How to get there
Samnaun is one of the most easily accessible ski resorts in Europe. It lies in the very heart of the ‘three-nations corner’ made up of Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. The best option for reaching Samnaun is by flying to Zurich International Airport. This airport is well-served by frequent flights departing from airports around the UK and good offers can usually be found towards the tail end of the ski season. The best way of reaching the resort from the airport is by train. The Vereina line, which connects Klosters and Lower Engadin was finished in 1999. Thanks to this relatively new line, the travelling time between Zurich and Samnaun has been shortened by over 2 hours. Overall, it will take you about 3 hours to get between the airport and the ski resort. If you would prefer not to fly to Zurich, you could try Salzburg, which is just 300 kilometres from Samnaun. Milan is also just 270 kilometres away and it will take you about 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach the resort from there.
If you would prefer to travel by train, take the Eurostar to Paris from London and then transfer to an overnight train direct to Chur. This town is just 110 kilometres away from Samnaun and it will take you approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the journey (via regional train).
By car, the ski resort is reached by the Engadiner route once you are inside Switzerland, via the Vereina Tunnel during the winter months or the Fluela Pass in the summer. If you are travelling from Austria, take the Inn Valley road which will take you through Landeck. Exit at Kajetans Bridge and then travel to Samnaun via Spiss.
Who does the resort cater for?
Samnaun is a great place for intermediate skiers. Most of the runs in the resort are red runs, ideal for stretching intermediate skiers to the limits of their capabilities. The wide pistes are also ideally suited to beginners and those learning to ski for the very first time. The ski schools have a great reputation and the resort actually has a reputation for being the birthplace of carving, which is testament to the lovely wide, open slopes on offer. Experts are also well-catered for, with plenty off-piste opportunities. Snowboarders and cross-country skiers also have nothing to complain about, since the diverse pistes prevent boredom of any kind. Snowboarders also have access to one of the largest fun parks in the whole of Europe.
The resort is good for families where not all members of the family enjoy skiing. Samnaun has plenty to keep such individuals entertained during the day, including figure skating, curling, ice hockey, trekking with snowshoes, tobogganing, and hiking. Nightlife in Samnaun is relatively quiet but there are several bars and restaurants that provide entertainment during the freezing cold evenings.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The choice of accommodation in Samnaun is staggering, with a range of hotels, apartments, chalets, and even mobile homes on offer. Wellness Hotel Chasa Montana is a luxurious choice, offering a fitness room, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a steam bath, a whirlpool, and a tepidarium. The centrally located hotel even offers a beauty farm, a hairdresser, and a large storeroom for skis and snowboards. The rooms are lavishly furnished and the restaurant is splendid. Wellnesshotel Silvretta offers wood-panelled rooms located alongside an indoor swimming pool and sauna. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the mountains and serves a magnificent breakfast buffet, as well as lighter options for the health-conscious. Private apartments also prove to be a popular choice with visitors to the resort. Chasa Sulai is a cheap and cheerful option, offering satellite television and features such as a telephone and coffee machine. The rooms are comfortably furnished and the apartments are located in a quiet area of the town.
There are 9 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 48 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 13 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 78,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort also has 260 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow. The season starts in late November and lasts until the beginning of May.
- Downhill Pistes: 200 km
- Cross Country Trails: 12 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 40
- Maximum Vertical: 1500 m
- Highest Lift: 2900 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1840 m
- Lowest Piste: 1400 m