Engadin St Moritz boasts one of the largest winter sports regions in Switzerland, but skiing is just one of the many facets of this remarkable resort. In fact there’s a wide variety of winter activities to try here whilst enjoying the beautiful alpine scenery which has beern drawing winter visitors here for more than 150 years.
Here’s what we suggest for a first time to St Moritz :
The scenic railway
Before reaching the mountains or thinking about skiing, the little red train ride through picturesque snowy Swiss’ landscapes is a must. Climbing the mountain around tight bends and over narrow bridges, embark on The Rhaetian Railway line to get to St Moritz and enjoy one of the most scenic and beautiful train rides in the world – ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Audi ski run
The Audi Ski Run on the Corviglia mountain will get your adrenaline pumping! 400m long, the giant slalom course has fully automatic cameras along the piste to record your time from the start to the finish line. An original starting hut formerly used at Ski World Cup events gives an authentic competition ambience. You can even watch the video of your run online afterwards.
When a full day on the slopes is not enough, ski Switzerland’s longest illuminated night run, every Friday until April from 7 p.m til 00:40am for a first-class skiing experience. In the dark the big cable car takes you up 2702 metres, from where you can ski down the Corvatsch scenic descent through the trees, to silent and perfectly groomed slopes. Pure delight. Half way down stop by the Hossa Bar, where the après continues all evening.
Watch Alpine World Ski Championships
The Alpine World Ski Championships are to be held in St Moritz for the fifth time in February 2017. Athetes will compete in six disciplines: Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super G, Slalom, Super Combined and the Team Event. Highlight of the event, the men’s downhill race – known as the “Free Fall” – is world famous for its starting gate, with a gradient of 45 degrees, it’s the steepest slope of any downhill course in the world.
Ice sports have a long tradition in the Engadin – people were skating here long before they week skiing. Ideal for both children and adults ice skating on the Lake of St. Moritz is an activity that cannot be missed. When the winter comes, the lake freezes and turns into a huge natural ice rink. In addition to the frozen lakes every village in the Engadin has an ice rink and many of them are also open in the evenings.