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SwissFrance 2011

SwissFrance 2011

By Nilofer
Destinations: 
Europe,
St. Moritz,
Switzerland

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See + Do

Skiing, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

The St. Moritz ski region divides into four main areas—a lift pass covers 56 lifts and over 218 miles of trails. Corviglia mountain is the core (and closest to the town center), reached by funicular from Dorf and by cable car from Bad. A modern gondola provides the link from the neighboring town of Celerina. Once up the mountain, a series of 10 modern chairs provide a network of runs for all standards. Corvatsch mountain, above Lake Silvaplana and a short ski-bus ride away from Dorf, is equally entertaining. The skiing is reached by cable car from both ends of the lake. The snow-sure glacier above Surlej peak gives access to a couple of scenic routes while Furtschellas mountain is the setting for the more demanding Seestutz and Muntanella descents.

If you're staying in Bad village, you can ski home from Corvatsch or transfer to the Corviglia area. Lagalb and Diavolezza are two adjoining ski areas situated farther west along the valley beyond the town of Pontresina. Together they offer some of the best expert skiing in the region and will be linked by a lift for the 2009–2010 season. Apart from the runs back down to the cable car, the top of Lagalb is the starting point for the off-piste La Rösa tour of the south face into a neighboring valley. Take the six-mile descent (with a guide) down the glacier from Diavolezza, which is the most spectacular in the Engadine valley.

Eating

Mathis Food Affairs, Switzerland

Corviglia Mountain
St. Moritz CH-7500, Switzerland
Tel: 41 81 833 6355
Website: www.mathisfood.ch

Mathis is a collection of lunch-only restaurants owned and run by St. Moritz's celebrity chef, Reto Mathis. They range from a snowboarders' refueling station with hot dogs and wok specials, to the unique La Marmite which claims to sell more caviar and truffles than any other restaurant in the world during the February high season (although you wouldn't know it from the exterior, a garish yellow-painted concrete building adjoining the lift station.) Book well in advance for La Marmite.

Open daily 8 am to 4 pm, December through April.

Eating

Nobu, Switzerland

Badrutt's Palace Hotel, 27 Via Serlas
St. Moritz CH-7500, Switzerland
Tel: 41 81 837 28 23
Website: www.badruttspalace.com

Nobu is Badrutt's attempt to reclaim a younger clientele from the Kempinski. Though the dining room is still a Belle Epoque museum piece, the kitchen employs Nobu Matsuhisa's patented fusion of Peruvian and Japanese traditions (except in summer, when the space is used for Le Relais breakfast and events). Whatever you think of the victuals, Nobu continues to be the place in St. Moritz to people-watch.

Open daily 7:30 to 11 pm, mid-December through mid-March.

Eating

El Paradiso, Switzerland

Corviglia Mountain
St. Moritz CH-7500, Switzerland
Tel: 41 81 833 40 02
Website: www.el-paradiso.ch

El Paradiso restaurant has been entirely refurbished in lavish style with candelabra on the open-air bar, sheepskin-covered benches, and a montage of magnums of Champagne on the terrace (it's a chic spot for a mid-morning glass of bubbly with a view across the Engadine Valley.) Inside, the restaurant specializes in Swiss mountain fare and creative pastas at decent prices (by St Moritz standards). Try the tagliatelle with white truffles or the lobster spaghetti.

Open December through April. Call ahead for hours.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.