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ST MORITZ

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Located in the Upper Engadine Region of Switzerland, St Moritz is the world famous, elite and glamorous resort where deep dry powder falls each season and the sun shines over 320 days a year.

St Moritz Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The terrain is spread over 3 main areas overing 350km, all accessible on the one hands free Engadine ski pass with free buses linking the areas together. The lift system is hi-tech and efficient with the on mountain maintenance excellent. It should be noted that whilst the majority of groomed trails in St Moritz are best suited to intermediates, there is more than enough for advanced skiers and snowboarders; you could spend weeks off piste and not cover all the terrain.

St Moritz Skiing

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Corviglia

Rising above the town of St Moritz, Corviglia and Piz Nair are the largest skiing and snowboarding areas in the Engadine Region. On offer are an expansive network of trails as well as a world renowned ski school and 14 mountain restaurants, snow bars and sundecks!

A long scenic ride in the Piz Nair Cable Car (D) from Corviglia will transports you to the Piz Nair area, where from the 10,000+ feet peak, challenging and exciting trails lead down back towards the town. This area is best suited to advanced and confident intermediates.

Corviglia's extensive off piste in-bounds terrain, provides cliff drops, natural gullies, chutes and open powder fields , most of which require little or no hiking to access. Days after a snowfall the large variety of terrain ensures plenty of opportunities for fresh tracks.

St Morizt Village at night

St. Moritz Town / swiss-image.ch

Corvatsch

Corvatsch is a short bus ride down the valley from the town of St Moritz. The skiing and snowboarding is suitable for all levels, with gentle beginner trails on the lower mountain areas and long fast intermediate groomed trails on the upper areas as well as challenging steep descents both on and off piste for the advanced.

The Corvatsch Glacier is a highlight with its long winding trails leading down from the Corvatsch Bergstation.

Corvatsch is also lift linked to the neighbouring ski area of Furtschellas which offers more intermediate and beginner terrain.

Every Friday night is snow night at Corvatsch, from 7pm to 2am there is partying, dining, skiing and snowboarding on the longest floodlit trails in Switzerland, a total of 5km in length.

Pontresenia / Diavolezza Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain at St Moritz

Pontresenia / Diavolezza are is split into 2 sections;

The Bernina-Lagalb

which consists of a single cable car transporting skiers and snowboarders to the top of the Piz Lagalb were the infamous Tour La Rosa starts, an off piste adventure down the unmarked pistes. There are also 2 long groomed intermediate trails and 1 advanced marked trail down.

The Bernina-Diavolezza

is a glacier landscape suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. From the top cable car station you can chose from advanced or intermediate marked groomed trails great for carving fast turns.

The long run down the 10km Diavolezza-Morteratsch Glacier unmarked piste is sensational, guides are available to do this. The lower trails can be enjoyed by beginners and families. In busy peak times there are fewer crowds at Diavolezza than at Corvatsch or Corviglia.

Other Activities at St Moritz

Off the slopes the activities never seem to end in St Moritz, the frozen lake, Lej da San Murezzan, attracts constant attention with international events such as horse and greyhound racing and cricket, golf and polo competitions being held throughout the winter season.The lake has walking and cross country trails on and around it and is lovely for an afternoon stroll.

Some of the other activities include snow shoeing, sledding, ice skating, ice curling, hang gliding, winter golf, mini golf, swimming, cooking classes, watching movies in the old style cinema and spa treatments! More things to do at St Moritz

The Cresta Run St Moritz

The famous bobsled Cresta Run is located on the edge of town and is the ultimate adrenaline kick, choose to either watch teams practice and fly by at 140km per hour or pay to have a guided race down yourself!

St Moritz Shopping

Designer shops line the narrow cobbled streets in St Moritz, the The shops cater for your every need, whether you need a cheap pair of snowboard gloves or the latest must have fashion accessory you have come to the right place. Bogner Sport, Helly Hanson, Bulgari, Chanel and Prada are just a few of the hundreds of sports and designer shops, add to this food markets, chocolate shops, patisseries and souvenir stores and you can see why St Moritz is such a fantastic shopping town!

St Moritz Restaurants

It is not hard to find a good restaurant in St Moritz, cuisine ranges from classic Swiss, to seafood, grills, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzerias and even Australian at the Roo Bar!

Restaurant Chesa Pirani has 2 Michelin stars and is best known for its 5 course saffron menu which includes the very popular saffron spagetti with lobster. It is in the near by village of La Punt, a 10 minute drive from St Moritz, and is housed in an old farmhouse built in 1750!

