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A wealthy area on a series of lovely little lakes. Pretty sleepy for the summer, much more of a winter destination – the reputation for great skiing is well-deserved.

We’ve stayed in several surrounding areas and currently favor Pontresina, which has a lot of lodging options, is relatively quiet, has great sunset views, and is more walkable at night. St. Moritz (town) itself is essentially a very high-end shopping mall; a few hours is plenty for exploring. Points north are okay (like Celerina) but snow coverage can be spotty and you may find yourself driving south anyway.

The drive to St. Moritz (from Klosters, the ***Fluela Pass) is stunning, very steep, above tree line. Beautiful in winter. Coming from Chur, the **Julier Pass is busy, but scenic and well graded. The valley floor itself is lovely.

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Celerina

The **Cresta Palace Hotel was a good option – not quite as fancy as the others, but still posh. Family friendly. Good spa, big rooms, accommodating staff, several restaurants, walking distance to the ski lift. 

Pontresina

***Grand Hotel Kronenhof is really nicely done – a Grand Hotel that really lives up to the name. The service is attentive, the rooms large, the overall facility carefully cared for (with classic designs and tasteful modern updates). It’s not cheap. In the hotel, **Gourmet Restaurant Kronenstübli is very formal (multiple Michelin star formal; formal dress and small elevated dishes). It’s delicious, and worth it as a special event.

Down the road from the Kronenhof, we ate at *La Trattoria at the Hotel Walther Pontresina. It’s adorable inside, and unfortunately pricy and bland. Disappointing, and why we likely wouldn’t prioritize the Walther for our next visit.

St. Moritz

We really liked the **Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz. We had a very expensive meal, a nice quiet room (upgraded to a suite), and spent several hours in the spa (several different types of saunas + a pool). Very friendly staff. A great breakfast spread. Not quite at the level of the Kronenhof.

On the south-western hills of town, we had an acceptable lunch at *Restaurant Stüvetta St. Moritz (not to be confused with the much higher end Suvretta House next door). It’s not a place I’d seek out, though the hotel it’s a part of (Berghotel Randolins)  looks fine as a budget option and is well located.

For more: Alps and Meters on St. Mortiz

Skiing ***Corviglia is fabulous. Stunning views, great slopes, good on piste and off. Really big with a lot of diversity. Fancy outfits and good people watching. 

Across the valley, ***Corvatsch has steep runs, lots of terrain, amazing views. The top is at 3303 – very high for Switzerland. Not crowded, for more advanced skiers than Corviglia. Not a lot of lifts. We had a spectacular slope-side lunch at ***Restaurant Alpetta – excellent burger and capuns, hugos, and a large sunny deck.

**Diavolezza-Lagalb has very few lifts, very long runs, high elevation. Easiest to access from Pontresina.

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