They say that the more beautiful a wild animal, the more dangerous it is liable to be. If one could equate it with a ski resort, that ski resort would be ISCHGL. Cradled in the midst of the Vorarlberg Mountains and shadowed by more well known ski resorts like St Anton, Klosters & Davos, Ischgl is arguably the most Innovative ski resort in Europe, with its Automated walkway to carry skiers to luxury jumbo gondolas to be whisked up to the top station which also acts as a podium in hosting superstars like Elton John, Tina Turner, Diana Ross etc.. It shares with its twinned ski resort, Samnaun, the only Double-Decker Cable Car in the World. It is the most Artistic ski resort in Europe (every season the slopes are adorned with themed ice sculptures. It is the most expensive ski resort in Europe - well, who do you think is footing the bill for all that lot! It is the most livliest ski resort in Europe, yes! Ischgl even supercedes St Anton! Ischgl is a very Germanic ski resort. The resort tends to draw young adults (30ish) that never seem to elevate from an early intermediate standard. Their tendency is not to perform turns but to ski straight down furiously fast for a short way, stop, and repeat the process until they reach the bottom of the slope. Their tendency also is to do that when under the influence of alcohol. Ischgl, on the whole, is a very cold resort. Many of its slopes are north facing, the pistes ice up very quickly. The ice-bars are always crowded with raucous drinkers. Often when I ski down its narrow, winding runs I have to slow to avoid hitting a fallen skier that had collided with another skier, usually both stretched out on their backs singing to the sky something akin to eidelweiss. On one occasion a skier slammed in the back of me. He cartwheeled a little way down the slope and when I went to angrily confront him, his goggles were cracked and there was blood all over his face. "I'm sorry," he wailed. "I couldn't see you!" Is there a dangerous ski resort in North America?
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2/10/02 at 8:12am