Best Things To Do In St. Moritz For Each Season

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Almost synonymous to Switzerland and to glitz, St. Moritz is one of the most famous resorts in the world. Still, it seems that, in spite of the high prices, it does continue to get a lot of attention and popularity. You cannot blame its visitors. Is it its extremely fresh air that draws visitors? Or the distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere? Or even the legendary St. Moritz sun, which shines on average for 322 days a year?


‘and the livin’ is easy / Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high / Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ / So hush, little baby, don’t you cry’

1. Rowing

Belgium Rowing National Team on Lake of Silvaplana Belgium Rowing National Team during Training on Lake of Silvaplana in the Engadin. PHOTO +41-79-666 7404

Posted by Swiss Olympic Training Base St. Moritz on Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The calm waters of Lake St. Moritz and the Maloja Wind make the possibility of water sports events in Engadin a certainty. This has even become a base for the training of elite rowers from around the world before important events or tournaments.

St. Moritz Sailing Club

Website: St. Moritz Sailing Club (in German)

2. Picnicking

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For an easy hike and a great place for a picnic, make your way to the old part of St. Moritz and ask for directions to the site of the 1948 Olympic Ski Jump. Continue hiking a little farther and you’ll come across some quaint little lakes offering you more privacy. Have you packed everything you wanted to snack on?

3. Hiking

St. Moritz
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Do you remember Johanna Spyri’s Heidi and her friend Clara? Do you remember their love for the great outdoors and their joy for seizing the day? As an homage, you’ve got Heidi’s Blumenweg (Heidi’s Flower Trail) — a route from Chantaralla to the Heidi Hut to enjoy when in the region. Over 200 alpine plants can be seen along the way. Interestingly, the trail is wheelchair friendly.

4. Windsurfing & kitesurfing

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Posted by St Moritz Soul on Friday, 16 September 2016

While stand-up paddleboarders call Lake St. Moritz their playground, Lake Silvaplana — some ten minutes away — is optimal for windsurfing and kitesurfing and one of the best locations in Switzerland for the two. The side-onshore wind is the main element responsible for the excellent conditions, with the south-westerly currents creating an ideal situation.

Windsurfing Silvaplana

Website: Windsurfing Silvaplana (in German)

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

‘With the kids jingle belling / And everyone telling you be of good cheer / It’s the most wonderful time of the year’

5. Snowboarding & skiing

Corviglia St Moritz
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Frédéric de Golds... used under CC BY 3.0

350 km (217.48 mi) of ski runs and many freeride options are on offer at Corviglia Mountain. Piz Nair is the tallest skiable mountain of the region (accessible by cable car even in summer). The neighbouring Piz Corvatsch is blessed with powder snow throughout the season and even the most experienced snowboarders and skiers dream of its runs.

P.S. On Fridays, prepare for Corvatsch Snow Nights, from 7 pm, on the longest floodlit slope in Switzerland.

Ski resort St. Moritz – Corviglia

Website: Ski resort St. Moritz – Corviglia

6. Cross-country skiing

There are 230 km (143 mi) of cross-country trails to explore. Year after year, St. Moritz hosts the Engadin Ski Marathon, reuniting more than 13,000 athletes. Talk about love and dedication for the snowy outdoors, rhythm, and flow.

7. Bob & Skeleton

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Posted by Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz - Celerina on Saturday, February 20, 2021

St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun is the only natural ice track in the world. In a ‘The Fast & The Furious’ fashion, the quickest taxi ride in the world and the actual chance to experience the circuit on your own only takes 75 seconds, on a course that’s been home to World Cups and Olympic Games.

For Skeleton, there is the world-famous Cresta Run, a natural ice toboggan — one of the few in the world entirely dedicated to this sport. Although current rules forbid female Skeleton competitors, there are end-of-season competitions where women can take part, by invitation alone.

Bob & Skeleton

Website: Bob & Skeleton

8. White Turf

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White Turf is legendary, with international horse races being held since 1907. The venue? A frozen lake in St. Moritz. The perks? Ice, snow, and glamour. Acclaimed as one of the top events in Switzerland and usually organised on three Sundays in February, it receives more than 35,000 spectators from all over the world. And it is the most highly-prized race in the entire country.

White Turf

Website: White Turf


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9. Train adventures

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Posted by Trenino Rosso del Bernina on Tuesday, 31 January 2017

If you take the train from Tirano, Italy all the way to St. Moritz, you are guaranteed one of the most scenic train rides in the whole of Europe. The Brusio Circular Viaduct is a true masterpiece of bridge engineering on the Bernina Line; it was built as a method to limit the gradient of the line.

Glacier Express is the train connecting St. Moritz to Zermatt, passing through the World Heritage Site of the Rhaetian Railway. It is known as the slowest express train in the world.

As a suggestion, sit on the left side if going towards Chur for the best views of the Landwasser Viaduct, and on the right side if coming from Zurich to St. Moritz. On the Glacier Express, the conductor will let you know in advance when and where to look out for it; there are also announcements. It would be a pity to miss out on it!

Glacier Express

Website: Glacier Express

10. Ice skating, ice hockey & curling

Posted by St. Moritz on Monday, 26 December 2016

Eisarena Ludains simply means that locals and visitors of St. Moritz can enjoy a skating rink almost year-round. Consequently, not only ice skating is honoured (with a tradition of over a century in St. Moritz), but also ice hockey and curling. While the former is free, the latter two need the rink to be booked in advance, with a fee.

Eisarena Ludains

Website: Eisarena Ludains (in German)

11. Horseback riding

Posted by Engadin River Ranch - Ausritte im Engadin on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

There are riding tours and there are riding stables and schools, but particularly, there are horse hostels, underlining the true luxury aspect of St. Moritz: its services and surroundings.

Are horse-drawn carriage rides during summer and sleigh rides during winter available? You bet!

Horse Riding in Engadin St. Moritz

Website: Horse Riding in Engadin St. Moritz

12. Unwinding in Champfèr

Champfèr Village is well-known for its Restaurant Talvo. Brigitte Bardot was one of the famous regular visitors of the Talvo, a holder of two Michelin stars.

What else could you indulge in? The comforting views of Ova da Suvretta Creek, dividing Champfèr into two distinct parts.

Restaurant Talvo

Website: Restaurant Talvo

Live to tell

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With so many different things to do in St. Moritz, excitement is never ending. Will you visit the birthplace of alpine winter tourism?

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