Travel Tuesday: St Moritz

Travel Tuesday: St MoritzThe dreamlike panoramas of the Engandine Valley and the excellent quality of the snow speak for themselves: St Moritz is one of the most popular skiing resorts in Europe. With 322 days of sunshine a year and regular events, aside from skiing, it is a great place to be. There is a very international community here: 38 percent of the population are expats.

Skiing isn’t the only high priority here – there is a variety of alternative leisure activities in the beautiful St Moritz. A walk through the deep snow, past the picturesque lakes and trees blanketed with snow comes just as highly recommended as browsing the boutiques on the Via Serla, the main high street in St Moritz.

Cresta Run

Cresta racing is a type of tobogganing, similar to skeleton racing. Every day between December and March, visitors can watch the athletes training along the 1241m track that was built in 1885, as well as watching races live at the grounds. Adrenalin junkies can even have a go themselves, trying to manoeuvre the ten curves of the demanding track in one of the toboggans in as fast a time as possible. The track begins at the bottom of a leaning church tower from the 12th century, a famous landmark in St Moritz.

Ski resort

The winter sports resort is divided into four sectors, with 57 lifts serving the slopes. If you would class your skiing ability as average, you will find a good selection of appropriate slopes on either side of the town, whether at Corvatsch – across the valley – or at the lofty Corviglia, which overlooks the valley within which St Moritz is nestled. There is also the opportunity to take a day trip to a nearby resort such as Diavolezza or Davos.

Our tip: Get up early and make sure you can experience the “white carpet” ski run in Corviglia. The snow looks like a white blanket of icing sugar on the slopes at eight o’clock in the morning. At this time of day, there are not usually many people on the slopes and with any luck you will have the slope to yourself. For advanced skiers, we recommend trying the World Cup downhill course from Piz-Nair: get your kicks at 3057m above sea level.

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