Overview of St Moritz
The luxurious resort of St Moritz is arguably one of the world's most famous and desirable ski resorts to visit. It is also one of Europe’s most exclusive resorts and the frequent haunt of A-list celebrities, world figures and members of royal families across the world. Located on a sunny plateau in the lovely Engadin valley, visitors to St Moritz are treated to magical panoramic views of the valley, surrounding forests and the frozen lake below. One can be forgiven to be easily dazzled by the glitz and luxurious atmosphere in St Moritz, but do not be conned into thinking that is all there is to it. Aside from all the fancy fanfare, St Moritz is also very well known for its skiing and fantastic snow conditions. It has just over 350 kilometres of marked pistes that range between altitudes of 1,770 metres and 3,303 metres. Its high altitude slopes almost always guarantee fantastic conditions and if needed, there are world-class snowmaking facilities available on hand to supplement shortages of snow on the slopes. The resort also has additional ski and snowsports activities and entertainment as it hosts several winter games such as ice-skating, curling, horse racing, ice-polo, cricket, golf and even skijoring; which involves putting on ski’s and being towed by a horse! St Moritz has a relatively subdued apres-ski in comparison to other Swiss resorts like Verbier and St Anton but you can still enjoy a night out. It also has fantastic accommodation options with a lot of luxury selections to choose from. Less than a 3-hour transfer from Milan or Zurich, getting there is might take slightly longer than other resorts but the breathtaking views on the way through the Engadin valley will stay with you for a long time
Skiing in St Moritz
The ski area in St Moritz is essentially split into the four main sectors/areas of Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza/Lagalb and Zuoz which have a combined 88 pistes across all ski ability levels. Beginners and intermediate level skiers will be most at home in Corviglia, which is the closest to the resort and considered its main area as its the easiest to access. The nursery slopes, gentle blues and drag lifts are in this area making it perfect for beginners. There are also plenty of long, cruising red runs from the Piz Nair, the area's highest peak at 3,007 metres, which intermediates will no doubt get a kick out of. Additional fantastic reds can be found in the north-facing Corvatsch area. This area is also favoured by advanced skiers and off-piste hunters thanks to its deep powder and excellent snow conditions making it one of the areas with the best ski conditions on the resort. A handful of black runs can also be found on Corviglia but more challenging blacks and off-piste can also be located on Diavolezza and Lagalb. We also strongly advise taking a local guide when exploring off-piste terrain.
Snowboarding in St Moritz
St Moritz is very snowboard friendly. It has perfect free-ride terrain with long, wide-open, cruisy runs and great powder. The two areas of Corviglia and Corvatsch have great powder and offer glacier skiing (Corvatsch in particular) but head over to Diavolezza for some of the best free-riding pistes across the resort ski areas. St Moritz also has two fantastic snow parks; Mellow Snow Park in Corviglia, and the smaller but really good park in Zuoz.
Snow Conditions in St Moritz
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Snow conditions are excellent and impressively reliable in St Moritz thanks to the resort's high altitude slopes. There are also 170 snow cannons on standby to supplement any losses.
Apres-ski in St Moritz
The apres-ski nights in St Moritz are a refined and lively affair however, it does also tend to offer a varied experience. . It is also a varied experience which sees Although not comparable to the raucous nights at Verbier or Zermatt, St Moritz offers a more sophisticated night of partying with its cosmopolitan, high-end bars and up-market restaurants. The overall atmosphere is largely subdued and a little less rampant in comparison to its above-mentioned contemporaries but do not be fooled, St Moritz still delivers on having a vibrant evening experience as it has a good number of places where you enjoy drinks and a bit of party atmosphere lasting into the early hours of the morning.
Pirates on the Rocks
Pirates on the Rocks is a fantastic place to kick start your apres-ski in St Moritz. Sitting at 2,486 metres on the slopes and accessible via the Corviglia station, enjoy the breathtaking views as you party with other enthusiastic skiers. There is a live DJ set booming out classic hits and dance music to the crowd. Enjoy drinks and laughs and experience the magic of slope parties at St Moritz. Be mindful of the time though as it is easy to get caught up in the fun and forget yourself as the popular phrase goes “ time flies while you’re having fun”. When visiting the Pirates on the Rocks bar, please take into consideration the ski trip back to the village base as you still need to ski back down to the resort base!
