In order not to lose the entire season due to the coronavirus, I decided to take my skis and visit Switzerland, which instead of completely closing and opening various industries, decided to implement moderate restrictions, but with strict enforcement.
St. Moritz – my destination – is a very noble resort. Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces roam the city, and social life flourishes on the frozen lake.
The ski resort itself is nice, but not stunning. Everything in St. Moritz is up to a good Alpine standard. The pandemic did not make life too difficult – the staff kept an eye on the masks, you could only eat outside, but that were basically all the difficulties.
The weather was perfect, maybe even too warm. The sun was shining and you could see some Saharan sand in the surrounding hills. BTW – I read that during the Olympic Games held here in February 1928, the temperature rose to 25C, ruining a number of disciplines. That was a hell of a climate change!
Diavolezza and Lagalb are two small, slightly remote resorts that we visited.
The advantage of lying a bit out of the way is that there are no hotels or apres-ski infrastructure here, so there are no crowds on the slopes either. Both resorts basically consist of one slope, a parking lot, a train station and a large cable car that takes us up, and all we have to do is go down with one of the variants of the ski piste.
The valley stations are located at an altitude of approx. 2,000 m above sea level, and the exposure of the centers makes the sun shine on all slopes (depending on the time of the day).
The slopes are really long, wide, and since these are not very “family” resorts (there are no “blue” slopes here), you can go downhill freely with hardly any people in sight.
If you get bored of going up and down, you can try other local attractions. But first let’s enjoy some views.
When skiing around the Diavolezza resort, you can decide to ski the longest. 10-kilometer glacier piste in Switzerland.
The piste on the Morteratsch glacier is not groomed and you take what it gives – sometimes moguls, sometimes ice, sometimes snow. I don’t recommend it for a trip with children, but an intermediate skier can do it. The views are great, although the final part of the route is partly along a hiking trail, so you have to wave your poles, and in the case of snowboarders – take a walk. After that, however, you can relax in the restaurant by the train station, because the return to the ski resort is by train (included in the skipass). And this is how we may enjoy a short trip with the Rhaetian Railways, on the route that connects the snow-covered St. Moritz with the Italian Tirano, where there is no more snow, but there are palm trees. The train route is on the UNESCO heritage list, and the views from the windows are amazing. You just have to remember not to miss the station and press the “stop” button in time, because the stops are “on demand”.
Corvatsch – this peak and the glacier of the same name are the hosts of the third place I visited during my visit to St. Moritz.
Considering the skiing infrastructure it’s very decent – just like St. Moritz. Both resorts, together with Diavolezza / Lagalb stations described above , are probably the biggest attractions of the skipass covering the Engadin region.
Of course, it is worth visiting Corvatsch – after all, it is the highest available peak, and additionally it offers an amazing view of the entire Engadin valley and hundreds of alpine peaks.
Thanks to special telescopes we can get to know the names and heights of many peaks, and even spot the distant Matterhorn.