Disentis Ski Resort

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Disentis ski resort, Switzerland
Disentis ski resort, Switzerland
Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort
Disentis skiing
Disentis skiing
Powder at Disentis ski resort
Powder at Disentis ski resort
Freeride terrain Disentis ski resort
Freeride terrain Disentis ski resort
Access to backcountry freeride routes from Disentis ski resort
Access to backcountry freeride routes from Disentis ski resort
Learn-to-ski area Disentis ski resort
Learn-to-ski area Disentis ski resort
Freeride powder skiing at Disentis 3000
Freeride powder skiing at Disentis 3000
Disentis ski resort Switzerland
Disentis ski resort Switzerland
Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort
Piste trail Disentis ski resort
Piste trail Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort panorama
Disentis ski resort panorama
Disentis ski resort cable car at Acletta
Disentis ski resort cable car at Acletta
Disentis ski resort version of a beach lifeguard
Disentis ski resort version of a beach lifeguard
Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort
Acla da Fonauna train station is a short walk from Disentis ski resort
Acla da Fonauna train station is a short walk from Disentis ski resort
Skiing Disentis
Skiing Disentis
Disentis ski resort
Disentis ski resort
Ski Disentis
Ski Disentis

Disentis Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resort

SkiArena Andermatt Sedrun

     Disentis Ski Trail Map
  • Disentis Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,227m – 2,833m (1,606m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (15)
    2 Cable car
    3 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to Early April
    8:15am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 60km
    Longest run – 8+ km
    Advanced - 20%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 30%
    Incl. Andermatt Sedrun – 180km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – approx. CHF18
    Child – approx. CHF15
    Child u/6yr – Free
    3 Day+ incl. Andermatt-Sedrun
    plus Matterhorn-Gotthard train sectors
     Andermatt Sedrun Ski Trail Map
  • Andermatt Sedrun Ski Trail Map

Disentis Ski Resort Switzerland

Perched right near the source of the mighty Rhine River, Disentis 3000 ski resort is a wonderful distraction from the hubbub of larger, better known skiing areas. Disentis takes its strength from being a traditional Swiss ski resort but with expanding lifts & terrain providing quality skiing inbounds & amazing freeride backcountry out-bounds.

Disentis is nearly perfectly connected to the fabulous train from Andermatt & is now lift connected to Sedrun as well..

Pros & Cons for Disentis Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation ski area in a snow-sure region of Switzerland;
  • Recent additions to the lift system, simplified access & interlinking with Sedrun;
  • Very quiet mid-week – no lift lines;
  • Huge skiable vertical on perfect pistes for beginners & intermediates.
  • Access from top lifts to several long off-piste valley descents & exceptional backcountry runs;
  • Good après ski & mountain dining available at Caischavedra (top of cable car);
  • New ski-in accommodation – Catrina Resort Apartments & Hostel;
  • Super access by public transport (train & bus);
  • New base facilities at S.Catrina provide all the requisite services for the ski area.

Cons

  • Limited on-piste trails for advanced riders;
  • Despite over 60km of piste trails, there is not enough on-piste diversity to maintain interest for more than a few days (unless it snows & the off-piste valley descents are available);
  • Small number of mountain huts/restaurants & eating out opportunities in the village.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Resort village/lift base at S.Catrina is separated from the main town of Disentis (a shame in our view!);
  • Upper mountain T-bars may challenge some snowboarders & skiers;
  • Quiet after-hours;
  • Lacks high-end accommodation, shopping & dining - if that matters to you, stay at the Chedi in Andermatt.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Essentially two high alpine valleys, Disentis 3000 is an intermediate piste skiers delight & source of a plethora of backcountry touring routes & freeride terrain. In either alpine bowl, surface tows serve low intermediate & beginner groomers, but more importantly act as the conduit for ski tourers to access the upper ridges, glaciers & valleys beyond – in particular Val Strem which descends into Sedrun plus Vals Gronda, Pintga & Segnas which descend back into Acletta/S.Catrina.

See the Disentis ski trail map here.

It is possible to ski the entire 1,606m vertical on-piste from the top T-bar (2,833m) all the way down to the S.Catrina base (1,227m) – a satisfying journey of over 8km. The descent includes the resort’s only advanced trail which winds down below the tree-line. Similarly, the entire vertical can be done off-piste most simply via the Val Segnas. For many, a guide may be useful to get the most out of the journey.

The ski lifts at Disentis are vastly improved following the opening of the new Cuolm da Vi cable car, which connects the area to Sedrun. The deserted slopes are served by surface tows in the higher alpine terrain, limiting the already small numbers of skiers & snowboarders in that zone! A useful novice learn-to-ski area with several surface tows exists at the S.Catrina base area. The best ‘inbounds off-piste terrain is under & near the Parlets triple chair. 

Where is Disentis Switzerland?

The Disentis ski resort is in Graubünden (Grisons) canton, Switzerland. Whilst the ski resort may be called Disentis, the town of Disentis & its namesake abbey (kloster) are 1.5km away by road. The village area of the ski resort is more often referred to as Acletta &/or S.Catrina.

By road, Disentis is one-hour west of the canton capital of Chur & around 2.5hr from the gateway airport of Zurich (ZRH).

The train is the recommended mode of travel to Disentis & its neighbouring resorts of Sedrun & Andermatt. Two trains are required to get to Disentis from the airport. One direct to Chur, then another from Chur to the station at Disentis/Mustèr. The comfortable journey usually takes less than 4hr.

