Style and Switzerland go together like Roger Federer and designer sweat bands so when you tell your crew that they’re heading for St Moritz make sure you initiate them into the traditions of this quintessentially Swiss resort as, from hot chocolate to the Cresta Run, St Moritz is one for the purists. Basically, this is the spiritual home of European ski resorts and as such you’ll find an awesome array of options both on and off the slopes. The scenery is as immaculate as a pair of Roger’s shorts and if you’re in the market for alpine elegance then look no further than the landscape which flanks more than 350kms of pure white piste.
The Skiing and Boarding
With an enviable location, near the Italian border, you’ll find a huge quota of runs at your disposal and with a choice which ranges from wide and forgiving to World Cup and fabulous, St Moritz is an excellent resort for mixed-ability groups. Beginners will be able to make the most of several smaller areas which are perfect for getting started and once they progress they’ll find an abundance of slightly steeper gradients all within the local area. Exploring further afield opens up plenty more red runs and regions such as Diavolezza-Langalb promise hardly any crowds and shovel-loads of sunshine. The big boys will no doubt want to hang out on the sharper inclines of Piz Nair and the Corvatsch summit although the super challenge at Lagalb may prove to be a gradient too far. With snowboarders taken into consideration throughout the mountains and the Cresta Run providing a once-in-a-lifetime skiing opportunity, St Moritz is the ultimate in alpine class.
Staying true to the adage that ‘if it ain’t broke don’t mend it’, St Moritz has all that you could wish for in classic après ski loveliness including: pizzerias, discos, ice-skating, curling and an indoor leisure complex.