- SEASON START & END: Late November to Mid April
- SKI ALTITUDE: 1722-3057m / Vertical Drop- 1335m in one resort
- PISTES: 27% Beginner / 51% Intermediate / 22% Expert
- LIFTS: 24 (Cable car-2 / Gondola-1 / Funicular-2 / Chair lifts-12 / Drag lifts-7)
- SLOPES: 36 Pistes for a total of 163 KM / Marked Freeride Routes 8km / Snow Park with 30 obstacles
- CROSS-COUNTRY: 220 KM of cross-country ski trails in the Engadine area
- SNOW: 80% Artificial Snow / 170 Snow cannons
- LIFT TICKET 2018-19 Adult: 1 day pass CHF45 / 6 day pass CHF242.50 (NOTE: Purchase ski passes at least 15 days before and get 30%)
- LANGUAGE: German, Italian & Rhaeto-Romansh
- NEAREST AIRPORT: Samedan Airport 5km, Internationals- Zurich 215km/3 hours or Milan 175km/3 hours.
- TRAIN: St. Moritz station. 3 hours from Zurich or Milan
- SKI FACTS: As well as Corviglia, the local region has 11 resorts with Corviglia and Corvatsch being 2 of the biggest followed by Diavolezza/Lagalb and Zuoz. There are 22 Snowsports Schools in total. Corvatsch has 4.2 kms of night skiing
St. Moritz in the Engadin valley is written into the pages of alpine history. The Legend goes that Swiss hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a wager with four of his British summer guests in the year 1864. He claimed that an Engadine winter was full of sunshine and far more pleasant than an English winter. He invited his guests to stay and if they were not satisfied their travel costs would be reimbursed. Needless to say, they arrived in time for Christmas and stayed on until Easter! As they say the rest is history and we have Johannes and the English guests to thank for Alpine Winter holidays. St. Moritz went on to become the largest winter sports region in Switzerland with its breathtaking landscapes, glamorous lifestyle and the first palace hotels of Europe. It also has the most glamorous calendar of events with the legendary White Turf horse races, the Snow Polo World Cup, Cricket on Ice and the highly popular Gourmet Festival amongst others. It also became famous for the death defying ‘Cresta Run’ the natural ice skeleton toboggan track.
The Engadin boasts some of the best culinary talents with 300 restaurants in the region, of which 30 have been awarded a total of 441 GaultMillau points and 8 Michelin stars between them. Top chef Rolf Fliegauf earned himself 2 of these Michelin stars in 2012 for the fabulous Ecco on Snow. The most excellent fresh fish and seafood restaurant can be found at Murtaröl. The town is famous for it chic fashion labels and elegant boutiques especially along the street Via Serlas, Europe’s highest shopping avenue. Apparently it has the highest density of of premium luxury brands such as Bulgari who opened one of their first shops here in 1906.
SKIING & SNOWBOARDING
In the Egadin valley there are 11 areas to ski with 4 of them being of some considerable size. One of the largest which also happens to be one of my favourite areas is Corviglia. Initially I thought St. Moritz might all be Champagne and luxury with skiing as an afterthought, but how wrong was I? It has so much to offer with its long and uber wide FIS-quality slopes, which is why they hold the men’s and women’s Audi FIS ski World Cup here. Wherever you stand in Corviglia the views are spectacular and it seems that the sun is out a lot more than it is not. Many a time we have looked at cloudy weather report in the morning only to open the curtains to see blue skies with no hint of a cloud; on average there are more than 322 days of sun a year, I do wonder if the local tourist board has some kind Voodoo wizard in its employment! The Hahnensee Express shuttle bus goes direct from St. Moritz Bad (Signal bus station) to Silvaplana Surlej (Corvatsch cable car station) every half an hour in both directions, so travelling between the Corvatsch and Corviglia ski areas is easy.
BEGINNERS- About 27% of Corviglia are Blue runs. Corviglia has a good connection of Blue pistes, but complete beginners may want to look to some of the smaller Engadine villages like Zuoz, Pontresina or Celerina.
INTERMEDIATE- The Corviglia area is an intermediate’s paradise, with blues and very skiable reds covering the area. Most of the pistes are long and tend to be very wide, so there is plenty of room to manoeuvre. For those wanting to experience their first black piste, it is worth checking out the Gluna Piste.
ADVANCED– There are not a vast array of black pistes around in Corviglia but the ones that exist are fun but most of the other pistes will tend to please the expert skiers Try heading over to the Fuorcla Grischa Piste.
– OFF PISTE- Corviglia has about 8km of freeride pistes, however the Corvatsch area offers the most free-ride opportunities and because it is mostly north facing the off-piste tends to keep pretty well. Freeride areas of note are: Lagalb to La Rösa and Val Arlas (Diavolezza).
- Corviglia area 1722m – 3057m / Vertical drop 1335m
- Total 163km of piste – 16 Blue (42km) / 35 Red (79km) / 10 Black (34km) / Freeride (8km) / 1 terrain park.
- Lift system 24 total – 2 funiculars / 2 cable cars / 1 Gondola / 12 Chair lifts / 7 Drag lifts.
- 20 mountain restaurants/bars.
- 400m fixed giant slalom course- one’s attempt is filmed and available to download.
Great skiing area spread across the Corviglia mountain with many red runs. Our favourite runs are in the Lej da la Pêsch area and the ‘04 Coviglia’ piste if you do not get a chance to ski the women’s and men’s ‘Engadina’ and ‘Corviglia’ downhill pistes. When it comes to eating on the mountain, you will find no better place to eat than Che Cha at the bottom of the Blue piste 06 ‘Standard Variante’ or alternatively by road. Note that the lifts in the region open at 7:45am so one can make first tracks before the rest of St. Moritz awakens. Also, if one books more than one night at a hotel offering the ‘Hotel and Ski Pass’ combination one gets the ski pass for a mere CHF 45 per day.
Staying in St. Moritz
- For Hotels that are close to the skiing on Corviglia we recommend the 5* Superior Kulm Hotel, the 5* Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski or the 5* Hotel The Suvretta House.
- For Hotels that are close to the Corvatsch Pistes then we recommend the 4* Superior Nira Alpina.
- For Hotels that are close to the skiing at Diavolezza & Lagalb then we recommend the 5* Superior Grand Hotel Kronenhof.
Skiing instruction and activities in and around St. Moritz
- We recommend Ski Cool of St. Moritz.
Eating and Partying in St. Moritz
- For an unforgettable experience of delectable food, drink and partying head to Kings Social House.
- For the most delicious Peruvian cuisine head to the iconic Sunny’s Bar.
- To experience Michelin Star food then K by Tim Raue will certainly satisfy, and Ecco will entertain the taste buds.
- The best Fresh fish and seafood are to be found at Murtaröl.