St Moritz – Switzerland
Resort height: 1,750m – 3,303m
Total piste length: 350km
Positioned at 1,856m in the Engadin Valley, St Moritz enjoys sunshine 300 days a year, as well as snow reliability. St Moritz has enjoyed a charmed existence ever since its genesis in 1864. The resort itself is the self-proclaimed ‘birthplace of the white winter holiday.’ It’s an impressive claim backed up by having the oldest Tourism Board in Switzerland as well as hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 1928 and 1948. With many concurring that St Moritz is indeed the best wintersports resort in the world, it is unsurprising that it plays host to many impressive sporting events. The frozen lake at St Moritz has been the setting for royal polo matches, skating, and golf. It is only natural that a resort with such credentials is sought after by the world’s wealthiest and most well-connected individuals.
Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz form the four main sections of the ski area, with a total of 350km of pistes. Corviglia is best for intermediates with lots of runs for cruising and some more challenging blacks. Corvatsch has the highest lift in the valley running to 3,303m as well as enjoying fantastic conditions, best suited to more experienced skiers. With just three lifts and a beginner drag, Diavolezza can seem deceptively tame; however only serious skiers should take this area on as it predominantly features red and blacks. In contrast to Diavolezza, Zuoz is a family friendly area with plenty of facilities for children and beginners.
Where to lunch
Alpina Hutte, situated in the Corvigli area, is a charming ski hut that serves traditional Swiss and local dishes. With a roof terrace and cosy restaurant, Alpina Hutte offers a flexible venue for enjoying lunch or drinks on the slopes.
The Carlton Bar and Lobby is a more formal dining option, with stunning views over Lake St. Moritz, The Carlton has been sensitively restored with open fires and sun terraces. The bar is the perfect spot to meet dinner guests for some pre or post dinner cocktails.
Where to stay
The Kempinski Grand Hotel is a 5 star hotel with extensive health, fitness and beauty facilities. The hotel is renowned for its attention to detail and attentive service. It has an unrivalled location at the Mauritius spring, the root of St Moritz itself; in addition it is the only 5 star hotel in St Moritz with direct access to the region of Corviglia.
For a more budget-friendly option, The Hotel Randolins, found above St Moritz on the Suvretta hillside, is a good choice. With a wellness centre area and panoramic views, the hotel is easily accessible from ski slopes and hiking trails. Buffet breakfasts are also included in the room rate.
The King’s Club in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is synonymous with partying in Switzerland. The venue prides itself on being the most famous nightclub, not just in St. Moritz, but all of Switzerland. A celebrity favourite, the venue is almost always full to capacity and has no set closing hours. The dress code is ‘dress to impress.’
For those looking for a more relaxed affair, Cascade restaurant offers a relaxed space in which to have après-ski drinks whilst also enjoying the art deco interiors.