Diavolezza/Lagalb Snowboarding

The 74th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.

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Southeast of Zurich, the St Moritz ski domain is a real paradise for serious snowboarders, but be ready since it is crazy expensive. St Moritz caters to upper-crust, ultra-exclusive clientele, but it's diametrically-opposed to the plentiful off-piste backcountry freeriding available to shredders. Actually, St Moritz should be on every freeriders bucket list. 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. For strong intermediates, a popular route to explore is the Engadin Snow Safari, which follows a 99km route with over 6,600m of vertical descent. The best freeriding can be found either off the backside bowls of Corviglia or the northwest face of Corvatsch, where you’ll be lucky to find the steeps, couloirs, cliffs and untracked powder.

Located south of St Moritz, the Diavolezza/Lagalb ski area has the best freeriding in the Engadin. It is accessible by train from St Moritz into either the Bernina Diavolezza or Bernina Lagalb train stations. The Diavolezza/Lagalb ski area is a glacier mountain with epic alpine terrain that is popular mainly with hardcore snowboarders since its the furthest transfer from St Moritz. To start the day, head up to the summit of the gondola. Then try riding down the longest glacial descent in Switzerland (10km) across the Pers glacier and the Morteratsch glacier winding through unusual ice formations (there may be some flat sections requiring hiking). If you’re prepared and experienced at going big, next up is the Val Arias tour which is an unpatrolled freeride route starting from the summit station of the Val Arias lift that leads down to Lagalb. After a long morning of snowboarding, grab an on-mountain lunch up at the Bergrestaurant Lagalb (back of Stubli). Lastly, finish with the Schwarzhang route off Diavolezza and you’ll end up the day with a big grin.

Luckily, St Mortiz is known by poseurs for its late nightlife scene where you need to be seen. Around midnight, you will definitely want to check out the Stubli at the Hotel Scweizerhof, Diamonds at the Kulm Hotel, Kings Club in the Palace Hotel or the Vivai Disco in the Stefani. Oh, and bring your gold credit card - you’ll need it. An alternate to the late night bar scene on Fridays is the night skiing from 7pm to 2am - the on-mountain huttes are open with music until close.

St Moritz is located in the far southeastern corner of the Swiss canton of Graubuenden near the Italian border. The wind currents through the Alps tend to bring cooler temperatures to the Upper Engadin valley and produce better snow conditions than other nearby ski areas. The main village is St Moritz Dorf, which has the train station. While there are numerous smaller and less expensive villages in the valley, the real action is in the pricey St Moritz Dorf.

To reach the St Moritz snowboarding from Zurich by train, start with the hourly train to Chur. Then transfer to the Bernina Express train to St Moritz, which winds thru mountain passes past blue glaciers. The Bernina Express also extends further south to Tirano, Italy, to connect with trains for Milan Malpensa airport.

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. Keep in mind that bad winter weather regularly closes the three high road passes, so taking the train is highly recommened.

Overall, Diavolezza/Lagalb is the 74th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 81 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Diavolezza/Lagalb including Corvatsch, Corviglia and Zuoz.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  St Moritz Tourism (0041) 81837-3333; St Moritz Ski Area Pisteurs (0041) 8448-44944.

Recommended Book:  "Snowboard Switzerland" from Nic Oatridge

Recommended Map:  "Switzerland Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jan. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hotel Eden; Hotel Stille; Hotel Steinbock; Hotel Hauser; Inn Lodge, Celerina

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Steffani; Hotel Suvretta; Badrutt s Palace; Hotel Schweizerhof; Crystal Hotel

Breakfast Restaurant:  None

Reference Source:  click here http://www.stmoritz.ch/

GPS:  46.441189, 9.982728

Date Published:  12/11/2017

Date Updated:  11/6/2018

ID:  25242

Diavolezza/Lagalb Snowboarding Map