Travel Tuesday: St. Moritz

St. MoritzAs ski season starts to get underway, it’s worth taking a look at one of Europe’s most desirable ski destinations: St. Moritz. The beautiful panoramas of the Engandine Valley, proximity to the highest slope in the Eastern Alps, and the near-certainty of good quality snow have ensured St. Moritz’s popularity with the jet set for over a century. The resort played host to the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948, while its Engadin Ski Marathon attracts roughly 11,000 entries each year.

It therefore follows fairly logically that skiing is the preferred activity of most people in St. Moritz. The ski region here is divided into four sectors, with 57 lifts serving the slopes. Intermediate skiers have a good selection of runs on either side of the town in the form of Corvatsch – across the valley – and Corviglia, which looms above the resort. There are also plenty of day trips on offer to nearby destinations such as Diavolezza and Davos.

If you’re spending the season in this Swiss resort, you’ll want to wake up early and get to the slopes of Corviglia for 8am to enjoy the first descent of the day, affectionately known as the “white carpet” thanks to its pristine appearance. The pistes are normally deserted at this time in the morning, giving you an isolated run in completely peaceful surroundings. Advanced skiers may want to try the World Cup downhill racecourse, starting 3057m above sea level at Piz Nair.

An interesting afternoon can be spent watching tobogganers at the Cresta Run: completed in 1885, the 1214m toboggan run hosts races and training sessions every day from the end of December until March. Thrill-seekers attempt to tackle the 10 challenging corners of the run in the fastest time possible, which begins under the leaning tower of a 12th Century church, one of St. Moritz’s most recognisable landmarks.

Once you’ve said goodbye to the slopes for the day, warm up by trying some traditional Swiss fondue for dinner. While there are plenty of mountaintop restaurants serving this speciality dish, Chesa Veglia’s rustic decor complete with roaring log fire adds a cosy touch to the culinary excellence.

If you feel like taking a break from skiing, there are still plenty of things to do. You can stroll by the picturesque lakes in the winter sunshine, or indulge yourself by browsing the designer shops of Via Serlas, St. Moritz’s main shopping street. All of the best-known names in fashion crowd together here, with Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Rolex offering a mixture of standard fashion and ski clothing and accessories.

Thanks to the resort’s enduring popularity, a ski chalet in St. Moritz makes a fantastic addition to any property portfolio. The town boasts 322 days of sunshine each year and plays host to fascinating regional events like horseracing on the frozen lake, as well as the inevitable skiing championships. Roughly 38% of the population are foreign nationals, so there’s a great expat community to support international buyers. If you’re considering investing in St. Moritz, Engel & Völkers can provide advice and assistance every step of the way – just visit our website to find out more.


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