Last September when the end-of-summer chill was starting to bite at the tail end of an Indian summer, I was talking with friends in the pub after work. Chat roamed to skiing and I suggested a visit husband’s family flat in St. Moritz. We were all rather short on annual leave so the idea was almost consigned to the recycling bin, but, with the assistance of a few glasses of wine, a long weekend seemed the answer.
It was decided. We’d go for an early Spring spin to St Moritz.
In the light of the next day it seemed vastly extravagant and degenerate but I’m not one to go back in an agreement and I booked the flights right away: Edinburgh to Basel return for £50. So now we were committed.
I’m just back from spending a week there over New Year and, in those silent meditative moments on ski lifts, instead of contemplating the meaning of life, I was distilling the top things to do in a three day visit to St Moritz. I’ve designed a trip to blow out the cobwebs, and to fit a week of snow sports and socializing into one long weekend.
Here we go.…
flights to Basel
Train to St Moritz. Arrive 7pm.
Take Bus 3 to via Salet (it leaves straight after the train gets in so go straight to the Bus stop). Number 6 also goes to Via Salet. Or you can get a 1 or 9 and get off at Reithalle which is 3 minute longer walk.
Arrive at flat, unpack, quick shop at co-op for lunches breakfasts and at 830pm head out to Jazz and cocktails at the Kulm hotel. Walk along lake, up escalators into town and then through town to Kulm. http://www.kulm.com/en/culinary-art/bars-lobby/ 15CHF for a cocktail
Dress code smart casual (sunny bar) smart elegant (other bars)
early start. Skiing at Corviglia. First cable car is at 750am.
Ski like mad in morning. Mid morning coffee at mountain restaurant with views. Sandwich lunch on slopes.
Back to flat early.
Afternoon to swimming pool with outside jacuzzi pool to watch sunset. http://www.ovaverva.ch/en/portrait/ovaverva/at-a-glance.html 12CHF
Evening. Bus to Corvatsch for snow nights. 7pm-2am. http://www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/winter/en/activities/sports/skiing-snowboarding/corvatsch-skiing/snow-night-on-the-corvatsch/ 27CHF
Night bus home.
late start. Ski Corviglia.
End day with a drink at the Quattro bar at Corviglia and last run down.
To The Palace Hotel for afternoon tea
https://www.badruttspalace.com/en/badrutts-moments/tea-up-badrutt-s-afternoon-tea 39CHF – eh? That seems a lot, perhaps we’ll just pop in for a cup of tea
Stay on for the evening … (If we can avoid being ejected).
Bus to ski Diavolezza and Lagalp.
End of day ski glacier run to Morteratsch. Drinks at the hotel and train back to St Moritz.
Fondue in the flat.
702am train to Basel. And flights home.
Costs of travel plus ski pass:
Swiss transfer ticket 141CHF – return from Basel to St Moritz
3 day ski pass – includes all bus and train transport while in Engadine
= total 364CHF
Snow rail plus 2 days skiing
67.40 extra day skiing Diavolezza.