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Samnaun Resort Reviews

by: anonymous_user - 1st June 2008

  • 5
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  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Great duty free shopping with some quite swanky shops, and some brilliant skiing linked with the Ischgl area - a particularly good long red down to Samnaun from Palinkopf with some spectacular views, although there is a bit of flat at the very end. The Schmuggler Alm in Samnaun Dorf (can also be reached by the Palinkopf run) is a great place for apres ski and food - its always lively and the atmosphere is great. Alp Rausch in Samnaun Compatsch is also atmospheric, and a great place to have a few drinks at the end of the day as its at the end of another great run down from Alp Trida. Whilst the apres ski is lively, its not so crazy as it is in Ischgl, where the drinking starts pretty early in the afternoon. The snow parks in the resort are brilliant - the speed gun at Idalp is great fun. You're unlikely to hear much English during your stay - particularly in Samnaun, which I believe makes the skiing even nicer. Luckily, most shop keepers etc speak pretty good English if your German's a bit basic. As the resort's pretty high, snow reliability isn't as much of an issue as it is in some other European resorts (even when we went mid April there were huge snowfalls), and piste grooming is also pretty good. The only thing I would say is that a lot of the skiing is above the tree line so it can get a bit bleak in bad weather - the skiing on the Ischgl side is lower and has more trees. Another small point is that you won't find any rustic small mountain huts serving grappa/gluhwein, but there are some good large modern mountain huts. Even with these small point, I would say that Samnaun is, all in all, a brilliant resort.

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