Southeast of Zurich, the St. Moritz ski domain is a real paradise for serious snowboarders, but it is crazy expensive so be ready. There are nine distinct ski area up and down the St Moritz valley that are connected by bus and some by lifts. The main resorts are Corviglia, Diavo-Lezza and Corvatsch. The Corvatsch ski area is located on a broad glacier and is the least crowded of the nine areas. Overall there are 88 pistes totalling 350km that are served by 56 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,500m.
For strong intermediates, a popular route to explore is the Engadin Snow Safari. The safari follows a 99km route with over 6,600m of vertical descent.
St Moritz is known for some pretty epic off-piste terrain. If you’re up for a challenge, start with the backside bowls off Piz Nair. Then, try the northwest face of Corvatsch. Finish with the Schwarzhang route off Diavolezza or the Pers Glacier freeride route. Either way, you’ll finish up the day with a big grin.
After a long morning of snowboarding, grab an on-mountain lunch up at the Alpina Hutte on Corviglia or the Bergrestaurant Lagalb (back of Stubli) or the Alpetia.
If you are looking for some fun apres-ski, start up at the Alpina Hutte on Corviglia and then down to the Vinoteca, the Roo Bar at Hotel Hauser, Diamond or Cascade. For nightlife action, you will definitely want to check out the Stubli at the Hotel Scweizerhof or the Vivai Disco.
To reach the snowboarding in St Moritz from Zurich by car, head southeast on Route A3 and then south on Route A13 to Chur. Turn south on road to St. Moritz for 70km.
Note: If you plan to head to St Moritz for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ). When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, St Moritz is the 4th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 68 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.