Skiing in Winter, Hiking in Summer
The inner Samnaun valley consists mainly of steep green slopes but at a first glance it does not look like a skiing area. But as soon as the monstrous double-decker funicular (capacity 180 persons) has brought you to Alp Trida the picture is completely different, showing a nice skiing area which together with the Austrian Ischgl part offers much more skiing opportunites than you could do on a long weekend.
A nice gem for sking alpinists is the 3300m high Muttler (the one with the TV antenna on the top) but it can only be done in spring and needs careful observation of the consistence of the snow cover (sometimes danger of avalanches!)
In summer you find many mostly technically easy hikes.
Five small villages
Picture taken from Samnaun Compatsch in northern direction. In the foreground just in the shade is Samnaun Laret. In the background, Pit Ot (2,758 m) is visible as well as the posts of the cabin lift to Alp Trida Sattel (2,488 m).
I stayed in Samnaun Compatsch, which is almost connected to Samnaun Laret. The picture was taken from the apartment in the direction of Laret.
The most lively of the five villages is definitely Samnaun Dorf. I guess there are about 50 buidlings, all medium size and just consisting of hotel rooms, apartments, restaurants and shops. I didn't get the impression that there were any permanent residents in Samnaun Dorf.
The cabin lift from Samnaun Plan to Alp Trida Sattel (2,488 m) has two floors.
The cabin lift can be accessed by ski only from Samnaun Dorf, Samnaun Ravaisch and Samnaun Plan. If you stay in Samnaun Laret of Samnaun Compatsch, you have to use the ski bus service.