Engadin St. Moritz is a paradise for both seasoned Alpinists and those with a little less experience under their belts. As winter slowly gives way to spring, the summer tourism season kicks off with gusto. Mountaineers make the most of the superb high Alpine conditions right through until October.
The glittering white peaks of the Bernina range can be seen from miles away. Towering above them all is the Piz Bernina, which at 4,049 m is the highest summit in the Eastern Alps. Almost more well-known than the formidable Piz is the snow and ice ridge Biancograt, the so-called "stairway to heaven", which leads up to the summit.
Just as remarkable are the three peaks of Piz Palü with their hanging glaciers. The Bernina massif has long attracted mountaineers and adventurers to its lofty heights – on 13 September 1850, Johann Coaz and Jon and Lorenz Ragut Tscharner were the first roped party to reach the Piz Bernina summit. Since then, the majestic snow-capped Engadin mountains have become a major attraction for mountaineers of all stripes.
If you’re keen to head for the hills, but prefer solid ground to ice and snow, you can hike along one of the array of attractive white-blue-white marked Alpine routes. Meanwhile rock climbers can head to the via ferratas at La Resgia and Piz Trovat, the Pontresina high-rope challenge course, and the 17 climbing crags in Engadin St. Moritz. In short, there are plenty of options for experienced climbers, beginners and families alike.
More information about rock climbing and mountaineering is available on the Engadin St. Moritz website.