The ski season has officially started. If you are looking for the ultimate Alpine experience, look no further than St. Moritz. This resort is definitely the place to be for those looking to ski in fashion and mingle with celebrities. This luxurious mountain offers upscale boutiques,the exclusive White Turf race, and cool spots to see and be seen.
Although skiing is my favorite sport, when choosing a ski resort I try to pick a destination that offers great slopes as well as an quaint village lifestyle. St. Moritz is as good as it gets.
The mountain’s altitude between 1,800 and 3,300 meters guarantees snow on the 350 km (217 miles) of trails. There are half a dozen distinct ski areas (Corviglia, Corvatsch, Furtschellas, Diavolezza, Lagalb and Alp Languard). The most convenient area is Corviglia which is perfect for intermediate skiers, or for warming up your legs before a bigger challenge.
Now, if you are really cool you go to St. Moritz in February. On three consecutive Sundays, more than 30,000 spectators flock to the frozen expanse of Lake St. Moritz to witness the excitement and entertainment of the White Turf races, surrounded by the spectacular snow-capped Engadine mountains.
The White Turf is the most important event on the Swiss racing calendar, with trotting, flat racing and skijöring races – skiers pulled behind riderless horses – held on courses up to 2.7 kilometers. The exclusive event attracts international jockeys from all over Europe looking to win a share of the SFr400,000 ($370,300) prize money.
Make sure you take the very convenient buses to visit the neighboring villages. There you will be able to walk around the cute cobblestone streets lined with local shops and restaurants. When it comes to cuisine, the Alpine fare will not disappoint you. From the abundant fondues: gruyère cheese with warm bread, meat bourguignon and of course, the melted swiss black and white chocolate with seasonal fruits and delicious cakes. Mmmmm! Also, make sure you try the infamous entrecôte, a london broil style dish with gravy and fried potatoes, as well as raclette, another melted swiss cheese delicacy. Could this get any better?
There you go! A winter destination to please all expectations. For skiers who wants to be carving up the trails on the slops; or if you are looking for other activities other than skiing, you can enjoy the races and the events taking place during the White Turf races. Or even just hang out at the cool stores in town, pick up a café and people watch. St. Moritz will keep you busy throughout your stay.
If you are looking for the ultimate mountain lounging experience, make sure to visit the Piz Nair chalet, only accessible by lift. It is located at one of the highest peaks and offers a unique Alpine experience. You can grab a quick bite from the grill, have a warm drink, or simply enjoy the view from the fur-lined chaise lounges on the patio overlooking the Alps.
St. Moritz can be reached from Zurich by a three-hour train ride. The jet setters traveling in true St. Moritz fashion can fly into Engadin Airport by connecting at other major Swiss airports.