St Moritz Ski Holidays
Switzerland

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St Moritz, nestled in the centre of the Engadine valley, boasts more than 350 kilometres of groomed piste in four interconnected ski areas. There are endless opportunities both on and off piste, for skiers of all ages and abilities. The quality of these pistes, which are studded with several gastronomic restaurants, makes St Moritz one of the most fashionable resorts in the Alps.

The town is split into two distinctive areas, St. Moritz Dorf, the sophisticated town with its fashionable shops and boutiques and the quieter St. Moritz Bad, located next to the spectacular frozen lake. The town doesn't have the Swiss chocolate box image of a classic resort but the spectacular setting is worth a visit alone but beware - the resort is exclusive and very pricey!
If you think that the après ski in St Moritz is a sea of fur coats and sunglasses then you would be right, but that’s not all there is to experience! There is something for everyone in St Moritz from jolly tea time beers to late night clubs with world famous DJ’s and live music on offer.

If you’re after some loud music, a few beers and some dancing in your ski boots then you will be sure of a good time at Bobby’s which has been going strong for almost 30 years now! A very traditional pub with a young crowd that offers some good value drinks.

The Stubli is under the Hotel Schweizerhof and opens from 8pm so tends to get busy for the post-dinner crowd with some excellent cocktails as well as a few snacks if you haven’t made it back to your chalet.

There are three bars of varying atmospheres in the Steffani hotel all of which get quite popular around tea time – the Cresta Bar is probably the pick of the three with some excellent memorabilia from the iconic sled track on the walls and a large British presence as well as some locals who are looking for a good time. If you’re after more of an Austrian style experience then head to the Cava which is downstairs.

If it’s live music that you are after then a great option is to head to the popular piano bar at the Schewizerhof hotel. It opens at 9pm for the cocktail crowd and keeps on going until the early music with the music getting more upbeat towards the end of the evening. You will find a more mature crowd here than at the Cresta or Cava bars but that’s not to say it isn’t a lively option!

Nightclubs in St Moritz are really quite expensive but also very glamorous – one of the top options is the Vivai nightclub which is open throughout the day and well into the night for both private parties and general merriment. Be prepared to pay handsomely for the experience! Another popular option, but one that is also very expensive, is the aptly names Kings Club at the Badrutt’s Palace hotel. You will need to dress up to gain entrance, jeans are generally not allowed and you will definitely need to pack something other than trainers! It doesn’t shut until the last people go home so be prepared for a late night!
St Moritz has long been renowned as a destination for the rich and famous, but there are plenty of activities available off the slopes for those who don’t have a private jet on call! One of the most iconic activities in the Alps is the terrifying Cresta toboggan run that was first built back in 1885 and is still made from scratch every year! Although it is a members’ club it’s also open to non-members and there are rides every weekday morning – if you come off at the infamous Shuttlecock Corner then you become a member of the Shuttlecock Club and are entitled to wear the club tie! The fee for beginners is CHF600, or about £400, which includes tuition, safety equipment, a sled and 5 runs. Unfortunately the ladies, this is a male only course! Special insurance is available at the clubhouse and is highly recommended.

Away from the breakneck speed of the Cresta Run there is a wealth of activities around St Moritz’s frozen lake to enjoy. You can watch snow polo, take part in horse riding/racing, play snow cricket and generally enjoy a lot of traditionally English sports but in spectacular surroundings!! Despite what many might think, there is a very inclusive atmosphere in St Moritz and it is not just for the English aristocracy – there are plenty of locals in all of the sports clubs and tourists are actively encouraged to join in.

Shopping is one of the main activities to sample in St Moritz, and whilst it us undeniably expensive the selection of clothes, food and beautiful local crafts is quite staggering. Many people come to St Moritz especially for the shopping and do bear in mind that if you spend over CHF400 then you can reclaim the sales tax at the airport which helps makes things a little bit more bearable to your wallet!

Walking along the valley between St Moritz and Bever is another very popular activity with a number of footpaths on option from buggy friendly woodland options that are perfect for families to more strenuous paths that head up into the mountains. There are over 150kms of piste to choose from around the valley with maps available from the tourist office in town – guides are also available if you would like someone to take care of directions and teach you about the local area.

Another great way of seeing the mountains is to go on a tandem paragliding trip with a qualified instructor. These take place every day, weather depending, from the Corvilglia lift station and finishing down on the frozen lake by the boathouse. Prices start from around CHF200 and you can get some excellent photos from cameras positioned on the wings – a perfect souvenir!

