Skiing and snowboarding in St. MoritzPowder days
St. Moritz’s local mountain Corviglia and the neighbouring Corvatsch and Diavolezza skiing areas promise a first-class skiing experience.
Early birds swear by the "white carpet" on Corviglia, carving their first tracks of the day into the fresh powder snow. To get them there, the Chantarella funicular railway and the Marguns gondola lift begin their steady skyward climb at 7:45 am. In the early morning light, skiers gather at the top of Piz Nair (3,057 m a.s.l.). Before them lies a stunning Alpine panorama, World Cup-quality downhill runs and the Corviglia Snow Park with a variety of obstacles, small ski jumps and a fun slope.
The Corviglia skiing area is home to 15 mountain restaurants where you can recharge your batteries. The selection ranges from simple, home-made specialities through to first-class gourmet dining. Tips: Reto Mathis’ caviar delicacies, cool drinks at the quattro BAR or a glass of champagne in the legendary Alpina Hütte. Prefer something sweet? According to the New York Times, el paradiso Hütte serves the "best cream slice in the world".
Snow cover is guaranteed in Engadin St. Moritz thanks to its ideal altitude of 1,800 to 3,303 metres. Cutting-edge facilities ensure minimal waiting times and maximum efficiency in a region renowned for its rich natural diversity – in fact, it was here that the notion of winter tourism was invented over 150 years ago. It’s simply carving heaven, with freeride slopes, wide beginners’ pistes and even the world’s first yoga piste. In short, St. Moritz does skiing and snow like a pro.
350 km of piste
Beyond Corviglia, winter holidaymakers can also look forward to the fabulous Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz skiing areas. There are also smaller, more family-oriented village ski lifts in places like Samedan and Pontresina. Altogether the Engadin St. Moritz winter sports region boasts a massive 350 kilometres of ski runs. Information about the various skiing areas is available at www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/ski-snowboard.
Corviglia, St. Moritz: Records are broken on this legendary local mountain, which hosts world cup races and world championships. And the après ski dining leaves nothing to be desired. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/corviglia
Corvatsch, Silvaplana: Even the most well-travelled skiers and snowboarders rave about the downhill runs from the highest mountain station in the Eastern Alps (3,303 m a.s.l.). Corvatsch tends to be blessed with powder snow right through until April. www.corvatsch.ch
Diavolezza, Pontresina: The locals call it the "festival hall of the Alps", in honour of its dramatic panoramic backdrop, fiendishly difficult slopes and the sheer joy it inspires. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/diavolezza
Zuoz: Wide slopes for cool carving: Pizzet ob Zuoz is the perfect place for a relaxing day of skiing with the whole family. And there’s plenty of sunshine to boot. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/zuoz
Hotel and ski pass
Hotel guests staying two nights or more in the Engadin St. Moritz holiday region are rewarded with unbeatable ski pass prices. When you book two or more consecutive nights in the same hotel, you can purchase ski passes for just CHF 35 per person per day throughout your entire stay.
Corvatsch Snow Night
Every Friday evening, snow bunnies and night owls meet on Corvatsch mountain. There’s certainly no shortage of entertainment on Switzerland’s longest illuminated ski run, from the dazzling majesty of the slopes under starry skies, to the snow bars, parties and exclusive events. From December until April, every Friday from 7 pm – 2 am.
Full moon on Diavolezza
Glüna Plaina is Romansh for full moon. Several times during the winter season, its bright, silvery light makes it possible to ski on Diavolezza at night. The well-lit mountain railway station and gentle moon beams illuminate the way back down towards the valley. Fabulus! In Romansh, this means fabulous or magical, which brilliantly sums up this unique opportunity.