It is difficult not to be impressed with the picturesque Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort Switzerland. You can see why both royalty and some of the world’s elite choose to come here for their winter holidays. It contains luxurious 5-star hotels that look like palaces and hosts some of the most prestigious events. As well as world-class skiing on over 350kms of ski slopes and an array of non-ski activities.
St Moritz Ski Resort
It is hard to believe that it has been 150 years since winter tourism was initiated in Engadin St Moritz Switzerland and it is still considered to be one of the world’s best all-round Ski resorts. As I got off the snow train from Davos I knew straight away that it was in a resort like no other, especially as my transfer was a BMW Sports car and another transfer vehicle at the train station was a Rolls Royce! However, there was so much more to this beautiful winter resort and I could not wait to explore during my 4 days here.
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Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort
Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort is a fabulous place for both skiers and non-skiers with an endless list of activities and events during the winter period. From being a spectator at the ice cricket with some of the worlds best cricketers, watching the horse-racing on lake St Moritz or taking a Toboggan on Muottas Muragl mountain, you are really spoilt for choice.
Engadin St Moritz skiing area is divided across two main mountains with 4 Main Ski Areas and 5 other smaller areas. It covers an area of over 350kms of piste runs. Some of these areas are connected via lifts, while others you can get to via the local bus. It really depends on the area that you want to be in and what you are doing.
I was supposed to do a Snow Safari with my guide John Webster, but unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions the chairlifts were closed and my skiing was limited. We did, however, start off in the Corvatsch ski area until it was shut down due to the wind.
So we headed over to the Corviglia mountain where both the St.Moritz Dorf-Chantarella & Chantarella-Corviglia trains were open.
Ski Runs & Pass
Engadin St Moritz Ski passes are really flexible, you can get a lift pass for the individual areas, as well as Full-day, half-day, morning and afternoon, passes. There are 4 Main Ski Areas Corvatsch / Diavolezza (Lagalb)/ Corviglia (Piz Nair) / Zuoz and 5 other smaller areas, Samedan / Pontresina (Languard)/ Maloja / La Punt / S-chanf.
It really depends on your experience, comfort, budget or the activity that you may be doing. St Moritz ski passes will be in Swiss Franc. How about these Ski Goggles for your next trip
Free shuttle bus
A free shuttle bus provides links between Silvaplana, Surlej and Corvatsch. The Corvatsch ski area is linked to St. Moritz’s Corviglia by a 2.5 miles ski run.
Children under the age of 6 years can travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult, depending on the area.
Overview of the St Moritz Ski Area
- 4 Main Ski Areas – Corvatsch / Diavolezza (Lagalb)/ Corviglia (Piz Nair) / Zuoz
- 5 other small special areas ( Samedan / Pontresina (Languard)/ Maloja / La Punt / S-chanf
- 57 lifts
- 82 ski slopes
- 350km (217 miles)
- Toboggan on Muottas Muragl Mountain
- 3 SnowParks – Geschlossen / Offen x 2
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Highlights of things to do in Engadin St Moritz ski resort
Other Activities in the Resort
There is so much more you can do during winter in Engadin St Moritz Ski area. From dog sledging, curling to simply just enjoying the food and Swiss wine. I like to mix up my days by skiing half a day and doing an activity for the other half.
Here are some other winter activities to do in the St Moritz Ski area
- Go tobogganing on the trails in Engadin
- Looking for adventure try your hand at Snowkiting on Lake Silvaplana.
- Check out Casino St Moritz, Europe’s highest-altitude casino
- Get out of the cold and go indoor climbing at Serlas Parc
- Take an adventure and go Ice-climbing up waterfalls along the Bernina gorge
Feeling adventurous, here are some of the other amazing activities you can book at St Moritz Ski Resort
Visit the Olympia Bobsled & Cresta Run
It is not a trip to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort without visiting the world famous Olympic Bobsled track (or Cresta Run) that has staged events for two Olympic Winter Games. It is the oldest bobsleigh track in the world and the last remaining natural ice track in existence.
The Cresta is the original and infamously men-only home of the skeleton. Women have not been allowed to compete on the Cresta course since 1929.
With speeds of up to 130km/h (80mph) and the centrifugal force of 4.5 G, this looked like the ultimate adventure ride.
Take a guest ride on the bobsled
If you are game enough and up for a 75-second adrenalin rush then you can take a guest ride on St. Moritz’s bob track. You will go down the track in a four-man bob and sit in the middle with a professional pilot in front and brakeman at the back.
I would have loved to have tried this but the Chinese women’s team was training for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics at the time. I was in awe watching these ladies and impressed at how fast they went flying down the track. It must take a lot of courage to go head first down that track.
