Press release of Engadin St. Moritz

Press release of Engadin St. Moritz

The World Ski Championships winter in Engadin St. Moritz

The sheer diversity of sporting and cultural events – and an extra special highlight

St. Moritz, 3. October 2016 – Winter in Engadin St. Moritz could not be more exciting. The Alpine World Ski Championships are being held in St. Moritz for the fifth time already. The winter season kicks off on the Diavolezza on 22 October 2016, and there are several infrastructure innovations for guests to look forward to.


Alpine World Ski Championships St. Moritz 2017
After 1934, 1948, 1974 and 2003 the Alpine World Ski Championships are to be held in St. Moritz for the fifth time, from 6 to 19 February 2017. Around 600 athletes from 70 nations will compete in six disciplines: Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Slalom, Super-Combined, and the Team Event. One of the highlights is the start of the men’s downhill race, i.e. the Free Fall with its 45 degree gradient. It’s the world’s steepest starting gate, and it feels like a vertical plunge into nothingness. The medal ceremonies and other highlights such as the opening ceremony are to be held in the Ice Pavilion in the Kulm Park at the historic Olympic venue; the Pavilion itself has been newly renovated by star architect Lord Norman Foster. An air show, a street festival, and a full entertainment programme at the Public Village will fulfil every wish.  

3D map
This winter Engadin St. Moritz, together with the Davos Klosters Tourism Organisation, will be offering interactive photo-realistic 3D maps online, e.g. for pistes and cross-country trails. It’s a solution that’s unique in its kind anywhere in Switzerland.

Deals & offers
This winter again there are lots of attractive offers for that added plus. Anyone booking more than one night as part of the Hotel and Ski Pass offer will obtain their hotel ski pass for only CHF 35.- per person per day for the entire duration of their stay at participating hotels during the 2016/17 winter season from 22 October 2016 to 20 May 2017 – and also throughout the World Ski Championships 2017 in St. Moritz (6 to 19 February 2017). Free use of public transport in the Engadin is also included in the offer.

Lots of attractive specials are also on offer during the World Ski Championships. The World Ski Championships 2017 Special includes not just the accommodation and the ski pass, but also the use of public transport and three-day admissions to the World Ski Championships.

Start to the winter season
The Diavolezza kicks off its winter season already on 22 October 2016. The Surlej-Corvatsch cable car follows on November 19 with the new Curtinella chairlift. The first cableway up to the Corviglia starts up its winter operations on 26 November 2016 with the Celerina-Marguns gondola; on December 3 the Signalbahn cableway and the Chantarella railway also start up their operations. The Sils-Furtschellas cable car will welcome its first snowsports enthusiasts on December 21, with the Lagalb, Muottas Muragl and Zuoz following suit on 23 December 2016, just in time for the festive season. The cableways on the Corviglia will continue to operate until 2 April 2017; winter-sports fans will be able to enjoy spring skiing on the Corvatsch until 7 May 2017 and, on the Diavolezza, firn snow conditions as late as 20 May 2017.

The event winter season will open with the Visma Ski Classic Prologue on 27 November 2016 and the cross-country opening event in Pontresina from 27 November to 3 December 2016. The prologue and kickoff to this year’s Visma Ski Classics Tour will be held in Pontresina in the Engadin for the first time. The top elite teams will be competing in this race, showcasing their athletes for the first time along with their new racing outfits. This team classification provides the basis for the subsequent twelve races throughout Europe and in China. It also includes the La Diagonela race, which runs through the Engadin in January 2017. There will also be other prestigious events throughout the winter season, e.g. the Snow Polo World Cup, the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, the Engadin Ski Marathon, the Play Engadin, and many others with a spectacular programme.

Sils celebrates the start of the season on 10 and 11 December 2016 with an exciting programme for children and adults at the Muot Marias sports ground. The winter season gets underway with free curling and cross-country skiing taster courses, snow-shoe treks and sledging runs, performances by schoolchildren, and child-minding services, plus catering laid on by the Sils restaurateurs.

On Thursday evening, 9 March 2017, during Marathon Week a night race by moonlight is to be staged for the first time as part of the Engadin Ski Marathon on 12 March 2017. Around 500 participants are expected to take part in this unique race over 17 km from Sils to Pontresina.

Over the period between the Engadin Ski Marathon on 12 March 2017 and Easter from 14 to 17 April 2017 the offer is complemented by lots of lifestyle events. Spring 2017 sees the tenth anniversary of the Festival da Jazz celebrated over the last weekend in March, with a Pre-Sound Night Extended featuring a whole array of jazz concerts. The successful initiator of the Origen Festival, Giovanni Netzer, has been commissioned to produce a new interpretation of Bach’s St John Passion for early April 2017.

The Mountain Festival Pontresina organised by the Pontresina Mountaineering School will be held this winter again, for the second time, from 27 March to 2 April 2017. Over that week Pontresina will be showing off its mountaineering expertise, with courses on ski tours, freeriding, ice climbing and avalanches on offer daily for novice and proficient climbers alike. And, every evening, lectures will be held on a range of topics, along with an opportunity to test the latest equipment.

