Skiing in St Moritz
29th October 2011
Last modified on December 27th, 2019
It is the jewel in the crown of the Swiss Alps and every skier should see Engadin St Moritz before they hang up their ski boots. This winter there are some great deals on offer as the resort tries to attract a wider clientele. See what is available in this sponsored feature.
St Moritz is one of the most luxurious and upmarket ski resorts in the world and is synonymous with the upper class at leisure. It may be polo on ice, cricket on snow, ladies and men parading round the town in mink coats or the aristocracy displaying their bravado on the Cresta toboggan run.
It has its fair share of Michelin starred restaurants, designer shops and 5* hotels.
It also has some fantastic skiing in several areas; Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz. It has more than 350 kilometres of slopes with 88 runs served by 56 lifts.
It starts at 1,716m and goes up to 3,303m.
The resort is open already after some good early season snowfalls that we reported on at the time here on PlanetSKI.It has some of the best skiing in Switzerland and is seriously under-rated as an off piste ski area. In part it is because many of the rich clients prefer gentle slopes and long lunches rather than pounding through the powder.
It is also because it gets very good annual snowfalls and some people are put off by the misconception that it is a poor ski area with high prices everywhere.
It is neither.
So good is the off piste that the resort hosts a round of the Freeride World Tour that we reported on last winter here on PlanetSKI.
The town itself is split into two; St Moritz Dorf and St Moritz Bad. The former is the fashionable area perched over the frozen lake but the later is probably more convenient for the best skiing.
Elsewhere in the Engadin Valley cross-country skiing is popular and it is one of the main areas for the sport in the Alps with terrain along the valley floor suitable for all levels.
Each winter the Engadin ski marathon is held that attracts over 12,000 entrants.
The good early season snowfall continued in the last week of October.
The picture below was sent at the time from one of the resort’s ski and snowboard schools, European Snowsport, that also operates out of Verbier and Zermatt.
So, what is new for this winter?
Well for a start the resort is making a concerted effort to offer great value for money with some special offers and deals so if you want to sample the delights of Engadin St Moritz then this season may the time to do so. There are a series of deals that we list below where you can save up to 30%.
The exchange rate is obviously a problem but the government has now stepped in to support the currency and has guarnatted it will not fall below 1.2ch for £1 and the rate is at last improving for the British skier.
When it comes to family holidays, Engadin St. Moritz has something for everyone, such as the family-friendly mountain of Pizzet in Zuoz, with its Kinderland children’s area.
The family package offers attractive accommodation throughout the valley, in hotels where guests of all ages will feel at home.
Five nights in a 3-star hotel including 4-day lift passes for two adults and two children from just CHF 1,361 (£977).
2 children up to the age of 12 can stay in their parents’ hotel room free of charge.
There are some great apartments in the town with some attractive packages on offer this season.
They include free use of the Upper Engadin public transport, bed linen and final cleaning, discounts on ski and snowboard hire at numerous sports shops and reduced prices at many ski schools.
Seven nights in a 3-star holiday apartment costs just CHF 535 (£384) per person with four people sharing.
Engadin St Moritz is making a further effort to attract ladies with The Grand Hotel Kronenhof and the Hotel Saratz in Pontresina offer the perfect setting for relaxed Ladies Special Days.
The package includes 3 nights in a double or single room with half board and a 2-day ski pass or a wellness voucher worth CHF 150 (£107).
The offer is available 2nd – 18th December, 9th – 19th January and 11th March – 4th April.
If you enjoy cross-country skiing or maybe just want to give it a go there are special packages on offer with 200 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails.
The network of trails, freshly prepared every day, offers both the classic and the skating style of skiing.
The special offer includes 2-7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, cross-country ski trail pass, free travel on public transport in the Upper Engadin and discounts at numerous sport shops and cross-country ski schools.
The offer is available in parts of the low season.
The Nordic Special costs from just CHF 260 (£186) per person for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel.
For further details of the packages above and others then see here
Meanwhile here is the link to the main St Moritz web site that has all the information you may require.
As an historical footnote to St Moritz it is worth remembering that winter tourism for the British started in St Moritz.
150 years ago the hotel owner, Johannes Badrutt, bet four of his British guests to come back in the winter of 1865 so they could enjoy the sun on his terrace in winter. He said that if they did not enjoy themselves he would refund the money and pay their travel costs.
So the English visitors returned to the Upper Engadin for Christmas and did not go home again until Easter, suntanned and happy.
Thus winter tourism in the Alps was born.
For the spirit of the mountains