One awarded by skiers and snowboarders themselves, we’re fairly sure. A public vote. A public vote on the most popular ski area. That’s more or less what Ischgl has just won. And not for the first time, we’d like to point out.

Snowplaza, the most important German language ski portal, has been asking its readers for years which ski area they like best. Up for consideration are all the ski areas in Europe, from France to Italy, from Germany and Switzerland to Austria. 31 000 users took part this time in the biggest public vote in Europe – and chose Ischgl. “The Silvretta Arena Ischgl – Samnaun has ranked first in the choice of the best Alpine ski areas since 2015, and this year, it once again maintained its position as the uncontested leading ski area,” says Snowplaza. It continues, “Just two of the many reasons: 90 percent of the ski pistes are at an altitude of more than 2 000 metres – which guarantees excellent conditions right into spring.”

Second place in this public poll was Wildschönau, third was Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Sölden came in sixth place, Gröden in eighth, and the best Swiss ski area, Zermatt, only managed seventeenth.

Ischgl won out in this ranking quite simply because of its fantastic pistes, the wonderful panorama and the high snow certainty. (By the way, here you can see the Snowplaza tester, Max, when he fell over once in Ischgl, just as a sidenote.)