Savognin

Surselva Ski Region of Switzerland offers skiing at Laax, plus smaller ski resorts – Brigels, Obersaxen and Savognin. Each is worthy of a a really fun day on the slopes in the eastern Swiss Alps.

Savognin is moderate size for a a ski resort in the Surselva region of the Swiss Alps, between Arosa Lenzerheide, Davos and St Moritz. This fun mountain is definitely worth a day or two visit.

Skiing Savognin Bergbahnen just above the charming village of Savognin, you have 80 kilometers of groomed pistes – much above tree line. With 25 runs there’s a variety of terrain from intermediate – red to black – more difficult.

A total of 12 lifts include Savognin’s modern base and mid mountain gondolas, and an upper mountain 6 pack chair, plus 4 high alpine T-Bars. You will find nice wide groomed slopes, the opportunity to go off piste between trails. For non-skiers, there’s a fun sledding run from mid-mountain to the base plus a network of groomed winter wandering trails, and non-skiers can ride the gondola up for an on mountain lunch. The views of the Swiss Alps are splendid as you take in all this alpine adventure.

On mountain chalet restaurants – Rösti, Tigignas and Jimmy Beach Bar mid way down the mountain are perfect for lunch, a snack or après ski. Jimmy Beach Bar is nice for Swiss apres ski as it is just 20 or so turns back to the base.

Savognin has a dedicated kids learn to ski school program at lower elevation near the base, plus seasonal race and freeski camps for local kids. This is truly a family resort, and popular with Swiss families as its more affordable and closer to Zurich than St Moritz

The authentic alpine town of Savognin has the beautiful Julia River passing under ancient stone bridges, three beautiful churches, a museum and a few shops and hotels. Everything is convenient, in walking distance,  there’s a Spar grocery store and ski shops for your holiday necessities.

Savognin Ski Stats:
80 km of groomed piste, 25 runs, 12 lifts
Elevation 2,715 meters, 8910’, base is 3937’, 5,000’ vertical

Lodging at Savognin – we stayed at the cozy Hotel Romana, a chalet style lodge with balconies overlooking the tiny village, the church steeples and the surrounding mountains. Romana is just a short stroll to the lifts, and the store, with a cozy lounge and wood fired pizza restaurant downstairs, plus an outdoor terrace for aprés ski drinks. For guests of the handful of rooms, a wonderful breakfast spread is served in the elegant upstairs dining room, and you are a few steps to the lift ticket window, lower mountain lift and kids learning center in the opposite direction.

A ski trip to the Surselva ski region should include skiing at nearby Laax, and Arosa Lenzerheide, Brigels, and Obersaxen all in close proximity to Zurich airport, 150 kilometers. See this guide to Skiing the Alps!