Savognin Ski Resort

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Savognin ski resort Switzerland, has a highest lifted point of 2,713m on Piz Cartas
Savognin ski resort Switzerland, has a highest lifted point of 2,713m on Piz Cartas
It is easy to find a fresh off-piste line at Savognin ski resort
It is easy to find a fresh off-piste line at Savognin ski resort
Savognin ski resort in full winter conditions provides a wonderful Swiss Alps snow experience
Savognin ski resort in full winter conditions provides a wonderful Swiss Alps snow experience
Savognin ski resort has over 80km of immaculate on piste trails
Savognin ski resort has over 80km of immaculate on piste trails
Even on a busy day, Savognin ski resort is relaxed & uncrowded
Even on a busy day, Savognin ski resort is relaxed & uncrowded
Tiefencastel is an important public transport hub to get to Savognin ski resort
Tiefencastel is an important public transport hub to get to Savognin ski resort
Beyond the ski area, Savognin has easy to get to backcountry peaks including Sur Carungas (2,829m)
Beyond the ski area, Savognin has easy to get to backcountry peaks including Sur Carungas (2,829m)
Sledding trails at Savognin end at the pretty lower village after descending up to 1,000m of vertical
Sledding trails at Savognin end at the pretty lower village after descending up to 1,000m of vertical
Savognin ski resort has mix of modern gondolas & a chairlift, plus several T-bars
Savognin ski resort has mix of modern gondolas & a chairlift, plus several T-bars
Tigignas (1,600m) at Savognin ski resort is where to real terrain begins
Tigignas (1,600m) at Savognin ski resort is where to real terrain begins
Super-long, deserted piste trails are a feature of Savognin ski resort, descending up to 1,500m vertical
Super-long, deserted piste trails are a feature of Savognin ski resort, descending up to 1,500m vertical
Piz Cartas (2,713m) at Savognin ski resort
Piz Cartas (2,713m) at Savognin ski resort
Piz Martegnas (2,670m) is the second highest major peak at Savognin ski resort
Piz Martegnas (2,670m) is the second highest major peak at Savognin ski resort
Savognin ski resort sidecountry terrain accessed from the lifts on Piz Cartas
Savognin ski resort sidecountry terrain accessed from the lifts on Piz Cartas
The lower elevation terrain at Savognin provides beautiful rural off-piste skiing back to the base
The lower elevation terrain at Savognin provides beautiful rural off-piste skiing back to the base
Perfect powder skiing is possible on Piz Mez (2,718m), another of Savognin ski resort
Perfect powder skiing is possible on Piz Mez (2,718m), another of Savognin ski resort's nearby backcountry peaks
Ski trail #13 at Savognin is a fabulous meandering multi-use piste where skiers mix with walkers, dogs & sledders
Ski trail #13 at Savognin is a fabulous meandering multi-use piste where skiers mix with walkers, dogs & sledders
Après ski at the popular Roggi
Après ski at the popular Roggi's Baizli at Savognin, & then stop at James Beach Bar on the way back to the village!
Top of the first gondola is at Tigignas (1,600m), about 430m vertical above the lower Savognin village
Top of the first gondola is at Tigignas (1,600m), about 430m vertical above the lower Savognin village
For an authentic Swiss Alps ski experience, visit Savognin in Graubünden
For an authentic Swiss Alps ski experience, visit Savognin in Graubünden

Savognin Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resort

Bivio
Lenzerheide
St Moritz

Savognin Maps & Stats

    Savognin Ski Trail Map
  • Savognin Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,168m - 2,713m (1,545m)
  • 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 23/24
    Adult (20yr+): 52 - 73CHF
    Youth (16 to <20yr): 47 - 65.50CHF
    Child (10 to <16yr): 28.50 - 40CHF
    Flurin Child (with Adult) (6 to <10yr): 8 - 11CHF
    Young Child (<6yr): Free
    Note: If a ‘Flurin Child’ is not with an adult, the ‘Child’ rate applies
    Dynamically priced ticket system

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 village & 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 particularly for intermediate skiers.
  • Freeride powder can lay unsullied for days/weeks after a snowfall during 'off-peak' periods.
  • Comfortable new lifts serving half the terrain.
  • Great diversity of alternative snow activities including extensive toboggan trails, ice skating, winter walking & paragliding.
  • Numerous good to excellent on-mountain restaurants and bars.

