The largest winter sports region in Switzerland enthralls visitors with its breathtaking landscapes and cultured way of life.
Get ready to discover some of the greatest slopes in Switzerland: the Engadin area is not only a paradise and playground for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels, but a breathtakingly beautiful destination in its own right.
Corviglia/Piz Nair, Diavolezza/Lagalb and Corvatsch are just some of the ski areas to be discovered in the Engadin Valley. With some 350km (217 miles) of slopes to explore, you'll never be stuck for options - and there's always a new challenge to take on.
With all the superb snowsports facilities on your doorstep, don't forget to make time for lunch! The Engadin region is almost as famous for its gastronomy as its skiing, with rustic but stylish alpine restaurants serving up unforgettable twists on traditional specialities.
Directly opposite the hotel, the Signalbahn is the perfect funicular to bring you into the famous Corviglia skiing area.
World-class pistes, delicious food, and the stunning peak of Piz Nair rising over it all: it's not hard to see why the Corviglia/Piz Nair area is one of the most popular and well-regarded in the world of snow sports. From the top of the mountain, skiers have a commanding view over the whole of the valley.
The funicular from Dorf, cable car and chair from Bad, and the gondola and chair from Celerina all provide easy access to Corviglia. Ascend early to experience the "White Carpet" - the first run down the pristine piste - and the stunning sunrise over the Engadine valley all at once.
It is a fantastic area for intermediate skiers, filled with cruising runs and a few challenging black runs. The "high-speed" piste offers the chance to measure your top speed for free, as many times as you like. Snowboarders also shouldn't miss the area's snow park, which has a combination of easy and advanced lines, and a range of over 30 obstacles to play with.
Corviglia Snow Park: The Snow Park up on the Corviglia is the ultimate freestyle playground, packed with variety. Extremely well maintained, it is full of cool features, starting with the perfectly designed line for the first three consecutive kicks. The park also has a wide range of rails and boxes, a corner and hits of all sizes: freestyle heaven!
Corvastsch boasts some of the best conditions in the whole region, as well as the highest lift in the valley – ascending to a massive 3,305m. The cruise run from the top is always popular, and there are plenty of opportunities for freeriding in the area too.
Turn up on a Friday evening and experience a real feast for the eyes, as the lights go on for party time at Switzerland's longest-illuminated piste! The sound of music and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the fresh alpine air as snow bars pop up along the run. Snow Night is the place to be for fun-loving skiers in St Moritz.
Snowpark Corvatsch: Now snowboarders and skiers alike can show off all their tricks. The wide variety of kickers and rails is superbly maintained, and the quarter-pipe is the place to put on a big show.
This pair of linked mountains in the Bernina Valley can be reached by train or bus from St Moritz. Diavolezza offers two amazing on-piste descents, as well as a vast expanse of off-piste terrain to explore in the Val Arlas (hiring a guide is recommended!) It is as much worth coming for the incredible scenery as the skiing.
Across the valley, and accessible via a drag-lift, Lagalb is no less beautiful and offers two stellar red runs for those who like to go fast, and a more complex black run for the more advanced skier.
A special mention must also go to the "Glüna Plaina", or full moon skiing available at Diavolezza. Skiing the silent slopes down to the valley at night, lit up by the silvery light of the full moon, is an experience you will never forget.
Don't worry if you are not a confident skier: there are plenty of excellent beginner slopes to start out on, such as Languard in Pontresina, Prouveler in Celerina and Cristins in Silvaplana. If you are travelling with children, take them for a great day out at Zuoz, with its wide, easily-navigated slopes. If sledging or hiking is more your thing, pay a visit to Muottas Muragl, which is specially reserved for winter walkers and offers some of the finest views in the region.
Cross-Country Skiing - 200 km of the Best Prepared Cross-Country Trails
The Upper Engadin is heaven for cross-country skiers, with its superb combination of spectacular landscapes, trails of outstanding quality, and, of course, the all-important guarantee of snow.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains enjoys a fantastic position at one of the main intersections of ski-trails in the high valley. Surrounded by 200 kilometres of cross-country trails, the hotel is the perfect place for seasoned skiers and novices alike to take to the slopes.
