Samnaun Ski Resort

Head up to Samnaun ski resort in Switzerland
The Smugglers Run heads into Switzerland connecting Samnaun with Ischgl Austria
Modern lifts & cruisy pistes at Samnaun Switzerland
Samnaun Dorf is the modern village centre for all things duty free in the Silvretta Arena
Samnaun ski lifts connect seamlessly into Ischgl
Sunny high alpine off-piste terrain leads to steeper offerings into the valley at Samnaun
Samnaun is intrinsically linked with Ischgl, one of the great Austrian ski party towns
Ischgl provides the best off-piste terrain at Samnaun, but also the crowds
The Saddle restaurant in Samnaun is magnificent
Unsurpassed views from the Saddle panorama restaurant at Samnaun
Children's ski areas are near Samnaun Dorf village & on the mountain at Alp Trida
Samnaun skiing from Alp Trida Sattel
Rolling intermediate terrain descends from Greitspitze at Samnaun

Samnaun Ski Resort

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Interlinked Resort


  • Samnaun-Ischgl Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,371m – 2,872m (1,501m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (45)
    7 Gondolas / cable cars
    25 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to early May
    8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 239km
    Longest run – 11km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 62%
    Beginner - 33%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20

    VIP Ski Pass (with guest card)
    Samnaun/Ischgl only
    Adult - CHF60
    Child - CHF37.50
    Child u/10yr - Free

    Silvretta Pass
    (Valid in Samnaun, Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl & See)
    Adult - CHF64.50
    Child - CHF37.50
    Child u/8yr - Free

Samnaun Ski Resort Switzerland

Samnaun ski resort is a remote Swiss mountain enclave linked to the popular Ischgl in Austria to form the Silvretta Arena. Famous in Switzerland for its long cross-border ‘Smugglers Run’ & duty-free shopping, the skiing at Samnaun is pretty good too! Sunny slopes, easy cruising, adventurous off-piste and a fun town combine to provide a more family friendly ski destination than Ischgl.

Pros and Cons for Samnaun Ski Resort


  • Huge ski area spanning two countries (linked to Ischgl Austria);
  • Consistent and quality snow;
  • Long ski season from November to May;
  • Variety of on & off-piste terrain to suit all abilities & sense of adventure;
  • Modern & efficient lift infrastructure;
  • Several excellent restaurant areas to soak up the sun & views;
  • Good value lift pass;
  • Multiple return valley ski trails & lifts back into the villages.


  • Busy during peak periods;
  • Few challenges on-piste for advanced skiers & riders;
  • Flat sections on the valley runs may be unpleasant for some snowboarders;
  • Accommodation can be expensive.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Samnaun’s terrain is sun-drenched and south-facing, which is great some days, not so on others (luckily Ischgl’s terrain is generally cold north-aspect);
  • You can ride up in the world’s first double decker cable car (if that’s what floats your boat)(there are now a few more in the world now!);
  • The villages have a diverse ‘vibe’ – ranging from tourist tacky to authentic & traditional;
  • A daily influx of skiers from Ischgl via the Smugglers Run will not please some people staying in Samnaun Dorf. Luckily, they are all gone by mid-afternoon!

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

As the Swiss counterpart to Ischgl, skiers & snowboarders at Samnaun have access to a huge amount of lifts & terrain. The 238km of groomed runs, 45 modern lifts & over 1500m of skiable vertical make it a serious proposition for any snow lover. Ooodles of easy access off-piste on powder days add to the attraction as does the prospect of the 11km long longest runs

See the Samnaun ski trail map here.

Samnaun’s link with Ischgl is an absolute boon for the Swiss ski resort. Samnaun ski slopes (with three very notable exceptions (i.e. the Smugglers Run), whilst fun, are generally of a shortish vertical & limited difficulty, but wonderful for beginners & intermediates. Perfect for many, mundane for others! Ischgl ski resort terrain has some big vertical advanced terrain off the Palinkopf & Piz Val Gronda that make it all worthwhile.

The Samnaun off-piste & backcountry has some serious descents to contemplate heading back into the valley, but inbounds is limited to rolling terrain of only moderate difficulty. Head to the Greitspitze for the best of the lift accessed off-piste. Much of the terrain is south-facing so can get sun affected quicker than in neighbouring Ischgl. Powder hounds will appreciate the smaller crowds amongst the off-piste brigade at Samnaun, so fresh tracks are easier to achieve than across the border.

Where is Samnaun, Switzerland?

The Samnaun ski area extends up from the village of the same name in far-eastern Graubünden Switzerland, near the borders of Italy & Austria. Samnaun is off the Inn River, only 117km by road west of Innsbruck & 206km (3hr) south of Munich. Zurich is 270km (3.5hr) to the west.

Despite Samnaun being in Switzerland, the best gateway airports for the resort are Innsbruck (INN) Austria & Munich (MUN) Germany. From the airport, rent a car, get a private transfer or tackle a convoluted, but doable, train & bus journey to get to Samnaun.

Typical for a Swiss village, regardless of its relative remoteness at the end of a valley, bus transport to Samnaun is good via the small village of Martina (located 19km/25min away). 12 services a day (route 921) link the two locations. Three bus services (variations of the route 921) converge on the ‘Martina, cunfin’ bus stop from Austria (Landeck Zams), Italy (Mals/Malles) or Switzerland (Scuol). Coincidentally, train stations at Landeck Zams & Scuol allow access via rail, with trains met by the bus. Bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. Search & book train tickets to Landeck Zams or Scuol here.

Samnaun Accommodation

The village of Samnaun is spread along the valley floor & just like the ski resort above it is in two halves, so is the village below in two parts. At the terminus of the Smugglers Run, the ‘duty free’ village of Samnaun Dorf is a cluster of hotels, bars restaurants & shops. Further down the valley past the main cable car is the more traditional Samnaun Plan village. Plan is located at the end of the other valley runs. Too confuse matters further, above Samnaun Plan is a small group of hotels called Samnaun Laret & in between it all, at the cable car base are numerous chalets called Samnaun Ravaisch. Further down the valley still is Samnaun Compatsch. All are connected by free local buses which take 15min to travel end to end, so it matters little where one stays.

Search & book Samnaun ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available from our partners in both main Samnaun village bases near the ski lifts. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Samnaun here.


The Powderhounds reviewed Samnaun in 2019. Click the 'View all reviews' link at the top of the page to check out our thoughts.

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Tours in or near Samnaun

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

St Anton & Ischgl Austria Ski Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski multiple Austrian ski resorts based in the legendary St Anton & Ischgl. This tour is Austrian Alps skiing at its finest with abundant snowfalls, endless ski terrain for all levels, vibrant villages & après ski that must be experienced to be believed.
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USD 3,695
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