This bright apartment, sleeping six in three bedrooms, is in a prime position in St Moritz Bad, close to the ski run to the Signal Bahn gondola, and only a two-minute walk from bakery, restaurants, co-op and bus stop. The flat has great views on three sides to St Moritz Dorf, the lake and surrounding mountains. In summer the excellent walking, watersports and mountaineering are all close at hand.
This apartment is perfect for a group or family on a budget who are looking for something in a fantastic location, with plenty of room, close to all amenities, but aren’t looking for high-end decor and luxury. Tourist tax, linen and towels are all included in the cost.
The apartment is also extremely well placed for the High Altitude Training Centre in St Moritz Bad. Where elite athletes can access facilities and lift passes for free. Information here
The flat has a comfortable Living and Dining room with balcony and large windows on two sides with views of mountains and the lake.
There are two spacious twin bedrooms with lovely views
Our flat is not the typically slick, expensively done out, St Moritz flat. It has been in the family since it was built in the 1950s and has been a much-used and much-loved family holiday home, since then. The bathroom may be old-fashioned, but there’s always plenty of hot water and there is everything you’d need in the kitchen (including a raclette and a fondue set), even if the cabinets are a bit retro.
We recognise this in pricing our flat, which is a fraction of the price of other three bedroom apartments in the neighborhood. Tourist tax, linen and towels are also all included in the cost.
If you are seeking a functional, spacious apartment with views in a brilliant location in which to top and tail your daily outdoor adventures, then you’ve found it!
There are three bedrooms: a double, with king-size bed, and two twin rooms. The open plan living-dining room has a balcony and windows on two sides. There is a seperate kitchen, a toilet and a bathroom.
The flat has a lift and downstairs in the apartment block is a shared ski/boot-room.
The view from the flat towards St Moritz Dorf
- Open plan living-dining room
- Downstairs ski/boot room
- Sleeps six in a double rooms and two twin rooms
- Bathroom and separate toilet
- Amazing views
- Very convenient for ski slope and local facilities
- Bed linen and towels are provided
- Beds made up for your arrival
- Free Wi-Fi internet access
- Special offer for guests for ski-passes (downhill and cross-country) and summer lift passes (up to 25% off)
View from the main bedroom and sitting room.
Balcony with view of St Moritz Bad and the mountains
Skiing back to the flat.
The ski route down the mountain takes you a few 100 metres from the flat. Follow signs to St Mortiz Bad as you ski down from Signalbahn. Straight after the tunnel under the road on the final approach to Signalbahn, turn left and cut over the field towards the flats. You should arrive at the top of via Salet and it’s a short walk down the road to the flat.
Orsina’s flat is in a very accessible position in St Moritz Bad. It is a 5 minute walk to the ski slope that will take you directly down to the Signal Bahn (ski almost all the way back to the flat), the gondola linking St Moritz Bad to the Coviligia ski area. A 2 minute walk will take you to the coop, a bakery and a bus stop with direct buses to the train station, St Moritz centre, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Lagalp.
10 Via Salet St Moritz Bad you can have an explore on Google Streetview here
The apartment is very convenient for both the lift up the mountain (5 minutes walk to the slope down to the gondola) and shops and amenities – 2 mins to coop, bakery and bus stop)
The flat has a simple kitchen but with everything that you need (including raclette machine, fondue set, all sorts of ways of making coffee). And is has a stunning view of St Moritz Dorf
Information about St Moritz
For information about things to do in Autumn, Summer and Spring read this.
There are four ski areas accessible on the Ski pass; the Corvglia area behind St Moritz Bad and Dorf is a fantastic playground of easy slopes to harder and has a snow park for freestylers. You could easily ski all week here and desire nothing else. It is sunny, there is not a drag lift on the entire mountain, only fast-moving 4 to 6 seater chairs with bubbles to protect you from the elements.
Go for the Paradiso area in the morning as there is practically no-one there and it has the best morning snow and gets shady later on (in midwinter). Then over to Marguns and Piz Nair at lunchtime. The lifts start at 8am and the slopes are deserted til 930am so getting up early is ell worth it.
The other side of the mountain is Corvatch, a steeper area with narrower and harder runs. Corvatsch boasts a world class freestyle snow-park and has floodlit skiing on Friday nights with DJs til 2am. While Corviglia closes soon after the Easter holidays, Corvatsch stays open until May.
