Ischgl will be passing the mike to each other. To kick off the winter season, the alpine lifestyle metropolis is putting on an entire week of festival opening events. Unlimited skiing combined with world-class entertainment, Ischgl once again outdoes itself during this opening week: By day in the Silvretta Arena and from 18:00 at the live concerts with international artists.
During the Festival Opening Week, a total of four concerts featuring international acts will take place. And best of all: Admission is free with a valid ski pass. The legendary Top of the Mountain Opening Concert on 1 December with The Scorpions forms the rocking climax of the Festival Opening Week. When the most successful German rock band ever rings in the winter season with hits such as "Wind of Change", it's almost like it's putting down a marker. With the Festival Opening Week, Ischgl is taking the season kick-off to a whole new level.
Freshly groomed slopes over 238 kilometres at altitudes with guaranteed snow, unlimited, all the way into the Swiss Samnaun are expecting winter sports fans. Add to this new and modernised restaurants right in the middle of the skiing area. In addition to optimal skiing conditions, the largest skiing region in the Eastern Alps has plenty more to offer its guests. With the Festival Opening Week, the event-clock doesn't stop ticking for a whole week.
Top of the Mountain Concert
On 1 December, the Scorpions will transform Ischgl into a veritable "Rock-Zone". There's no doubt they can, because that's the name of one of their recent hits. The Scorpions follows in 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, The Killers,Roxette and Mariah Carey.
This is unlikely to faze the five rockers, however, because with 47 years of band history themselves, the can easily fill any shoes. In the valley, in front of an impressive mountain backdrop, the most successful German rock band of all times will fire the starting pistol for the winter season in Ischgl, while at the same time heading for the home stretch of their unique career. Following this year's world tour, the Top of the Mountain Opening Concert will be one of their last gigs, yet also a premiere because the band has never rocked amid the snow of the Alpine lifestyle metropolis. After 17 studio albums, concerts at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York and the wedding of former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder, their appearance in Ischgl is something special nevertheless. And when their hits such as "The spirit of Rock will never die" or "Wind of Change" are heard as German folksong of the century on 1 December in Ischgl, not only the audience will fall into a euphoric-emotional winter mood, but the Scorpions themselves, too.