St. Moritz could be the blueprint for the reason to visit Switzerland in the summer. Once a small skiing municipality, the town has now become a hub of adventure and canny visitors have been heading here in the warmer months for years. From kitesurfing on Lake Silvaplana to a five-day horseback trek on Corviglia we bring you a round-up of the best summer sports to try in the region...
Hiking on Corviglia © Christof Sonderegger
St. Moritz’s comprehensive network of hiking trails, which spread over 550km, include a barefoot trail in Celerina, a hike through the meadows and lakes, as well the ambitious trails of Corviglia/Piz Nair, Corvatsch/Furtschellas, Diavolezza and Muottas Muragl/Alp Languard, which all offer thrilling high-altitudes with spectacular views. Also on offer is Nordic Walking, with tours and trails organised specifically for this increasingly popular sport. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/hiking
Mountain Biking on Piz Nair
The serene expanse of Switzerland’s Engadin Valley provides the perfect territory for mountain biking with over 400km dedicated to trails for all abilities. For more information on the best trails see mountain biking in St. Moritz.
If you prefer to watch rather than ride don’t miss the Mountain Biking in Marathon in St. Moritz National Park on 29 August. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/mountain-biking
The glittering lakes of St. Moritz welcome a variety of watersports enthusiasts and, during the summer, host competitions and regattas on Lakes St. Moritz, Silvaplana and Sils.
Sailing Regatta © Beat Blaesi
The legendary Maloja winds, that pick up speed each afternoon, allow for superb sailing and windsurfing regattas in the height of summer, even when the wind has dropped in other places. Seasonal highlights are the Swiss, European and also some World Sailing Championships which are held on the lakes of Silvaplana and St. Moritz located at an altitude of 1800m. St Moritz Sailing Club has facilities for those looking to rent or bring their own boat. Boats from lasers, yachts and catamarans to rowing boats and paddleboards are available for hire. www.scstm.ch/Startseite
Windsurfing on Lake Silvaplana © Marc van Swoll
While expert and advanced surfers set their sails in Silverplana, families and beginners should head to Sils in the morning, before the wind picks up. Here, conditions are perfect for stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing: set-off across the mirror-like expanse the Engadin lakes and breathe in the fresh air and tranquillity. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/windsurfing
The colourful kits that bob and dance on Lake Silverplana are a sight to behold, but the fun really begins when you get out on the water yourself. Kitesurfing was invented on this lake, so there’s no better place to book a morning lesson (when the wind is gentler) and feel the adrenalin rush before lunch. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/kitesurfing
Engadinwind 2014, photo by Marc van Swoll © Gemeinde Silvaplana
From the 13-16 August over 200 athletes come together on Lake Silvaplana for the 38th Engadinwind competition. The spectacular windsurfing and kitesurfing regatta takes place alongside windsurfing and sailing marathons. The Engadinwind competition is one of the most important water sports events and brings together participants, spectators and fans from across the globe. 13-16 August www.engadinwind.ch
Horse back riding
© Christof Sonderegger
How better to marvel at the landscape and take in the beauty of Swiss nature, than on horseback. The many Engadin riding schools organise a multitude of trips, with everything from 30-minute hacks to five-day trekking tours. Suitable for all ages and abilities, many of the day-long tours begin with a welcome breakfast and finish with a BBQ around the fire, a beer and local delicacies. If you have your own horse and need to stable it, or want to hack with a group, most stables have space for your horse and tack. For more info www.engadin.stmoritz.ch
20th Summer Concours Hippique
© Arnaud Delalande
Horse riding events aren’t exactly what springs to mind when you think of St. Moritz. But this weekend the Engadin comes alive in celebration of all things equestrian. Celebrating 20 years of show jumping in the region the Concours Hippique arena will hold a variety of jumping competitions enveloping jumping and dressage along with stands and refreshments cascading across the valley. www.stmoritz-sommerconcours.ch
Tennis at the top of the world
© St. Moritz Tennis and Squash Centre
Tennis fans can now boost their performance at the St Moritz Tennis & Squash Centre’s new outdoor courts. Offering the freshest of airs and most beautiful of views, the centre also provides guests with racquets, balls and private tuition if needed. www.tennis-stmoritz.ch
A golfer’s paradise
Play at Zuos Golf Course © Gian Andri Giovanoli
The Engadin has had a long and enduring love affair with golf, with the first course in mainland Europe, Samedan, opened here in 1889. The best courses in the Engadin are undoubtedly the Samedan and Zuoz-Madulain, both 18-hole championship courses that offer individual and group tuition, carts and trolleys for hire as well as both housing their own restaurant and bar. Set within breathtaking mountain and lake-side scenery are the Kulm and Margna courses, smaller in size and reserved for experienced golfers only. They attract visitors from across the world. www.engadin-golf.ch
© Robert Boesch
While mountain climbing may seem a little extreme for some holiday makers, there are plenty of exhilarating climbing experiences in the region that keep you a little closer to the ground. Families will enjoy the rope park in Pontresina where little ones can explore. More experienced climbers should check out La Resgia, a strenuous fixed-rope mountain climb that ends on the edge of the forest.
All climbs and tours offer lunch on the terrace bars where you can enjoy the panoramic views before making the (considerably easier) descent. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/mountainclimbing
36th Engadin Summer Run
Engadin Summer Run
If you want to step up your training whilst in the area then why not enter the Summer Run. This hilly 25km (16 mile) run is through the lakes of the Upper Engadin, from Sils to Samedan on a course of mainly natural tracks and small roads. www.myswitzerland.com/summerrun
For more information about summer sports in St. Moritz see: www.engadin.stmoritz.ch