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Skiing in Engadin: Corvatsch, Switzerland

Skiing in Switzerland had been on my bucket list long before I moved to the UK. In December 2013 I spent a week out in St Moritz, one of the world’s most famous ski resorts. On this occasion we stayed with Kulm Hotel and we invited to a private ski night on the evening of our arrival along with other guests at the hotel. This night ski took place on Corvatsch mountain, a short drive out of town. This was a pretty big night for me – my first time skiing outside Australia, my first night ski and my first time on a red (intermediate level) run. Needless to say I was terrified and made my way down the mountain at a snail’s pace while everyone else seemed to pass by with effortless elegance, but I conquered my fear and it was a fun evening.

This year we stayed with Nira Alpina, which happens to be located directly opposite the Corvatsch cable car. I relished the opportunity to return to Corvatsch and see how much my skiing had improved since that first night ski over a year earlier.

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About Corvatsch

With an altitude of 3, 303m you’re guaranteed excellent snow coverage at Corvatsch. Most of the pistes are rated as red runs so this is a fantastic resort for intermediate skiers.

Getting There

From St Moritz you can take the free ski bus to Silvaplana / Surlej where the Corvatsch cable car is located. There’s also free parking available if you have your own car. For the advanced skiers, there is a black run that leads back down from Corvatsch to St Moritz Bad.

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The Experience

In comparison to Corviglia in St Mortiz, the slopes of Corvatsch were a lot less crowded, even on days when the weather was perfect. We practically had the pistes to ourselves most days!

It was snowing when we arrived in town and this continued during the night, so there was loads of fresh powder for our first day of skiing.

Overall, we had pretty good weather throughout the week. On the sunniest day we took the cable car all the way to the top where we were greeted with 360 degree panoramic views.

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Amenities

Given that this is Switzerland, you’re going to be paying more for food and drink than you would at other resorts. A bottle of water costs around CHF 3.50 (€3.27), a beer around CHF 6.50 (€6.08 Euro) and a meal for lunch will be around CHF 20 (€18.71). The quality of food is really good though. We mostly ate at Stüvetta Giand’ Alva but I would like to try some of the other restaurants on the mountain.

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Night Skiing

Every Friday night Covatsch is open for night skiing. Unlike the last time we went, this night ski is open to the public and definitely has more of a party feel to it with multiple bars open along the slope. It was also a lot more crowded and sharing the slopes with skiers and snowboarders who’d had plenty to drink and were hurtling down the piste dangerously fast was a bit off putting for me. I much preferred the day skiing when the slopes were a lot quieter!

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We had a fantastic week skiing at Corvatsch and will definitely consider coming back here again for our next ski holiday.

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