An amazing day-trip is to Diavolezza. It’s a beautiful train ride to a fantatsic skiing mountain. One big lift to the top and one looooong run all the way down. Once the crevasses fill, there is a yellow run (glacier marked off-piste) that will take you across the glacier, down a gulley on the rock nunatak in the middle and all the way to the bottom of the Glacier where you find a restaurant and train station to take you back to St Moritz.
There is a coop a few minutes walk away that you can buy food and wine etc, it also sells gloves and other items of emergency ski equipment that would cost you an arm and a leg anywhere else in St Moritz.
Amazing fresh bread croissants and all kinds of pastries for breakfast and the mountain essential Engadine Nüsstorte can be bought at the Konditori at the end of Via Salet and turn right. They open at 7am.
On the slopes, a great afternoon Gluwein stop is the Raclette Stube at the top of Paradiso. Wonderful atomosphere, amazing views and always stowed out except when conditions are bad. If you want a lunch out this is also a good place, but you wont get the views as a ski school uses the room. But there have a cosy and rather twee alpine-hut restaurant next door wih extremely efficent waitresses.
And a drink at the top of Piz Nair is a total must as well. You can usually get a table for coffee if you get there before 11am. They have a rather tempting selection of alcoholic coffees. Or the Quatrro bar at Corvillia for a cool ski-bar. Djs all day playing chill-out dancy stuff which temps one to linger and drink early cocktails.
For packed lunches there is a heated picnic room in Marguns.
Best Things to Do in St Moritz (that aren’t skiing)
So so many highlights of things to do when you are not skiing in and around St Moritz. Here’s the top 10:
- Watch the races on the Olympia Bob: The world’s only natural ice bob run (there is no concrete underneath). They practice every day in the season but if you are there for a race it is even better. http://www.olympia-bobrun.ch You can walk down a really good footpath from the top near the Kulm Hotel all the way to celerina and get the bus or train back. Stop at the bar on the amazing horseshoe bend to watch the action. They do ‘taxi’ Bob rides if you want a real thrill.
- Relaxing Sledging: Top day out. Take the train to Preda, hire a slege there and head down the old road, that is shut in winter, to Berguns. It is 6km long and really picturesque as it winds over and under the World Heritage Site railway line. When you get there, lots of Gluwein stalls await and the train back up to do it again.
- Eyes on stalks sledging: The sledge-run down from Muottas Muragl is absolutely terrifying, You will need your helmet. I was convinced I was going to die all the way down. Before you launch down, a drink at the Ice Bar at the top would be useful. There are also lovely lovely walks out into the mountains here, where Ibex live, and there’s a restaurant/hotel too (obviously). Costs included in the ski pass, so you can do after a morning on the slopes.
- Afternoon tea at Hanselman: Amazing cake, amazing pastries. Queues out of the door
- Ursli path: a lovely walking path themed around the fantastic children’s book ‘A Bell for Ursli’ taking you up to Salastrains. Take a sledge and kids can sledge down (it’s not officially a sledging route so be prepared to be frowned at by Swiss people). The path finishes at the Salastrains nursery slope where the hut that was used to film the original Heidi TV series now lives. Go in. Be Heidi and Geiserpeter. Read “A Bell for Ursli” before you go.
- The Cresta Run: The famous Cresta run and and the Olympia Bob start opposite sides of the road and finish in nearly the same place in Celerina.
- Skating, swimming and curling: St Moritz Bad has a lovely skating rink you can see from the flat but there are outdoor rinks all over the place. And there’s a new refurbished pool, which surely must be the most luxurious public pool in the world. It has an gigantic outdoor jacuzzi pool where you can watch the sun set on the snow through the steam rising from the water. You can also try curling on an outdoor rink Surely nothing more romantic than that.
- White Turf: If you are there in February it is peak ‘St Moritz’. This really is the Season to visit if you can. St Moritz does events impeccably, like nowhere else. There is everything from dance music on the slopes to horse racing, polo, night time horse racing on the frozen lake, classic car rallies, classical music, food, and of course ski races, Bob races, and the famous Engadine ski marathon. List of some of the events here.
- Night Skiing: Corvatch has a floodlit ski slope. I’ve always wanted to go on one of their Friday ski parties (7pm-2am). Loud music and lots of slope-side bars.
Some Relaxing Activities for Apres Ski
One of St Moritz’s oldest buildings on the road between Via Salet and St Moritz dorf. It is now a museum about Engadine life and is a good morning spent if the skiing isn’t so good. It is under renovation until December 2016.
Segantini was an artist who lived in the area in the late 19th century. The museum is the largest collection of his works. It is a short and beautiful walk up the hill from the flat.
