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Ski and snowboard 9 km of piste in Pontresina between 2093-2978m


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.

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).

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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 discount on the combined travel ticket and lift pass. Click here for details of the Swiss Railways discount scheme.

  • From Zurich the least travel time is 3 hrs 44 mins with as few as 2 changes going via Chur / Samedan / Pontresina.
  • From Basel the least travel time is 4 hrs 50 mins with as few as 3 changes going via Chur / Samedan / Pontresina.
  • From Berne the least travel time is 4 hrs 49 mins with as few as 4 changes going via Zurich / Chur / Samedan / Pontresina.

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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Nearby Resorts

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

Weather Outlook

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