Cross-country skiing through fairytale landscapes

Cross-country skiing through fairytale winter landscapes

The Upper Engadin is an El Dorado for cross-country skiers, and famous for its great diversity of cross-country trails. There are over 30 different cross-country trails with a length of up to 220 kilometres for you to explore with your skis, meaning that you never have to travel the same trail twice during your stay. Of the more than 30 trails, almost all of them are groomed for skating and traditional cross-country skiing. And if you haven't got round to cross-country skiing during the day, there is a night-time trail in St. Moritz for you to enjoy. By the way: the 4-kilometre-long cross-country trail through the beautiful valley to Spinas, located by the mouth of the Albula railway tunnel, begins right outside Bever.

Unique: Lake trails

On the frozen lakes, you get to enjoy the vastness of the Upper Engadin plateau from a unique perspective. Where else in the world can you cross-country ski on perfectly prepared trails across three frozen lakes? Discover the lake trails of Maloja – Sils, Sils – Silvaplana – Surlej and Silvaplana/Surlej-Champfèr.

St. Moritz, Celerina, Pontresina, Samedan, Bever cross-country trails

The "Dreidörfereck" ("three-village triangle") of Samedan, Celerina and Pontresina also offers a dense and varied network of cross-country trails. Go for a leisurely ski around the San Gian church, or a more sporty run through the valleys at Roseg and Morteratsch. Or you can meet fellow aficionados to train with on the speed trail and night trail.

Bever, La Punt, Madulain, Zuoz, S-chanf, Zernez cross-country trails

You will find the most beautiful fairytale forest in the Val Bever valley. The trail ascends gently to the Gasthaus Spinas, and ends with a fine downhill run. Things take a turn for the sporty on the marathon trail in the Plaiv and on the Engadin's second-longest trail: Zuoz. the hilly trails from Zuoz to Zernez are a sporting affair.

Special cross-country trails: the Alp Bondo altitude trail and Morteratsch glacier trail

This circular trail is located at 2,300 metres' altitude on the Bernina pass, and leads along the RhB railway route of the Glacier Express. This trail with guaranteed snow is groomed in autumn when there is no snow in the valley. Once the cross-country trails in the valley are closed in spring, we often extend the cross-country season up to the end of April here.

While the first section of the Morteratsch trail from Pontresina to the Hotel Restaurant Morteratsch and its sunny terrace is still suitable for beginners, the glacier trail is reserved for more advanced cross-country skiers. Over a length of 5.4 kilometres and with an ascent of 107 metres in altitude difference, it leads right up to the glacier tongues. The technique: difficult.

Cross-country skiing on Switzerland's most famous trail

It is a must for all serious cross-country skiers: the 42 kilometres of the Engadin Ski Marathon between Maloja and S-chanf.