Ed and I tend to do the same style ski trip each year. We go late in the season so we get the March sun and better weather, for a short but sweet 3 nights: long enough for us to get our adrenaline hit but short enough for him not to get too cocky his snowboard. St Moritz, though yes, expensive, is a great resort with amazing snow, some great runs, and an extensive area to cover. You’ve got your old-timers in their seventies who’ve been coming here since they were seven, along with wealthy newbies in their Fendi head-to-toe, then the rest of us, who are here for the snow.
Wonderfully easy to get to, you can take a train to St Moritz straight from Zurich airport. Simple. I love skiing in Italy (pizza, pasta, Aperol Spritz) but it’s no wonder these Swiss resorts are so damn popular when a) the flights to Zurich are bloody CHEAP and b) the train connections are way quicker and more straight forward than those pesky 5-hour bus journeys...
Up on the slopes, you’ve got beautiful views and many of the runs look down over the valley and the frozen lake. The runs are varied but generally quite advanced — St Moritz did host the Winter Olympics twice don’t you know... Down in the town, it's LUXE. Basically Geneva in the hills, with luxury store after luxury store, everything from Chanel to Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton and Chopard — because that’s what you come to the mountains for, right? A new £11,000 diamond ring. You've also got a range of restaurants and après-ski spots, plus a couple of good supermarkets, so you can definitely make it work for you, whether you're doing hotel or self-catering.
We stayed 5km outside of St Moritz itself, at Nira Alpina, a design hotel in Silvaplana, and somewhere I'd definitely recommend. A ski-in hotel, it's a great base if you want to make the most of St Moritz as a ski resort, but hang back from boujee glamour that comes with it.
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