Cons

  • Old surface tows serving half the terrain!
  • Despite its size, relatively limited inbounds advanced/expert terrain both on & off-piste.
  • The bottom 430m vertical can suffer from a lack of natural snow for much of winter these days.
  • Novice/learn-to-ski area disjointed from main ski resort (but connected by a small passenger 'train').

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Public transport access by train & bus is good, but perhaps not as good as other parts of Switzerland (a quibble).
  • Low-key nightlife.
  • Due to its altitude <1,200m) and aspect, the village may, or may not, have natural snow in it.
  • Close to St Moritz & Lenzerheide for a completely contrasting snow experience!

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Statistically Savognin absolutely rocks. A skiable vertical of over 1,500m, 80km+ of ski trails & a longest run of over 11km are world class statistics. 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's weak point is 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!

Check out the ski trail map for Savognin below.

Savognin Ski Trail Map
Savognin Ski Trail Map

The ‘frontside’ of the resort, from the base just below the 1,200m altitude village 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 days.

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! A 3km long set of two double T-bars 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.

The backcountry ski touring terrain on nearby Piz Mez & Sur Carangas (to name a couple) is fantastic and provides the sort of high alpine solitude & powder turns we adore.

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 or 577 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. We have taken the combination of trains & buses to Savognin from Davos & Scuol and found it to be seamless transition all the way. To top it off the modern Rhaetian Railway (Rhätische Bahn) trains have free Wi-Fi to go with the comfortable carriages & remarkable views.

Search & book train & bus 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

Savognin is a quiet village that provides everything one could require during a ski holiday. A small number of hotels, plus chalet & apartment rentals provide comfortable accommodation. A full range of shops & services are in the town, including a substantial hospital. The town is split into two sectors. The upper town along the main road, and below, across the river, a lower village near the ski resort base. The lower village includes a small, but pretty, historic precinct and a 'fairytale' stone bridge, and is the place to stay when here for skiing.

Several superb lodging options exist in the lower village, close to the gondola base and valley ski trail. The modern JUFA Hotel Savognin provides a comfortable stay, and the nearby Hotel Tgesa Romana is a worthy, more traditional alternate with the best restaurant in town.

In the upper part of the village, the best lodging option is the historic Hotel Piz Mitgel. B&B La Tgamona makes for reasonable last-minute accommodation if chasing a powder day.

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/snowboard variety, there are 19km of sledding/toboggan trails of varying difficulty accessible via the comfort of the gondolas. Descents of up to 1,000m vertical are possible. 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 first did a quick visit to Savognin back in 2018 and saw how much potential this understated resort had. We returned to check it out properly in February 2024 and had a fabulous time. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Savognin compares to the rest of the Swiss ski resorts on the Switzerland ski resort ratings page, or compare to the rest of Europe on the European ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Savognin

Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Ride & Learn in the Alps
GUIDED OFF-PISTE SKIING & LEARNING
4 Days | 4 Nights | 4 Days Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
The Ride & Learn tour is an 'active learning' powder-chaser trip where the location in the Alps is dictated by the best powder conditions at the time. Options include Livigno, Santa Caterina Italy, Graubuenden Switzerland or Montafon Austria. Ride amazing off-piste snow & do it safely over a long weekend ...
Price p/p Base/invoice currency is EUR, per person on a 4 day tour (2024 rates), minimum 5 guests on tour
Price includes all taxes
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USD 562
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