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St. Moritz

St Moritz is THE original ski town, having seen the start of winter tourism way back in 1864. One of the world’s high society resorts, it’s more exclusive than Zermatt but without the bling of Courchevel. With multiple ski areas and stonkingly pretty sights, it has to be skied at least once.

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At a glance: • Stylish town centre • High-altitude glacier skiing • Glamorous après-ski

Great for: • Late-season skiing • Non-skiers • Couples

St Moritz is THE original ski town, having seen the start of winter tourism way back in 1864. One of the world’s high society resorts, it’s more exclusive than Zermatt but without the bling of Courchevel. With multiple ski areas and stonkingly pretty sights, it has to be skied at least once.

St. Moritz Resort

Nestled away in the South-Western corner of Switzerland, sitting in the majestic Upper Engadine valley, you’ll find the glamorous resort of St. Moritz. It’s easy to see why the town has been attracting the rich and famous for centuries (visitors such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Coco Chanel, Hugh Grant and Kate Moss), with beautiful scenery over the surrounding lakes and pine forests, as well as stunning views of the 4000m peaks stretching into Italy. The area is also famous for its dry and sunny weather, averaging a glorious 322 days of sunshine a year. The air is so clean here it is known as having a ‘champagne climate’.

The cosmopolitan town is comprised of two parts – the stylish St Moritz Dorf up on the hillside, with the Chantarella funicular and the majority of restaurants, boutiques and hotels, and St Moritz Bad on the lake, where the Signalbahn gondola departs. Visitors can use the complimentary bus service to get around the resort (it comes with the lift pass). The train ride from Zürich (3h20) is spectacular; in fact the last section on the Bernina Express has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

The skiing is some of Switzerland’s best, with around 350km of pistes to explore and 2 high altitude glaciers, allowing for long seasons. There are four sectors covered by the lift pass – Corviglia, the largest, which is directly accessible from the town – and Corvatsch, Diavolezza/Lagalb, and Zuoz, which are accessible by car or public transport. Skiing certainly isn’t the only sport on offer here; the resort, which is known as the birthplace of winter sports, has hosted the winter Olympics twice. Every year a variety of eccentric events take place on the frozen lake, from the White Turf horse races to greyhound racing, cricket and the Polo World Cup. The resort is also home to the world’s oldest and only remaining natural ice bob track, and the famous ‘Cresta Run’ (those who manage to get an invite to the exclusive St Moritz Tobogganing Club and have the guts can hurtle themselves down it).

Stats & FAQ

Location: Switzerland, Alps.

Established: 1864

Open: October-June

Downhill: 350km

View our detailed St. Moritz snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our St. Moritz snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Zürich (ZRH)200km, 3h
Milan (MXP)175km, 3h
Basel (BSL)280km, 4h
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 74km 20%

  • 208km 70%

  • 68km 10%

Top Altitude:3303m
Bottom Altitude:1716m
Resort Altitude:1856m
Longest run:10 km glacier descent (Diavolezza – Morteratsch)
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Vertical Drop:1587m
Skiable Vertical:1587m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Yes

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  • Forecast
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Downhill Runs:350km
Beginner slopes:20%
Intermediate:70%
Advanced slopes:10%
Lift Pass Price: 365 CHF (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Graubünden, Davos, Klosters, St. Anton

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in St. Moritz

There’s a long history of skiing here; the Swiss Ski School was the first ski school in Switzerland and has been running since 1929. Don’t let the fragmentation of the resort’s four ski areas put you off. Corviglia is big enough to keep many visitors entertained all holiday. It’s accessible by funicular from St. Moritz Dorf, or gondola from St. Moritz Bad, with runs back down to both parts of the town. The other areas tend to be wonderfully quiet even in peak season, thanks to the slight extra effort it takes to get to them.

Beginners will find drag lifts up on Corviglia at 2486m, but for total newbies it’s better to visit the nursery slopes in the neighbouring village of Celerina. You can also take the funicular to Chatarella and then walk or take the horse-drawn carriage to the excellent beginner’s area in Salastrains (ideal for families).

