The Graubünden ski resorts in Switzerland come alive in winter. After all, Alpine winter holidays were invented there over 150 years ago. In the summer of 1864, the St. Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt offered his British guests to spend a few days in beautiful Engadin. If they did not like it, Badrutt offered to take over the travel expenses. Otherwise they could stay as long as they wanted, for free. At Christmas four Englishmen arrived and they stayed until Easter. This was the first tourist winter season in the Alps and thus the invention of Alpine winter holidays. Read on to find out more about skiing Graubünden with us.
In addition to St. Moritz, Graubünden ski resorts such as Arosa, Davos, Klosters, Laax and Samnaun are among the top winter sports ski resorts in the world. 2,200 kilometres of slopes in over 40 ski resorts, 1,800 kilometres of cross-country trails, 1,400 kilometres of groomed winter hiking trails and dozens of snow parks alone would already be a guarantee for a great winter holiday.
The Graubünden ski resorts offer even more. Adventurous toboggan runs and relaxing snowshoe hikes. Small, unknown villages and the Rhaetian Railway which provides spectacular winter train rides on the Glacier and Bernina Express. If you’re looking for relaxation, the mountain huts with hearty barley soup as well as at the calm and stylish après-ski, or soaking in beautiful spa oasis’ is perfection.
The above-average altitude of the Graubünden ski resorts guarantees snow. The longest toboggan run in Switzerland leads through the middle of Graubünden. The most important snowboarding event in Europe takes place every winter in Graubünden, or more precisely in Laax. And time and time again, Graubünden hosts major Alpine ski racing events.
The magnificent Graubünden ski slopes make their way into the Valleys over a length of some 17 kilometres. These slopes require stamina and a passion for skiing or snowboarding. If you need refreshments in between, stop at the idyllic next mountain hut.
Is almost 11 kilometres long and stands at an 1,773 altitude metres. Up until the spring skiers can put their stamina to the test on the slope from Péz Ault (3,000 m above sea level) to S. Catrina (1,227 m above sea level). A detour through the wonderful powder snow areas of Disentis is definitely worthwhile. One thing is sure, in S. Catrina you have earned yourself a little break.
Skiers seeking a thrill will love this glacier run from the Diavolezza to Morteratsch. The scenery against the backdrop of the Bernina Massif is simply incredible. The glacier crossing and the man-sized moguls – are the highlights of the 10-kilometre run.
The longest descent of the Laax Alpine arena begins on the Vorab glacier (3,018 m above sea level). Passing the halfpipe and the freestyle park, it crosses the La Siala area. It then continues along the Nagens-Runca area down to Flims (1,100 m above sea level). Carving your way down the 17 kilometres run at an altitude of 1,918 is sensational.
If you take the legendary Parsenn slope from Weissfluhjoch Davos (2,693 m above sea level) to Küblis (814 m above sea level), you’ll be following in the footsteps of famous ski legends: first held in 1924, the Parsenn Derby was one of the most prestigious ski races at the time.
Image Credits: [[Image: Parsenn © Graubünden Ferien, Davos Klosters BB]] [[Image: Mountain Village © Graubünden Ferien, Dominik Täuber]] [[Image: Flims LAAX © Graubünden Ferien, Weisse Arena AG]] [[Image: Diavolezza © Graubünden Ferien]] [[Image: Sedrun Disentis © Sedrun Disentis Tourismus]] [[Image: Train © Graubünden Ferien, Rhätische Bahn]] [[Image: Arosa Lenzerheide 2 © Lenzerheide Marketing und Support AG]] [[Image: Arosa Lenzerheide © Graubünden Ferien, LMS AG]]