An expert guide to ski holidays in St Moritz

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St Moritz was the first all-round winter sports resort in the world and, more than 150 years since its birth as a tourist destination in 1864, it still offers a wide range of activities in and out of the snow, from ice skating and bobsledding to ice cricket.

It is also the world capital of winter glitter, attracting a clientele with the kind of stratospheric earnings otherwise only found in the famous meeting places of the rich and rich – Courchevel, Megève or Vail. Walking the streets of St. Moritz in high season, it may seem that Prada, Moncler, and Bogner are the only ski clothing manufacturers and mink fur coats are mandatory.

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However, St Moritz is more than bling bling. Its position at 1,856 m in the Engadin valley in southern Switzerland, close to the border with Italy, gives it a rare combination of snow and sun security. In addition, with 88 slopes in four separate sectors and an altitude of 3,305 m, the ski area is both extensive and snow-sure. It is especially suitable for intermediates.

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Stay tuned with the essential facts about the resort below and scroll down for our insider guide to a day on the slopes, expert reviews and advice. For more St. Moritz inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best lodging, dining, and après-ski.