Hausers Roo Bar and Cellar Party
Located in the Hauser Hotel, Roo’s bar offers an exciting apres-ski evening of fun. A local favourite welcoming both local residents and visiting skiers, Roo’s bar promises a night of laughter, singing and dancing. It has a great drinks menu featuring exotic cocktails, beers and ales, tasty wine from multiple regions and much more. The menu also includes tasty snacks, finger food, hot chocolates and ice cream. Open from 2 pm every day, the live DJ sets come alive later in the evening ensuring a very vibrant night out. The Hauser Hotel is centrally located, thus making it super easy to access by all party seekers as well as a great stop if you are on an apres-ski crawl.
Kings Social House
It is always a classy affair at Kings Social house in St Moritz. The establishment is conceptualised around a modern-day, contemporary bistro and bar. The vibes and atmosphere at Kings Social are very heavy on glamour interwoven with a hint of a cosmopolitan touch. The Kings Social House serves as a perfect place to start your evening with a delicious meal before heading over to its impressively decorated bar for a self-professed “eclectic craft” cocktail. It hosts DJ sets and live performances from bands from within and outside the area. It is open until late so there's time to loosen up and sway to the music.
Bobby’s Pub is somewhat of a cultural icon in St Moritz even though it offers an American-Irish style pub. Opened in 1984, the pub has grown with the resort and become one of its favourite pubs to visit. It has a large terrace with a lovely view of the resort; a perfect place to sit and enjoy the sunshine when it's out. Stop by for a delicious pub meal cooked from fresh, local produce and then sample its wide range of international beers and ales as well as a great whiskey selection.
A very refined bar and certainly one for chilled out, classy evenings in St Moritz. Located in Badrutt's Hotel, the Renaissance Bar oozes class with its fantastic interior and atmosphere. The walls are decorated with lovely artwork from local artists, Cariget, creating a befitting aesthetic to match its name, the Renaissance Bar. It also functions as a cigar bar, where you can select your cigar of choice and enjoy it next to a big stone fireplace along with a cocktail from the stellar drinks menu. Not ideal for the party animals, the Renaissance Bar is the perfect spot for people after cosy evenings, and mellowed tones.
Facilities in St Moritz
St Moritz is a top ski resort and it will come as no surprise to anyone that the facilities here are absolutely top-notch. All areas of the resort display great service functioning from the resort's accommodation options, quality of shops, lifts and piste maintenance. Read on for additional information on ski hire, ski passes, leisure facilities and more.
Ski Hire in St Moritz
St Moritz has several ski equipment hire stores you can choose from upon arrival if you plan on hiring equipment and travelling with yours. If you are visiting the resort on an Erna Low ski holiday trip, you can also very easily <a href="https://www.ernalow.co.uk/en-gb/switzerland/st-moritz/ski-hire>hire your equipment directly with us as part of your booking and avoid having to arrive at the resort and look for a ski hire equipment store. Our ski equipment partner in St Moritz ranks among one of the best and most reputable stores at the resort. By booking or hiring your equipment with us, you are saving yourself a lot of time and effort as we will prepare and secure all the equipment you intend to hire well in advance so that they are awaiting your arrival and pickup by the time you get to St Moritz. Once hired, you will be provided with a voucher with which you can tender at our ski hire partner and pick up your hired equipment. Super easy!
Ski Passes in St Moritz
You do not have to wait until you arrive at the resort to secure your St Moritz ski pass. While making your holiday booking to St Moritz, you can also choose to have your ski pass included in your total plan and secured weeks in advance, before you even leave your home. It is by far the most convenient way of purchasing your St Moritz ski pass and it also allows you to take advantage of online-only discounts or early bird bookings. It's also super convenient especially if you are travelling with a large group of family or friends and need to secure everyone's ski passes. It also saves you precious time at the resort, especially in peak periods when there will be the likelihood of long queues at the ticket machines and ticket offices.
