The slopes begin at the hotel door. Lodge Sax offers true ski-in, ski-out convenience – a relative rarity in the Alps. An easy trail gets you to the main cable car in under three minutes. Meanwhile, the main piste plus three of the mountain’s big off-piste descents spill you right back to the lodge’s front door – or our bar door.
Disentis’s recently expanded and modernized cable car rises from the base(at the hamlet of Santa Catrina) of 1,222 meters (just over 4,000 feet) over 600 vertical meters (2,000 feet) in just minutes. From there, two high-speed detachable chairlifts lift you another 700 vertical meters (2,300 feet), while a T-bar completes the journey to the peak elevation of 2,833 meters (9,400 feet). A fixed-grip triple chairlift and a T-bar serve an adjoining alpine valley and bowl.
Each lift typically has one or two marked and groomed pistes. This approach is unlike skiing in North America, where individual lifts are situated to create “terrain pods” of essentially generic terrain with up to a dozen marked runs clustered off a single lift. Here in the Alps, the lifts are situated to scale the main terrain features, the relatively few groomed pistes follow the natural flow of the terrain – and immense amounts of terrain are left free and untamed for off-piste skiing and snowboarding.
Disentis’s current official on-line piste map also includes Andermatt and Sedrun and is, therefore, a little light on details. We find the older version included on this page more useful to show you what our mountain is all about.
The resort’s daily lift and piste status report is here. You can access the Disentis webcams as well as our custom Lodge Sax snow report on our home page.