Savoigny is a Swiss gem

Savoigny is a Swiss gem

The former mountain village of Graubünden today is primarily a cozy center for winter sports . Extremely wide pistes attract skiers and snowboarders. Savoigne is as logically connected and predictable as a German highway.

A glance at a map of skiing down from two peaks into the village does not indicate what skiers might see on the mountain. What is surprising and touching is the scenery, with cliffs and mountain ranges between the Jullier and Septimer passes, deep gorges and rolling pastures of the vast Sourses valley that extends to Tifenkastel. Savonyin, a village with a medieval bridge and the ruins of three towers, can be reached safely in the harshest winters, the Joulier Pass is open all year round.

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Savonyin – a Swiss gem

Located at an altitude of 1,200 meters, Savoignin is home to only 1,000 inhabitants . The tourist boom of the region came in the 1960s when the first hotels were built and the first cable cars serving the local slopes were put into operation.

There are only 9 elevators for 80 km of slopes. And yet, even on sunny weekends, there are no lines to them. Not because the place is forgotten by skiers. On the contrary, Savonyin is one of the most visited centers by families with children . The large number of sunny days, the southern orientation of the trails, the secluded nature and the wide safe trails are the main arguments to come here with children.

Martenyans Peak.

A gondola and two six-seater couches will take you to Martenyans Peak, 2,670 meters above sea level, from the historic village center. From there, to the lower station and the upper station, leads the red Martenyans ski slope, quite difficult in some sections, but with fabulous views of Arblatch Peak and the sun coming out from behind the ridge.

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Martenyans Peak.

Its continuation is a much more difficult route No. 5, also red, on which the European Cup ski competitions are held. It ends at the bottom station of the cable car and the Tijinhas restaurant, and up to the village, located at 1200 m above sea level, you can take the red one, from which Savoigna is visible as in aerial photographs. This option is about 10 km. The option on the blue descents from the summit to the village is almost 12 km.

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Kartas Peak.

After skirting around the summit of Martens Peak on the blue ski slope, we reach the elevators leading to the nearby, slightly higher Kartas Peak – 2,712 m above sea level . From here, the only black slope and two red slopes descend. The trail, which is marked with number 18, should not be feared even by not very experienced skiers, it is short and not too steep, quickly transitioning into a blue ski trail. The connection between the two peaks is called Traumpiste – a fabulous trail . From it you can see almost all the slopes in this part of the resort, which then crosses Traumpiště and leads to the cozy hideaways in this part of the resort.

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Kartas Peak.

Descending from Kartas Peak on the blue version, partly on a toboggan run, a total of 6 km, is another dozen or so kilometers of fun on sun-drenched trails. Most of them have a southern orientation, and the sun shines here very often thanks to the mild climate of the Saurces Valley with significant southern influences.

You can not worry about the quality of snow, especially in the spring – the center, which is the cradle of artificial snow on the trails, has repeatedly won awards for impeccable preparation.

El Dorado sledding.

Savonyin is a station with a very family-friendly profile. Sledding here is a serious competitor to ski racing and snowboarding. They are almost 25 km in total, and the exit from the upper gondola station is 13 to 15 km, depending on the option chosen. The village itself boasts an exceptional selection of vacation apartments and the Families Welcome seal of approval. The eight playgrounds for children reflect efforts to meet their needs – for example, the center has a “Pinocchio Club” with educational trails for children.

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El Dorado sledding.

It was in Savoigny that the first Cube chain hotel was built . The glass and steel cube is an innovation not only in terms of architecture, but also in terms of functionality. The hotel’s offer is aimed at young, sporty and sociable guests, and its design is designed to integrate visitors as much as possible. The hotel is located near the bottom station of the ski elevator. The nightclub has a climbing wall, PlayStation machines and discos. Lots of après-ski entertainment means that the hotel serves breakfast until 3 p.m.

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