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ABOVE: Ski bar on the Corviglia slopes above St. Moritz.

Practical information

Dining and entertainment

St. Moritz is the kind of resort where you're likely to have at least one major meal besides breakfast in your hotel. Still, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in a variety of price ranges. The most expensive are in Dorf; the middle-class establishments are mostly along the road between Dorf and Bad, where you'll also find supermarkets. For a meal or snack with a view, try La Marmite at the upper station of the Corviglia funicular. (If your budget is limited, have an afternoon dessert and coffee in the attractive cafeteria while watching skiers zip by outside the windows.) And don't forget Meierei, which I mentioned earlier. It's the perfect spot to enjoy fondue bourguignonne.

As for nightlife, there are plenty of clubs in town that range from expensive to out of sight. If money is a concern and you love the après-ski life, Club Med's all-inclusive resorts (Roi Soleil and Reine Victoria) are worth considering.

Finally, the town has an Engadine Museum that's worth visiting if you're even remotely interested in the Engadine region's history, life, and culture.

Skiing

St. Moritz has skiing for every taste and skill level. From Dorf, you can take a funicular and cablecar up Corviglia, which has plenty of intermediate slopes. (I once stood at the top of Corviglia and watched a mother head down a roadlike piste with two tots in tow.)

If you're a cross-country skier, you'll be delighted by the 150 km (100 miles) of groomed XC trails in the area. You can ski from one village to the next, returning over a different trail, by bus, or on one of the many local trains. Equipment rentals are available at the cross-country ski center in St. Moritz Bad, where you can also get expert waxing for a small fee.

Getting to St. Moritz

From Zürich Airport, St. Moritz is about four hours by railroad. You'll need to change trains at Zürich Hauptbahhof (the main station) and again at Chur, where you transfer to the narrow-gauge Rhaetische Bahn line.

You can also drive to St. Moritz, but the roads can be tricky in winter and you may need tire chains.

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