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Skiing in St. Moritz
St. Moritz - Ski Resort in Upper Engadine Area, Swiss Alps - 350km of Piste (1730m to 3300m)
The world's most famous ski resort and the pioneer of Alpine winter holidays in 1864. Home of the Winter Olympics of 1928 and 1948 and of the famous Cresta Run. Long association with the global jet set who are offered unrivalled facilities if they stay at the best hotels, however there is so much to see and do that there is something for everyone. Additional winter activities include horse racing, polo and cricket on the frozen lake and a mass cross country race.
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|61||Red Pistes (245km)|
|18||Blue Pistes (70km)|
|180km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz is part of the Upper Engadine Area ski area and has direct access to 350km of downhill skiing, with 88 individual pistes, served by 24 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- St. Moritz is able to augment natural snow, on 70km of ski runs, with 260 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 24 Ski Lifts of St. Moritz are able to uplift 65,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in St. Moritz
Although skiing seems only a small part of everything that's happening at St Moritz that can only be because St Moritz is such an unusual resort. At any other destination the first thing you would notice is the huge skiable terrain, one of the world's largest, great vertical drops, snow-sure altitudes (with a glacier and extensive snow making for added security) and a nice modern lift system.
The Engadin ski pass, which takes in St Moritz's ski areas and several others, covers 350km of terrain of which about 80km are local to St Moritz and its three separate ski areas of Corviglia, Corvatsch above neighbouring Silvaplana and the Diavolezza Glacier area.
The resort is not well known as a beginner's choice: the steep mountain sides above it mean that nursery slopes are limited and 'easy runs' make up only 10 per-cent of the total. One of the best options is to take the Corviglia funicular to the top of the easiest runs back down to the town. On the other hand this is a great choice for intermediates who in contrast have 70 per-cent of the area coloured in red for their enjoyment on mostly wide, immaculately groomed slopes. Highlights include the Piz Nair run down for 8km to Celerina.
Experts too will find plenty to entertain them, particularly if they venture off-piste with a guide. The remaining 20 per-cent of the runs are blacks, but they tend to be spread around the various ski areas rather than there being an 'experts mountain' such as there is at Aspen. Highlights on-piste include the Piz Lagalb slopes, the Corvatsch glacier, the Morteratsch run from Diavolezza and the Hahnensee black back down to St Moritz Bad.
Snowboarding in St. Moritz
It may come as a surprise to some that St Moritz is a top snowboarding destination, or that the first Snowboard World Championships in Europe for the sport took place here in the 'early days' of 1987. But, if you think about it, it must be important to the resort to excel in this winter sport as it does in all others, getting in there early with the first international competitions just as it did for skating, curling, skiing or bobsleigh.
Today there are several snow parks and a half pipe dotted around Engadin and an awful lot besides to entertain even the most hardened boarder.
St. Moritz Aprés Ski
There is a rich diversity in après ski options in St Moritz, catering for the wide variety in ages and wealth of the resort's visitors. An early evening stop for everyone regardless however is Hanselmann's, the century old purveyor of fabulous cakes and ice cream.
Normally St Moritz is lively well in to the small hours. The best known night spot is the Kings, but with a jacket and tie required to hear the orchestra through to 4am, this is not the kind of joint that appeals to the rebellious. They are more likely to head for Bobby's Bar, Stübli, Cascade Hemingway, Diamond or Vivai.
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St. Moritz in brief
St. Moritz Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 17, 2012
Closed : May 5, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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