Alpine skiing in St. Moritz has a long history and tradition. There is a lot of skiing in the region – under 350 km of slopes, if you put together areas of Corvach, Corvilla and others. There are two mountains that stand apart in the literal and figurative sense – Diagolezza and Lagalb at the Bernina Pass. There are almost no tracks here, and someone arriving in St. Moritz does not even think about spending half an hour on the train on the way here. Others, on the contrary, for this reason, almost all the time is spent only here. We tried to describe how all accessible slopes of this legendary resort look, which almost 85 years ago took the second in the history of the 1928 Winter Olympics.
The ski area in St. Moritz consists of three large areas – Corviglia (Corviglia / Pitz Nair), Corvatsch (Corvatsch) and Devilovets (Diavolezza). And any of them may well pass for a small alpine resort. Corviglia – the home zone of St. Moritz with a southern exposure, goes down into the city. In a gondola or monorail train from St. Moritz in a few minutes you can climb to the very center of this ski area. Corvach is located on the opposite, northern side of the valley and you can get there from St. Moritz by bus in 10-15 minutes. Farther away is the Devil – in the next valley going to the Bernina Pass, the journey there takes 30 minutes by train or bus.
Ski passes can be purchased separately for each ski area – from 62 francs (Devilish) to 73 francs (Corvatsch or Corvilla), or you can buy a total of 144 francs per day. The prices are quite high, but in St. Moritz a special offer is valid for all guests staying for at least 2 nights in the region: 350 km of pistes, 57 lifts, 34 mountain restaurants and stunning Engadine panoramas – all this together with public transport will be available for CHF 25 day per person. Guests of more than 100 hotels participating in the promotion can take advantage of the special subscription during the entire winter season.
Most alpine skiers spend their time in St. Moritz. The main summit of this area is Piz Nair (3057 m), which rises above the resort and onto which the gondola leads. To the left of it you can see the peak below – Munt da San Murezzan (2659 m), which is led by three modern and very productive chair lifts. Its slope is dotted with wide red trails and bundles from the lift to the lift. The tracks are perfectly prepared, which is in itself the norm and special pride of St. Moritz. The only “minus” is a flat area of about a third of the descent, almost the entire width of this mountain, snowboarders need to count the speed so as not to have to quit from the bindings. Kontrukony and flat areas in general feature Corvigli – almost on any road, even black, they will come across.
The central zone is concentrated around the summit, which gave its name to the entire ski area – Corviglia (2486 m). There is a children’s ski school, slopes for beginners and a snowpark. It was from here that the participants of the 1928 Olympic Games started. Here is the lower station of the gondola on the Piz Nair and descent to the Marguns area. The lounges “Las Trais Fluors” and “Gluna” are of the greatest interest for those who ride well, as there are long black tracks. It may be somewhat overvalued in its complexity, but nonetheless interesting for confident skiers. With Gluna, you can also get to the Fuorcla Grischa wheelchair and further to the top of Piz Schlattain, from where fast tracks go down to both sides and where, probably, the least number of people are in high season.
The entire ski zone of Corviglia is located in the alpine zone, where there are no trees and other landmarks – the orientation here in the snowfall and poor visibility can be very difficult. Rescues in this case, calm terrain and width of the slopes, beyond which we must also try to “fall out.” The most suitable for skiing in bad weather is perhaps Munt da San Murezzan, where some of the trails pass right under the lifts that serve as a guide.
The second large ski area of St. Moritz is located on the slopes of the Piz Corvatsch mountain (3451 m). There are fewer lifts and pistes, but there is an opportunity to go down the same glacier and enjoy the panorama of the highest mountain range in this part of Switzerland and the summit of Piz Bernina (4049 m). Two queues of the gondola are lifted to the highest point of the ski area, and the only red trail goes down the glacier. Excellent sports track, without flat areas, traverses and quite wide. In the high season, the afternoon is a bit broken, so it makes sense to climb here early to get maximum pleasure from this descent. Several vigorous off-piste routes also start from the summit, including on the other side of the mountain.