Savognin Ski Resort

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Savognin ski resort, Switzerland.
Savognin ski resort, Switzerland.
Savognin town centre.
Savognin town centre.
Savognin
Savognin's 80km of ski trails are best for beginner & intermediate skiers.
Savognin off piste skiing.
Savognin off piste skiing.
Savognin is an authentic Swiss ski resort.
Savognin is an authentic Swiss ski resort.
Savognin ski terrain has over 1500m of vertical & a summit at 2713m.
Savognin ski terrain has over 1500m of vertical & a summit at 2713m.
Savognin ski resort.
Savognin ski resort.
Savognin village.
Savognin village.
Savognin ski resort.
Savognin ski resort.
Savognin ski resort base area.
Savognin ski resort base area.
Ski Savognin.
Ski Savognin.

Savognin Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resort

Bivio
Lenzerheide
St Moritz

    Savognin Ski Trail Map
  • Savognin Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,200m - 2,713m (1,513m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (12)
    2 Gondolas
    1 Chair
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 80km
    Longest run - 11km
    Advanced - 5%
    Intermediate - 43%
    Beginner - 52%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - CHF61
    Child - CHF7 to 34
    Child u/6yr - Free

Savognin Ski Resort Switzerland

Savognin ski resort in the canton Grisons/Graubünden of southeast Switzerland, is an extensive snow destination located between Chur & St Moritz. Savognin is a surprising skiing area, well suited to more adventurous families looking for a low key, affordable & traditional Swiss Alps ski resort tucked away from the mainstream.

Pros & Cons for Savognin Ski Resort

Pros

  • Authentic Swiss Alps town & ski resort.
  • Reliable snowfall & majority of terrain above 1,800m altitude.
  • Long skiable vertical of over 1,500m.
  • Uncrowded lifts & slopes.
  • Quality range & number of on-piste trails for beginner & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.
  • Freeride powder can lay unsullied for days/weeks after a snowfall.
  • Comfortable new lifts serving half the terrain.
  • Great diversity of other snow activities including extensive toboggan trails, ice skating, winter walking & paragliding.

Cons

  • Old surface tows serving half the terrain!
  • Despite its size, relatively limited inbounds advanced/expert terrain.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Public transport access by train & bus is adequate, but perhaps not as good as other parts of Switzerland.
  • Low-key après ski & nightlife.
  • Close to St Moritz & Lenzerheide for a completely contrasting snow experience!

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Statistically Savognin absolutely rocks. A skiable vertical of over 1500m, 80km+ of ski trails & a longest run of over 11km is world class. The predominantly north & easterly aspect terrain is mostly above the treeline & gets the best of the morning sun whilst avoiding the worst of any afternoon warmth. As with many of the 'forgotten' Swiss ski resorts, despite some modern additions, Savognin is mostly let down by some aging lift infrastructure that in parts will test the mettle of the modern skier gone soft on a diet of 8-seater high-speed, bum-warming chairlifts!

See the Savognin ski trail map.

The ‘frontside’ of the resort from the base near town at 1200m altitude up to the summit of Piz Martegnas (2,670m) is beautifully served by two gondolas & a modern chair. Indeed, the 1,470m of skiable vertical is probably enough to satisfy all comers when the snow is fresh & deep. There may be little for advanced riders on the piste, but a broad range of off-piste options including trees can be ridden through the full vertical. The shaded north-aspects off Piz Martegnas can hold untouched powder for weeks.

Heading out to the ‘backside’ and the highest lifted point on 2,713m Piz Cartas is where one notes the way skiing used to be! Tortuous surface tows take one up over 800m vertical - a true test of skier fitness & of snowboarder ability! Once off the lifts, the wide-open, high alpine terrain is divinely cruisy though & as good as anywhere in the Alps.

Where is Savognin Switzerland?

Savognin is in the heart of Graubünden, south west Switzerland 47km (40min) by road south of Chur. The small town of Tiefencastel (& its important train station) is only 9km to the north of Savognin. St Moritz is 37km to the southeast, via Bivio & the 2,284m Julier Pass. The gateway airport to the area is Zurich (ZRH), 169km (2¼hr) by road to the north.

From Zurich airport, trains run regularly direct to the major transport hub of Chur. From Chur station, the route 182 Postbus goes to Savognin in under 1½hr via Lenzerheide & Tiefencastel, before heading to Bivio, & occasionally, all the way to St Moritz. The nearest train station at Tiefencastel (Albula) can be utilised for regional train services from Chur, & then connect with the 182 bus. The entire journey on the train & bus from Chur takes between 1¼ & 2¼hr, so whether it is a better option than just taking the bus depends on connections.

Search & book train tickets to Chur or Tiefencastel.

A car rental or airport transfer provide more time efficient modes of travel to Savognin, but unless you are on a ski safari, when in Switzerland we always say, take the train & bus!

Savognin Accommodation

Several excellent lodging options exist at Savognin close to the ski lifts. Near the base area, the modern Cube Savognin is the best proposition for the combination of facilities, vibe, location & price. The nearby Hotel Bela Riva is a worthy, more traditional alternate.

Higher up the mountain, but in a valley location, Berghuus Radons, a ski-in ski-out guesthouse (much like a quality Italian rifugio), will get the juices flowing for first tracks.

The mountainside hamlet of Tigignas is near the top of the first gondola & has several chalets for winter rental. It is possible to drive there from the main Savognin township.

Search & book here for Savognin ski accommodation.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available in Savognin via our local partners. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Savognin Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

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Activities

Typical for any quality Swiss Alps ski resort, there are way more winter activities to do in Savognin aside from skiing & boarding. For anyone not keen on sliding on snow, there are 65km of prepared winter hiking trails. For the more adventurous, paragliding can be undertaken from the summit of Piz Martegnas all the way back into the edge of town.

For snow-sliding of the non-ski/board variety, there are 19km of sledding/toboggan trails of varying difficulty accessible via the comfort of the gondolas. Tobogganing in Switzerland is a must do activity for any one visiting Switzerland (or Austria) for the first time). There are also two ice skating areas & around 52km of cross-country ski trails.

Review

The Powderhounds did a quick visit to Savognin in 2018 and saw how much potential this under-stated resort has. We desperately need to return for a full review in the coming season. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

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