The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 5 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Ischgl and Samnaun

Key facts

Resort1840 m
Slopes1400-2870 m
Lifts45
Pistes163 km
Price index115

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Samnaun

Switzerland

Samnaun centre

The upside

  • Quiet, scenic, duty-free village
  • High slopes with reliable snow
  • Broad area of slopes linked to Ischgl in Austria
  • Superb modern lift system

The downside

  • Not ideal for beginners or timid intermediates, but better than Ischgl
  • Few seriously steep runs
  • Very little wooded terrain

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News – 2017/18

In Ischgl, the quad chairlift to Palinkopf, one of the highest points in the ski area, is being replaced by the resort’s 14th fast 6-seater chair. It will carry 2,700 people an hour and, of course, have all the latest mod cons such as heated seats, covers, automatically locking and opening safety bars. But what will make it really special is that on back of each chair will be a portrait of one of the stars who has performed at one of Ischgl’s legendary Top of the Mountain season opening or closing concerts.

Summary

Samnaun is a charming, relaxed Swiss village sharing a ski area with Ischgl over the border in Austria. The duty-free resort has a quiet position at the head of an isolated valley, and for a party including novices it makes a better base than its neighbour over the hill. Dorf is the main focus of the four small hamlets, with some swanky hotels and shops. A jumbo cable car on the outskirts of town at Ravaisch goes up to the slopes. Two lovely long runs return to the valley at either end. Unless cost is an obstacle or you insist on lots of woodland runs, put Samnaun on your shortlist.

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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 5 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Ischgl and Samnaun

Key facts

Resort1840 m
Slopes1400-2870 m
Lifts45
Pistes163 km
Price index115

Linked resorts