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St. Moritz is one of the most famous resorts in the world. This fashionable and opulent village with a cosmopolitan ambience, is located at an altitude of 6000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Engadin valley, surrounded by the majestic mountain peaks of the Swiss alps. The sun shines on St. Moritz an average of 322 days a year (more than anywhere else in Switzerland).

Favored winter retreat of the international élite, St Moritz was built around two villages: one on the shores of St. Moritz Lake, and the other on the hillside above. St. Moritz is influenced by three cultures: that of the German speaking majority of its residents, the Romansch speaking population of the Engadine and the nearby Italians.

St. Moritz originally rose to prominence because of its healing mineral springs, which have been widely acclaimed for their beneficial effects for over 3,000 years. Even in the Middle Ages, visitors came to St. Moritz to take these waters in summer. In fact, in 1519 Pope Leo X promised full absolution for every visitor of the Christian faith who came to the spa of St. Moritz. The fame of the mineral waters has endured because they are the strongest carbonated iron springs in all of Europe and are at an altitude higher than any other within Switzerland.

The St. Moritz Olympic ski runs and its vast cross country ski trails are known throughout the world. Skiers, snowboarders and cross country enthusiasts are drawn to St. Moritz by its natural beauty and quality infrastructure. In addition, St. Moritz offers a wide variety of first class events, to make it a holiday destination unmatched anywhere else.

Sixty mountain railways and lifts with 220 miles of groomed, downhill slopes, a halfpipe and fun park for snow boarders, 90 miles of cross country ski trails, 90 miles of winter walking paths, high altitude and glacier ski tours, bobsled taxi rides, hang gliding and para sailing taxi flights, indoor swimming, indoor tennis and squash courts, outstanding restaurants, a casino, four and five star accommodations, as well as numerous cozy mountain huts, all assure a colorful and exciting range of activities.

St. Moritz is guaranteed to have favorable snow conditions from December 1st to May 1st, due to it's high altitude (5,834 to 11,150 feet above sea level), the local glaciers, and its modern snow-making facilities (there are 9 miles of prepared slopes). Visitors are wise to allow enough time to experience as much as possible of the wonders of this mountain paradise. There is no way to ski the area in less than a week's stay, there's plenty of terrain to accommodate all abilities, and there is an endless supply of sunshine and powder.

Each summer brings more guests to St. Moritz. Hiking (in Switzerland's only National Park), cycling, mountain biking, the health spa, river rafting, horseback riding, polo, golf (18 holes), windsurfing, sailing, tennis, ice skating and the International High Altitude Training and Competition Centre are just some of the attractions which draw vacationers A stunning, intact natural environment: sparkling mountain lakes with dense pine and larch forests, glaciers and panoramic scenic trails, which are unparalleled anywhere in the world in their diversity, along with excellent summer concerts, assure a multi-faceted summer stay.

Skiing in the region is divided into four distinctly different areas, the most popular of which is Corviglia, just above the town. Those seeking diversion may head for the slopes above the satellite resort of Sils Maria (Corvatsch) which is said to bear some similarities to Aspen Highlands, and to have the most challenging terrain . There are also the slopes above the nearby village of Pontresina (Diavolezza). Intermediate level skiers enjoy taking a cable car from St. Moritz-Dorf to the top of Piz Corvatsch, almost 11,000 feet above sea level. From there, with only one cable car connection en route, it is possible to ski a network of intermediate level trails all the way back down to the resort's lake.

St. Moritz is a high altitude resort with a modern infrastructure. While many other famous ski resorts have been content to rest on their reputations, St. Moritz has invested heavily in state of the art lifts and is now served by a number of high speed detachable triples and quads.

Overwhelmingly, when asked their opinion of St. Moritz, visitors have said that it is the best in every regard. The St. Moritz name stands for style, tradition and quality and its success proves that: St. Moritz lives up to its promise.

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