Maloja, Switzerland

How to get there

Maloja is the departure point for the world-famous Engadine Ski Marathon and the stunningly beautiful area connects the Bregaglia and the Engadine. It is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland, primarily as a result of its reliable snow conditions and welcoming atmosphere.

Unfortunately, Maloja does not have its own rail station, which makes reaching it relatively difficult for a Swiss ski resort. However, do not let this put you off this majestic town. Maloja can be reached via St. Moritz, which has its own small airport. St. Moritz is easily accessible from Zurich International Airport, which is served by flights departing from airports all over the UK. From the airport at Zurich, catch the train to Chur and then transfer to the train destined for St. Moritz. Once you reach the town, take the regional bus direct to the ski resort. Alternatively, you can hire a car at the airport and drive the distance to the resort, via St. Moritz. The route will take you through Chur, Thusis, and Tiefencastel, crossing over the Julier Pass.

If you would prefer to travel by train from the UK to Maloja, you will need to travel through St. Moritz. Take the Eurostar to Paris from London and then catch the overnight train heading towards Chur. A local train will take you to St. Moritz and then a bus will take you to Maloja. This journey will take about 12 hours but the outstanding scenery more than compensates for this lengthy trip.

Driving between the UK and the ski resort is another option but the ski resort is over 950 kilometres away from Calais. However, driving will be cheaper than flying and you will have the advantage of having your own car whilst in Maloja, which could come in handy.

Who does the resort cater for?

Maloja is the perfect ski resort for families of all sizes. It is the only village in the upper Engadine valley to have achieved the Swiss Tourism Organisation’s ‘Families Welcome’ prize. The resort is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers keen to hone their skills. The reputable Ski Sports School Maloja puts on frequent entertainment programmes ideal for younger skiers and those who are easily bored by downhill skiing. Cross-country skiers love the region but not as much as snowboarders, who are consistently impressed by the powder on offer at the higher altitudes of the resort.

For those who do not wish to hit the slopes during the day, there is plenty on offer in Maloja to keep them entertained. There are over 120 kilometres of hiking trails that prove popular with visitors of all ages, as well as 3 runs designed for tobogganing, and snowshoe trails that go through amazing scenery. The local natural ice rink offers ice-skating, ice hockey, and curling.

What accommodation does the resort offer?

Maloja has a wide range of accommodation options for visitors to the resort. Most people choose to stay in one of the comfortable, cosy hotels that are dotted throughout the town. Hotel Schweizerhaus-Pöstli is conveniently located in the middle of town, and the dining room offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The rooms are luxuriously furnished and the hotel offers bed and breakfast, or half-board. It also organises a special Gala Dinner, which is always a popular choice with guests. This hotel has a swimming pool and sauna for those who wish to relax after a hard day on the slopes. Hotel Longhin is another popular choice. It has a lovely restaurant and is located next to a natural reserve. Body massages are on offer but for more active guests, there is also an indoor tennis court. Some skiers prefer to stay in chalets or private apartments and Pra d’Sura is an ideal choice. It is located just a short walk away from the centre of town and has a sauna and comfortable lounge.

Slope information

There is 1 black run (suitable for expert skiers), 2 blue runs (suitable for beginners), and 1 green run (suitable for those learning to ski). The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 1,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort also has a snow cannon which generates artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.

Resort Vitals

  • Downhill Pistes: 350 km
  • Cross Country Trails: 150 km
  • Number of Ski Lifts: 55
  • Maximum Vertical: 1600 m
  • Highest Lift: 3300 m
  • Altitude of Resort: 1820 m
  • Lowest Piste: 1700 m