The Ice Pavilion in the Kulm Park of the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is more than 110 years old and, for the World Ski Championships 2017 in St. Moritz, it is set to re-emerge in new splendour. For the project itself the Kulm Hotel was able to secure the services of world-famous architect Lord Norman Foster. During the World Ski Championships 2017 it will provide the venue for, among others, the opening ceremony, the medal ceremonies, and various concerts. The Kulm Park itself has already been the setting for the ice skating competitions during the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948.

Ski enthusiasts will be able to experience a highlight on the Corvatsch as of winter 2016/17. A new chairlift is to make the popular Curtinella piste accessible to all. The Porsche design six-seater chairlift is 2,200 m long, making it one of the longest anywhere in the Canton of Graubünden. The Curtinella piste is situated in the very heart of the ski area and links the two mountains of Silvaplana-Corvatsch and Sils-Furtschellas. The sunny location and the hilly terrain make it one of the Engadin’s dream pistes. Now it is easily accessible, and the new artificial snow installation will ensure it’s ready to go for lots of snow fun on the slopes from 19 November 2016. The new chairlift is 750 m longer than the previous ski lift and its capacity, at 2,400 persons an hour, is twice what it was before.

After a renovation phase of around two years the renovated and remodelled Museum Engiadinais is set to re-open its century-old doors in late November 2016. The Engadin Museum reflects the lifestyle and domestic culture in the Alps from the 15th to the 19th century.
Its aim is to preserve and communicate the lifestyle culture of the Engadin.

A lot has also been happening on the hotel front in Engadin St. Moritz. Two luxury hotels are boasting new rooms for the winter season 2016/17. Thirteen rooms and suites at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina have been redesigned by Pierre-Yves Rochon. The Suvretta House, too, will be presenting newly designed rooms in time for winter 2016/17. What’s more, the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz and the Grand Hotel Kronenhof are offering the exclusivity of dog-sleigh rides on the Bernina Pass this coming winter.

The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is launching Europe’s first ever Vintage Cigar Lounge with a selection of at least ten different cigar types from the period prior to the Cuban embargo as well as other traditional ranges by other brands. Choice spirits and tasty snacks are to complement this most exclusive selection of cigars anywhere in Europe. And, over the festive period, delicious Christmas treats will be showcased in a life-size gingerbread house. Lots of fun for children and adults alike, possible only in a fairy-tale setting like the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Another novelty this winter is that three-star chef Andreas Caminada (Schloss Schauenstein) is serving exciting creations as part of his fine dining sharing concept Igniv at the Restaurant Le Relais.

Pontresina sees the opening this winter of the Hotel Schloss Wellness & Family under the new management of the Italian hotel chain JSH Hotels Collection Group.  
On 10 March and 21 April 2017 the Hotel Waldhaus in Sils is staging its zai Ski Days with Benedikt Germanier and Arno Camenisch, bringing together a sense of aesthetics and poetry on the ski slopes. It’s an opportunity to experience and sense the spirit of the mountains with skis made by zai while the earthy yet sensitive texts by Arno Camenisch accompany the day on the piste.

What’s more, on December 16, the amenities available at the Hotel Waldhaus in Sils are to be complemented by a wide offer of leisure activities and sports at the new spa facility. An outdoor whirlpool, therapeutic massages, beauty treatments, baths, and various other offers will help children and adults alike to leave the hectic pace of everyday life far behind.

Winter activities and sports competence
Besides its 88 wonderful pistes Engadin St. Moritz offers lots of other opportunities for winter activities. Whether it’s cross-country skiing, winter hiking, or a thrilling bob run: the sun-spoilt Engadin is Switzerland’s greatest winter sports region. It’s where the dreams of snowsports enthusiast come true.

The signposted Pontresina – Ospizio Bernina snowshoe trail runs from Surovas along the snow-covered Falz stream to the Morteratsch railway station. Then, to get to the next signposted section, hikers simply take the train to the Bernina Suot station. From there it’s on to Ospizio Bernina. The beautiful snowshoe trail along the Rhaetian Railway in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Region lets hikers decide at what station to end their tour.

After a successful trial run last winter the Madulain Ice Path will become a firm fixture this year. The Path takes hikers along the banks of the river Inn through wonderful wetlands. Over a trail distance of around 1 km the reflections of the light on the river, the views of the historic village centre, and the peace and quiet all across the valley are certain to delight. The fun trail begins at the Madulain Werkhof [maintenance depot], where there is ample parking. Use of the Ice Path is free and at hikers’ own risk. The wearing of a helmet is recommended.

Tourist Information St. Moritz Dorf redesigned
In anticipation of the World Ski Championships the information office in St. Moritz Dorf has been remodelled as an iLounge. The iLounge is the answer to the digital age: the new open-plan layout with matching interior is designed to reduce the distance between guests and guest advisers; the iLounge is also meant as a place where guests and locals can get together and broaden their knowledge and expertise of the Engadin.

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The Engadin St. Moritz Tourism Organisation
What mountains. What space. What light! The Engadin St. Moritz Region offers a great variety of sports and leisure activities, as well as a delicious local cuisine, a rich and lively cultural scene, and a busy programme of events. The region’s unique appeal lies in the combination of St. Moritz, the most scintillating mountain resort in the world, and the inspiring high alpine valley of the Engadin. The Engadin St. Moritz Tourism Organisation is responsible for marketing the whole destination in defined target markets. In all, the Engadin St. Moritz Tourism Organisation employs around 60 staff.


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