It is no surprise that winter sports were invented here. The sun-blessed Upper Engadin is the largest winter sports region in Switzerland – a dream come true for every snow sports enthusiast. Exploring this glorious Alpine landscape is a never-ending thrill.
Summer in St Moritz
St Moritz reached its current fame as the cradle of winter tourism, although the St Moritz mineral springs were already well known in the Middle Ages. Particularly during the summer months, it is a place of pilgrimage for visitors from all over the world.
More and more young people are drawn to St Moritz to climb mountains or to try out the numerous mountain routes on a mountain bike. There is hardly any place that offers such a wide variety of different sports as St Moritz. And then there is the famous Maloja wind that challenges even experienced sailors on the vast lake districts, and when the sky is filled with colourful kite sails, it’s summer in the Engadin valley.
One valley, five golf courses and 60 holes: each of these courses is unique and has its own challenges. You can also enojy a bit of hiking in the Swiss National Park or a pleasant walk around the lakes. A view from the mountain huts down into the valley invites international guests to relax and unwind.
There’s always something happening with one event following the next, especially in the summer. The panoply is colourful and varied. St Moritz is vibrant when the engines of the British Classic Car Meeting roar to life, when La Tavolata provides insights into local cooking styles, when the best surfers arrive for the Surf Marathon, when jazz lovers from around the world listen to the stars at the Dracula Club or when art is the focus at the St Moritz Art Masters.
Winter in St Moritz
A Swiss hotelier laid the cornerstone for winter tourism in the Alps with a bet in 1864. He bet with his British guests that winter in the Engadin valley was as sunny as the summer – and he won. St Moritz has since been considered the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and celebrated it 150th anniversary in the winter of 2014/15.
Snow-white slopes and trails are right outside the hotel in the midst of the breathtaking mountain landscape of the Engadin valley. Deep snow-covered slopes sparkle in the sun and the wide valley creates its own magic. In short, it is a true winter sports paradise. There is a total of 350 km (217.5 mi) of pistes in the ski areas of Corviglia/Piz Nair, Corvatsch and Diavolezza/Lagalb and a few smaller areas, and the network of cross-country ski-tracks passing right by the hotel is unparalleled.
The international fame of St Moritz is a composition of many facets in winter too. On the one hand, there are the world-class events like the Gourmet Festival, the World Cup Polo on Snow, the White Turf race on the frozen lake and the bars and nightlife, which have their own special flair. On the other hand, there is a quiet side to it too, such as quiet winter hikes in hidden valleys, carriage rides, the bright blue sky, and of course, the great cuisine. From the pub to the star restaurants, there is something for everyone. And last but in no way the least, the warm and uncomplicated attention of the people make what is known as the magic of St Moritz.