St. Moritz Riding

The Best Boarding in Europe

Freeriders

The three main areas accessed from St. Moritz are Suvretta, Marguns, and Corviglia. Suvretta extends west to the adjoining billionaire's village of Champfer, while Marguns stretches east to the village of Celerrina. Both are tops for off-piste, with Marguns offering the more challenging hits and speed.

Corviglia, the resort's main mountain, is a playground for freak riders. Piz Nair offers long, fast chutes and bowls for advanced riders, while the area around Tres Fleurs has long fluffy runs. However, check their safety first, as both areas are prone to some occasional slippage. For those who prefer air over speed, head for Lach Tal , 500 meters west of Corviglia Station, which is a sick natural half-pipe that is ungroomed except for hits built by local pilots.

At Silvapiana, five minutes west of Corviglia by car, the combined resorts of Corvatsch and Furtschellas offer heaps of intermediate-difficulty tree and stone riding, as well as steep chutes for the more disciplined. Also great fun, at the far east point of Corvatsch, is the Hahnensee run, which quickly throws you back to St. Moritz Bad, through a rush of trees and scree, plus nice staircase drops. Then it's just a two-minute walk out to the nearest bus stop. However, this run is only open when there is enough snow.

Freestylers

St. Moritz offers some of the best training facilities available to jibbers. An epic 90 m (295 ft) half-pipe shaped by a pipe dragon tops the list, and a huge quarter-pipe, a four-meter gap jump and loads of beginner-friendly hits await those who like to fly. This combination, plus a T-bar back to the start, where a blaring sound system is in operation, makes St. Moritz a favorite training ground for Swiss Champions and World Cuppers at large. Slowly but surely, St. Moritz is shedding its diamonds and fur coat image by hosting a large number of local, national, and international boarding events.

Carvers

There are many well-groomed pistes of all levels for carvers to enjoy. At Corviglia, try Tr&232;s Fleur's red run, or take the Grisch lift to Plateau Nair, then ride all the way down to Marguns for an interrupted speed rush on a smooth, wide piste.

The Nitty Gritty

Mountain chain: Southeastern Swiss Alps, St. Moritz Valley

Vertical meter range: 1,856—3,451 m (6,089—11,322 ft)

Season duration: end of November—May 1

Number of lifts: Eight mountain railways, seven cable cars, one gondola, over 20 chairlifts, 46 drag-lifts.

Snow-making facilities: Diavolezza and Corvatsch provide 100-percent-guaranteed early-season snow and in St. Moritz there are some mobile cannons on the lower runs.

Lift pass alternatives: A season pass allows its owner to ride in the Gstaad Super-Ski region and, strangely enough, Vail, Colorado.

Resort names: Corvigilia-Marguns-Suvretta, Corvatsch-Furtschellas, Pontresina-Alp Languard, Lagalb-Diavolezza.


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