Finally, if you just want to relax and leave the adrenaline sports to someone else then a great option is to take the train to Scuol from St Moritz and enjoy the fantastic thermal spas! The train journey takes around 80 minutes and entitles you to 3 hours in the spa with tickets starting at CHF41pp.

On the mountain

El Paradiso is a very popular restaurant with some stunning views! The menu combines traditional French, Swiss and Italian Alpine specialities and has some really rather excellent food on the menu. The prices are fairly steep, but that has to be expected in St Moritz!

La Marmite is definitely one of the most exclusive mountain restaurants in Europe – right up there with the Chalet Blanche in Verbier. It is just by the Piz Nair cablecar and offers fur clad chairs, an outside ice vodka bar and celebrities by the bucket load so bring your sunglasses and prepare for some people watching! A lobster club sandwich will set you back around £50.... http://www.mathisfood.ch/corviglia/la-marmite/

Alpetta is owned by a very friendly local character called Dorigo who greats all of his guests as if they have been friends for years! There is a great selection of meat dishes on the menu here with plenty of game and local sausages on the menu – definitely one for unrepentant carnivores. http://www.alpetta.ch/

Fuorcla Surlej is very different to almost all of the mountain restaurants in St Moritz – you won’t find any champagne on ice here, it is a real life mountain refuge with food that is pretty basic but one of the most stunning views in the world. Don’t concentrate on the service, just enjoy the surroundings....

In town

The Laudinella hotel is in St Moritz Bad with a number of different restaurants! You can get a takeaway Thai meal, enjoy some pizza and pasta or even have some excellent Japanese food as well as traditional Swiss dishes like raclette and fondue.

Cascade serves quite upmarket cuisine in beautiful surroundings – the menu is definitely ‘modern european’ and the prices are quite high! If you fancy something lighter then you can get a bite to eat in the bar and indulge in some people watching.

Chesa Veglia is in the Bardutt’s Palace Hotel and incorporates three restaurants including a grill and a pizzeria. The atmosphere is always excellent with a great buzz and perfect for families who want something a little bit more casual.

Steffani is another popular hotel in St Moritz with a number of restaurants to cater for both residents and non-residents. The Lapin Bleu offers excellent local dishes, the Mandarin is one of the best oriental restaurants in the resort and the Stuva Grill has traditional steaks and meat dishes. Highly recommended.

St Moritz isn’t full of chalets and so doesn’t often figure on many families’ radar but there are excellent nurseries available, especially those affiliated with the nicer hotels, as well as some fun activities to enjoy off the slopes!

A great way of seeing the mountains with the whole family is from comfort of a horse drawn carriage! You can indulge your children with an afternoon ride followed by a picnic or take someone special out for a romantic trip through the neighbouring valley. Rides take anything from 45 minutes to over 2 hours depending on your route and are offered by a number of different operators who can also teach you a lot about the region during your trip.

A trip on the Bernina Express train is also great fun with day trips to Tirano or the beautiful lake Lugano available throughout the winter. Food is served on board, or you can take a picnic to enjoy at your leisure whilst you take in the stunning Alpine scenery. http://www.eurail.com/trains-europe/scenic-trains/bernina-express

Younger children can enjoy a great snow themed play area on the Muottas Muragal slopes or older children can hang out in one of St Moritz’s two child friendly snow parks at Salastrains and Provuler. Both have a great selection of smaller jumps, fun boxes and rails as well as areas to rest and enjoy a hot chocolate with some new friends.

Tobogganing is very popular in St Moritz and you can choose from three marked runs as well as a few shorter slopes if you don’t want to go too fast! One of the most famous is the run from Preda to Bergun alongside the mountain railway and you can get the train all the way back into town when you’ve finished. At 5kms long it is the longest run in the region and is also floodlight to let you enjoy it well into the evening. http://www.stmoritz.ch/en/winter/activities/sledging.html

If you fancy a total break from the slopes, and also want to learn more about the natural history of Switzerland, then a trip to the Swiss National Park and its excellent visitors centre is well worth a trip. You can easily get there on the train which runs from the centre of town – a fantastic day trip! http://www.nationalpark.ch/go/en/visit/how-to-get-there/

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1770m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    12km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3303m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    23

  • TOTAL PISTE

    350km