Head to the cross-country centre in the park to rent cross-country skis, book your lessons and get detailed trail maps and the most recent information about the trails and snow conditions.
Be sure to plan some after-dark skiing with the night trail from 5.30 pm until 9.00 pm. Taking you directly alongside the hotel and beautifully illuminated all the way, it's a truly unforgettable experience.
From one of the longest loops in the Engadin near Zuoz to the Direttissima (the 'direct route') across the three lakes, there's a route to appeal to every skier. More ambitious skiers shouldn't miss the chance to train on the legendary route - the 42 most famous kilometres of trail in Switzerland - where they'll tackle the picturesque side valleys or enjoy a circuit on the racing route near St. Moritz.
Get back to nature with a stroll through the forests and lakes of this lovely part of the world.
Although many people come to Engadin for skiing and snowboarding, there's plenty of opportunity to indulge in more leisurely pursuits and simply enjoy the beautiful environment at your own pace. With frozen lakes, towering mountains and wonderfully clear alpine light, it is also a photographer's dream.
Seenweg St. Moritz to Maloja
The perfect example of the Engadin St Moritz region's natural beauty, this walk is an ideal way to start your break in the region, or alternatively a way to say goodbye on your last day.
Beginning at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, the route passes by the Olympic ski jump, Lej Marsch, and on down to Lej Champfer. Following the trail to Surlej takes you along Lake Silvaplana, and eventually the opportunity to walk over the frozen Lake Sils to Maloja. The frozen lakes are especially beautiful as the sun sets before you treat yourself to a well-deserved meal in town.
Philosopher’s Trail Muottas Muragl
This gentle trail is great for less experienced hikers, stretching around 7km (4.3 miles) to Lej Muragl. It is signposted with inspirational quotes from well-known philosophers, so you'll have plenty to contemplate as you enjoy your walk.
Plan your routes and discover more with this list of hiking trails and slegding runs.
Muottas Muragl Toboggan Run
There are several toboggan runs to discover in the region, and if you have never jumped in a toboggan before, you will find it is just as much fun as it looks. This run is the fastest in the region, and offers 20 curves and a hair-raising 705m vertical drop as it travels through pine larch forests – fantastic for thrill-seekers, and one run won't be enough! It is easily accessible via funicular railway, and the panoramic views of the Upper Engadin are well worth the trip too.
Toboggan Run Bergün
This 5km (4 miles) run is a great experience for the whole family, stretching from Preda to Bergün along the snowy expanse of the Albula Pass road. While the run itself is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your break, the journey there is just as exciting: the Rhaetian Railway passes through a UNESCO World Heritage site that has been described as something from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The railway stations at Preda and Bergün each helpfully offer their own toboggan rental services.
Thanks to its natural resources, sunny climate and excellent facilities, the Upper Engadin is still one of the most popular winter sports destinations in the world. Whether it's skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or something even more thrilling, you will find it all here.
Thanks to its natural resources, sunny climate, and excellent facilities, the Upper Engadin is still one of the most popular winter sports destinations in the world. Whether it's skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or something even more thrilling, you will find it all here.
SNOW KITING ON LAKE SILVAPLANA
Let the wind carry you in this snowy version of kiteboarding, on the lake where the sport was invented. The Kite Sailing School by the lake will teach beginners all they need to know about this thrilling pursuit, which is unique among snowsports as it allows travel uphill as well as down. It is also a great way to learn the same techniques used in kiteboarding, without the risk of getting soaked!
Beginning at Sils station, this tour of the Upper Engadin ski areas is a must-do. The route heads toward the top of the Corvatsch at 3,303m, before passing through Hahnensee and St Moritz Bad. Once on the opposite side of the valley, the safari continues to Marguns and down to Celerina, and finally a journey to Lagalb where a 10km glacier run awaits. The entire route covers 99km of downhill runs, but don't worry about getting tired out – there are 22 rest stops along the way, so you can take it at a pace that suits you.
TANDEM PARAGLIDING AND HANG-GLIDING
From an aerial vantage point, the alpine landscape of the Engadin becomes even more stunning – and enjoyed with a friend or a loved one, the experience of looking down over the snow-capped mountains and lakes is all the more special. Once you have returned to solid ground, photos and video recordings are available as souvenirs of your adventure.