Winter fairytale for sports enthusiasts
In the Engadine, golden-hued stone pine forests herald the arrival of winter, telling us that it's time to dig out our warm sweaters and stock up on hot chocolate and firewood for long, cosy evenings. The first snowfall transforms the Engadine into an enchanting winter fairytale and an Eldorado for winter sports enthusiasts.
350 km of snow-sure ski slopes, 180 km of cross-country skiing trails, 150 km of winter hiking trails, toboggan runs, curling, bobsleigh and skeleton, equestrian sports, winter golf, paragliding, kite sailing, cricket and countless scenic restaurants, ski huts and snow bars ensure that wintertime in the Engadine is anything but boring. Winter sports and recreation have a long-established tradition here: the very concept of winter tourism – and winter sports – was invented in neighbouring St Moritz over 150 years ago.
Want to go straight from the breakfast buffet to one of the best cross-country trails? The Roseg Valley is calling your name! Alternatively, you might be tempted by a stretch of the famous marathon course with the iconic Stazerwald forest section. Take the bus to Maloja and ski back to Pontresina, where the Saratz spa and wellness facilities, sun terrace and a hearty lunch await.
With snowshoes on your feet through freshly snow-covered forests, to idyllic vantage points - Pontresina offers many snowshoe routes far away from the hustle and bustle. Snowshoe hikes without a guide are at your own risk. Snowshoe hikers are encouraged to follow signposted routes, respect the quiet areas and behave considerately.
For skiers and snowboarders, we recommend – besides the sweeping slopes on Corviglia and the action-packed descents on Corvatsch – the unique glacier downhill run from Diavolezza to Morteratsch. The 10-km-long slope leads onto the Morteratsch Glacier, past Piz Palü and through a fascinating untouched landscape of snow and ice.
A ski tour is something for boy scouts, for people who lug their thermos into the office or even get married in a fleece. For freaks. Of course, these are just prejudices. Because today more and more sports enthusiasts are drawn to the high mountains. Encountering nature away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes is fascinating. A deep snow descent through untouched slopes is the reward for a strenuous ascent, usually lasting several hours. The Bernina massif near Pontresina and the surrounding peaks are virtually predestined for touring excursions - whether on skis or snowboards.