FIS Alpine World Cup Elite in St. Moritz
In the winter season 2017, this is where the who-is-who of ski racing meets. For the fifth time, the World Ski Championships will take place in St. Moritz, and will make the pulse of the top athletes soar on the Corviglia. The sporting highlight is the "free fall". On February 11, the world elite starts the spectacular men's downhill at 2'840 m altitude and with a gradient of 45 degrees downhill
After an exciting competition day, the Swiss Ski Team's path leads to the Hotel Schweizerhof, because during the 2017 World Ski Championships, the St. Moritz hotel classic is the official guest house of the Swiss ski elite. For more information, go to ((Unterseite in Arbeit)).
The "White Turf" horse races, the Engadine ski marathon, and the gourmet festival lure top chefs, stars, professional athletes, and sports enthusiasts to St. Moritz in the winter season 2017.
- Snow Polo: From January 27 to 29, 2017, the world's best polo players compete at the Snow Polo on the frozen Lake St. Moritz for the coveted "Cartier Trophy" “.
- Gourmetfestival «Discover THE Best from the West»:From January 30 to February 3, top chefs from the United States and the Engadine will be showcasing the culinary facets of North American cuisine at the Hotel Schweizerhof.
- White Turf:On February 12, 19, and 26, 2017; celebrities, horse owners, coaches, and jockeys meet on the frozen Lake St. Moritz for social highlight of the winter season: the exclusive White Turf horse races.
- Engadine Ski Marathon:For the 49th time, more than 12,000 runners will compete in the Engadin ski marathon on the famous, 42-kilometre long cross-country ski run.
The countless flagship stores on Via Serlas offer everything for a stylish appearance during the Engadine top events. Via Serlas is the highest shopping street in Europe, right in the centre of St. Moritz, where trendsetters and sports enthusiasts find functional sportswear in exclusive boutiques and the latest fashion collections of Jet Set, Bogner, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and many others.
After an exciting day on the shopping street or the ski slope in St. Moritz, the path leads to the Piano Bar or the Stübli at the Hotel Schweizerhof. Here, people from all over the world meet for a drink and celebrate traditional bar culture with live music. More about the cosy Stübli and the impressive piano bar www.schweizerhofstmoritz.ch/feiern-bars-und-nightlife/bars.
Still got energy to spare? On the Bucket List St. Moritz, you will find inspiration for the next adventure in the Engadine. For example, skate on black ice, then have a piece of Engadin nut cake and, in the evening, watch the sunset on Muottas Muragl. More about the “30 things to do in St. Moritz" at: www.stmoritz.ch/st-moritz/st-moritz-bucket-list.
How St. Moritz invented winter holidays
It is said that, in the autumn of 1864, Johannes Badrutt sat by the fire with four English guests in his Hotel Kulm in St. Moritz. Badrutt positively gushed with enthusiasm about winter in St. Moritz: the bright sunshine, the snowy landscape and its mild day-time temperatures. In short, he said it was paradise on earth. His British guests didn’t believe a word he was saying – they knew their own dark, damp English winters all too well. Their disbelief led to a legendary bet, whose 150th anniversary will be celebrated this winter. Badrutt suggested that the Englishmen should return in December, and if they didn’t enjoy their stay, he would reimburse their travel costs. The Englishmen came – and stayed until Easter. Badrutt won his bet and winter tourism in St. Moritz was launched.
That wasn’t the only occasion St. Moritz attracted guests with a pioneering spirit. In 1904, the Olympic bobsleigh run was constructed – the oldest in the world that’s still in use today. The route goes from St. Moritz over the Via Maistra to Celerina. While the technology has changed significantly, the route has always remained the same. Every year in late November, a South Tyrolean team builds the largest snow sculpture in the world out of 5,000m3 of snow and 4,000m3 of water.
In 1928, the Winter Olympics were held in St. Moritz, but the people of the town had the misfortune of unusually high temperatures for February, so many events had to be postponed and the 10km speed skating had to be cancelled. Interestingly, at that time, women were only allowed to participate in figure skating contests, and alpine skiing was not yet an Olympic discipline.
That changed 20 years later, when St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympics once again. This time, the FIS (International Ski Federation) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were in fierce arguments about the participation of professional skiers, who were still banned at that point. However, the weather was much better in 1948, and the success of the games led to a sharp upturn in tourism in St. Moritz.
And let’s not forget the legendary White Turf horse race, which has been held since 1907, and the extremely popular Engadine Ski Marathon.
Bobsleigh museum Celerina
Alpine World Ski Championships St. Moritz 2017
Everybody can get their money’s worth in many different ways.
- Cross-Country skiing
- Horse racing
- Winter hiking
- Snow kiting
- Nordic Walking
- Horse riding
- Ice Climbing