- Cost – CHF 250- per person
- Track Walks: – CHF 200.- (10-15 people) approx. 1 hour
- Free to watch from the start of the course
- Season: – Starts Mid December – Ends early March
- The minimum Age: – 18
Take a Tour and Whisky Tasting at Devil’s Place
If you are a Whisky lover then Devil’s Place, at the Waldhaus is a place you want to visit. With over 2,500 different kinds of whisky, it is the largest selection in the world and has gained a place in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records. See if you are able to go down to the whisky cellar which also houses some of this impressive collection
The hotel Waldhaus has a whisky display area, so you can admire most of the collection while you enjoy a drink. If you are up for it, Devils Place also offers a variety of whisky tastings depending on your budget and tastes. They even have a 22,000 CHF bottle of Whisky on display. Afterwards, enjoy a fondue in The hotel Waldhaus restaurant and take in the stunning views of Lake St Moritz
- Small (x4) 45 CHF Large (x5) 65 CHF Deluxe (x6) 90 CHF
Make sure that have the right camera for taking all those action shots of people zooming down the Bobsled.
Resort Location & How to get there
Zurich Airport is the closest major international airport to St Mortiz Ski Resort. There is a smaller airport Samedan Engadin Airport only 10 minute’s drive to St Moritz. But it is only for private jets and helicopter transfers.
If you don’t have a private jet or are taking a helicopter transfer, your best options from Zurich to Davos are trains, transfers and driving. The drive is roughly 3-hour drive in good weather conditions by train it is about 3 hours.
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Trains from Zurich
The most cost-effective way to get from Zurich to St Moritz via train. This should take you around 3 and half hours from the Zurich Aiport to St Moritz train station, depending on changes. If you have ever caught a train in Switzerland you know that they are always on time and are efficient. Not to mention some of the prettiest train rides in the world.
Booking your train from Zurich to St Moritz
You can book your train in advance and keep track of the trains and platforms using the SBS train app. The standard Train route: Zurich Airport → Zurich Central Station → Chur (You change onto the Snow train)→ St Moritz
Accommodation in St Moritz
No question about it St Moritz Ski Resort has some of the most prestigious 5 star hotels in the world like Badrutts Palace Hotel and the Kulm Hotel. However, there is also a large variety of other types of accommodation that are available from chalets, apartments and even hostels. There is definitely something for everyone with any type of budget.
Hotels in Switzerland use two different types of plugs for electrical equipment. Plug type C (which has two round pins) and type J ( which has three round pins).
Check the current availability of accommodation for the St Moritz Switzerland area.
- Beware when booking a hotel, as the resort is divided into three separate villages which are spread out.
Hotel Nira Alpina
I stayed at the Hotel Nira Alpina a stunning ski-in and ski-out contemporary hotel, located at the foot of the Corvatsch mountain and adjacent to the Corvatsch cable car. With views of the Engadin Mountains, some would say it is in one of the best skiing locations in the Engadin.
Rooms at Hotel Nira Alpina
I had a luxury modern room with floor-to-ceiling window that opened onto a private corner balcony. I loved waking up in the morning and having the mountains as my backdrop. The hotel also had a spa that includes a sauna, a well-equipped gym, a bakery and 3 restaurants as well as a rooftop bar.
I enjoyed coming back in the afternoon and having a relaxing drink at the rooftop bar with the panoramic views over Lake Sivaplana. Whether you are skiing or enjoying a summer holiday hiking in the mountains, Hotel Nira Alpina Switzerland is a great place to stay.
- Children are only allowed in the spa area up to 5.30pm and then it is adults only.
- The hotel provides a kids club for children over 3 years
- Guests staying 2 nights or more get reduced ski passes directly at the hotel during the winter season.
Top Tips for the St Moritz Ski Resort
- You can take a train from Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort to Davos Ski Resort, which is only 1hr and 28minutes. If you wanted to spend a few days in each resort and basically having the best of both worlds. Skiing in two amazing Ski resorts.
- The currency used in Davos Switzerland is Swiss Franc
- Check with your hotel to see if they are doing any deals with ski passes, as sometimes you can get a ski pass for half the price than if you buy it on the day.
- When walking around St Moritz, make sure to wear good shoes for walking in the snow, so you don’t slip.
- Transfer; Book a transfer in advance from Zurich to St Moritz in winter
Other Ski Resorts in Switzerland
Discover other Ski Resorts in Switzerland, then feel free to read the following. All are great options for ski holidays.
- A Guide on Things to Do – Davos, Switzerland
- Attending the Lauberhorn Ski Races – Wengen Switzerland
- A traditional Swiss stay at the Le Chalet de l’Atelier – Champéry Switzerland
- Summer Skiing in Switzerland – Saas-Fee Switzerland
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ENGADIN ST. MORITZ – Panorama Muottas Muragl Copyright by ENGADIN St. Moritz By-line: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger
Thank you for reading this article on Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort Switzerland. I hope it helped you find what you are looking for in your next ski destination.
