WINTER DEAL IN THE ENGADINE
In Switzerland’s largest snow sports region, there are truly plenty of spots to be enchanted by the Engadine’s winter magic. The 57 cable cars across four ski resorts, Corviglia/Marguns, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz – take skiers up to the top of 350 kilometres of varied slopes, while 200km of perfectly prepared trails await lovers of cross-country skiing. And both can enjoy the incomparable panoramic views of the Engadine when they finally reach the top.
The Corviglia/Marguns ski resort was crowned a top place to ski by “Skiresort”, the world’s largest test portal for ski resorts. Conscious of its beauty, worldliness and playful glamour, the Corviglia snow sports resort is a true diamond and is beloved by visitors from all over the world, thanks to its mixture of perfectly prepared slopes, glistening winter magic and cosmopolitan visitors.
Even the spacious cable cars are impressive, reaching the half-way station in just seven minutes from Surlej. It gets even more so when the gondola then arrives at the highest mountain station in the eastern Alps at 3,303 metres above sea level, right in the heart of magnificent panoramic views. And it is not just the sense of wonder that will leave you breathless – you can also speed down the majestic and challenging, 9-km Corvatsch run across the Hahnensee right to St. Moritz or tackle Switzerland’s longest illuminated night descent. Whatever you choose, Corvatsch is open to sports enthusiasts in winter and well into spring!
Your full concentration is required where the ice giants of the Bernina Massif tower over the tongues of glaciers, as you will have to keep thinking back to the reason you are there: “Didn’t I get up here to ski?”. Instead, your gaze will constantly wander across the precipice to the silver hanging glaciers, ice walls and white peaks that are so close you can almost touch them. If you would like to repeat this fantastic high-altitude experience, you only need to choose between trying out the glacier chairlift and heading back up the final slope or testing your fitness on Switzerland’s longest glacier run towards Morteratsch. Opposite the Piz Lagalb, the queen of the ski mountains, entices visitors to try some majestic manoeuvres verves in the afternoon sun on the most challenging slope in the Engadine. From there, the ever-popular ski route also branches off across the south side into the Puschlav, heading towards La Rösa. Beware of unmarked slopes!
The quad chairlift glides up into the heights from the entrance to Zuoz village, floating silently past the Hotel Castell to the bull wheel of the second chairlift, which sets its sights really high – the top of Zuoz’s local mountain, the Pizzet (2,465 metres above sea level). Anticipation also increases with every metre you ascend, as below you can see a wide expanse of slopes gleaming beautifully in the sunlight, and your eyes take in the whole valley, which looks even more magical from above.