Ischgl’s season goes out with a bang

6th May 2008, by Chris Gill

Ischgl’s winter season ended at the weekend -  with blue skies, plenty of snow and a rocking good concert.

For 25,000 skiers and boarders, Sir Elton John’s concert was a great way to party the season out in the superb spring snow. The pop hero himself was flown in to the resort by helicopter. He gave a two hour perfomance on the Top of the Mountain stage, playing his greatest hits from Rocket Man to Crocodile Rock - and earnt himself a healthy £500,000 in the process.

While keen to try wintersports, Sir Elton revealed to the crowd that insurance restrictions meant he was unable to have a go - injury could wreck his career. Still, he sampled the resort’s legendary nightlife before flying home.

Sir Elton John first played Ischgl back in 1995, the days when the resort began looking for a marketing boost that would draw even more visitors to its slopes. The Top of the Mountain concerts have paid off; every year big name pop acts, many from the UK, perform on the Idalp stage - drawing thousands of fans to the slopes and promoting the resort as one of Austria’s most snow-sure and lively destinations.

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