Many have already made the experience - you don't have to travel far, because the good is so close. This is exactly what happened to Nevin Galmarini, our Olympic snowboard champion. Of course he knows the Samnaun region very well, especially the skiing area. But only in winter - never before had he found the opportunity to explore the area with his bike in summer.
Together with two friends this was made up for - and how! The perfect infrastructure of the winter can also be used ideally in the summer. So the three of them took the double-decker gondola up to the Alptrider Sattel. On built flow trails, which lead directly to the next chairlift at the Alp Trida, they were already able to get into the right mood.
But you also have to do a little work yourself to get on the best trails. Steep short climbs on gravel towards Greitspitz and every biker is at operating temperature. All the effort at the beginning is worth it - because you come across a lot of natural trails and don't know which one to take first. Arrived on the Salaaser Kopf, everything looks so promising.
This is exactly how Nevin and his companions imagined it: Lots of new trails with easy access by rail - that's modern mountain biking. The anticipation for the trails was huge and the three were not disappointed. The first thing to do was to head for the Ravaischer Salaas. Fast, a little technical, but in perfect condition, the trails lead past small lakes back to the Alptrider Sattel. Nevin, the enthusiastic mountain biker, wonders why he didn't come here much earlier. But the first descent is over much too fast and so they all look closer at the map together - what else can we do? There are many options - you can go directly to Ischgl, with or without mountain railway support, or over the Fimberpass to Scuol and always with mountain railway support - a still little known biker's paradise?
What is better than to discover something new so close to home? For Nevin and his two friends it is clear: After Samnaun we will come back!
pictures Filip Zuan / text Dave Spielmann