Ischgl is providing again a brilliant start to the coming winter season: Post-Punk Indie rock band Gossip headed by the 100 kilo leading lady Beth Ditto will provide a high-volume opener to the winter season on 27th November 2010 at the legendary "Top of the Mountain Opening Concert".
Mega concert in the Alps: 20,000 people, an amount of people usually only found in a city stadium, rock every year when Ischgl kicks off the ski season with its legendary event. Fourteen years ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys. Guesting this year in Ischgl is none other than Gossip, who will quite literally get the open-air stage in the middle of the town centre rocking on 27th November 2010 - leading the way is Beth Ditto, the brash 100 kilo front lady of the US band, who Karl Lagerfeld named as a style icon on account of her highly individual, self-assured manner. Musical support for Ditto is provided by band members Nathan Howdeshell (bass/guitar) and Hannah Blilie (drums), who get fans going with hits like ‘Heavy Cross' and ‘Love Long Distance'. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Anyone who wants to be there doesn't have to buy any expensive tickets - entry is free with a valid ski pass. Two winter adventures are on the agenda - on the piste during the day and at the concert in the evening.
The Ischgl-Samnaun skiing area, the Silvretta Arena, is regularly voted one of the top European skiing areas. With the presence of renowned international artists the tirolean resort wants to place themself in the list of essential winter resorts. In Ischgl you can find ultramodern lift and cable-car system (3 cable cars, 2 aerial cableways, 24 chairlifts and 12 draglifts) with a transport capacity of 83,065 persons per hour ensure skiing without queues (€140 million have been invested over the last years). The new lifts managed by the Silvretta Seilbahn AG Company offer a high level of comfort and countless extras, such as heated seats in the Fimbabahn cable car. The 238 kilometres and 506 hectares of slopes are all located on north-facing slopes assuring a reliable snow cover. The ski lifts are set to open on 26 November 2010.
This winter athletes can avail of a downloadable GPS positioning system and can get themselves to the peaks with this world first. Meanwhile "black skiing" gets a whole new meaning in Ischgl this season. The new ‘Lange Wand Bahn', a detachable 6-seater chair lift with a modern Ischgl look - and one-of-a-kind in the world chair in a black design - transports piste fans in just 5.6 minutes up 2850 metres altitude, to the highest elevation in the Silvretta Arena - and this is more comfortable than ever before, since the ‘Lange Wand Bahn' now provides the utmost in comfort with its heated seats. There has also been a lot of investment in Samnaun - the old Muller-Bahn has been replaced by a detachable 6-seater chairlift which has a weather-protection hood. With these lifts Ischgl has more than 41 lift facilities on 238 kilometres of pistes which take you right into the Swiss Samnaun region. Ski fun and snow-assuredness awaits skiers and snow-boarders here at an altitude of between 1377 and 2872 metres, from the end of November until the start of May. The ‘Lange Wand Bahn', as with all the other facilities and Alpine huts in the Silvrettaarena can be located with ease by mobile phone from this winter. ‘iSki Ischgl' is available as an APP for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android GPS positioning and there is a piste plan for the winter season 2010/11 available to download.