St. Moritz

Mimi ON Apr 01, 2011 AT 2:46 pm

St Moritz

St Moritz

by Natasha Eddery

St Moritz has the reputation for being Bond Street in the Alps, hyper expensive and suited for international jet setters. However, this resort is far more accessible than one would think. It is a hidden gem that many of us Brits haven’t yet explored and really we should because back in 1865 it was the place where ‘we’ invented winter sports. Although the town isn’t at all that pretty it is surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful fir-clad mountains of the Engadine valley and looks out on to the famous frozen lake, where the ‘White Turf’ horse race takes place each year.

The skiing in St Moritz, which offers three main ski areas, is absolutely superb. The sunny slopes of Corviglia, based just above the town, reaches an altitude of 1,800m and it leads onto Piz Nair summit, reaching 3,057m. Corviglia’s wide, American style slopes are suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. But if it’s a challenge you are after Piz Nair has the World Cup Men’s Downhill course, featuring the world’s steepest start. There is also so much off piste on offer here that it will keep even the ultra advanced skiers occupied. If you take a short bus journey you can enjoy Covatsch and the Diavolezza/Lagalb areas, which are smaller than Corviglia but less crowded. As one would expect in Switzerland, the lift system in St Moritz is impeccable. The very latest, high-speed chair lifts are in force at this resort so you will experience little to no queuing.

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St Moritz piste map

St Moritz piste map

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