Get ready for a new sound in Ischgl this winter

The Tirolean ski resort of Ischgl will launch the upcoming winter ski season on 25 November 2021. The winter season kicks off with an open-air concert on 27 November, with Il Volo – internationally operatic acclaimed Italian vocal talents – and Italian singer Alice, two powerful-voiced acts for the legendary “Top of the Mountain Opening Concert”.

With an elegant winter opening, Ischgl sets course for a high-quality skiing experience in one of Europe’s top ski resorts. On 25 November, Ischgl’s Silvretta Ski Arena will open for business with snow sure skiing and boarding on 239 km of cross-border groomed pistes crossing over from Austria into Samnaun in Switzerland, accessed by 45 high-tech skilifts. The day ski pass is also the entrance ticket to the Top of the Mountain Opening Concert, and costs €65 pp on the day of the event. With a valid ski pass for two days or more, admission to the concert is included. All information at

The concert will be in the village arena at dusk on Saturday 27 November – two days after the lifts open for the five-month-long winter season. The live concert, surrounded by an incredible night-time mountain backdrop, begins at 6 pm. Comprehensive protection protocol ensures the greatest possible safety for guests, employees and locals, throughout the season. 2-G (vaccinated or recovered covid status) applies to all concert goers aged 12 and over (children under the age of 12 must present a valid negative Covid test).

Alexander von der Thannen, chairman of the Paznaun – Ischgl Tourist Association, says: “In the coming winter season, we want to continue to do our utmost to play our part as responsible hosts by ensuring comprehensive health and safety standards. The aim is to be one of the safest destinations in the Alpine region for our guests”.

Safety this winter season
The Silvrettaseilbahn AG has spared no effort to ensure a safe 2021/22 winter season and has invested around €700,000 in hygiene measures.

Günther Zangerl and Markus Walser, CEOs of the Silvrettaseilbahn AG, say: “We have installed new “intelligent” camera systems on the three cable cars in Ischgl, which optimise waiting times in the queuing areas by means of density measurements and mobility analysis”.

The shortened waiting times are displayed in real time via an app. All cable car cabins are disinfected using cold fogging equipment to eliminate 99.99 percent of viruses, bacteria and spores in the cable car cabins. The same method is also used in the ski buses every day, as well as in sports shops, ski depots, toilet facilities, lift cabins and the first aid stations. The Paznaun Valley was also one of the first regions to introduce wastewater monitoring, meaning they can identify possible clusters in advance. This comprehensive safety package, as well as strict monitoring and compliance with the legal Austrian framework, is intended to provide guests with a maximum safe and relaxed holiday experience. Currently, Austria is still waiting for the official regulation for the nationwide rules regarding this year’s winter skiing operation. However, it can probably be assumed that a 3-G rule (tested, vaccinated, recovered) will apply in the ski area and that FFP2 masks will be compulsory for cable car rides.

IL VOLO – internationally acclaimed Italian vocal talents
IL VOLO’s music is well received internationally. Their self-titled debut album “IL VOLO” (2010) reached platinum status and entered the US Billboard Top Ten, the first but surely not the last victory on their road of success. This is proven by numerous sold-out world tours, as well as prizes, such as the Golden Creator Award, given by YouTube, or 10-times gold and 12-times platinum for their 13 released albums. Today, 10 years after their debut as a trio, the former talent show participants, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble are internationally celebrated stars with their Operatic Pop. They are the first Italians to sign with a major US label (Geffen) and the only Italians to be invited to perform at “We Are The World For Haiti” alongside 80 great musicians from all over the world. In Ischgl, concertgoers will get a taste of their “10 Years – Live” world tour, which is expected to take place in 2022.

In 1980 ALICE released “Capo Nord”, her debut album as a singer-songwriter, including the single “Il vento caldo dell’estate”. Her international breakthrough came in 1981 when she won the Sanremo Festival with the song “Per Elisa”. This is followed by the releases “Azimut” (1982), “Falsi Allarmi” (1983) and, in Germany, the single “Zu nah am Feuer” (1984), a duet with Stefan Waggershausen. In the same year she sings “I treni di Tozeur” with Franco Battiato. In 1985 ALICE received the Premio Tenco as best interpreter for “Gioielli Rubati”. Further publications followed in 1986 with “Park Hotel” and the following year with the album “Elisir”. In the same year she was awarded the German Critics’ Prize “Golden Europa”. This is followed by an interpretation of Satie, Fauré and Ravel in the album “Mélodie passagère” (1988) and the albums “Il sole nella pioggia” (1989), “Mezzogiorno sulle Alpi” (1992), “Charade” (1995), “Exit “(1998) with the single “Open your eyes”, a duet with Skye von Morcheeba and “God is my DJ” (1999). In 2000 ALICE once again took part at the Sanremo Festival with “Il giorno dell’Indipendenza” from the album “Personal Juke-box”. In 2003 she published “Viaggio in Italia”. In 2009, her first live CD was released with “Lungo la strada”, which was recorded in the Basilica of San Marco in Milan. With “Samsara”, an album with previously unreleased songs is released in 2012, including the single “Nata ieri”, written by Tiziano Ferro for ALICE, as well as a homage to Lucio Dalla with his own version and interpretation of “Il cielo”. In 2014 the album “Weekend” is released. In 2016 ALICE goes on the sold-out tour “Battiato e ALICE + Ensemble Symphony Orchestra”. In 2018 she sings the song “Almeno pensami” by Lucio Dalla at her third performance at the Sanremo Festival in a duet with Ron. In Italy and Germany, ALICE brings the program “Viaggio in Italia” to the stage in 2019 – the songs on the album of the same name have been supplemented with new ones. Her tour “ALICE canta Battiato” with Carlo Guaitoli at the piano, which began in Italy in 2020, continues to be a great success with audiences and critics.

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