Swiss skiing in PontresinaWinter Sports in Pontresina

Ski and snowboard 35 km of piste in Pontresina between 2093-2978m


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few miles from St Moritz, Pontresina is a small, elegant village with the best access for Diovalezza and Lagalb, 20 minutes away by train or bus. It is also very close to some of the best cross country skiing in Switzerland. Although the accommodation is largely upmarket, there is a good hostel conveniently located next to the railway station. Diavolezza enjoys a long season, often from October until May, but Diovalezza also often shuts for a couple of weeks or so from late November. During this period Lagalb will usually be open, but if you set your heart on doing the Diavolezza glacier do check the lift is operating before you go.

Ski and Snowboard Pontresina

The train that runs between Pontresina and the nearby pistes is the Bernina Express. Further along the line on its way to Tirano in Italy it makes the highest rail crossing of the Alps on one of the steepest railways in the world which doesn't use a cogwheel track.

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Best of the Slopes

Diovalezza base station is high, so it provides good long runs in both early and late season. Round the back of Diovalezza is the 10 km glacier descent to Morteratsch along a marked trail. Lagalb is a good area for free-riding.

Where to Eat and Party

Pontresina is not the place for a lively nightlife and, being away from the pistes, does not have a real après ski ambience. The hotel bars are generally stylish and the Pitschna Scena is as good a place as any for a bar atmosphere and pub grub. More upmarket is the Gourmet Restaurant Kronenstubli (+41 81 830 30 30) and I also like the Hotel Restaurant Saratz (+41 81 839 40 00).

Getting There

By Public Transport

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Bernina Diavolezza or Bernina Lagalb. Stations adjacent to cable cars at both areas. Bus also between base stations and from St Moritz, Pontresina and Celerina. The resort operates the Snow'n'Rail scheme, providing a 20% discount on the combined travel ticket and lift pass.

  • From Zurich the least travel time is 3 hrs 44 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Chur / Samedan / Pontresina. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 201.80 SFr, reduced to 137.80 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Basel the least travel time is 4 hrs 50 mins with as few as 3 changes going via Chur / Samedan / Pontresina. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 233.80 SFr, reduced to 153.80 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Berne the least travel time is 4 hrs 49 mins with as few as 4 changes going via Zurich / Chur / Samedan / Pontresina. Typically, an adult one day combined ticket is 253.00 SFr, reduced to 163.40 SFr with a Half-Price card.
  • From Luzern an adult one day combined ticket is 214.60 SFr, or 144.20 SFr with a Half-Price card.

Indicative prices are for travel to St Moritz Bad, Post. Click here to find prices for other destinations. Under the combined ticket scheme the additional charge for a two day pass is 66.60 SFr.

By Road

Please refer to a map and check local conditions for accurate routing information.

  • The road distance from Zurich is around 211 km and the journey time is roughly 2 hrs 50 mins.
  • The road distance from Basel is around 295 km and the journey time is roughly 3 hrs 40 mins.
  • The road distance from Berne is around 336 km and the journey time is roughly 4 hrs 10 mins.
  • The road distance from Geneva is around 499 km and the journey time is roughly 5 hrs 45 mins.

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By Plane

The nearest major airport to Pontresina is Zurich although other airports may also be convenient.

Nearby Resorts

Nearby destinations in the region include Celerina, Corvatsch, Corviglia, Diavolezza, Sils, Silvaplana, St Moritz and Zuoz.

Weather Outlook

Latest Resort Report

Report dated December 16 2017 07:45
Weather -12 degrees
Lifts open 2/7
Day ticket CHF: 35.-/-
Depth of snow 67 cm 46 cm in resort
Last snowfall yesterday
Pistes 3/9 km 3 km with artificial snowmaking
Condition of runs good 0/3 Runs down to resort (open/total)
Cross-country classic 102 km good
Cross-country skating 107 km good
Altitude of cross-country trails 2200 m (altitude)
Half-pipes -
Snowcross runs -
Snow park -
Tobogganing facilities 1/1 0.2km / 0.3km
Condition of runs closed
Winter walking paths open 210/240 km
Snowshoe trails open 10/15 km

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