Long Ski weekend in the Alps – Samnaun and Ischgl Mountains

Long Ski weekend in the Alps – Samnaun and Ischgl Mountains

Nestled in the heart of Tirol, Samnaun, Switzerland and its sister mountain Ischgl in Austria, seem to have been carved out for a perfect ski weekend for an intermediate skier or snowboarder. Samnaun and Ischgl have 44 lifts and 238 km of pistes, 65 percent of which are red (intermediate) runs. Friday Evening Arrive with your girlfriend and her sister at your apartment in Samnaun-Ravaisch, located 500 meters from the Gondola (score!). Samnaun looks like it could double as a setting for a snow globe, especially with all the snowflakes swirling about you. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and exhale any stress you have. You forgot beans for the burritos you are going to make tonight, so take a three-minute drive to a “tank-station” (Gas Station). Meet the nicest small business owner in Switzerland. The owner has beans – at home. Think that you also have beans at home, but that doesn’t really help you here. To your amazement, he runs across the street and picks up beans from his house. Eat awesome bean-filled burritos in your apartment. Saturday Day Take your first “Piste” of the year at 9 am. Unfortunately, the weekend is not starting out well. The weather Gods are not fond of you and berate you with a stinging wind. Use the bad weather and poor visibility as an excuse to go slow and practice your technique on the blue run 63 and the red runs 65 and 69, as they seem to be the least mogul-y. Saturday Evening After a full day of Snowboarding, your legs feel like Jell-O. There is only one elixir...