Brigels in the Surselva Ski Region of Switzerland offers skiing in a smaller ski resort town, near Laax, Obersaxen, and Savognin.

Skiers tend to gravitate to the big Swiss ski resorts, Zermatt, Grindelwald, St Moritz, but in the Swiss Alps  there are over 160 ski resorts. Near Oberlap Pass, between Andermatt, Laax, and Arosa Lenzerheide, you’ll find Brigels, Obersaxen and Savognin, in the spectacular mountainous region of Surselva – which means “above the forest.”

Brigels is an ideal smaller ski resort for families, with south facing sunny exposure. Brigels means literally “little town” and it is a tiny Swiss village, with a decent sized ski area accessed from the compact cluster of chalets and hotels and farms in this high alpine valley.

Brigels’ 11 lifts serve 28 pistes – big wide gently pitched trails with boundless free riding (off-piste) between the prepared trails. Brigels’ elevations is 1,102 – 2,418 m (7,933’) so not super high altitude, but a respectable 4,258′ vertical drop and primarily above-tree-line skiing, south facing with the slogan “where the sun likes to shine”. Note: Brigels can be sunbaked in spring. The ski resort connects the slopes on the Pez d’Artgas (2,785 m), between the villages of Brigels, Waltensburg and Andiast. Winter wandering – hiking on snow trails, and sledding are super popular here for the non-skiers that want to enjoy the alpine forest and high plateau sun and snow fun. Brigels has several on mountain chalets with grand sun decks for lunch.

Burleun Brigels was our favorite mountain chalet for their view, sun deck, efficient wait staff and delicious daily lunch menu for under $20 Swiss France with salad and a full entrée of pasta, pizza or plat du jour.

Lodging in Brigels – we stayed at the Hotel Mulin, just steps to a trail that leads to the ski lifts, just past the cows and horse stables. Hotel Mulin has had a lovely renovation, of modern alpine décor, neat guest rooms with duvets, spa showers and a big flat screen tv – mind you, the mountain view from our balcony was more entertaining. Breakfast included is a delightful spread of yogurt, grains, fresh breads and croissant, local meats and cheese plus farm fresh eggs cooked to order. Après ski in the Pipa Lounge and around the bar is convivial, with proprietors Samantha and Marc.

Evenings it’s a short stroll through Brigels’ small village to several restaurants, Alpina Hotel and Vincenz. Note: Brigels is very family-oriented, so perfect for kids with great terrain, ski schools, and all the lodging dining is kid-friendly, so you may not find adults-only dining.

Powder seekers: Do not rule Brigels out on a powder day. There is nothing super steep here but the vast terrain offers hundreds of acres of easy to ski off-piste terrain between ski trails without the hourds of powder hounds found at all the larger resorts!

Brigels Ski Stats:
50 km of skiing, 28 pistes, 11 lifts
Elevation 2,418m, 7,933′, Vertical 4,258’
Near skiing at Laax, Andermatt, and Arosa Lenzerheide
160 km to Zurich