ISCHGL’S APRES BOOT BAN
17th November 2016
Last modified on January 27th, 2020
The ski resort is banning people walking in ski boots or carrying skis & snowboards in the town centre after 8PM. People face a fine of €2,000. Why?
The resort has long held the reputation for some of the rowdiest après ski in the Alps.
During the evening it is common to see dozens, if not hundreds, of people wandering round town still in ski gear after long après ski sessions.
Now the resort has decided to try to bring it to an end.
An edict just issued from the Mayor’s office has been handed to us.
“We would like to inform you that from November 20th to May 5th walking in hard-soled footwear (eg ski boots or similar plastic soles) and carrying skis, ski sticks or snowboards will be prohibited on all of the routes and squares in the centre of Ischgl between the evening and night-time hours of 20:00 to 6:00,” said a statement from resort officials.
Those who break the new rule could be fined up to €2,000.
So, why is the resort doing it?
“In the past, passers-by carrying ski equipment during the evening or night-time have presented a danger to themselves or others e.g. by falling or carrying skis on their shoulders. Walking with hard-soled footwear also creates a noise on the tarmac and cobbled street and this can disturb people’s sleep. Exceptions are permitted if a suitable and justifiable reason can be provided and will be assessed on an individual basis by the relevant authorities.”
And it ends:
“We are sure that these measures will enable you to enjoy an even more high quality break. We wish you a care-free and unforgettable time in our holiday Paradise!”
Here at PlanetSKI we will be gauging reaction and updating this article shortly.
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A few years ago St Anton (a rival in the Austrian après ski stakes) tried a similar policy of wanting people to go home and change – see here for our report at the time.
It didn’t work. And they also used policemen to ask people to keep quiet.
Here is the view of one PlanetSKI reader:
“This is hilarious, Ischgl are really going that extra mile to rid themselves of the drunken Après element of the resort. With the Shusshhhh police in St Anton and now this, the Austrians want to kills their Après culture!!!” our reader observed.
And who knows what may be next as Ischgl tries to change its image?
Perhaps scantily clad girls dancing for money.