The Best Guide to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort Switzerland
It is difficult not to be impressed with the picturesque Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort Switzerland and you can see why both royalty and some of the worlds elite choose to come here for their winter holidays. It contains luxurious 5-star hotels that look like palaces, 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.
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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 worlds 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.
About 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.
Most of the skiing in Engadin St Moritz is divided across two main mountains with 4 Main Ski Areas and 5 other smaller areas that cover 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, unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions the chairlifts and cable cars were closed down and my skiing was limited. We did, however, start off in the Corvatsch ski area until it was shut down due to the wind, then 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.
- 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
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. 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
My tastes have definitely changed and refined as I have gotten older and one such thing I enjoy now is a good glass of whisky on ice. If you are a Whisky lover then Devil’s Place, at the Waldhaus is the 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’.
The hotel Waldhaus has recently built a new whisky display area too, 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 tasting depending on your budget and tastes. They even have a 22,000 CHF bottle of Whisky on display.
- Small (x4) 45 CHF
- Large (x5) 65 CHF
- Deluxe (x6) 90 CHF
- See if you are able to go down to the whisky cellar which also houses some of this impressive collection
Resort Location & How to get there
The closest international airport to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort is Zurich International Airport, which is roughly around a 3-hour drive in good weather conditions.
There is a smaller airport Samedan Engadin Airport only 10 minutes drive to St Moritz. But it is only for private jets and helicopter transfers.
- Check with the airline that you are travelling with because some of them allow you to check your skis on the plane for free.
There are numerous ways of getting to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort like trains, private transfer, shared transfer or hire a car . But the best and most cost-effective way to get is via train. This should take you around 3 and half hours from the Zurich Aiport.
The standard Train as follows:
- Zurich Airport → Zurich Central Station → Chur (You change onto the Snowtrain)→ St Moritz
If you have ever caught a train in Switzerland you know that they are always on time and are efficient. And also, I personally think one of the prettiest train rides.
- You can keep track of the trains and platforms using the SBS train app
There is no question that Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort has some of the most prestigious luxury hotels in the world like Badrutts Palace Hotel and the famous 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.
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.
I had a luxury modern room with floor-to-ceiling window that opened onto 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.
Their service was really great too and I loved coming back in the afternoon and having a relaxing drink at the rooftop bar with panoramic view over Lake Sivaplana and mountains. 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.
- 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.
- Have fondue at The hotel Waldhaus and take in the stunning views of Lake St Moritz
- 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.
- Beware when booking a hotel, as the resort is divided into three separate villages which are spread out.
Thank you for reading this article ‘The Best Guide to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort Switzerland‘, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next Ski Trip. Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort is truly a beautiful Swiss ski resort.
Have you been to Engadin St Moritz Ski Resort before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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