Up on Corviglia you’ll find a great range of blue and red runs for intermediates (try the long red #25 down to Celerina). If you don’t mind driving or catching the bus to Surlej, there are also some good intermediate routes on the glacier on Corvatsch (red runs #3 and #2), and the high altitude means it’s perfect for late season skiing. The Diavolezza area has glacier skiing too, with a wonderful 10 km descent to Morteratsch - one of the longest runs in Switzerland. Nearby is the Lagalb area - the Giandas red run here is also one of the longest and best in the Engadine.

For the adventurous, Corvatsch is also home to Switzerland’s longest night ski slope at 4.2km and the formidable black Hahnensee run. Advanced skiers shouldn’t miss the terrific Olympia black run used in the 1928 and 1948 Olympics in Corviglia. There are some good lines for off-piste from Piz Nair, but the best area for freeriders is either the huge Val Arlas in Diavolezza, or around Zuoz. If you fancy splashing out, the resort is very popular for heli-skiing, try ‘The St. Moritz Experience’ company.

The area has 3 snow parks, the Corvatsch park, the Zuoz park, and the highly-rated Corviglia park with lots of kickers, rails and boxes, a half-pipe and its own freestyle ski school.

St. Moritz Apres Ski

The après-ski in St. Moritz is famous the world over for its classy bars and high-profile clientele; party with royalty at King’s Club till sunrise, or go dancing at the stylish Diamond Club. It’s true that there’s an air of exclusivity, and there are certainly some members-only clubs (ever heard of the infamous Dracula’s Ghost Rider’s Club?); however there’s a real variety of places and you’re sure to find somewhere to suit your taste. For something bit more low-key, head to The Devil's Place, a quirky bar with a record breaking 2,500 types of whiskey. There’s also Pavarotti & Friends, which serves great Parma ham and cheese platters to accompany drinks. If you’re missing home comforts, retreat to Bobby’s English Pub to watch live sport and play pool.

The restaurants follow a similar vein, with lots of high-class dining options to choose from, but plenty of local, cosy places too. Foodies will love the mountain-side El Paradiso, named one of 20 best restaurants in the Alps by Vogue. Or there is the Michelin Starred ‘Ecco on Snow’ housed in the Hotel Giardino. The resort even hosts a gourmet festival once a year. For more budget-friendly dining, visit Secondo Grill and Bar which has a nice relaxed atmosphere.

After skiing recharge with some Engadin walnut cake at Hanselmann's café; this is the place to stock up on Swiss chocolate too. If you fancy buying some more souvenirs, then wander the chic boutiques (Gucci, Chanel, Rolex, Cartier... you get the gist) in the Dorf’s lovely pedestrian area.

Non-skiers are well catered for, with 150km of winter walking paths. There’s even a whole mountain, Muottas Muragl, reserved for alternative attractions such as snow shoeing, paragliding and an igloo village. In town there are numerous art galleries, an ice rink and the Scala cinema. Don’t miss the local ‘Helibad’ thermal baths where you can pamper yourself with a massage or mud pack.

Best time to go

Best time to ski St. Moritz

When is the best time to ski St. Moritz?

This is an outstanding resort for late season skiing, with some seriously high-altitude runs and not one, but two glacier ski areas. The slopes in the main area, Corviglia, are south-facing and sunny (the area averages 322 days of sunshine a year!), so they make a good option for the colder days earlier in the season. There are also around 400 snow cannons to supplement the snow if conditions aren’t ideal. Plus the town itself lies fairly high up, at 1856m, so you can usually ski back to the town all season long. The resort gets busier around the peak times of Easter and New Year, but if you visit the outer-lying areas of Corvatsch, Diavolezza/Lagalb, and Zuoz, you’ll find plenty of quiet pistes.

