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Silvretta Smuggler’s Pass

Incorporating some of the best ski resorts in the Paznaun Valley, the Silveretta Smugglers.

Incorporating some of the best ski resorts in the Paznaun Valley, the Silveretta Smugglers pass centres around the lively resort of Ischgl and its satellite resorts through the Valley of See, Kappl and Galtur.

Although the focal point may be Ishgl, the smaller resorts of See, Kappl and Galtur are home to a wide range of quality runs which see far less traffic than Ischgl. More popular with the locals, See and Kappl are closer to the entrance to the valley and provide excellent access to St Anton am Arlberg and Serfaus for those who enjoy a day trip.

The main resort of Ischgl/Samnaun is split by the Austrian - Swiss border. Sharing its slopes with Samnaun the infamous smugglers run once was home to smugglers moving high demand goods such as Coffee, Fur and tobacco across the border evading border guards and patrols. Skiers can relive these times (somewhat) by taking part in Ischgl Smugglers Circuit Challenge.

High above Ischgl is Gautur, this suits the more intermediate skier and connects the valley with other resorts in the Silvretta Mountains such as Schruns and Gaschurn, This makes Gautur an ideal base due to the proximity to Ischgl, the smaller village feel it has and unlimited opportunities for exploration for the adventurous skier.

The Valley is easily accessible from Innsbruck and the Silvretta Ski Pass covers all of the resorts within. Skiing aside, the jagged Silvretta Mountains provide exceptional scenery and small charming towns dotted around allow for a true tyrolean alpine experience, with plenty of activities through the Valley both on and off piste.

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Ischgl / Samnaun

Ischgl is the hive of activity within the Paznaun Valley and this lively alpine town contains many high rated restaurants, exuberant bars and is popular amongst European tourists who enjoy the easy access to the slopes and plenty of non skiing activities.

The resort itself is in the Silvretta ski pass zone and is split in half by the Swiss border linking Ischgl to the swiss resort of Samnaun. The slopes provide guests with the opportunity to ski between two unique areas serviced by over 41 lifts. This larger resort is located high above the valley and contains long wide reds, challenging black runs and plenty of gradients. There are plenty of off piste options and competitive skiers can take part in the timed smugglers circuit challenge.

Located in Ischgl the Skyline Zipline is over a mile long and allows for a non skiing adrenaline thrill

Defining Interesting Features
  • Ishgl / Samnaun Smuggler's Circuit Challenge
Non-Skiiing Activities
  • Skyline zipline
  • Toboggan runs
  • Extensive apre-ski


Only a nine minute drive away from Ischgl, the traditional tyrolean village of Galtur benefits from higher altitudes and has a quieter vibe than Isgl. Enjoy wonderful valley views, good skiing and easy links to other skiing destinations such as Schruns and St Gallenkirch.

Galtur’s resort the ‘Silvapark’ is part of the Silvretta ski pass, the silvapark is accessible via gondola from the Village and also runs down to the valley floor allowing for some ski in/out opportunities. The slopes themselves are suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, however there are plenty of off piste locations and challenging unmarked runs. The resort has ten lifts and there is a variety of mountain huts and chalets providing food and drinks slopeside.

Galtur is well equipped with plenty of non skiing activities, located in the village is an indoor tennis court and an ice rink.

Defining Interesting Features
  • Perfectly groomed slopes
  • Freestyle park
  • Children's area
  • Night skiing
Non-skiing activities
  • High quality mountain restaurants
  • Alpinarium
  • Art gallery


The Sunny resort of Kappl is a 15 minute drive from Ischgl and the second ski resort in the Paznaun Valley. This picturesque village is home to many beautiful baroque style churches and chapels and charming restaurants.

Kappl is high up on the sunny side of the Paznaun, the high elevation of the resort makes it snow sure and this family friendly resort has slopes for all levels of skier. The extensive snowpark and off piste backcountry will keep the confident and adventurous skiers busy. Served by 6 lifts and a mix of chairs and drags, Kappl is a fantastic resort with half a dozen mountain huttes allowing for alpine lunches on the terraces looking across the steep valley.

The proximity to Innsbruck and Ischgl makes Kappl a popular destination for local skiers and those looking for a more quiet family friendly experience.

Defining Interesting Features
  • Mountain adventure park
  • Kids practice area
Non-skiing activities
  • Toboggan runs
  • Snowshoe and hiking


See is the first resort in the Paznaun valley and has quick links to Serfaus, St Anton, and is covered by the Silvretta Ski Pass making it an Ideal base for the travelling skiers. A charming and idyllic Village - See has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy when off the slopes.

The resort is accessible by gondola and is mostly located above the treeline. Although it is more shady than Kappl, the abundance of large interesting reds and challenging black runs give See a surplus of runs for the confident intermediate skier. Served by 7 lifts, See is the smallest resort of the four in the Paznaun Valley, however a brilliant snowpark, moguls and wonderful restaurants by the slopes makes See the perfect start of the Paznaun Valley.

There is night skiing available and a natural toboggan run for some non skiing activity

Defining Interesting Features
  • Entrance to the Paznaun valley
  • Night skiing
Non-skiing activities
  • Region of culinary excellence
  • Spa and water therapy park

South East Sub Cluster Serfaus | Fiss | Ladis

Three historical Resorts within a shared area. An area that Merits great attention for its size, altitudes and facilities.

The ski resort also impresses with its great variety. In addition to extensive facilities for families and children, it also offers some action-packed attractions. Even expert skiers can find challenging slopes, mogul runs and off-piste slopes

Defining Interesting Feature
  • Family friendly Skiing
  • Kinderpark
Non-skiing Activities
  • Skifox
  • Snake gliss and Snowscooter

Northern Sub Cluster. Arlberg. St Anton | St Christoph | lech | Zurs | Warth

Austria’s biggest ski area by far, and in some respects its best.

This winter sports region is considered the cradle of alpine skiing and is the chosen destination for all who are fascinated by the alpine winter. St. Anton, the Après-Ski Mecca, is very popular among party fans, while Lech has a calmer atmosphere. Families will find what they are looking for in Zürs, Warth and Schröcken.

Very Accessible via car or bus from the Serfaus and Montafon Sub Cluster as well as the

Paznaun Valley.

Defining interesting features
  • Austria's biggest ski area
  • Glamorous and glitzy
Non-skiing activities
  • Award winning restaurants
  • Luxury shopping