St Moritz: Skiers' paradise

May 02 2014, 20:40 IST
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Nestled in the picturesque Engadin Valley, St Moritz is a great draw for skiing enthusiasts from all over the world who throng here during the winter months. Nestled in the picturesque Engadin Valley, St Moritz is a great draw for skiing enthusiasts from all over the world who throng here during the winter months.
SummarySt Moritz is the birth place of winter tourism in the Alps.

international jet setting crowd. Snow sports enthusiasts can buy a ski pass for just as little as CHF 25 per day/ per person if they book a hotel room for two nights or more. It also includes free travel on public transport in the Upper Engadin. There are also packages for cross-country skiers and those staying in holiday apartments.

Diavolezza, Corvatsch and Corviglia are the three primary skiing locations for skiing and snowboarding. The aerial cable car will take you 3000 metres above sea level to the restaurant at the top of Diavolezza. You can enjoy your lunch in the winter sunshine out on the terrace surrounded by breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. There are options for vegetarians, along with an Indian thali menu, which is popular with most visitors. The Diavolezza mountain lodge can accommodate a few guests in its dormitories as well as two/four bedroom options. In summer months visitors go hiking from Diavolezza summit station to Morteratsch Glaciers or walk from Diavolezza to Sass Queder to enjoy a gourmet meal at Europeís highest barbecue site. The Corvatsch mountain top station is at an altitude of 3,303 metres and offers awe-inspiring vistas of the mountains. Snow Night on the Corvatsch is a special occasion every Friday for skiers and snowboaders who can have a time of their life partying till 2 am. The major annual events in St Moritz include White Turf St Moritz Ė International Horse Races, Cricket on Ice and Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

The Engadin valley is dotted with many picturesque villages. Samedan, on the north east of St Moritz is the capital of Upper Engadin and has an airport, which of course caters to only chartered and private aircraft landings. There are also golf courses in Samedan. Zouz is undoubtedly the prettiest village in Upper Engadin, with its quaint houses and heritage buildings. It is also the location for an international IB school Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, which has students from many countries, including Indians. This village has some of the last structures of traditional Engadin architecture, which gives an insight into the lifestyle of the farming community in the region. Chaplutta S Bastiaun and Chasa Pult are important landmarks of national significance in Zouz.

The nearby Swiss National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, with a number of centenary day celebrations. The national park can

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