Peak Dates

Spend an elegant and chic Christmas in St. Moritz this year, where you can sip on glühwein at the local Christmas market, ride around the frozen lake in a horse drawn sleigh, or enjoy an indulgent meal in one of the world-class restaurants. Browse St. Moritz Christmas ski holidays ‣

Party the night away with royalty and celebrities this New Year in St. Moritz. Aside from the cool bars and clubs there are designer boutiques, excellent restaurants, and some of the best skiing in the Alps. Browse St. Moritz New Year ski holidays ‣

Enjoy a fun February Half Term in St. Moritz this year, with ice skating, tobogganing, snow shoeing and loads of other great winter activities to enjoy, as well as the wonderful ski area which has something to offer everyone, from beginners to advanced riders. Browse St. Moritz Half Term ski holidays ‣

For late-season skiing we love Easter in St. Moritz - its high-altitude and glacier skiing makes for reliable snow conditions. The resort is set in some stunning scenery and has great amenities for everyone, including families. Browse St. Moritz Easter ski holidays ‣

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Families in St. Moritz

For a family holiday we recommend you stay in one of our outstanding hotels; we’ve got a really great selection that are family friendly. Our top pick for families has to be Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil, which has fantastic on-site facilities and is in a peaceful location over in the relaxed end of town. For some breath-taking views, stay at Hotel Kulm, which is only 5 minutes’ walk from both ski lifts. Many of these hotels will offer childcare, have a playroom and a children’s menu. Our top hotels come with impressive amenities such as swimming pools and saunas – some even have an ice rink!

St. Moritz makes a great destination for a fun-filled family holiday. With so many activities on offer, you’re definitely not going to get bored. Apart from the amazing skiing you can also go sledging on specially prepared toboggan runs, ice skate at the local Ludains rink, enjoy a winter walk on some of the 150km of cleared footpaths, or learn about the history of the area at the Engadiner Museum. Non-skiers and little children will love Muottas Muragl, a whole mountain set aside for activities other than skiing such as snow shoeing. You can also visit the igloo village (and those after something a bit different can choose to stay the night).

The ski area is comprised of four sectors. The main area, Corviglia is directly accessible from the resort, and on the fringes of this area, close to St. Moitz Bad, is Salastrains. Here you’ll find an excellent children’s play area, ski school and kindergarten. There are some nursery slopes up on Corviglia too, but many families prefer to travel a bit further afield to the quieter areas of Corvatsch, Diavolezza/Lagalb, and Zuoz. Corvatsch in particular has some nice little drag lifts at the bottom of the mountain. There’s a good mix of blue, red and black runs to keep intermediate and advanced riders busy too. Teenagers will enjoy the exceptional Corviglia snow park, and there are two more over in Corvatsch and Zuoz.

Book your holiday now by calling one of our friendly advisors. We will help you along every step of the way, and can suggest various package deals so that you save on flights and transfers as well as accommodation. If you’re driving over make sure to ask us about our self-drive holidays, or if you’ve arranged your own transport you can ask us for accommodation only deals. We’ve got some unbeatable promotions and discounts for the budget conscious so don’t forget to ask us about that too – you can save hundreds! Or you can check our specials out online, just scroll down for more information.

GroupsGroup Holidays St. Moritz

Our stylish hotels are ideal for group trips to St. Moritz. They mostly have their own bar and restaurant area (many have cosy lounges with fireplaces too), so you have a great communal spot for everyone to meet up together. The best thing about hotels is you still get the privacy of your own room, so anyone exhausted after a long day on the slopes can get some alone time. For group bookings have a look at the Hotel Steffani, which is in an excellent location in the middle of town – perfect for you all to head out together for some après-ski drinks at nearby King’s Club or the fashionable Vivai bar. For convenience and brilliant facilities stay at the Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil, which is in a more peaceful spot down in St. Moritz Bad.

Our luxury hotels are surprisingly affordable, especially if you take advantage of our discounts and package deals, and of course if you’re in St. Moritz it’s preferable to stay somewhere that fits the up-market style of the town. Our 5 and 4 star hotels come with their own exclusive facilities, such as wellness centres with spa facilities, saunas and steam rooms - great for relaxing tired muscles from skiing! Many also offer their own childcare if you are travelling with children.

Call our friendly team now and we can help you organise your group booking today. If you need some advice on where to stay or about the resort we’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also look through our resort information and read about our excellent deals online, including our great value package holidays with inclusive flights and transfers, and our self-drive holidays. Independent travellers should ask us about our accommodation only deals. To browse online, take a look below, and make sure you keep an eye out for our discounts and freebies, there are some huge savings to be had.


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