St Moritz is famous for the thrilling Cresta Run. Descending the ¾ mile long run at speeds in excess of 60 mph (the best riders approach 80 mph), your face just inches above the surface of the ice, is the ultimate in adrenaline fixes.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Jan - Feb

Flight from London London

2:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

Beginners start from Junction, a point approximately a quarter of the way along the course and are encouraged to go down in a time of between 65 and 75 seconds. If beginners follow instructions, they will negotiate the Cresta successfully, but ignoring the expert advice will almost certainly result in total loss of control and an airborne exit at Shuttlecock Corner, the most famous - and feared - point of the Run.

The Cresta Run is a private club but Original Travel is able to offer non-member clients the chance to ride the world famous track. The Run is open from late December to the end of February every year, conditions permitting. We say conditions permitting because the Run is hand-built by an expert team every year and is dependent on low temperatures and ice quality. No refrigerated tracks here!

Original Travel recommends to ride the Cresta in the morning, then head off to an Alpine restaurant for a traditional meal. Some of the best restaurants are only accessible by horse-drawn sledge. Wrapped in a fur blanket, guests are pulled along the crisp snow under frosted fir trees.

St Moritz also has a range of alternative winter activities on offer, including skiing, dog sledding, snow-shoeing, or curling. In the evening soak up the resort's great nightlife and cosmopolitan ambience.


Original Highlight

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It is impossible to describe the thrill of riding the Cresta Run. Riding the Cresta sits on many people's Bucket List but very few take the leap. We can help you!

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Where to stay

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Set at the eastern entrance to St. Moritz, the hotel has fine views of the Engadine valley.

The Kulm

The Kulm

Situated right next to the famous Cresta Run, the Kulm enjoys stunning views over the lake and the majestic mountain landscape. The Winter Olympics of 1928 and 1948 were officially opened from its terrace, and the hotel retains an aura of history and tradition.

Nira Alpina

Nira Alpina

Just three miles from the glitz and glamour of St Moritz, the Nira Alpina is a more understated hotel in the pretty Engadin Valley village of Surlej, by Silvaplana. The genius of the hotel is that, unlike other St Moritz and Silvaplana hotels, the Nira Alpina is effectively a ski in, ski out property thanks to a private walkway to the Corvatsch cable car, which in turn whisks guests to the highest point of the entire ski area.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel

Badrutt's Palace Hotel

In the heart of St Moritz - famously the luxiest of luxury ski resorts - is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, where the most glittering echelons of high society have been gracing the halls since the hotel first opened as the Palace Hotel in 1896. Alfred Hitchcock was said to have his best brain waves in the hotel, and Greta Garbo came here to be left alone.

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