Due to the region’s long Olympic tradition and the FIS Alpine Ski World Cups that it has hosted, most people think of winter sports when hearing about St. Moritz and its mountains. But the town and the summits of Piz Nair, Corviglia and Marguns are worth a visit also in the remaining three seasons. There are polo and cricket games, windsurfing world championships and horse races, and when the heat becomes unbearable in the cities, the mountains of St. Moritz offer a great escape. Jump into the clear waters of Lake St. Moritz or let the wind blow through your hair on a standup paddle, surf or kite board. And when even that isn’t refreshing enough, head up to the mountains that tower over St. Moritz at more than 3,000 metres above sea level.
Talking to the people of St. Moritz and asking them about what they consider their mountain, they will always say "Corviglia”. From the centre of St. Moritz, the funicular railway, rebuilt in the summer of 2014, will take you to Chantarella and up to the mountain station. The Corviglia is the perfect mountain for all kinds of sports. In winter, alpine athletes race down the slopes on their skis. In the remaining seasons, locals and guests like to climb the mountain or race down to the valley on two wheels. After all, the Corviglia is not only a popular hiking destination, it has also become a hotspot for mountain bikers in recent years. The mixture of alpine trails and flow trails is particularly interesting for slightly advanced bikers. The Olympia/Corviglia Flow Trail, WM Flow Trail and Foppettas Flow Trail offer enough variety even for long days on the bike. Or improve your riding skills in the Skill Park where you can practice correct braking, cornering and crossing obstacles.
A break well deserved
The Skill Park is right opposite the Corviglia mountain station in front of the quattro BAR, built in 2013 when St. Moritz made a bid for hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. You can still see the giant letters W and M in the façade of the puristic wood, stone and glass building. Open fireplaces and the marvellous views through the big panoramic windows make for a spectacular, yet cosy atmosphere. If you prefer to enjoy the sunshine, you are welcome to take a seat on the 140 sqm terrace. The quattro BAR was awarded the prestigious “Red Dot Award: Best of the Best” in the Product Design category.
Whether you would like to take a break on a day of mountain biking or finish off a day of hiking, the quattro BAR is the perfect place to have a rest, enjoy some great food and recharge your batteries – before heading back, down to the valley.
June 12, 2019