Famous for its glitz and glamour, St Moritz is the most exclusive winter sports resort in the world.
Located in the southern Alps of Switzerland, within the Engadine valley, St Moritz is the oldest winter sports resort in the world. It rose to prominence in the 16th century due to its mineral springs, but it wasn’t until 1864 that St Moritz as a premier winter sports destination was born.
This came about as a result of a bet that hotelier Johannes Badrutt made with four British summer tourists, claiming that St Moritz was far superior to England in the winter. He invited them to experience this for themselves and if they were not persuaded he would reimburse them their travel expenses. This marked the beginning of winter tourism in the Alps, and the British certainly made an impact in St Moritz, introducing games such as curling, cricket and polo into the resort.
With a combination of five star mountain restaurants, high-altitude skiing and designer shops, not to mention the abundance of luxury chalets in St Moritz, it is no surprise that a variety of famous faces, royals and wealthy clientele are attracted to the resort. With reliable snowfall and over 300 days of sun per year, St Moritz has the ideal climate for enjoying all manner of winter sports and prestigious international events.
From the Snow Polo World Cup and ‘White Turf’ horse racing, to the Gourmet Festival and the Engadin Snow Golf World Cup, St Moritz has a worldwide reputation for exceptional winter entertainment. The resort has already hosted two Winter Olympics, and in 2017 the Skiing World Championships will return here for the fifth time. Summer in St Moritz is equally popular, offering an array of activities including sailing, cycling and windsurfing. No matter what the season, St Moritz remains an outstanding holiday destination.
“Home to numerous prestigious eateries ‘at the top of the world’, St Moritz leads the way in mountain gastronomy.”
Widely regarded as one of the world’s best mountain restaurants, La Marmite is a culinary paradise. Serving luxury cuisine, renowned chef Reto Mathis specialises in caviar and truffle laden dishes.
www.mathisfood.ch/la-marmite / +41 81 833 63 55
El Paradiso is a stylish restaurant with spectacular views. These are best enjoyed from the relaxing sun terrace which is decorated with a candelabra on the bar and cosy, sheepskin-covered benches. Combining local ingredients with modern French and Italian influences, El Paradiso is worth seeking out.
www.el-paradiso.ch / +41 81 833 40 02
Located on Corvatsch, Alpetta is a traditional, rustic mountain hut serving delicious game dishes and baked truffle polenta amongst other culinary delights.
www.alpetta.ch / +41 81 828 86 30
Owned by Badrutt’s Palace since 1936, Chesa Veglia is a historic farmhouse housing two bars and three restaurants; Pizzeria Heuboden, Patrizier Stuben and Grill Chadafo.
www.badruttspalace.com / + 41 81 837 10 00
“Vibrant yet sophisticated are the words that spring to mind when describing St Moritz after hours.”
Although St Moritz has a variety of excellent bars to suit all ages, there are also a number of cafes which are worth visiting. The historic Cafe Hanselmann for example, serves delectable pastries and ice cream.
For whisky lovers this bar is unmissable. Located within the Waldhaus Am See Hotel, Devil’s Place claims to house the world’s largest whisky selection.
www.waldhaus-am-see.ch / +41 81 836 60 00
Outside the Hotel Hauser, the trendy Roo Bar has a large terrace surrounded by heat lamps and is a popular spot with the apres-ski set.
www.hotelhauser.ch / +41 81 837 50 50
As one of the livelier venues, Hemingway’s Club has something of a cult status in St Moritz. The club remains open until the last reveller leaves, usually about 6am!
+41 81 832 32 12
With its ‘dress to impress’ dress code, Kings Club is one of the most upmarket nightclubs in Europe. An undesignated closing time means the party carries on well into the early hours.
www.badruttspalace.com / + 41 81 837 10 00
“With three high-altitude areas to choose from, skiing in St Moritz offers good conditions and panoramic views.”
At an elevation of 1770m, reaching 3305m at the top of Piz Corvatsch, skiing in St Moritz has snow-sure slopes and a variety of terrain to explore. Divided into three separate ski areas there are nearly 350km of pistes to navigate.
With easy access from the town centre, the heart of the ski area is at Corviglia. This part of the mountain is one of the busiest, but there are excellent long cruising runs to enjoy. Across the valley, Corvatsch is often considered to have better conditions and is popular with freeriders. Here you will also find Switzerland’s longest floodlit piste, which attracts many night time skiers. Accessible only by taking a bus or train, Diavolezza and Lagalb make up the third area. This side of the mountain offers some of the more challenging skiing in the resort, particularly the popular off-piste glacier route from Diavolezza to Morteratsch.
The Engadine is an excellent area for cross-country skiers with 150km of scenic trails through pine forest and along the lake front. Cross-country skiing is a prominent sport in St Moritz, and the Engadin Marathon that takes place here is an annual highlight.
With over 220 instructors Suvretta Sports offers a variety of options from Kid’s Ski School to private lessons. They also provide race training and a Freestyle Academy for those wanting to master rails and kickers.
www.suvretta-sports.ch / +41 81 836 61 61
As the most international snowsports school in the Engadin valley, Ski Cool has an experienced team of local guides who offer private lessons as well as off-piste guiding and specialised courses in navigating moguls and improving carving techniques.
www.skicool.ch / +41 79 915 29 89
“With so many activities to enjoy away from the slopes, in St Moritz you are spoilt for choice.”
Not to be confused with the bobsleigh, the Cresta Run is a natural, ice, skeleton toboggan track. Built in 1884, it is only open to men, and with speeds reaching 80 mph this is not for the faint hearted.
Olympia Bob Run
Take a high speed trip down the oldest bobsleigh run in the world. Riding with a professional driver and brakeman, experience what it feels like to hurtle down the ice track at speeds reaching 80 mph.
www.olympia-bobrun.ch / +41 81 830 02 00
Using the power of a kite, glide across frozen Lake Silvaplana on skis or snowboards.
www.kitesailing.ch / +41 81 828 97 67
Tandem paragliding and hand-gliding
Enjoy the majestic sights of St Moritz from the air. With an experienced pilot you can sit back, relax and appreciate the stunning scenery.
www.luftarena.ch / +41 79 353 21 59