St. Moritz is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world, having hosted the Winter Olympics twice and being a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its name is a registered brand and is linked with style, elegance, and class across the globe.
St. Moritz is one of Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts, providing direct access to 350km of downhill skiing on 88 different pistes supported by 24 ski lifts.
It’s no surprise that St. Moritz is so well-known: unique events like the Cresta Run, the Engadin cross-country ski marathon, and polo-on-snow have recently been joined by stunning kite-boarding over the valley floor’s acres of frozen lakes. The resort claims to be the origin of the “white winter vacation” in 1864 and possesses Switzerland’s oldest Tourism Board; it is also the only site in the nation to have held the Olympic Winter Games, in 1928 and 1948. To bring the region’s skiing up to date, the Alpine Ski World Championships were held at St. Moritz in 2003, as they had been in 1934, 1948, and 1974.
St Moritz’s three major ski regions are distinct yet large enough to stand on their own. If you’re willing to wait for the buses or drive between areas, you’ll enjoy the distinctly different slopes of each domain: the extensive, rolling, well-groomed Corviglia pistes; the drama of the high Corvatsch peak followed by a big vertical; and the massive descent across the glacier and the steepest slopes of the Diavolleza. There’s also heli-skiing, which completely characterizes the resort: you fly to the top of the hill and ski down the slope, bypassing the need to ride those tedious lifts with the rest of the hoi polloi…
First-time visitors to town are perplexed as to what all the buzz is about. The center of St. Moritz has no evident particular traits, being located on the lakefront and climbing up the high hills towards the ski domain. It’s neither too gorgeous nor overflowing with nightlife possibilities; the most notable characteristic is the quantity of luxury boutiques offering items you’ll never need on a ski vacation or anyplace else. The most of the activity, if you can call it that, occurs behind the closed doors of the big five-star hotels, leaving others in the cold. A more relaxing and welcoming spot to stay is in the resort’s spa sector, directly on the lake’s shore, where hotels like the Laudinella serve well to a mid-range clientele, albeit everything is offered under one huge roof, so you may hardly get out except to ski.