The International Ski Arena Samnaun-Ischgl is one of the biggest skiing areas in the Alps.
Some part of the area is on swiss ground some on austrian. So while skiing you cross the border several times.
Totaly 42 modern lifts (Mostly chairlits with 4, 6 or 8 seats) take you up to the pistes very quick. Up to now the longes time i've ever waited was about 10 minutes, normaly its max 2-3 minutes.
The pistes are prepared very good. Where it is necessary they make their own snow with snow canons (specialy on the austrian side). There are pistes for every skier, from the easy blue ones up to some very spectacular and very steep black runs. There are a few ski-routes too wich are secured against avelanches but are not prepared.
Equipment: Next the obvious skiing gear you need to have your passport or ID with you as you ski in switzerland and austria and cross the border. Normaly there are no controls, but sometimes they do punctual checks.
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.
Silvretta Arena is the biggest ski area in the eastern alps starting from 1700 till 2900 m.
Many chairlifts for 4, 6 and even 8 persons takes you within a short time to the next peak. The area offers slopes for everybody. Every morning the slopes are well groomed and it's a great pleasure to ski the steep slopes.
The picture shows the red, black and off-piste runs from the Palinkopf (2,864 m) to Gampenalp (1,975 m) and Bodenalp (1,848 m). This is in the Austrian part of the Samnaun - Ischgl ski area.