Guide to Summer in St. Moritz
With music festivals, golf tournaments, mountain trail games and hiking tours, St. Moritz’s summer programme is packed with exciting events and activities.
Prior to transforming into the ultimate winter sports resort, St. Moritz was originally established as a summer spa resort. This tradition lives on with the town becoming a hub of both sport and cultural activity throughout the summer months. A paradise for walking, climbing, horse riding and fishing, St. Moritz is also a popular venue for sailing windsurfing, golfing and mountain biking. There’s also a range of fantastic events cropping up throughout the summer. Here’s our pick of the best of St. Moritz in July, August and September.
With new bike trails being built, bike schools promoting attractive offers and international biking events, the Engadin bike scene is on the rise. The Upper Engadine has plenty of trails to suit every skill level but Corviglia is at the heart of the action with several ‘Flow Trails’ incorporating banked curves, bumps and jumps. For endurance riders, cycling the St. Moritz railway is a must whilst the ‘Upper Engadine Lake Route’ offers magnificent views.
Hiking & Mountaineering
With mountain railways providing access to the Piz Nair, the Corvatsch and the Diavolezza as well as the local mountain, Corviglia, St. Moritz is one of the best regions for hiking in the Swiss Alps. There are also plenty of great hiking options down in the valley and fantastic views of the Upper Engadin lake district from the top of Muottas Muragl. Just a 30 minute drive away is the Swiss National Park in Zernez, an unspoilt reserve covering an impressive 170km2.
Sailing and Rowing
At an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level, the Upper Engadin lakes offer ideal wind conditions for sailing. Hone your skills at the St. Moritz sailing school, rent a boat or stand-up paddleboard or enjoy watching elite rowers train on the lake in preparation for important competitions. If you can brave the chill there are also several mountain lakes ideal for swimming.
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Whilst Lake St. Moritz is popular with sailors and stand-up paddleboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers are more at home on nearby Lake Silvaplana. The reliably strong Maloja wind creates ideal weather conditions and there is a nearby kitesurfing school and windsurfing centre if you need to brush up on your skills.
Engadin St. Moritz Ultraks, 1 July 2017
At the beginning of July, the Ultraks trail-running series comes to St.Moritz with amateurs and pros alike competing in front of the most breathtaking backdrop, All three Ultraks categories, the “Pitschen”, “Media” and “Grand” course, start off in the centre of Pontresina and lead along two course loops in the Engadin mountain region. Spectators can follow and support competitors progress on a live screen in the start and finish area or ride the cable-car to reach key sections of the course.
Tavolata St. Moritz, 28-30 July 2017
Taking place on the last weekend of July is Tavolata, the largest food festival in the canton of Graubunden. The event begins on the Friday with with Tavolata Food Market and continues on Saturday and Sunday with a street barbecue and a sit-down street party with a 400-metre wooden table winding through the streets of St Moritz. A colourful crowd of visitors and locals will dine on local Engadine cuisine provided by organic farmers, butchers, bakers and cheesemongers.
The Engadin Festival, 29 July – 12 August 2017
This summer, the 77th Engadin Festival presents ten high-calibre concerts across the Upper Engadin. Featuring classical music stars, a full orchestra and outstanding young artists, this is an event music enthusiasts won’t want to miss. Artists include violinist, Isabelle Faust, pianist, Grigory Sokolov and tenor, Daniel Behle.
Rocky Mountain Trail Games, 11-13 August 2017
A new form of mountain biking event, the Rocky Mountain Trail Games requires special tests to be completed while on a circuit. Teams of two or three people have to work together in order to fulfill the various tasks. For example, a rider must complete the circuit in the same time as the previous circuit without knowing the time from the first attempt. Points are rewarded and at the end of the third day the team with the most points win the coveted trophy.
Engadinwind 2017, 14-20 August 2017
This year sees the 40th anniversary of the legendary surf and kite marathon and the Swiss championship in windsurfing take place on Lake Silvaplana. Freestyle sessions are available with vice world champion Amado Vrieswijk and on the saturday night a “Legends Party” takes place at Mt. Corvatsch with DJ Friky and Dj Ruben.
Longines CSI***** St. Moritz, 16-20 August 2017
In August the world’s best show jumpers meet at the Longines CSI St. Moritz, the five-star Concours in the Engadin. This is one of the biggest shows across Switzerland and Europe with the world’s top riders as well as young talents competing.
St. Moritz Art Masters, 25 August – 3 September 2017
This year will be 10th anniversary of this international art exhibition in St. Moritz. The main theme this year is Africa, accompanied by a second theme of photography whilst the Engadin art scene is represented in supporting events and the Walk of Art.
Sailing Champions League, 1-3 September
The Sailing Champions League determines the best European sailing club with 64 teams from 14 national sailing leagues taking part. These regattas can be viewed from a grandstand specially erected on the lake.