A walk to the Morteratsch Glacier
A beautiful walk and a good lesson in glacial retreat. The Morteratsch glacier used to end at the train station and it is now a 5km walk to the ice-fall at the end of the glacier. It is well signposted and markers show the position of the glacier by year as you walk. While you wait for the return train, a coffee or a meal at the hotel is highly recommended. Have one of their Engadine specialities: spatzli, pizzocheri, rösti or capuns.
Take the train, direction Tirano, and alight at Morteratsch, about 20mins from Ponterisina. If you have a ski pass, the train and bus travel is included.
An evening up the mountain
The St Moritz ski pass is valid in the evenings for public transport and mountain railways. A trip up to Muottos Muragl for a drink in the evening gives a fantastic view of lights down the valley. Get the bus or the train to the mountain railway. Or check if the restaurant at Piz Nair is open and go for a bit of après ski at altitude.
A swim and spa
St Moritz has built a brand-new swimming pool and spa, it has flumes and rooms of peace and tranquillity and a steaming outdoor pool.
click on ‘view larger map’ and the photo on the left to go to street view to explore the area
You can buy this at any lift. Prices are here. Under 6 years old are free and kids won’t need it if they are beginners at ski school. Ski school can advise whether they need one. The ski pass is valid on trains and buses within the St Moritz area and also on lifts like the one to Muottas Muragl. You can get a pass that lets you ski 4 days in 6 or 2 days in 3, which are useful. There are family pass discounts where first child pays full ammount, second gets 30% discount etc.
You get a discount if you book them online. Book them for pick up and drop off at Signalbahn. This is the one we use http://www.snowell.com/2/en/liz_182/Skiservice-Engadin-St.-Moritz-7500-St.-Moritz-ski-hire-skirental
If you are beginners and will be getting the train down, rather than skiing down you may want to hire and drop off at St Moritz Dorf.
Book ski school before you go (for kids agesd 5 and over). One year we didn’t and it was touch and go getting the kids in. It is best value by far to go for a full week full days. You can take them out for the odd afternoon etc, but it is a brilliant setup, especialy if they stay for lunch where there is a huge dedicated lunchroom http://www.skischool.ch/en/ski-school-st-moritz.html
You drop them at 10am at Salastrains (an easy short run down from the top of Signalbahn) or, if kids are beginners or you want a day skiing another mountain or doing non-skiing stuff, you don’t pay any extra to drop them at the Chantarellabahn in St Moritz Dorf at 9am. They get taken up on the mountain railway then packed into horse drawn carts under sheepskin and taken up to the nursery slopes.
Lunch is optional and well worth it – kids are given a meal in their own lunchroom and also have a playroom with all sorts of facilities to hang out in. It is barely more expensive than buying them lunch in a mountain restaurant anyway. You then pick them up at 3 at Salastrains and ski back to the flat, or at 4pm at the bottom of Chantarella.
Getting to St Moritz:
Most carriers fly into Basel and/or Zurich.
At Basel station a bus takes you every 10 minutes to the station. The train to St Moritz takes 3.5 hours from Basel, 3 hours from Zurich Airport station.
If you are travelling to your destination there is a special return train ticket that you can only buy before you leave UK that makes it cheaper (so long as you are taking a long journey like tht to St Moritz which is CHF 74 each way), It’s called the ‘Swiss Tranfer Ticket’. It costs 141 CHF. This includes bus transfers too so long as all travel is on one day in each direction.
Children travel for free if traveling with a parent if you get a Family Card, which is free, or negligible costs, so don’t buy them a ticket.
If you don’t manage to get the ticket in advance you can buy a Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi for 201CHF at any railway station (or SBB office in Airports) This gets you the transfer to your destination and back, and half price travel on everything for a month, and a free family card so that kids are free.
There is also the ski-rail combo which is CHF 216 which includes a one-day ski-pass or plus CHF 229.60 if you want a 6 day pass (a saving of CHF 107 on the return rail plus skipass). It also gives you a free baggage transfer each way (which can go straight onto the plane allegedly….)
There is also, to utterly confuse, a super saver travel for travel after 9am that is a flat fee of CHF47 but only some routes.
From the Station at St Moritz there are regular buses at all times of day. If you want to splash out you can even get a horse drawn carriage from the station to the door (this is St Moritz after all) To get to the base of Via Salet (2 min walk to the flat) take the number 3 bus (direction St Moritz Bad). If you havent much luggage, the flat is a lovely 20 minute walk along the lake shore path.
There is an option of getting your luggage transferred direct onto the plane on the way home, however you need to deposit it all at the station the night before which may not suit everyone.