Next Saturday, Roxette will be marking the start of the winter season in Ischgl with their world-famous catchy tunes such as "The Look", "Sleeping in my car" and "Joyride" at the legendary Top of the Mountain Opening Concert. Admission to the concert is free with a valid ski pass.
"It all begins where it ends" – this famous line from Roxette’s global hit "Joyride" is perfect for the opening of the new winter season in Ischgl on 26 November 2011. After all: the legendary Top of the Mountain Opening Concert in Ischgl picks up where it left off at the start of May: with freshly prepared mountain pistes and global stars on the open-air stage. While ‘The Killers’ rocked the stage to mark the season finale, the Swedish pop band Roxette will be performing catchy hits such as "Listen to your heart", "Sleeping in my car", "Crash, Boom, Bang" and the mega-hit "Joyride" to some 20,000 fans at the start of the new winter season.
Swedish artists Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson founded the pop band Roxette in 1986. Their international breakthrough came in 1989 with the global hit "The Look". This was followed by 70 million record sales worldwide and a large list of hits. Even today, Roxette remains Sweden’s biggest music export after ABBA. In 2006, a greatest hits album was released to mark the band’s 20th anniversary. In the same year, Roxette was awarded a medal of honour by the Swedish royal family for their services to music as one of the most successful pop bands of the 1980s and 90s. Following an exten-sive break from the creative scene, the band made a long-awaited comeback in 2009. In 2011, the single "She’s got nothing on (but the radio)" was released from the album "Charm School", making the top 10 in many charts. The album went straight to number 1 in the German charts. Given their extensive success, it is little wonder that Roxette were asked to perform at the gala evening following the marriage of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling.
Roxette follows the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. 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, Alicia Keys, Gossip and The Killers.
Ischgl (1377m) is a truly Ski Paradise in Tirol (Austria). The 235 kilometres and 506 hectares of slopes are all located on north-facing slopes assuring a reliable snow cover (natural snow conditions are helped by 575 snow-machines with a total max. performance of 1050 l/sec). 31 snow cats groom the Ischgl runs every night offering perfect conditions in the morning. You can count on the best conditions throughout the winter months: Cruise through loose powder, carve down hard-packed slopes and race through corn snow in spring. In Ischgl you can find ultramodern lift and cable-car system (3 cable cars, 2 aerial cableways, 23 chairlifts and 12 draglifts) with a transport capacity of 78,500 persons per hour ensure skiing without queues (€120 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 built for the 2007/08 season. A variety of slopes 38 kilometres of blue/easy runs, 132 kilometres of red/intermediate runs, 45 kilometres of black/difficult runs, and 20 kilometres of ski routes offer a opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometres from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 metres) to Ischgl village (1,400 metres).
From Ischgl you can access to the Silvretta Arena Ski Paradise, thanks to an alliance between two Companies (Silvretta Seilbahn AG and Bergbahnen Sammaun AG) and two ski resorts (Ischgl-Sammaun) from two different countries (Switzerland-Austria).
This winter skiers will be able to enjoy enhanced comfort during the winter season of 2011/12 thanks to the new 6-seater chair lift: the new family chairlift ‘Sonnenbahn B5’ comes with an easy-to-use restraining bar locking system and replaces the Sonnenlift. Hungry skiers will certainly appreciate the new ‘Panorama Salettl Idalp’ bar. And there’s no more getting lost in the Silvretta Arena thanks to the new iSki Ischgl APP for iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The Ischgl App enables skiers to find their way around on a piste map using GPS. The design of the APP has been updated and a new GPS tracking system added which records the entire day’s activities in the ski re-sort.
The Tyrolean skiing area’s motto is: "Relax. If you can …" meaning you can choose between a great number of winter activities apart from the main attractions of skiing, boarding and night life.