On well over 300 km of slopes in theEngadin (Engadin St. Moritz) there are more than 40 mountain lodges, restaurants and mountain huts, wonderful terraces and elegant bars. So there are many opportunities for skiers to crown a day in the snow with taste. Culinary experiences to try this winter include, for example, the revamped Chamanna food concept at Corviglia and ORMA whiskey tasting at the distillery at the summit of Corvatsch. And to prolong the idyll, all that’s left to do is to dine at altitude even after sunset and stay overnight in the mountain restaurant hotels Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl and Berghaus Diavolezza.
Young chefs at the helm of Chamanna: menu to enjoy on the terrace surprises
At 2,672 meters on Corviglia on the ski slope along the Randolins cable car route, the Chamanna hut, beloved for its cozy sun terrace and superlative panoramic views, reopens Dec. 1, 2021 with a revamped food concept and style. Under the new management of two young Engadine men, Men Schneider and Patrik Kuhn, the historic eatery will continue to be a meeting place for all, but shot through with a breath of fresh air, both in design and in the kitchen. The two young restaurateurs picked up interesting insights into the culinary arts and new ideas and trends during their business trips around the world, mainly to Asia, Qatar and Germany. And now they look forward to bringing all these experiences into their work at Chamanna, without neglecting its history and identity, of course. What they promise, without revealing too much about the menu in advance, is to bring to the table a healthy and tasty mix of tradition, urban and international influences to surprise guests and make them discover dishes they did not yet know the mountains could offer.
White Marmot Restaurant & Bar: style, skiing and cuisine in one “place to be” on Corviglia
White Marmot Restaurant & Bar is Corviglia’s glamorous restaurant. It is presented in a retro style, a tribute to the burgeoning 1960s when pioneering chef Hartly Mathis revolutionized the concept of mountain gastronomy by bringing St. Moritz and Corviglia to the top of gourmet kitchens around the world. The style of the interior captivates by the extreme tastefulness with which colors (bottle green and antique pink) have been matched, by the sheep fur armchairs, and by the separation of rooms intended for different uses: lounge, bar, and restaurant. Among the halls of the White Marmot, Corviglia’s skiing tradition and sporting soul are continually recalled with paintings and graphic motifs on the walls, but especially because of the large windows from which it seems as if one can touch the snow-capped peaks. At the table we enjoy mainly traditional Engadine dishes but also international ones, revisited with the new techniques of modern cuisine. The White Marmot offers seating for about 170 people (excluding bar & lounge) and can also be booked exclusively and upon request for evening events.
Whiskey is distilled on Corvatsch: liquid gold at 3,000 meters in the world’s highest distillery
At 3,303 meters on the highest peak in Graubünden, Restaurant 3303 stands out for its fantastic gastronomic offerings and for hosting the world’s highest whiskey distillery where it seasons an exclusive single malt whiskey called ORMA. The 3,303 meters altitude has an interesting influence on the distillation process of the whiskey , which thus obtains more aromatic notes and greater complexity. Every Saturday at 2 p.m. from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26, 2022, there are guided tours of the distillery at the Corvatsch summit and tastings of ORMA whiskey in the company of the founders. A unique whiskey enthusiast experience from 44 CHF to book here: https://booking.engadin.ch/de/activities/orma-degustation-und-fuhrung-in-der-destillerie
Engadin St. Moritz, high-altitude hotellerie: where to dine and sleep in fabulous alpine scenery
Muottas Murgal is the pleasure mountain, the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy the romantic Engadine winter with charm, staying overnight in the comfortable rooms of the Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl and enjoying delicious candlelight dinners in the panoramic restaurant.
The Snow & Gourmet vacation package offers 5 nights in a Palü double room, with a hearty breakfast buffet and included 4-course dinner at the Panorama Restaurant (beverages not included) plus a 3-course gourmet lunch with aperitif at the White Marmot Restaurant & Bar on the Corviglia. A coffee and cake snack every afternoon completes the culinary offerings. To actively experience the Engadine, the package includes the following program: a horse-drawn carriage ride to Val Roseg, admission to Samedan’s mineral baths, snowshoeing on the Muottas Muragl trails and sledding on the fast toboggan run, plus unlimited rides on the red funicular for the duration of your stay. A ski pass can be added upon request for CHF 45 per person per day. This offer is valid for the 2021/22 winter season. For reservations email@example.com.
In the beds of the Berghaus Diavolezza hut at 2,900 meters (7,500 feet), one dreams of the peace of the mountains, the starry sky or the next morning’s adventures. The nights up here precede the incredible days of skiing, freeriding and ski touring to conquer Piz Palü and Piz Bernina. But not only that, the Berghaus Diavolezza is a great retreat place to enjoy the fabulous alpine scenery in total relaxation. Waking up is always followed by a good, energetic breakfast buffet, and during the day there are a variety of opportunities to relax: lying in the sun on the sun loungers on the rooftop terrace, or soaking in the Jacuzzi at nearly 3,000 meters overlooking the eternal snows. As for culinary pampering, for lunch and dinner, Bellavista Restaurant is a guarantee of quality and goodness. Dishes take up old recipes from Graubünden and Valtellina cuisine accompanied by a selection of select wines. The self-service restaurant at Berghaus Diavolezza offers the best for a quick snack: a light dish, a salad, a hot soup, a tasty plate of spaghetti or burgers with fries. Thanks to the Sleep + Ski offer together with an overnight stay at Berghaus Diavolezza you can book your Skipass for CHF 45 per day. Or the Midweek Snow Special package valid from Jan. 3 to May 8, 2022, offers 4 nights’ accommodation (Sun-Thurs or Mon-Fri), breakfast, 3 four-course dinners, 1 cheese fondue dinner, 1 outdoor Jacuzzi, 4 day passes for the entire Engadin St. Moritz ski region, at the Midweek Special price of CHF 500 per person.
Ski passes on sale online at dynamic prices: the sooner you buy, the less you spend
The Engadin St. Moritz region is the first ski destination in the Alps to abandon fixed ski pass prices and queues at the ticket office, thanks to the Snow Deal dynamic pricing system that offers great savings opportunities for skiers and especially families. The Snow Deal is based, as with the purchase of airline flights, on the combination of three factors that determine the cost of the tickets: the low or high season period in which you want to ski, the amount of demand already received for the chosen day the ticket is valid, and the amount of advance time in which you book. To purchase ski passes online and ski at bargain prices in the Upper Engadine, visit http://www.snow-deal.ch.