Resort Profile: St. Moritz

By adamrowden, 12 Nov '12 at 12:50

St. Moritz is a ski resort that is at the heart of the upper Engadin Valley in Switzerland. It is a large resort that plays host to some panoramic views of its surroundings and though it is a resort that is perfectly suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, there is enough tricky terrain and gnarly off piste to keep the expert riders and skiers happy.

The nearest airport to St. Moritz is Zurich, and it has its own train station, so it is easily accessible. This resort has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, in 1928 and 1948, and is one of only three cities to have done so. The others - if you are interested - are Innsbruck, Austria and Lake Placid in New York. Oh, and St. Moritz has also played host to the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1934, 1974 and as recently as 2003.

This is a resort that does have a certain posh reputation, mainly due to the large amounts of Russian wonga in the resort and the fact that the frozen lake plays host to royal polo matches. However, the resort also has plenty of good and varied terrain to be eaten up. Also, as a large proportion of the fellow visitors in resort will be out celeb-spotting or comparing caviar or whatever it is posh people do, the terrain does end up being left to the keen skiers and snowboarders out there.

There are three main ski areas in St. Moritz and each of them is large enough to stand alone. If you are really keen and are up for driving or bussing between the areas then you will be rewarded, however, if you stick to one, you can rest assured you will have an ace time. Each area offers you a different experience, so the more of St. Moritz you can see the better. Corviglia offers you vast and well-groomed pistes; Corvastch offers you some dramatic scenery and a huge peak; and last but surely not least is Diavolleza, which offers you some scarily steep slopes to test yourself on.

If you are a beginner then you will have limited space to learn your skills. St. Moritz has steep mountain sides, which mean that nursery slopes are in short supply and there are very few beginners runs. If you are looking to learn to ski or snowboard in St. Moritz, then we recommend you take the Corviglia funicular to the top, where you will find some of the easier runs back into town. Intermediates, on the other hand, will have a great time exploring the vast array of terrain on offer and can immerse themselves in the Piz Nair run down to Celerina.

If you are a more experienced rider, or to use the technical term ‘an expert’, then you will be able to sample plenty of cracking off-piste. There are also some great and challenging pistes including the Piz Lagalb slopes, the Corvatsch Glacier and the Morterarsch run which takes you down from Diavolezza.

It might not be the most picturesque resort in the world, however, it does have the lovely frozen lake and some decent bars. Although, its nightlife isn’t as amazing as you might want it to be. Do expect to see lots of shops selling things at extortionate prices, things that you would never need on a ski holiday!

If you do go looking for some après ski drinks then there are options. It is a town that does stay open until late, however, again, it is mainly catered for the uber-rich. If you are looking for a good place to have a brewski then check out Bobby’s Bar, Stübli, Diamond, or Cascade Hemingway.

The Highlights:

- High altitudes
- Fairly snow sure resort
- Great for intermediates
- You might see Victoria Beckham or one of the royals (is this a highlight?)
- Good range of off-piste

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