The 34th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Wednesday 13 February 2019 06:38 GMT
Southeast of Zurich and Chur, the Scuol Ski Area has 25 pistes totaling 80km that are served by 8 lifts. While the maximum descent is 1250m, it is much more typical to have descents of 500m. The level of difficulty for snowboarders ranges from 40% intermediate to 45% advanced to 15% expert. Situated between the Engadin Dolomites and the Silvretta peaks, the village of Scuol retains old world charm along with a predominant Romansh speaking population.
Freeriders will enjoy the sidecountry terrain in the Salanvia-Champatsch region of the ski area. The Mot Da Ri lift accesses steep faces and open bowls that are popular with freeriders. And, although less steep, the side-country off the Champatsch t-bars and the Salaniva chairlift are guarenteed to keep you entertained. For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, the main terrain park is located under the Chamanna lift. There are progressive lines of rails, boxes and jumps to session.
If you're looking for some adventure, make sure to explore the Traumpiste ("dream slope") #33 from the Salaniva top station (2710m) all the way down to the village of Sent (1430m). The Traumpiste is an intermediate groomed route that descends 1280m over 12km. Along this remote high alpine route, there are exceptional vistas of the surrounding peaks. There are several nice parallel side-country lines to explore along the Traumpiste — the best sidecountry is along the top half especially the last left side above the popular Sömi Bar, which is a must stop. Definitely stop at Sömi Bar to enjoy the vista on a sunny day, since the Traumpiste is downhill from there. After the hutte, there is a fast narrow descent through the forests on the way to Sent with no off-piste action to speak of. Once on the edge of Sent, the piste ends and it’s a 5-10 minute walk downhill to Sent Plaz where you can catch a free ski bus every half hour back Scuol-Tarasp Stazium (life base area & train station). There aren’t any services at Sent Plaz, so BOYB.
For an authentic lunch on the mountain, make sure to stop by the Restaurant Alpetta. At the end of the day of snowboarding in Scuol, look for apres ski up on the mountain at the Palma bar or the Chammanna Nalums bar, and then follow it with Mar Motta umbrella bar at the Bergbahnen Scuol base. Keep it going buy heading under the train tracks south to the umbrella Viva Apres Ski bar at the Hotel Bellaval.
To reach Scuol by air, fly into Zurich International Airport. Take the train south through downtown Zurich connecting to Landquart. Transfer to the Rhaetian Railway and continue southeast to the eastern terminus at Scuol-Tarasp. The main lift is located next to the train station.
Pro-Tip: If you're spending a week in Scuol, keep in mind that there are direct trains west to Pontresina and northwest to Klosters where you'll find access to both St Moritz and Davos-Klosters, respectively. In addition, there are direct buses heading east to Nauders and Samnaun where there is access to the Nauders ski area and Samnaun-Ischgl ski area, respectively.
Overall, Scuol is the 34th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 80 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.