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Luxury Ski Chalets in St Moritz

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The reputed glitz and glamour that surrounds the illusion of St Moritz is indeed correct. This chic, exclusive resort in the Upper Engadine valley of Switzerland plays host to some of the worlds most refined events of the international social calendar and the accommodation available certainly lives up to this deserved reputation. The iconic frozen lake sets the stage for the famous Winter Polo tournament in January and the exhilarating White Turf horse race in February which attracts the great and the good from far and wide. The atmosphere is electric and the sophistication is inspiring. It's a Winter Wonderland in all manner of the word. But St Moritz is not only about the 'being seen' scene –the skiing on offer is yet another of the resort's magnetic appeals. It's fittingly 'champagne climate' offers dry days and endless powder late into the season. Ideal for all-round skiers, St Moritz is a popular choice for families. And not forgetting the non-skiers;the combination of a plethora of boutique shops, an eclectic mix of restaurants and the famed surrounding thermal springs ensure that St Moritz is a hit however and whichever way you choose to holiday.


St Moritz

The reputed glitz and glamour that surrounds the illusion of St Moritz is indeed correct. This chic, exclusive resort in the Upper Engadine valley of Switzerland plays host to some of the worlds most refined events of the international social calendar and the accommodation available certainly lives up to this deserved reputation. The iconic frozen lake sets the stage for the famous Winter Polo tournament in January and the exhilarating White Turf horse race in February which attracts the great and the good from far and wide. The atmosphere is electric and the sophistication is inspiring. It's a Winter Wonderland in all manner of the word. But St Moritz is not only about the 'being seen' scene –the skiing on offer is yet another of the resort's magnetic appeals. It's fittingly 'champagne climate' offers dry days and endless powder late into the season. Ideal for all-round skiers, St Moritz is a popular choice for families. And not forgetting the non-skiers;the combination of a plethora of boutique shops, an eclectic mix of restaurants and the famed surrounding thermal springs ensure that St Moritz is a hit however and whichever way you choose to holiday.

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December

  • Sinfonia Engiadina – Performance by the Engadin Symphony Orchastra
  • International Snow Art Contest

January

  • Show Jumping – Concours Hippique
  • Winterraid – Vintage Car Ralley
  • Ski Classics Race – Cross Country ski race
  • Japanese Gourmet Festival
  • Snow Polo World Cup

February

  • BOB and Skeleton World Cup

Winter Activities
Ski & Snowboard - explore 350 km of ski pistes in the area
Cross Country Skiing - discover perfectly prepared cross-country runs that cross the Upper Engadine landscape and countless romantic side valleys
Ice Skating & Curling - a kingdom for ice skaters and curlers, the Engadine offers countless ice rinks
Sledging - the valley has three official sledge runs as well as shorter runs Winter Hiking - the densest network of trails lies in the stretch of valley between St. Moritz and Bever
Explore Switzerland's only national park with 80 km of hiking trails that take visitors into an untouched forest, mountain and rock landscape
Set off on an excursion in an elegant railway carriage on The Glacier Express Visit Guarda, one of the pearls of the Lower Engadine, a picture-book village and home of Schellenursli (a fairytale figure)
Savour an Italian ice-cream and the warm southern ambiance of Chiavenna (Italy), which can be reached via the Maloja Pass
Take a trip by Rhaetian Railway to Bad Scuol with its indoor and outdoor pools, solaria, whirlpools, steam baths, saunas and a Roman-Irish spa

Summer Activities
Hiking - Famous vantage peaks such as Corviglia, Signal and Muottas Muragl are starting points for numerous panoramic hikes that are unique in splendour and density, with many cosy mountain restaurants offering the chance to take a break and savour delicious regional specialities
Mountain Biking - A true biker's heaven unfolds between the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps: 400 km of biking trails in every grade of difficulty will set every biker's pulse racing
Climbing - Cross a glacier equipped with pickaxe and crampons, climb over the ridge of the Bianco to the Piz Bernina, secured by the rope of an experienced mountain climber, or feel the proximity of the granite on a climbing route
Water sports - Watch superb sailing and windsurfing regattas or try kiting
Swimming Lakes - Take a swim in one of the several lakes in the area

 

TIME ZONE
GMT + 1 hour

LANGUAGE
French and German is spoken in Switzerland. French is the predominant language in Verbier.

CURRENCY INFORMATION
CHF (Swiss Francs)

MONEY MATTERS
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

COST OF LIFT PASSES (based on Dolomiti SuperSki pass)

  Adult Child*
Senior**
Full Day
€60 €40 €40
6 Days
€290 €210 €210
7 Days
€300 €230 €238
* Children aged 14 and under
** Seniors aged 65 and above
*** Family passes are available in some resorts
Please note that the above shows average prices, not resort specific.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server CHF 50 for a CHF 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application. EU nationals are only required to hold a valid national ID card.

NEAREST AIRPORT
The nearest airports to St Moritz are:

  • Zurich (230km)
  • Innsbruck (183km)
  • Milan (183km)
  • Friedrichshafen (211km)

WEATHER
Switzerland's winter temperature range is -2 °C (28 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F), with the snow remaining in the Alps until around April. The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.

HEALTH
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.

ELECTRICITY
Electrical service in Switzerland is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.



DRIVING INFORMATION

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver’s licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • National speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on open roads 80 km/h and in towns 50 km/h.
  • In Switzerland you pay an annual motorway tax, even if you're only using the motorways for an hour or two. A vehicle sticker, or vignette, must be displayed on the windscreen by all vehicles. Of course, if you don't need to use a motorway you don't need to pay, although it's difficult to cross the country without doing so.You can for example buy them in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service stations, garages and post offices.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Anything over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
  • Snow chains are recommended to be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.

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