St Moritz, Switzerland

St Moritz Ski Resort

This darllling is sure to dazzle! Cosmopolitan, cool and captivating, sunny St Moritz claims 350kms of ski pistes, with the Epper Engadin a sun seeker’s paradise.

Legendary glamorous, St Moritz has been welcoming skiers since 1864 – and it’s now part of Switzerland’s largest winter sports’ region.

Snow sure, and boasting a varied terrain this Swiss treat is tops for anyone wanting to take to the slopes in style.

Known as the Champagne Climate” for its dry air and sunny slopes, St Moritz sparkles with all things five star.

Carving paradises, freeride slopes, spacious nursery slopes and a glacier downhill run lure snow sport aficionados in every direction.

Also in the region, Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza are famed for offering awe-inspiring experiences on skis.

St. Moritz has also entered its candidacy to hold the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This would be the fifth time for the town to stage the World Championships after 1934, 1948, 1974 and 2003.

The resort is a three-hour transfer from Zurich and also from Milan.

And ‘anyone who’s anyone turns up for this resort’s winter calendar, which boasts a whirl of dazzling events. The season kicks in December with the women’s Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

Luxury appeal         
From its grand hotels to its glitzy events calendar, this resort knows how to attract the well-heeled – and to keep them returning! And with every tenth restaurant carrying a gourmet certificate, this resort is a must for lovers of fine food.

Star attraction
Willy Bogner, publishers Jürg Marquard and Hubert Burda, coffee billionaire Klaus Jakobs, actresses Liz Hurley and Maria Furtwängler, Ivana Trump

Skiers and snowboarders have a choice of 88 runs – covering 350kms of piste. There are 18 easy descents, 61 medium runs and nine hard runs, plus a 10km glacier descent  -Diavolezza- Morteratsch. There’s also 180kms of cross-country ski opportunities here. Those seeking a relaxed ride can opt for the Chillout Piste, where racing is forbidden. The ski season runs from November 19 2011 to May 27 2012 at this 10,837ft resort.

Apres ski
There are more than 30 mountain restaurants situated right next to the pistes, – plus numerous panorama restaurants, ski huts and snowbars. And it’s definitely gourmet cuisine. Try the thermal springs, see the latest collection in the stops, see the ice skeleton toboggan run (in use since 1884) or take in a horse-drawn sleigh ride. And don’t miss the horse racing in the frozen lake!

Location, location
St Mortitz is close to the border of Lichtenstein, Germany and Austria.

Photography credit: Christof Sonderegger

Briony Key has worked for the Scotsman and Travel Weekly and currently writes for Time and Leisure, planetski and Family Ski News. She loves action sports and is this year taking on a Ben Nevis challenge for the British Heart Foundation. Her hobbies include travel, restoring old furniture and working in theatre wardrobes.

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