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People & Stories from Samnaun

Uphill-Biker Patrick Heis.
Samnaun stands for a skiing experience in one of the best ski resorts in the Alps, cool summer experiences and the only duty-free paradise in Switzerland. But how did Samnaun get its current status? Learn more about the valley and its people.
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Im Einsatz für perfekte Pisten. Andy Carnot

Mit viel Herzblut kümmert sich Andy Carnot für perfekte Pistenverhältnisse im Skigebiet Samnaun/Ischgl. 

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Mit Sprengmasten und von Hand. Silvretta Ski-Arena Samnaun/Ischgl.
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3, 2, 1: Avalanche blasting with

Hans Kleinstein

Since 4 a.m. Hans is on duty for the daily ski operation, because at 8 a.m. all slopes have to be ready - for a perfect ski day in the Ski Arena Samnaun/Ischgl.

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The full-blooded Samnauner by birth. Elvis Prinz

As a passionate skier, biker and photographer, Samnaun is the "perfect home" for Elvis Prinz.

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The way back to the World Cup. Thomas Tumler

Thomas was diagnosed with a slipped disc in November 2020 after a fall in training and had to have surgery. He was already back on skis in February 2021.

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Marco Tumler auf der Piste

From ski racer to junior coach. Marco Tumler

When he carves down the slopes of Samnaun, people love to watch him. Marco Tumler is an excellent skier. He has been at the start of a World Cup race three times.

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Daniela Peer, Samnaun.

In love with Samnaun. Daniela Peer-Friedli

Having grown up in the Bernese Oberland, Daniela, a trained druggist, found her personal happiness in Samnaun.

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Christian Hangl ist passionierter Biker

Building trails with the precision of a jeweller. Christian Hangl

Christian Hangl is committed to a wide range of sports and builds bike trails himself. His main occupation is jeweller and he runs two watch and jewellery shops.

Christian Hangl is committed to a wide range of sports and builds bike trails himself. His main occupation is jeweller and he runs two watch and jewellery shops.

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Nevin Galmarini im Bikeparadies Samnaun
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Biken in Samnaun

#purealpinetrails with Nevin Galmarini

On the road with Olympic champion Nevin Galmarini on magnificent bike trails in Samnaun.

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Milch aus der Pipeline

Milk from the pipeline A summer on the Alp Bella

Those who know Alp Bella from winter know that it has the best roast chicken in the region. In summer it is a catered alp. The milk reaches the valley through a pipeline.

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Mathias Leipold in seinem Reich

If Samnaun were a fragrance Perfumer Mathias Leipold

Samnaun is known as the only Swiss duty-free zone outside an airport and a paradise for perfume lovers.

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Sommelier Christian Heis

In winter on touring skis. In summer on the bike. Nature lover and whisky enthusiast Christian Heis lived his life to the fullest.

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DIe Besiedelung des Samnauntals.

Samnaun: The transformation From remote farming village to winter sports mecca

Life in old Samnaun was meager, strenuous and simple. In the 20th century, duty-free status and winter tourism finally helped it to achieve international fame.

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Mountainbiken in Samnaun.

"Mountain biking gave me my life back" Uphill biker Patrick Heis

The hotelier and chef from Samnaun likes to pedal up mountains on his lightweight bike. "I ride my mountain bike every day. Most of the time it's 1,000 meters in altitude."

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The sculptor of Samnaun. Helmut Tschiderer

Helmut is a sculptor with a passion. This can be seen, for example, in the traces he leaves behind in Samnaun: be it with the ibex at the Laret junction or a wooden person in front of the pharmacy.

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Martin Valsecchi.

200% for tourism Martin Valsecchi

Ski instructor, race manager, hiking guide and hunter. Martin's work is as varied as the seasons in Samnaun.
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Johnson Carnot - der Wintermacher von Samnaun.

Snow masses, explosives and sunsets The head of the slopes and snow master Johnson Carnot

600 horsepower machines, hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of snow and dreamlike sunsets are his métier, satisfied winter sports enthusiasts his only goal.

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Martin Hangl aus Samnaun.

A big fan of the Silvretta Ski Arena Samnaun/Ischgl Ski world champion Martin Hangl

The 1989 Vail Super-G World Champion is still an avid skier. He has skied on slopes on four continents.

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Woodwork with horses Gian Denoth

Gian Denoth (52) from Tschlin is a full-time farmer and works in the rearing of young cattle. For 30 years, he has also worked in forestry, where he pulls wood with horses.

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Andy Carnot

On the road with the Pistenbully Andy Carnot prepares the zebra descent

Every fall, Andy Carnot, together with his colleagues, prepares the Zeblas downhill "Dutyfree Run" No. 80. We accompanied him during his work.

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