Spa and Swimming Pools in St Moritz
One of the best ways to unwind after an eventful day of skiing is by pampering yourself to a spa and sauna evening. St Moritz has some of the area's best and most glamorous spa and swimming pool options for visiting holidaymakers. The majority of the resort's luxury hotels and chalets come with wellness centres and swimming pools, however, St Moritz also has a couple of leisure centres in the village. The Ovaverva Pool Spa & Sports Centre is the main swimming pool and sports leisure centre in the resort and it offers a very lovely and relaxing overall experience. Located centrally, it is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. It has a 25-metre indoor heated pool, Kneipp pool and steam room, mixed spa with steam bath, bio-sauna, Finnish sauna, and salt relaxation room. It also has a long list of massage and beauty treatments. For an even more luxurious experience, visit Palace Wellness in the Badrut Hotel for a sensational spa experience. It offers the option of having a normal or a private spa experience in its spa suites. The wellness centre is pure luxury come alive with world-class facilities and a treatment list of massage therapies from across the globe. It has a large, 25-metre indoor, infinity pool with an attractive rock granite design, an outside heated swimming pool that is open even in winter, spa facilities including steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs and more and a sleuth of beauty and massage treatments and therapies too long to list. There are several other luxurious and fancy spas in most of the top hotels in St Moritz offering similar top-quality experiences.
Shopping in St Moritz
Shopping in St Moritz is an absolute pleasure. The resort offers a unique shopping experience rivalled by very few ski resorts across the European Alps. There is only one place to start in St Moritz and that is the Via Serlas shopping mile. It is home to a total of 74 shops including boutiques and flagship stores of some of the most recognisable luxury and designer brands in the world such as Dior, Cartier, Hermes and more. Even if designer fashion was not an interest of yours, the beauty and charm of the lovely stone streets and large display windows of the shops and art galleries still make for romantic window shopping. Aside from the glamour and glitz of the Via Serlas, St Moritz has a number of grocery shops, ski equipment and sports shops, a chocolate shop, farm-fresh produce and dairy shops, a few bakeries and a wine cellar among many others.
Facilities for children in St Moritz
Families with children of all ages can enjoy a delightful ski holiday experience in St Moritz. The resort is impressively equipped with facilities and services to ensure that children are entertained, catered to and cared for on and off the slopes. We have listed a few facilities you may find useful.
Ski Schools in St Moritz
Parents have several ski school options to choose from at St Moritz when searching for ski lessons for their children. If you’re visiting with the family, you can easily secure your children's ski lessons and instructions with us directly as part of your ski holiday package. Over our 90 years of industry experience, we have established and maintained great relationships with some of the Alp's most reputed and experienced ski schools and instructors in order to guarantee the best possible lessons for clients and their children. Save yourself the time and hassle of trying to locate and enrol your children into ski schools when you arrive at the resort; when you can simply complete the process online with all but a few clicks of the mouse. For more information about your children's ski lessons, check out our ski lessons page.
Children's Entertainment in St Moritz
St Moritz has a wealth of children's entertainment in store for families. The resort always has exciting events of some kind happening each season; the latest being the children's song concert held at the Kongresszentrum Rondosuch featuring songs from Martin Bezzola and Ursina Giger’s recent project ‘Lung Viadi’. Children and families can also take part in a digital outdoor adventure called "KrimiSpass", which is an interactive crime-solving game that requires enthusiastic amateur detectives to solve a criminal case. There is also a bowling alley, a really good cinema as well as a leisure centre with kids climbing walls and children's swimming and paddling pools. Outdoor activities in the snow include family horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice skating.
Childcare in St Moritz
St Moritz has several trained babysitters available to look after your little ones. The tourist office has a long list of babysitters and childminders so feel free to check with them. The majority of the hotels in St Moritz also provide top-notch childminding services as well.
The ski areas are split across Corviglia, the main ski area which is closest and easier to access from the resort; Corvatsch, which is known for its fantastic conditions, Lagalb and Diavolezza; which offer the best expert skiing, and the family-friendly Zuoz.