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three smuggler circuits

cross-border ski safari
through Ischgl-Samnaun

There are three versions of the Smuggler Circuit: gold, silver & bronze. All three ski safaris start in Austria and lead over the border into Switzerland before returning to Austrian soil – where after a long day out in the fresh air you can relax in the spa area of the ****S Hotel Solaria.

Over the course of history the Paznaun region on the border with Switzerland has been an area with much smuggling activity. Some of the most popular smuggled goods in centuries past included butter, cheese and furs, which would be transported from Austria into the neighbouring region of Samnaun in Switzerland. On the way back the smugglers would bring coffee, tobacco, rice, flour and spices. 

Today skiers and snowboarders can follow in the footsteps of those smugglers by taking on one of the threee Smuggler Circuits through the Ischgl-Samnaun ski area.

Explore the winter wonderland of Ischgl-Samnaun on skis!

choose your route

gold, silver or bronze? it's up to you!

Gold Circuit:
Fit skiers looking for a challenge will enjoy both the Gold and Silver Circuits. The Gold Circuit is the longest and most challenging of the Smuggler Circuits – indeed, it is considered one of the toughest ski safaris in the world. The best views can be enjoyed at the Palinkopf, Piz Val Gronda and Muller mountains. Duration: approx. 4 hours.

Silver Circuit:
The Silver Circuit may be a little shorter but it certainly should not be underestimated! It takes in red and black pistes throughout the Silvretta Arena. The best views can be enjoyed at the Palinkopf and Muller mountains. Duration: approx. 3.5 hours.

Bronze Circuit:
Ideal for families, the Bronze Circuit is shorter and less challenging than its bigger brothers. It combines many blue (easy) pistes in the resort. The best views can be enjoyed at Palinkopf, Pardatschgrat and Alp Trida Sattel. Duration: approx. 4 hours.


  • 35.7km pistes
  • 59km lifts & pistes
  • 6,463 vertical metres


  • 24.7 km pistes
  • 41.1km lifts & pistes
  • 4,745 vertical metres


  • 19.8km pistes
  • 40.2km lifts & pistes
  • 3,191 vertical metres
ever been a smuggler?
No? then it's about time!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the Smuggler Circuit or anything else concerning the Ischgl Samnaun ski area and the Hotel Solaria!

The team at the hotel will be happy to create a made-to-measure offer or book online today!

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