St Moritz is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world and the birth place of alpine skiing. 2014 is the 150th anniversary is the first British skiers who visited Switzerland back 1864. The sport has changed a lot since then, as has the resort of St Moritz, but the Hotel Kulm (the hotel in which they stayed all those years ago) still stands and is still going strong. It is a beautiful 5* hotel which is still popular to this day.
The resort of St Moritz lies in the beautiful Engadine Valley and is a lively town with plenty to do for skiers and non-skiers alike. There is skiing for all abilities but the terrain is most suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. The roughly 350km of piste in total that is covered on the lift pass and with a resort height of 1800m and with glacier skiing on offer, St Moritz is a great bet for ski holidays with snow security all season long (early December through until mid to late April). You can even ski in the glacier in St Moritz all the way into the early summer months.
As well as being the birth place of alpine skiing, St Moritz is also famous for its activities that take place on the frozen lake which the resort fronts onto. The iconic 'White Turf horse Races that take place throughout February are probably the most famous of the events that St Moritz holds as well as the 'Polo on Snow' which takes place at the end of Jan/start of Feb. Equally worth checking out is the annual 'Cricket on Snow' event which takes place in Mid February. There is also an abundance of winter walking trails to discover and over 200km of cross-country ski tracks for anyone who fancies skiing but does not like the heights. Why not give is a call and see if we can help put your perfect St Moritz ski holiday together for you.
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Beginner skiers thinking of taking a ski holiday on St Moritz will not be disappointed. Although the area is probably best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers there are still plenty of runs for learner skiers to practice on. The best area for beginner skiers in St Moritz is the Corviglia area which plenty of easy blue runs. Corviglia can be accessed directly by a funicular from the centre of St Moritz, so no scary chairlift of button lift as your first lift in the morning.
Intermediate skiers will love a ski holiday in St Moritz. You will be able to take advantage of the entire ski region. The Corvigila and the Corvatsch areas will be where you spend most of your time given that they are the easiest ski areas to reach from the village and they both offer a good range of red runs on which to hone your skills.
As is the case for intermediates a ski holiday in St Moritz has a lot to offer you as an advanced skier. There is a great range of challenging red runs with a good mix of tough black runs thrown into the mix as well. The longest run in resort is 8km long and is a really thigh burner top to bottom. The Ladies FIS Alpine Ski World Cup run is also one for any advanced skier to look out for and challenge themselves on. Advanced skiers on holiday in St Moritz will also want to make sure that they get the train up the valley to the Diavolezza Glacier. There are not an a huge number of runs on the glacier but the red and black pistes which are there are defiantly ones to cross off your list!
If you want nicely groomed pistes with great cruising terrain and a couple of Good sized snow parks thrown into the mix as well, then a snowboarding holiday in St Moritz fits the bill perfectly. The main terrain park is the one situated at the top of Corviglia but there is also another park in Corvatsch. There are lines in each park to suit all levels but the pro lines are only for those who really know what they are doing!
There is loads of off piste skiing to be found in St Moritz but it is highly recommended to book a local guide if you want to go in search of all things steep and deep. A good tip is to head out to the ski areas on the outskirts of St Moritz that are covered on the Engadin Pass. Maloja is a favourite destination for the locals if you want to avoid the crowds and find multiple runs with fresh tracks all morning long.
With its reputation for glitz and glamour, St Moritz is full of après ski venues where it is all about being seen in the right place at the right time. The Bradrutts Palace Hotel is the place to head if you want to do a bit of celebrity spotting. The corridor in the lobby is locally known as the "Cat Walk of St Moritz". If you want to keep the budget under Control then check out Hemingways or Bobby's Bar. after this there are a few night clubs on offer for those who want to party right into the early hours.
Most nightclubs are open until 4pm but if you want to check out the legendary Kings Club in the Badrutts Palace then you will need to adhere to the dress code (jacket and tie). However, it is definitely not a one to check out if you are budget conscious.
If you fancy staying out but don't want to hit the clubs then why not have a bit of a flutter at the St Moritz Casino in the west wing of the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains.
The White Turf Horse racing is definitely one to put on your bucket list (races take place on certain dates in February) as is the Snow Polo in St Moritz (end of Jan / start of Feb) and for something a bit different check out the Cricket on Snow (mid Feb).