The Uppers love affair with St. Moritz
You have all definitely felt the autumn to come… Here in Spain we were probably the last ones to realize that the summer is over and take out our coats and cozy scarves from the wardrobe, but the chilly season came to us last weekend too…
Even we are big summer mood and open-air activities´ fans, we love sunbathing and travelling to Ibiza on summer weekends… we also take advantage of a colder season! We actually love it and especially when the first snow falls, we take the first opportunity to escape to ski resorts and enjoy the magical atmosphere there.
This time we wanted to share our admiration and special love for one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world – St. Moritz in Switzerland! If there is winter in paradise, it probably looks like that amazing Swiss town ☺
Alpine lifestyle at its best
The Engadin St Moritz region is on the southern side of the Swiss Alps about 1800 meters above sea level. Today St. Moritz is the number one Alpine holiday destination. It is home to exceptional leisure and sporting facilities, culture par excellence, exclusive shopping opportunities and hosts events on the world stage. Visitors can also look forward to internationally renowned first-class hotels and award-winning restaurants. The atmosphere is distinctly cosmopolitan and the legendary St. Moritz sun shines on average for 322 days of the year.
This cosmopolitan town aptly described as chic, elegant and exclusive, was built on the site of therapeutic hot springs enjoyed from the start of history. It’s here at Switzerland’s highest lying mineral spa that a healing energy bubbles up to benefit residents as well as visitors to the region. Three different cultural regions converge in St. Moritz. The Romansch language of the Swiss, Italian and German. Each bring the best of their worlds.
A first-class skiing experience
In the early morning light, skiers gather at the top of Piz Nair (3,057 m a.s.l.). Before them lies a stunning Alpine panorama, World Cup-quality downhill runs and the Corviglia Snow Park with a variety of obstacles, small ski jumps and a fun slope.
The Corviglia skiing area is home to 15 mountain restaurants where you can recharge your batteries. The selection ranges from simple, home-made specialities through to first-class gourmet dining. Tips: Reto Mathis’ caviar delicacies, cool drinks at the quattro BAR or a glass of champagne in the legendary Alpina Hütte. Prefer something sweet? According to the New York Times, el paradiso Hütte serves the “best cream slice in the world”.
Snow cover is guaranteed in Engadin St. Moritz thanks to its ideal altitude of 1,800 to 3,303 metres. Cutting-edge facilities ensure minimal waiting times and maximum efficiency in a region renowned for its rich natural diversity – in fact, it was here that the notion of winter tourism was invented over 150 years ago. It’s simply carving heaven, with freeride slopes, wide beginners’ pistes and even the world’s first yoga piste. In short, St. Moritz does skiing and snow like a pro.
St. Moritz-Celerina Bobsled Run
An experience you can only have in St. Moritz is a thrilling bobsled ride down the world’s only natural – and the oldest operating – bobsled run. Riding with experienced pilots, you’ll get almost the same experience as Olympic and World Championship bobsledders do as you plummet down the 1722-meter course at speeds of up to 135 kilometers per hour. It’s 75 seconds of solid adrenaline rush.
Best Place for Local shopping – Via Serlas
Via Serlas is not only Europe’s highest shopping avenue, it also boasts the highest density of top brands. From Chanel to Gucci and Louis Vuitton, all the prestigious names on the international fashion scene are lined up together, on St. Moritz’s version of a much smaller Rodeo Drive. Apert from the fashion labels, St. Moritz shoppers will also find sparkling gemstones, stylish designer furniture, fine wine and a superb choice of delicatessens at Via Serlas
Best Local Secret – Wellness at St. Moritz
The St. Moritz therapeutic spas have been known for over 3,000 years. Sipping on champagne as you sit back and enjoy a tranquil landscape, pretty much on top of the world. St.Moritz offers world-class spa facilities from both western and eastern hemispheres, top-class hairdressers and oases of wellbeing. The town is also home to one of the oldest therapeutic spa water channel of wood dating from 1411 BC. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, entire households of princes and kings travelled to the Engadin to take the waters.
Lunching on the mountains
La Marmite (mathisfood.ch), in Corviglia, has a reputation as one of the best and most expensive high-altitude lunching venues in the Alps. Owner Reto Mathis serves dishes laced with caviar and truffles, with specials including tarte flambé with truffles, Corviglia snow (finest caviar on a delicate piste of mashed potatoes), beef carpaccio with truffles Roberspierre and fried tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and soya-chili sauce.
Let’s open the skiing season together? 🙂