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It’s no wonder Engadin-St. Moritz is so widely known: unique experiences such as the Cresta Run, the Engadin cross-country ski marathon and polo-on-snow have been joined in recent years by spectacular kite-boarding across the acres of frozen lakes on the valley floor. The resort claims to have been the birthplace in 1864 of the ‘white winter holiday' and has the oldest Tourism Board in Switzerland; it’s also the only place in the country to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games, in 1928 and 1948. More recently, bringing the region’s skiing up to date, the Alpine Ski World Championships took place in St. Moritz in 2003, as they did in 1934, 1948 and 1974.


The three main ski areas of Engadin are separate but big enough to stand alone. If you’re happy to ride the punctual buses or drive between areas, you will enjoy the distinctly different slopes of each domain – the extensive, rolling, well-groomed Corviglia pistes; the drama of the high Corvatsch peak followed by big vertical; and the huge descent across the glacier and the steepest slopes of the Diavolleza. There’s even heli-skiing of sorts that utterly defines the resort: you fly to the top of the hill and ski down the piste.

Snowboarding
Engadin has several fun parks and freestylers and boarders should also check out the kite-sailing on the lakes. Though the vibe in St. Moritz doesn’t involve too many studded belts or baggy trousers at half-mast, St. Moritz is quite boarder-friendly, without significant flats to worry about and some easy-to-find freeride terrain. Corviglia has a halfpipe below Munt da San Murezzan and a funpark below Corviglia lift; there’s a funpark on Corvatsch below the middle station with its own tow and another funpark on Furtschellas while beyond, the local terrain is one big freestyle park.

Cross-country skiing
The Upper Engadin is heaven for cross-country skiers, with its superb combination of attractions: an exceptional variety of spectacular landscapes, trails of outstanding quality, and an unrivalled snow guarantee. Those looking for a gentler outing opt for the Direttissima across the three lakes, or enjoy one of the longest loops in the Engadin near Zuoz. More ambitious skiers train on the legendary Marathon route, the 42 most famous kilometres of trail in Switzerland (26 miles), tackle the picturesque side valleys or do their circuits on the racing route near St. Moritz, where they can stretch out their fitness sessions until late in the evening. 15 trail machines ensure perfect conditions every day.

Winter hiking
150 kilometres (93 miles) of trails and footpaths lead to well-known beauty spots, into sleepy side valleys, across frozen lakes, and up to hiking heaven. Whether you opt for a panoramic high-altitude trail or wander deep into a silent, snow-covered forest, you have the feeling of being in a fairy-tale winter wonderland. Along the way you breathe the fresh Engadin air, perhaps stop at a cosy restaurant, even opt for a horse-drawn sleigh for your return journey: in short, winter walking in the Engadin is a uniquely pleasurable holiday experience. In order to choose the best routes, it is worth obtaining a winter walking map from one of the local tourist offices – although all the trails are clearly marked throughout.

Tobogganing
As soon as the temperatures fall and the first snow has settled, the pass roads and footpaths turn into white snow trails that offer mountains of fun for tobogganists. As well as shorter descents and toboggan trails for gentle fun rides, the valley has four official toboggan runs that offer high thrills. Switzerland’s most famous run is also just around the corner: it’s only a short train ride to reach the descent from Preda to Bergün. This leads along the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula line, which in summer 2008 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ice Sports
Every village in the Upper Engadin has an ice rink in winter for ice skating, ice hockey and curling. Ice skating is free of charge; rinks may be hired for games of curling and ice hockey (reservation required).
Most ice rinks are also open in the evening, at least on certain days. Skating is also possible year-round on the artificial ice rink at the Ludains Ice Arena in St. Moritz Bad. Detailed information on opening times, rental of skates and other equipment, courses in ice skating, curling and Bavarian curling, and on the hire of rinks is available from local tourist offices.

Snowshoe trails
An experience not to be missed… The mountain said to have the most beautiful views of the Engadin lives up to its reputation by night, too. In the light of the full moon the panorama has such a mystical beauty that you hardly notice the gentle exertion required for the tour. The experienced guide finds the way; everyone else can happily concentrate on what really counts – the experience. The fairy-tale evening concludes with cakes and mulled wine in the panoramic restaurant, before you ride gently back down to the valley in the oldest funicular in the Engadin.

Number of elevators

59

Drags

Chairs

Gondolas

27 20 12



Length of skiing trails (km)

338


Blue Red Black Freeride
Corviglia 32 87 26 7
Diavolezza 0,5 16 8,5 8
Zuoz 10 5 5 0
Corvatsch 13 69 18 20
Samedan 2 0 0 0
La Punt 2 0 0 0
Pontresina 3 0 0 0
S-chanf 1 0 0 0
Maloja 0 5 0 0
The highest point (m)

3303



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