Have you been to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
Disclaimer: Even though I was working with the Switzerland Tourism UK and Engadin St Moritz Tourism office All views are my own and based on my own experience.
66 thoughts on “The Best Guide to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort Switzerland”
My husband loves to ski (but I don’t) so he would love to go to the luxurious Engadin St. Moritz Ski Resort in Switzerland. I am sure he would not opt for the Rolls Royce but take the BMW sports car, too. While he goes skiing, I will soak in all that beautiful scenery! Spectacular.
This is a great place for skiers and non-skiers. You could definitely enjoy your champagne at the top of the mountain while your husband skis 🙂
I don’t do skiing but St. Moritz resort looks worth visiting. As this resort is situated in picturesque surrounding , I would love to take a tour of this place. Horse race on frozen lake … wow … never heard of this but must be so beautiful thing to see in person. I would also love to take a train ride as you have said, they are always on time and are very efficient to travel.
You definitely don’t have to ski to come to St Moritz, it is an all-around resort for non-skiers. I saw a lot of people there that didn’t even ski they shopped, enjoyed the view and champagne.
Those train views seem to be beyond jaw-dropping Mel. I’d train in and IG my way through the entire trip. Warm weather guy here but Switzerland is one country begging me to break my habit of living in the tropics.
Signing off from Thailand 🙂
I totally agree with you and I did actually took hundreds of photos while on the train. At one point I needed to stop because I think everyone was staring at me. I do love the view from the swiss trains.
St Moritz looks like my kind of place! The scenery looks amazing and the slopes look great. I love the view from Hotel Nira Alpina – just being inside looking out at the falling snow would be wonderful. This is going to be my next skiing vacation!
As soon I got off the train I was taking photos and it was night time, such a pretty place. Hotel Nira Alpina was so nice and my favourite part was waking up to the view and then fresh breakfast.
St Moritz Ski Resort seems like a perfect place to every winter lover! I prefer nice beach and sun but this place looks amazing! The views from the top are just incredible! And the whiskey tasting seems great as well, I don’t really do any winter sports so you would probably find me there 🙂 Switzerland is an amazing country, I cant wait to visit!
A lot of people come to St Moritz and don’t ski, it is all round resort that offers a lot on and off the ski fields. I hope that you get to Switzerland one day
I’m convinced that you can plop yourself pretty much anywhere in Switzerland during the winter and you’d find yourself in a picturesque fairytale land, and Engadin is no exception! What a beautiful location. I can’t believe that they host a horse race on the frozen lake! That’s so crazy and awesome and nerve-wracking all at once! I love that you can visit the bobsled run! We have one here in Salt Lake City, but there’s no way it’s all a natural ice track that the one you saw!
I totally agree Switzerland is such a beautiful place and it is hard to think of it any other way. I would love to see the horse racing or the cricket on ice I think that would be amazing.
To bad about your skiing l have always wanted to know what St Moritz was like. Hopefully you can go back
That is ok, it means I have a good excuse to go back and see it again.
I couldn’t argue with your opening statement – I was just about to say that this resort is magical. The view from your balcony looks like it’s something out of a fairy tale book. But no real. It doesn’t look real. I need to go here especially because I have the Swiss Alps in my travel bucket list!
The Swiss Alps is an amazing place and by far one of my favourite places to ski. It is just something about the swiss way that I just love. I hope that you get to go
Wow. A winter wonderland! Switzerland will always have a special place in my heart. In high school, I spent 4 months studying abroad in this country and the school would take us every Wednesday and Sunday to ski resorts all over the country. It was the most amazing experience of my life! Your pictures are fantastic – it truly captures the magic. 🙂 – Ella
What a great place to go to when you are studying abroad. I would have loved such an experience.
I am not a ski enthusiast (I cannot ski!) but I do love other snow sports and I have often visited ski resorts, just to enjoy the atmosphere and vibe. I’ve heard a lot about St Moritz, and the pictures you’ve shared are amazing. I particularly like Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, looks like a castle!
St Moritz is an amazing place to visit for non skiers and there is a lot of people that go there to enjoy the other activities. I went inside Badrutts Palace and wow it was such an amazing place. I would to stay there one day.
I love how Switzerland looks in the winter. The snow makes it all so gorgeous! I haven’t done a lot of Swiss travel – and one of the reasons is because of the cost of things. But for a luxurious weekend like this, I’m sure it’s worth it!
I agree that Switzerland can be expensive but do you know that St Moritz has a hostel, so there is definitely a price range for any budget.
What a beautiful place and your pictures took me right there. I never realized how beautiful Switzerland was and that train ride! Wow what an awesome, magical experience!
It was really pretty there even at night all lit up. I loved how all the hotels are placed on the lake and up on the hill, it eas magical.
Stunning your all pictures and article too really nice thanks for sharing n keep it up thanks a lot….!
