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Savognin

Head of the Surses Valley, pretty Savognin makes a brilliant base for exploring the two local ski areas as well as those further afield in glorious Graubünden.

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At a glance: • Lovely wide pistes • Near Lenzerheide and St Moritz • FIS slalom host

Great for: • Pretty resort • Families • Scenery

Head of the Surses Valley, pretty Savognin makes a brilliant base for exploring the two local ski areas as well as those further afield in glorious Graubünden.

Savognin Resort

Savognin is laid out on both sides of the Julia River in the Surses Valley, with a medieval stone bridge providing access from one side to the other. Peering over the classic chalet buildings, the village can be identified by its three churches, often painted by Giovanni Segantini who lived here in the late 1800’s.

In the summer, mountain bikers and hikers come for the refreshingly traditional village and incredible landscape. In winter, the area buzzes with skiers, snowboarders, XC skiers and winter hikers.

There are two ski areas, the first and biggest is Savognin’s, which has 80km of pistes and nearby there’s Bivio with its 30km of terrain. This is the canton of Graubünden – a land of jagged peaks and rolling hills that’s also home to the iconic Swiss ski resorts of St Moritz, Lenzerheide and Klosters - all within an hour’s drive if you fancy exploring a different ski area one day.

To get here, the nearest airport is Zürich (2h drive) and rail travellers can connect to a bus service at Tiefencastel (10 min drive).

Stats & FAQ

Location: Graubünden, Switzerland

Established:

Open: December - April

Downhill: 80km

View our detailed Savognin snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Savognin snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Zürich Airport (ZRH)170km, 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 32km 40%

  • 38km 47.5%

  • 10km (freeride) 12.5%

Top Altitude:2713m
Bottom Altitude:1200m
Resort Altitude:1200m
Longest run:11km
Slope Orientation:E
Vertical Drop:1513m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 6cm
  • Base
  • 20cm
  • Forecast
  • 70cm

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Downhill Runs:80km
Beginner slopes:40%
Intermediate:47.5%
Advanced slopes:12.5%
Lift Pass Price: CHF 267 (adult 6 day Savognin) CHF 202 (adult 6 day Bivio)
Nearby resorts: Lenzerheide, St Moritz, Davos

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Savognin

The Flurin children’s slope (at the end of the Monas blue from Somtgant) has gentle obstacles and friendly characters for young beginners. Progressing from snowplough to parallel skiing is helped by the roomy nature of the pistes here – some as much as 200m wide.

Blue run skiers can venture as high as Piz Martegnas for a couple of fabulous routes back to the village, featuring smooth ridges, wide fields and rolling hills – take the Traumpiste, Heidipiste, Tigia and Fops route or Traumpiste, Somtgant, Monas and Fops.

Intermediates have red runs from every lift, with favourites including the Piz Cartas’ wide Heidipiste, winding Laretig and the scenic Naladas from Crap Farreras.

For a challenge, try the FIS Fugna piste (served by the Tigignas gondola and host of the men’s slalom). Off piste, the 10km marked freeride area includes the ungroomed Crest’ Ota down into Radons – one of many descents you can access via lifts here. The Snowpark Somtgant serves up obstacles for beginners and more seasoned freestylers.

Over in Bivio, intermediates and up are best served by the Standart and Pustiva reds from the top station and the Valetta black piste halfway down. That’s not to say you can’t find gentler terrain, with a designated slow slope and blues like Tua.

Savognin Apres Ski

Though it’s a small resort, there’s a good selection of places to visit when it strikes après o’Clock. We like James Beach Bar for its deckchairs, mini-beach huts and live music in the evenings while Event bar Quadrin has two floors – one with a bar area and the other a comfy lounge. Look out for DJ sets at weekends and come back in the morning for croissants and coffee. The party tent at Roggi’s is popular, almost as popular as their amazing fondues… Also worth a visit is Jame’s Garage, a quirky watering hole with motor themed props where staff dress as mechanics.

If you prefer après ski spas, the Alvaneu thermal baths are 15km away with indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs.

At dinner time, owner Florian will tell you which wine to pair with your food at Florian's Weinstube, while Allegra serve the best pizzas in town. For generous portions of steak, try Restaurant Bela Riva.

Activity-wise, there’s an ice rink near the CUBE hotel and another in the centre of Bivio. For sledders, the Schlittada run from Somtgant takes you through a tunnel and forest over 7.5km. And if that isn’t long enough, try the Schlittada-Panoramica trail from Somtgant to the village church which totals 10.5km.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Savognin

When is the best time to ski Savognin?

The top lift stations in Savognin reach up to 2713m and 2670m, providing access to some snow sure blue and red runs. Parts of the area are covered with snowmaking to provide a manmade layer of the white stuff when needed.

Peak Dates

Torchlight skiing and parties for children are the makings of a memorable family Christmas in Savognin.

Spend New Year’s in Savognin, feasting on hotel gala dinners and welcoming in January the 1st in the spectacular Surses valley.

Enjoy the faraway feel of life here over Half Term in Savognin, with excellent clubs for children and friendly bars for grownups.

We’ve seen some glorious springtime conditions in recent years, with bright blue skies and snowy mountainside. Devour Swiss chocolates instead of your usual supermarket Easter egg, then ski your socks off to make room for more - you’ll soon want to spend every Easter in Savognin.

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Families in Savognin

Savognin is an official Swiss “Family Destination” for its excellent offerings for children and parents. Little ones can be looked after by professionals at the Pinocchio Club, where they’ll enjoy arts, crafts, games and playtime while you set off to explore the slopes. If your youngsters are ready for lessons, the Swiss Ski School run group and private classes for all ages. Reachable from Somtgant, the new Flurin piste is a brilliant confidence booster, with mini bumps and jumps they’ll want to ski again and again.

The tourist office have a 200-strong board games library where you can hire games to enjoy together. They also hire out child seats, buggies, cots, toys and clothing if you find you’ve left anything behind or want to save luggage on the journey.

GroupsGroup Holidays Savognin

The pistes in Savognin and Bilbio serve groups of mixed abilities well, and there’s always Lenzerheide 20 minutes’ drive away and St Moritz a 45 minutes away if everyone fancies a change of scene. If you’re splitting up to try different terrain, make James Beach Bar or Quadrin your meeting point for drinks and spend sunny afternoons chatting about the thrills and spills of the day. There’s plenty on offer to non-skiers, who can visit the local churches, spend a day over at the Alvaneu thermal baths or take to the scenic hiking trails from Somtgant and Tigignas.

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