The 74th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Wednesday 13 February 2019 07:00 GMT
Southeast of Zurich and northeast of St Moritz, the small Zuoz ski area has 3 lifts and a t-bar serving a half dozen pistes with a maximum descent of 500m. This family-friendly ski area is a great place for beginner and early intermediate snowboarders. There’s a short off-piste ski route, enjoyable sidecountry and a handful of steeper red and black runs. It does have a small beginner-oriented terrain park. One surprise at Zuoz are the backcountry tour routes for splitboarders that start from both chair lift summits (guide recommended).
Zuoz is part of the Engadin St Moritz ski regions and covered on their ski pass plan. Spread throughout the Upper Engadin valley, there are nine distinct ski areas mainly interconnected by ski-bus along with a few lifts. Of the nine, there are four main ski areas frequented by most tourists snowboarding in St Moritz: Corviglia, Corvatsch, Zuoz and Diavolezza/Lagalb. These resorts offer 88 pistes totaling 350km that are served by 56 lifts (27 t-bar or tow lifts) with a maximum vertical descent of 1,500m.
Unlike the other bland resort villages of the upper Engadin, the village of Zuoz has the traditional Swiss charm you may be expecting. It located on a hillside above the train tracks, and the ski lifts start even more above the town. There is convenient train access to east towards Klosters or Scuol, and west toward St Moritz. Both are about a 30 minute train ride away. When snowboarding at Zuoz, there is a good apres ski bar called Bar Buera up on the mountain, and then many locals will head down to the outside terrace at Restaurant Purtum.
To reach the St Moritz snowboarding from Zurich by train, start with the hourly train to Chur. Then transfer to the Bernina Express train towards St Moritz, which winds thru mountain passes past blue glaciers. There is a train station right below the village in Zuoz.
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 toward St. Moritz for 70km. Keep in mind that bad winter weather regularly closes the three high road passes, so taking the train is highly recommend.
Overall, Zuoz is the 74th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 80 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Zuoz including Corviglia Piz Nair, Corvatsch and Diavolezza-Lagalb.