Surselva Ski Region of Switzerland offers skiing at Laax, plus smaller ski resorts – Brigels, Obersaxen, Savognin. Each is worthy of a fun day on the slopes. Obersaxen deserves a few days.

Of the Swiss Alps 160 ski resorts, lesser known resorts offer big mountain skiing, spectacular Alps settings, often at excellent value, less busy with lower lift ticket prices. In central Switzerland, near Oberlap Pass, between Andermatt, Laax, and Arosa Lenzerheide, is the spectacular mountainous region of Surselva – which means “above the forest.”

Obersaxen feels like a locals’ mountain, with good caliber skiers, families, and a pleasant vibe. Its scenically beautifully too as you ski the circuit around the mountains – Piz Sezner at the highest ski point, to Stein, and Mundaun, around and down to Vella, Sasolas, Valata, Untermatt, family-friendly Chummenbühl, and Meierhof where we parked for free, started and ended our ski day – closest to Brigels.

Skiing at Obersaxen is on modern quads and six-passenger chairs to old reliable T-bars. On mountain, there are about 10 chalets and lodges, a panoramic umbrella bar atop Sezner peak, and I counted two dozen churches with countless Alps as we skied each flank and aspect in a day.

Lunch at Berghaus Triel offers a modern lodge atop the Triel lift, with both café self-service food and a relaxed table service on the beautiful sun deck and lovely interior restaurant, we opted for table service as the cafeteria is about the same price – and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of schnitzel, homemade soup and the freshest salad at a mile-high.

Obersaxen Mundaun Ski Stats:
120 km, 17 lifts, 50 pistes
Elevation 2,300 m (7,545’) at Piz Sezner, 8 villages.

A ski trip to the Surselva region should include skiing at nearby Brigels, Laax, and Arosa Lenzerheide, all in close proximity to Zurich airport, 150 kilometers.