Thanks very much 🙂
This looks like a fabulous adventure. Love your photos! I really like that there are other things to do if you don’t want to ski the entire time – especially the bobsled/tobogganing looks like fun.
Thank you very much it was such a lovely place and not like other ski resorts that I have been to before.
St Moritz looks amazing! I would love to have a ride on the bob run and the hotel you stayed in sounds heavenly. Nice touch that the spa is adult only in the evening, great for relaxing after a day on the slopes.
St Moritz is definitely a wow factor place for sure, I to would love to go on the bob run
Wow, this looks amazing. I havent been to Switzerland yet but I would love to go so and to a ski resort like this. Looks so fun and the landscape is breathtaking. It is good that there are so many different types of activities as well. 😀 Thanks for sharing all the tips.
I hope that you get to go to Switzerland one day and see it for your self. It is such a pretty place to explore.
Wow! A guest ride on a bobsled?!?!? That sounds super intense and a once in a lifetime experience. I love whiskey so you would probably see me there instead of skiing 🙂 The landscapes in Switzerland are amazing too!
I would love to go on the bobsled it was exciting and scary all at the same time. Then I would have a whisky afterwards to clam the nervous.
Hey great read and good tips. Shame about your skiing, l would of been keen to hear more about your experience on the slopes.
Thanks very much, I hope to go back and experience the skiing in more details another time. Especially as the views look so amazing.
Oh wow St Moritz is just so very beautiful. I would love to go here one day and ski. I would also be happy with the whisky bar ☺
You would love it there and you won’t put your camera down because there are lots of things to take pictures off.
This looks great place for Skiiers.. so much snow would be fun. Thanks for sharing this post. will plan to go this resort some day.
I hope that you get there one day too and it is a great ski resort. Not to mention has lots of nice food.
I can’t imagine speeding down a hill at 80 mph in a bobsled, I’m sure that’s an amazing feeling. From the looks of Engadin St Moritz, I can see why it attracts the wealthy.
I would of loved to try the bobsled it looks like so much fun and scary at the same time. St Moritz is so pretty
I am a huge bobsleigh nut and seeing the St Moritz bobsled run has been on my bucket list for so long! Desperate to go now!!
I would love to have tried it definitely on my list for next time
I just recently learned how to ski and absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing this.
This is kind of what Vancouver looks like today:) I’m not very good at skiing, but would definitely be up for a bobsleigh ride. I also enjoy quiet walks in the snow and would love to explore these mountains.
I would love to go to Vancouver, Canada is a bucketlist item for me as a skier. St Moritz is a great place for people who don’t ski as well.
What a great review Mel – sounds like a fab resort. I can’t believe the horse racing bit, on a frozen lake!!
Thank you Alex, it is so pretty there and I hear it is just in nice in summer when the lake is unfrozen.
Wow! Amazing is the word for ski resorts like these. In the middle of that pristine landscape, one would feel lost in a fairyland. And even though I can’t ski, I would love to give it a shot here.
It is a stunning resort and I definitely recommend it, even just to wander around and take it all in.
I’m absolutely intrigued at the thought of ice cricket; I guess you’d have a balancing act with stumps in the ice, so they would actually fall down when hit? And the bob sounds fab – how exciting to hurtle down the track with experts keeping to the best lines. That would be a massive adrenaline rush!
I really want to see the ice-cricket it looks like so much fun to do..
That looks like quite an adventure! Would especially enjoy taking that train through the Alps – that one bridge looks a bit like the Nine Arches in Sri Lanka
Catching the train through the Swiss Alps is one of my favourite things t do, it is so very pretty
I had no idea you could bobsled here! SO awesome!
I love reading your ski guides as they always give me new inspiration and ideas for future ski holidays! I need a whole season in Europe just to visit a few of them…This sounds like a great resort, especially activities like jumping in the Bobsleigh! How cool is that?! Another fab guide, as always.
So very glad to hear that put a lovely smile on my face. Definitely drop me a line if you do come over here skiing, I am always happy to help
What was once an exclusive resort only for celebs, (listen to Peter Sarstedt song, “Where do you go to my lovely” where he mentions the Jetset . I would love to o there and actually see the settings of your fabulous photos even though i do not ski.
You definitely don’t have to go here to ski, there a lots of people who catch the train in to explore and see the sights.
This place so beautiful, like as if it’s straight out of a postcard. Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from Switzerland 😊 I’d love to learn how to ski and go on ski holidays 😊
It really looks like it is straight out of a movie, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. I hope you get there one day
Wow the Swiss Alps look amazing. From the architecture to the deep culture of skiing to seeing horse racing on a frozen lake this place looks amazing! Might have to add St Moritz onto my personal bucket list.
St Moritz was a stunning place to visit and nothing like I have seen before. The culture of the place was just wow
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