Disentis/Mustèr station is a linking point between regional trains from Andermatt in the west & Chur in the east. The closest train station to the resort is the tiny Acla da Fontauna between Sedrun & Disentis/Mustèr. The short 5min walk is a nice leg stretcher to the cable car. The lift base at Acletta is connected to Disentis township by the local route 491 bus (or just walk/take a taxi!). From Disentis township, get off at the ‘Bergbahnen’ stop directly adjacent to the cable bar valley station (talstation). From Andermatt, the train goes over Oberalppass to Acla da Fontauna - the last stop before it terminates at Disentis/Mustèr. Train journeys to & from Andermatt are free for lift pass holders & take just over an hour – more than enough time to get a good in the après ski carriage & enjoy a coffee/brioche in the morning & a beer or cocktail in the afternoon.

Search & book train tickets to Disentis here.

For anyone not keen on taking the excellent public trains to Disentis the next best option is a private transfer direct from the airport to your hotel. Search & book all airport transfers Zurich airport (or other location) to Disentis here.

Disentis Accommodation

Immediately in the vicinity of the lifts at Acletta/S.Catrina are the new Catrina Resort Hotel Apartments & Catrina Hostel. Both are part of the same complex, are ski-in & only a few steps from the cable car base. A conveniently situated Coop supermarket makes self-catering in the apartments a breeze, but there is also an on-site bar & restaurant. Several apartments are available for rent a short distance further up the hill in the village proper. Lower down near the novice ski-school zone is the cosy, friendly Catrina Lodge (also ski-in). On the main road is the Hotel Pazzola (ski-in from the valley trail) & toward Disentis township the classic Nangijala Hostel (which isn’t really a hostel at all it just has shared bathrooms!), both within a few hundred metres of the cable car base!

In Disentis township itself, some lovely hotels are centrally located & provide a livelier alternative to being out near the ski lifts. Try the Hotel Alpsu & the good value Hotel La Furca. Both hotels are close to the Disentis/Mustér train station – a major terminus & connector to Chur & Zurich.

Search & book all Disentis ski resort accommodation here.

With a ski resort based on two separate villages & very efficient train transport links, Andermatt Sedrun has a great range of accommodation available. And now more than ever, a true mix of traditional & ultra-modern lodging options define Andermatt.

The authentic Swiss village of Andermatt is compact & wonderful, with a full range of shops & services. Its only downfall may be the lack of midday sunshine as it sits in the shadow of the Gemsstock for much of winter. As such the village can as cold as the coldest ski resorts in Europe. If you like to live in the sun, wait until February at the earliest. Like us, if you don't care about the sun, forget what you just read!

In addition to the many traditional hotels & guesthouses, Andermatt has an numerous new & contemporary hotels & apartments. The Chedi & Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen bring both luxury & real choice to the people plus set a standard for everyone else to aspire. An added bonus is that the Radisson Blu in the sunny part of the valley, only 5 min walk from town & even less to the train station & gondola base.

Search & book Andermatt accommodation here.

The village at Sedrun has a sunnier disposition than Andermatt & now has a direct lift link to Disentis (the new Cuolm Da Vi cable car ) in addition to the train. Its singular downfall is the lack of lift or ski trail connection between the main town centre & the ski lifts at Dieni that link to Andermatt. Accommodations are spread across three areas - Sedrun, Dieni & Rueras in between. All have a train station making access easy. Recent lifts developments at nearby Disentis ski resort have seen ski lift connections put into Sedrun, making it a far more attractive proposition than previously.

Search & book Sedrun accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available with our partners just near the cable car base in Acletta/S.Catrina. See our Disentis Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rentals page to search & book the latest gear.

If contemplating the off-piste freeride valley descents into Vals Strem, Gronda, Pintga & Segnas, the company of a local ski instructor or guide can make all the difference. See our Disentis Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information & booking.

Nearby Ski Resorts

From season 2019/20. Disentis is practically lift interlinked with the exceptional SkiArena Andermatt Sedrun to the west, forming a seriously diverse ski experience. Ask lift office staff about lift passes that include Disentis with Andermatt-Sedrun (small extra fee). To the east is Brigels - one of our favourite family friendly secret stashes. A little further on to the east is the vast intermediate's paradise of Laax-Flims-Falera, with its incredibly modern lift system. Take the local trains & buses to get to these nearby ski resorts.

Reviews 

The Powderhounds reviewed Disentis in 2019 & we enjoyed this surprising ski area. See our review & extra photos via the link on the left column (or top of page if on a mobile).

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Tours in or near Disentis

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Engelberg - Andermatt Freeride Ski Tour
GUIDED SKI TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Explore deep powder turns around Andermatt while skiing vast freeride off-piste terrain. With over 5,000' feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, your groups will have unforgettable days in the Alps. Then ride Engelberg - the freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents & best snow in the Alps.
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AUD 5,355
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Urner Hut Tour - The Skiers Haute Route
CUSTOMISED GUIDED SKI TOUR | PRIVATE GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Urner Hut Tour or otherwise known as “The Skier’s Haute Route” is one of the best ski tours in the Alps. The tour goes from Andermatt to Engelberg and has an emphasis on top-notch descents rather than the long traverses which are common on some other standard Haute Routes through the Alps.
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AUD 4,630
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