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Silvretta Smuggler's Pass

Austria

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