The Bella Vista Italian Restaurant has speciality pastas as well as a wood fired pizza oven producing delicious pizzas.

If you want traditional fondue or raclette go to Restaurant Le Carnotzet in Bad, they only serve the best cheeses and ingredients.

Couples may enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Restaurant Meierei located on the far side of the lake looking up into the town, you can walk to the restaurant or take a horse drawn sleigh. Nightlife at St Moritz

There are numerous bars and discos to be visited at St Moritz, Cascade Bar has a cocktail happy hour and good live music, Bobby's Pub have pool tables and are open late every night, Kings Club nightclub has no curfew and really diverse music, while Vivai Dance Club has DJs and live music and is 'the' place to go for dancing.

For those wanting a more civilised evening go to the Piano Bar, it is the oldest cocktail bar in St Moritz and has a relaxed atmosphere.

Wine lovers go to La Cantinetta for wine tastings from around the globe, and whiskey lovers must go to one of the largest whiskey bars in the world, at the Waldhaus Hotel, it has over 2,500 bottles of rare and unusual whiskeys.

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P Morris, New Zealand. I was a European snow virgin before I went to St Moritz, friends had told me how awesome Europe was but I didn't think it would be much better than in the US. I was so wrong. St Moritz has everything you want, huge mountains spread over miles and miles, the ability to hike anywhere and ride anything without patrollers taking your ticket away. A really efficient resort, everything runs like clockwork, I think that's because of the money spent there. At night the town never sleeps, pubs turn into dance clubs and you can party until dawn.

A. Cobb, Australia. St Moritz is one of the most perfect resorts in Switzerland. It's glitz and glamor all the way. As soon as you head up the hill from the station you notice the cobbled street is lined with 5 star hotels and designer boutiques. We didn't have the budget to stay at one of the many 5 star hotels but that didn't stop us from renting a lovely apartment in the middle of town. We would have only been a 5 minute walk to the funicular train. The town is beautiful, I loved exploring the streets, looking at the shops and the hotel foyers and stopping to taste chocolates and pastries from the patisseries and chocolate shops. The town overlooks a lake that freezes in winter and you can walk on it, we often went for a stroll after skiing and walked around it along with locals walking their dogs and exercising their horses. We also watched the bob sledding one afternoon, the track is just on the edge of town, I would recommend anyone who goes to St Moritz to go and check it out, they go so fast! The old cinema is a classic too, they still have an intermission, it's in an old theatre, teenagers sit downstairs and adults sit upstairs, it's all very regal! The skiing is great, a lot of it is intermediate but it is very spread out. There are 4 areas; From the town center the ski area of Corvigila is above you, you can ski directly home after a day on the mountain. The cable car taking you to the top of Piz Nair is a good way to start the day off. It takes you to the highest point and from there you can chose where to next. The trails are mainly intermediate to very advanced with lots of off piste. (there's also a cable car that goes from St Moritz Bad (south) that goes half way up the mountain, it's there for all the people staying in Bad and further down the valley at the other little villages). Corvatsch was not one of my ideal ski areas, I found it a little too intermediate and beginner. You can get a good run down after catching 2 cable cars to the top but I always thought it was a bit over crowded. There seem to be heaps of families with small children there. The Diavolezza area is amazing, its pretty much just 2 cable cars taking you to 2 different areas with a couple of trails leading the way back down, the good confident skiers and boarders just make there own way down, I think it is the most extreme skiing in the area. The other area is Zuoz, we only spent about 1 hour there, it's very beginner, it would actually be a good place to learn to ski. It also took a little while to get there on the bus. All the areas apart from Corvigila requires you to catch a bus to, the bus is free with a ski pass and in typical Swiss style is always on time. Overall St Moritz is wonderful, it has an atmosphere you have to go to experience, the people are really friendly and helpful, the weather was great when we went there, I'm not sure how the town manages it but it seemed to snow only at night time and then be sunny all day. St Moritz you have my 'number one tick of approval'!

Alison Liddell, Australia. St Moritz in Switzerland is the most amazing place. The skiing is wonderful and the town is so beautiful. You could wander around for hours and people watch if you don’t ski. The outfits are stunning - especially the fur coats, worn by the men as well as the women! There is horse racing on the lake too which is fascinating. It sure is something special.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
9,931
3,027
Base
6,102
1,860
Average Snowfall
Lifts
60
Trails - view map
80
350 km
Terrain %
advanced
10
intermediate
71
beginner
19
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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