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Splügen, CH?

post #1 of 13
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Has anyone been to Splügen? It looks tiny but intersting. We'll be spending two weeks in Ilanz, and it's not too far. The cross country skiing looks particularly good. It also looks like it may have more potential for touring, which I will not be doing. Is it worth a day for lift served? I love finding small, hidden gem resorts, and I'm wondering if this fits the bill.

Thanks

post #2 of 13
Well, I haven't but I've been told good things about it from ppl. Cosy, not too crowded. The lower part of the "resort", a chairlift, can be seen from the motorway to the St. Bernardino pass (in fact Splugen is very near to it).
Easy to access from Italy too, just cross the border in Chiasso/Brogeda, then continue onto the motorway (it's a toll one, as all Swiss motorways one need the yearly "vignette") to Bellinzona, take the motorway to the St. Bernardino pass and you're there.
As said in other discussions, it's very near to Made (as the crow flies) although the road tying the two is closed during the winter time...
post #3 of 13
I've driven by there a few times, looks pretty small. You can tour over the Splugen Pass from the Italian side and ski down to their lifts I think. As Nobody said, the pass is closed in winter.

There's long been talk about linking Madesimo and Splugen; the town of Montespluga on the Italian side is just before the peak of the pass (nice town, some good restaurants there). I would guess Passo san Bernardino has better skiing than Splugen, if you're looking for a small, quaint kind of hill in the area.
post #4 of 13
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Hmm. Probably more trouble that it's worth. I'm going through the usual back and forth of whether to stick close to where we are staying for the two weeks or venture further afield. It's all too easy to get ambitious while planning, but once there it seems pointless to get up earlier and drive past perfectly good skiing just to get to another resort for the day.

It probably makes the most sense just to ski Laax, Obersaxen, Disentis and Vals (all within 30 min), but when I look at the map I can't help noticing that an extra hour in the car gets us to Klosters, Lenzerheide, Arosa and Splügen.

Still a month and a half to go with nothing better to do than ponding such questions.
post #5 of 13
Splugen is a good destination for touring.  If that's not on your program, you're better off  hitting one of the other areas you listed.
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Hmm. Probably more trouble that it's worth. I'm going through the usual back and forth of whether to stick close to where we are staying for the two weeks or venture further afield. It's all too easy to get ambitious while planning, but once there it seems pointless to get up earlier and drive past perfectly good skiing just to get to another resort for the day.

It probably makes the most sense just to ski Laax, Obersaxen, Disentis and Vals (all within 30 min), but when I look at the map I can't help noticing that an extra hour in the car gets us to Klosters, Lenzerheide, Arosa and Splügen.

Still a month and a half to go with nothing better to do than ponding such questions.

Just Laax, Obersaxen, Disentis and Vals? Someone is getting a bit greedy there.

I heard good things about off-piste in Disentis recently. Basically, all routes lead home. Looking at their trail map, it's easy to see why.

If you go to Laax, you have to take a picture of yourself standing outside the Crap Bar. I know it's cheesy, but I think it's a legal requirement of all English-speaking visitors to do that photo.
post #7 of 13
If you go to Laax or Lenzerheide, let the Ursus Alpinis pack know. Maybe we could do a meet-up.
post #8 of 13
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Sound advice, Choucas. I'd love to start touring (as I currently love DH and XC, so why not combine the two?), but as long as I live in Berlin and can only get away for 2+ weeks a year, it's not going to happen.

@CerebralVortex, I'm actually taking an avi course in Disentis during the trip. So hopefully I'll meet up with some people to explore with. And yes, I'm trying to resist being greedy. I'll be sure to put my picture of the Crap Bar next to mine of the Wank House in Garmisch. Now if I could just go visit that Austrian village that shares its name with a vulgar term for intercourse some day.

@prickly: Ursus Alpinis? I'll have to look that up.

Basically, we (girlfriend and I) are staying in Ilanz for two weeks. We will have a car for week one but not for week two. However, week one we will also be joined by my father, whose skiing style can best be described as "slowly doing wedge turns down red runs". This despite the fact that he was married to a ski instructor for seven years.

I think he'd hate Disentis and Vals, so I have to leave those for week two. I'm guesing Laax and Obersaxen will be good for intermediate groomers. Klosters, Lenzerheide and Arosa would be too, so the question is if we want to drive the extra distance to go there.

I also want to do some XC in week two (my father hates it, my girlfriend is a XC skier and does not do downhill at all).

Ah, what great dilemas to have!
post #9 of 13
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@prickly: Ursus Alpinis? I'll have to look that up.
 

Well, I made it up.
post #10 of 13
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Well, I made it up.
 

That would explain why it's not turning up on a google search.
post #11 of 13
The Eurasian brown bear is Ursus arctos arctos, don't think there's an actual Alpine bear subspecies, so I improvised.

Think the entire population of the Ursus Alpinis, or Bears of the Alps, group is about five of us here on Epic.
post #12 of 13
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Ah, why didn't I think of just translating the Latin? Put my Catholic education to good use for once.

Anyway, I'll be in Ilanz from Dec 19th to Jan 2nd, but will have to keep my father occupied through the 26th. Plans are fluid and easily revisable, as should be apparent from the posts above.

I'll also be in Andermatt the weekend of Feb 6th, if there are any Ursi around. Probably Engelberg for Easter, too, but I need to find some money somewhere before booking that.
post #13 of 13
Ah, I'll be in Made thru Jan 6 or so, so no meetup then. However, I am planning to ski several days with a guide at Andermatt and/or Engelberg this season, so let's keep in touch.
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