If you’re looking for a luxurious ski vacation, few resorts can top St. Moritz’s famed prestige. The St. Moritz village is situated at the center of the Engadin Valley, which the Inn River passes through. Like most resorts located in the Swiss Alps, you can be assured that St. Moritz offers stunning views of dramatic mountain peaks. The Swiss town was also the proud host of the Winter Olympic Games twice, once in 1928 and again in 1948. 1928 was the year skeleton sledding debuted and the only time it’s been a part of the Winter Olympics— a contest where the competitors raced down the Cresta Run while lying headfirst on sleds.
The base area of the resort is divided into St. Moritz Bad, which has easier access to the lifts, and St. Moritz Dorf, which features an elegant shopping village. The resort incorporates four large ski areas—Corvatsch, Corviglia, Diavolezza/Lagalb and Lifts Zuoz—and their combined 215+ miles of terrain. As host to the Engadin Ski Marathon, Nordic skiing is quite popular, and the resort offers over 142 miles of cross-country trails around the town.
Activities off the slopes include winter horse racing, curling, bobsledding, snowshoeing, snowkiting or shopping in dozens of chic shops. Afternoon tea on a sunny café terrace is a must. A whole world of entertainment from informal bars to the casino and stylish nightclubs can fill your evenings. A St. Moritz ski vacation will delight anyone looking for a high-end experience from start to finish.
in one of the opulent five-star hotels in St. Moritz for easy access to the slopes and to be in the heart of the town’s arts and culture scene.
by flying into the Zurich airport, under three hours from the town by car.
the Segantini Museum to view over 100 different 19th-century paintings from artist Giovanni Segantini, or the 12th-century St. Mauritius Church with its intricate architecture and rich history.
yourself to holistic therapy at one of the luxury spas for a revitalizing mineral or mud bath to relax in between days on the mountain.
the longest glacier run in Switzerland, around 6 miles in length, from mid-October to the start of May.
one of the largest and most varied winter sports regions in the Alps with 87 different runs that have hosted World Cup events over the years.
the hearty and savory Grisons barley soup, made with barley, dried meat, vegetables and spices, a common dish served at different restaurants around town.
a thrilling bobsled ride or night skiing under the full moon and star-filled skies at Corvatsch or Diavolezza areas.
Deciding on when to visit St. Moritz depends on what kind of snow you’re looking for and what kind of budget you’re working with. Throughout the season, you'll see both lift ticket and lodging prices fluctuate.
The early season, from late November to mid-December, is often less crowded and lift ticket prices may be lower. However, snowfall during this period may be variable and some ski runs may not be open yet.
During the peak season, from late December to mid-March, the snow conditions in St. Moritz are typically at their best. This period is also the busiest time of year, with lift ticket prices generally higher. Towards the end of the season, from mid-March to mid-April, the crowds tend to thin out and the lift ticket prices may drop. However, the snow conditions may also be more variable, depending on the weather.
Ski.com is happy to assist you with finding quotes within your budget and planning around your busy schedule to find the perfect time to visit the slopes of St. Moritz.
Staying in St. Moritz during your winter ski vacation can offer a unique cultural experience in addition to exceptional skiing opportunities. In the heart of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz is a charming town with a rich cultural heritage and an array of historical and artistic attractions to explore.
By booking accommodations in town, you’ll benefit from a shorter commute to the slopes and the rich nightlife, après and shopping scenes. You can browse through the boutiques for luxury items or visit the gourmet restaurants to savor the local cuisine. At night, you can enjoy drinks and live music at trendy bars and nightclubs. Then you’ll get up the next morning to do it all over again while being close to the mountain and first up for untracked lines in the fresh snow.
The most accessible St. Moritz skiing can be found in the Corviglia and Corvatsch areas, which are the closest in proximity to Bad village. Experts find that there are plenty of thrilling challenges spread out over the area’s vast expanse. The black runs at Diavolezza and Lagalb are probably the most challenging. Plus, there’s plenty of off-piste skiing that stays untracked for days. Those looking to earn their turns should hire a guide and explore Corvatsch’s Roseg Valley. Diavolezza offers a renowned off-piste glacier route, the longest in Switzerland, and of course, exquisite alpine views.
Intermediates and families will especially love the Corviglia sector, with its numerous meticulously groomed blue runs and convenient proximity to the base area. Intermediates can explore nearly all the ski areas thanks to St. Moritz’s exceptional grooming capabilities. Beginners have a couple of good terrain options at Languard family ski area, Celerina or Sils Maria, a few of the seven smaller areas catering to new learners of the sport. These are in Engadin, which is accessible by car or train, and just a little way off from the main ski area. As always, Ski.com recommends booking a guide when skiing in Europe, especially if it’s your first time at that resort. Maximize the turns you’ll get on the mountain by having someone else do the navigating and insights from a local on everything from where to go for après to secret stashes.
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