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Brigels ski resort Switzerland.
Brigels ski resort Switzerland.
Ski powder at Brigels.
Ski powder at Brigels.
Brigels (Breil) is an authentic Swiss village.
Brigels (Breil) is an authentic Swiss village.
Brigels alpine terrain is wide and perfect on and off the groomed.
Brigels alpine terrain is wide and perfect on and off the groomed.
Waltensburg is the second base area at Brigels ski resort.
Waltensburg is the second base area at Brigels ski resort.
No competition on a powder day at Brigels ski resort.
No competition on a powder day at Brigels ski resort.
The ski resort is easily reached via Tavanasa Breil-Brigels train station.
The ski resort is easily reached via Tavanasa Breil-Brigels train station.
Brigels is super fun for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Brigels is super fun for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Classic Swiss powder skiing amongst Brigels hay barns.
Classic Swiss powder skiing amongst Brigels hay barns.
Alp Dado is Brigels main alpine centre for great food, drink and views.
Alp Dado is Brigels main alpine centre for great food, drink and views.
Home trail down to Brigels village - super fast, super fun.
Home trail down to Brigels village - super fast, super fun.
Brigels ski resort is surrounded by vast backcountry terrain.
Brigels ski resort is surrounded by vast backcountry terrain.
Brigels is great for children and families.
Brigels is great for children and families.
Piste trails at Brigels are not for those that easily feel lonely!
Piste trails at Brigels are not for those that easily feel lonely!
The sun deck at Alp Dado is wonderful.
The sun deck at Alp Dado is wonderful.
Picture perfect piste and powder at Brigels.
Picture perfect piste and powder at Brigels.
The Schneebar is a cosy place for a drink at Brigels.
The Schneebar is a cosy place for a drink at Brigels.
Sledding (Schllittel) on Brigels is exhilarating for young and old.
Sledding (Schllittel) on Brigels is exhilarating for young and old.
Pradas Resort offers some fantastic lodging at Brigels.
Pradas Resort offers some fantastic lodging at Brigels.
Ski Brigels. You will love it.
Ski Brigels. You will love it.

Brigels

Brigels Ski Resort Switzerland

Lovely Brigels is the small ski resort that skis BIG. Located in Grisons (Graubunden) canton near Chur, Brigels (or Breil) delivers a fantastic ski experience on uncrowded sunny slopes in a classic Swiss rural setting.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Brigels Ski Resort

Pros

  • A local family ski resort that skis BIG;
  • Uncrowded;
  • Quality piste trails for all levels;
  • Sensational off piste powder;
  • Value for money;
  • Very good range of non-ski activities;
  • Beautiful local accommodation;
  • Delicious restaurant food & drink on mountain and in town;
  • Easy access by public transport;
  • Exceptionally friendly staff and locals.

Cons

  • Base area is low elevation;
  • Slow lifts;
  • No expert terrain.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Sunny north facing terrain;
  • Quiet après & nightlife;
  • Limited ski in/ ski out accommodation;
  • Alternative to nearby 'mega' resorts (i.e. Laax).

Brigels Skiing & Snowboarding

The great pleasure of skiing or snowboarding Brigels is that it provides uncomplicated terrain and full skiable vertical while utilising only a small number of ski lifts. Not counting the main learn to ski area slightly detached from the main ski hill near the Pradas Resort, the entire mountain is effectively served by three chairlifts. Broad swathes of rolling intermediate piste trails stream down the entire 1300m vertical from the high alpine into lightly wooded hay barn territory down low. The 50km of piste trails ski BIGGER than excepted & will keep one's interested for quite some time.

Brigels chair lifts are on the slower side of the ledger, but there is no rush, so enjoy the ride & scenery. A fourth chair runs only rarely & is locally called the 'romantic' chair due to its lack of pace allowing ample time for relationship forming (or destruction!). The advanced terrain its serves is accessible via other lifts, so whether it runs or not is neither here nor there.

Every inch of Brigels is skiable off piste. Ripping long fast lines in alpine powder then picking one's way through light trees, past hay barns & into the valley is an absolute joy. Competition for fresh tracks is non-existent.

Brigels is generally snowboard friendly, with only one traverse & a couple of T-bars causing any potential issues.

See our Brigels Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Brigels Snow & Weather

The ski resort is in a high snowfall of south east Switzerland, however the Brigels resort base areas are reasonable low elevation and the slopes face the sunny south. 

The southerly aspect can affect snow quality down low, but most terrain is above 1700m where the snow remains old & crisp. Snow making is limited to major top to bottom trails & linking traverses, so Brigels can skied in even the leanest parts of the winter season.

Where is Brigels, Switzerland?

Brigels ski resort is above the town of the same name in the Surselva region of canton Grisons (Graubünden) midway between Andermatt & the capital Chur. Just to confuse things, Brigels is also known as Breil. 

Brigels is only 48km (50min) west of Chur by road. In winter, road closures to the west require the use of trains if coming from the direction of Andermatt.

Brigels is easily accessed on train services operated by the Rhaetian railway which connect to buses at the Tavanasa station. Gateway international airports are Zurich & Milan Malpensa.

See our Travel to Brigels page for more information.

Brigels Accommodation

Brigels ski resort has three villages at its base, the largest of which is Brigels (Breil), the smaller being Waltensburg (Vuorz) & the hamlet of Andiast

In Brigels several great hotels & guesthouses are in town a short walk or ski from the resort base. The closest accommodation is at the Pradas Resort Hotel & Apartments, which is 'ski in' to the learn to ski area but 'walk in' from the main ski area! The excellent Hotel Vincenz is a short skate across the Plaun Rueun to the lift base & 'ski in' from the learn to ski area on the return.

At the Waltensburg lift base, the Hotel Ucliva is the absolute closest lodgings to the ski resort but is in a quiet area. Andiast has options away from the resort.

Alternative locations to stay if one doesn't have their own transport are at hotels near the train stations of Tavanasa, Ilanz and Disentis. Further afield the large city of accommodation at Chur provides oodles of choice.

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Other Activities at Brigels

As with all good Swiss ski resorts, if you are not into hurtling oneself down the hill at a rate of knots on skis, Brigels has alternative forms of activity & entertainment. Two long sledding trails are available to hurtle oneself down the hill with all the family on a sled. Access is via chairlift from either the Brigels or Waltensburg base. Winter walking trails extend for many kilometres between the villages & across the ski resort up to the restaurant at Alp Dado. A small snow tubing area is free of charge at Brigels. An extensive network of beautifully groomed cross country trails.

If all that fails to energise you from a winter slumber, you can have a crack at Eisstockschießen (ice stock sport) on the frozen Brigels Lake. Eisstockschießen is a local sport similar (but different) to curling!

Nearby Ski Resorts

Brigels is close to some of the largest & best known ski resorts in Switzerland including Andermatt Sedrun and Laax. Across the valley from Brigels is the local competition, the larger north facing Obersaxon Mundaun. The soon to be expanded Disentis 3000 ski resort is on the train line to the west.

From Chur, the wonderful ski resorts of Arosa, Lenzerheide, Davos Klosters & St Moritz are all close & will highlight the real strengths & weaknesses of lovely Brigels!

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    Brigels Ski Trail Map
  • Brigels Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1102 – 2416 (1314m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (12)
    4 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Early Dec to early April
    8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 75km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 7%
    Intermediate - 73%
    Beginner - 20%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult - CHF45 - 56
    Child - CHF24 - 30
    Child U/6yr - Free