St. Moritz, Switzerland
How to get there
The popular and beautiful Swiss ski resort, St. Moritz, is located in the impressive Engadine Valley. The resort has hosted two Winter Olympics as well as an FIS World Ski Championship. The stylish resort is located 206 kilometres from Zürich, making it easily accessible by a combination of flying and driving. There are frequent flights from airports across the UK to Zürich and many of the budget airlines offer good deals year-round. From the airport, you can choose to hire a car and drive to the resort, or you can take the train to Chur. From Chur, catch another train to St. Moritz. Of course, if you have the financial means, you could choose to take a private jet from the airport straight to the resort.
The resort has its own train station, making rail transport a convenient option. Take the Eurostar to Paris from London St Pancras and then transfer to an overnight train destined for Chur. A local train will then take you all the way to the resort. This journey will take a fairly long time (approximately 12 hours) but the breathtaking scenery found along the route will compensate for this inconvenience.
Driving from the UK to St. Moritz is another option. The resort is 972 kilometres from Calais and the scenic drive will take you through France and Switzerland. The journey will take approximately 10 hours but is cheaper than flying and having your own car at St. Moritz can come in handy.
Who does the resort cater for?
Although skiers of all abilities will find something to love about St. Moritz, those of an expert ability will have most to be happy about. Almost half of the slopes are particularly suitable for advanced skiers, and snowboarders will be kept entertained by the magnificent snow park. This is not to say that beginners and intermediates are not well-catered for at St. Moritz. On the contrary, beginners can take advantage of a superb ski school and intermediates will find that they improve rapidly over the course of their stay.
The resort caters for both families and individual skiers, who may find themselves lodging alongside the rich and the famous. The apres-ski scene is fairly extravagant, with several high-class restaurants located among casinos and posh boutiques. For those who choose not to indulge in the amazing skiing on offer at the resort, there is a wide range of activities on offer. St. Moritz’s pretty lake freezes over early in the ski season, making ice-skating a popular choice of activity. Mountaineering, paragliding, sleigh rides, and bob-sledding are also on offer.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The standard of accommodation on offer at St. Moritz is simply breathtaking. There is, however, a range of hotels to suit all budgets, although those on a very tight budget may struggle to find accommodation in this upmarket resort. One of the most luxurious choices is the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. This establishment has long been a landmark in the resort and offers over 150 guestrooms and 38 suites. The rich and the famous can frequently be spotted in the luxurious spa, and relaxing in the comfortable and decadent restaurants.
Small chalets are relatively difficult to find in the resort but those wishing to stay in a large chalet are in luck. Le Chalet 10186 sleeps up to 25 people in 10 units. It offers a large sun terrace, a well-equipped ski room, a hi-fi system, and 7 large-screen televisions. Self-catered options are numerous, with Le Chalet 9001 offering a large kitchen with a wood-burning stove.
There are 9 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 61 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 18 blue runs (suitable for beginners). St. Moritz is part of the Upper Engadine Ski Area, giving skiers access to 350 kilometres of downhill pistes. All the slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 65,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The main ski season at St. Moritz starts in the middle of November and lasts until the end of April. Snowfall is reliable but the resort also boasts 32 impressive snow cannons, which will generate artificial snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 350 km
- Cross Country Trails: 180 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 24
- Maximum Vertical: 1570 m
- Highest Lift: 3300 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1850 m
- Lowest Piste: 1730 m