Corvatsch - St Moritz Ski Resort

Corvatsch ski resort is the opposite of St Moritz Corviglia.
Perfect Corvatsch ski resort piste.
Corvatsch glacier powder.
Take the Rhaetian railway to St Moritz & Corvatsch.
St Moritz is close to Corvatsch ski resort.
Regular free buses connect Corvatsch with St Moritz.
Cold smoke at Corvatsch.
Traditional learn to ski area at Surlej base are in Corvatsch.
Lunch can be at a mid mountain hut overlooking the glacier
Or in the excellent Kuhstall restaurant, one of the best in St Moritz.
Or in the Corvatsch Bergstation restaurant at 3300m.
Corvatsch ski terrain.
Heading to the Giand'Alva lift & the Hahnensee run back to St Moritz.
Wide intermediate trails make up over 70% of the piste at Corvatsch.
Loads of off piste powder can be found on Corvatsch.
Activities like paragliding with skis is possible from Corvatsch.
Apres at the Alp Surlej Hossa Bar is usually pumping!
Hossa Bar at Corvatsch - maybe we were too early for the real action!
Ski In accommodation at Corvatsch Surlej.
St Moritz's highest resort, Corvatsch has views to take the breath away.

Corvatsch - St Moritz Ski Resort

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St Moritz Ski Resorts

Diavolezza Lagalb
St Moritz

    Corvatsch Ski Trail Map
  • Corvatsch Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,797m – 3,303m (1,506m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (14)
    3 Cable cars
    6 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to Early May
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 120km
    Longest run – 5km
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 74%
    Beginner - 10%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    All St Moritz Ski Resorts
    Adult – CHF45 to 98
    Child – CHF15 to 32.50
    Child u/6yr – Free

    All tickets dynamically priced when bought online.

Corvatsch Ski Resort St Moritz Switzerland

Corvatsch ski resort is one of the 3 main skiing areas at St Moritz Switzerland. Corvatsch combines a glacier & quality north facing terrain with superb views & fine dining to create the yin to St Moritz Corviglia's yang!

Corvatsch is currently only connected to St Moritz Bad via the advanced Hahnensee piste trail. Plans are afoot to lift link Corvatsch with St Moritz & Corviglia, which is a game changer for the region and an improvement to an already awesome place to ski.

Pros & Cons for Corvatsch St Moritz Ski Resort


  • One of three wonderful St Moritz ski areas.
  • High altitude base & summit - excellent snow quality.
  • Diverse terrain, glacier & north facing aspect.
  • St Moritz’s longest skiable vertical.
  • Piste trails for intermediate & above skier & snowboarders.
  • Challenging freeride terrain.
  • Powder stays fresh & unsullied for days.
  • Superb restaurants & fine dining (incl. on mountain).
  • Travel to the broader St Moritz area can be via some of the world's best rail journeys.
  • Over 230km of cross-country ski trails in the valley below.
  • Massive range of non-ski activities & options.


  • Rocky off-piste terrain can require a lot of snow to avoid ‘shark attacks’ on your skis or board!
  • Expensive food (dining) & accommodation.
  • No major village directly at its base; St Moritz is a car or bus ride away.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Not lift connected to other St Moritz ski areas (but that may change soon).
  • Highest number of older surface lifts in the region.
  • The St Moritz area is not the simplest place to drive too (so take the train!).
  • Corvatsch is shaded & super-cold in mid-winter (great snow quality though).

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

St Moritz's most diverse skiing area, Corvatsch is a north facing behemoth up to 3,303m elevation. The ski resort includes 120km of piste and a glacier within its terrain.

See the Corvatsch ski trail map here.

The polar opposite of the St Moritz home hill - Corviglia (literally - it is shaded & colder!), Corvatsch has excellent snow quality & greater terrain diversity than Corviglia. Superb mountain eateries & gob-smacking views add cream and a cherry on top!

See our Corvatsch St Moritz Skiing & Snowboarding page for detailed information.

Where is Corvatsch Switzerland?

Corvatsch is located near the villages of Surlej Silvaplana & Sils im Engadin deep in the Swiss canton of Grisons (Graubünden), splendidly surrounded by snow & glacier clad mountains. The ski resort is 12km by road south west of the legendary resort town of St Moritz.

The town of St Moritz is 86km south of Grisons capital Chur & 203km from Zurich by road. Milan Italy is 125km to the southwest of St Moritz as the crow flies.

Gateway international airports are Zurich (ZRH) & Milan Malpensa (MXP). Both are linked to St Moritz by train. The Powderhounds recommend taking the train to St Moritz, but for those that just cannot abide public transport or are travelling in larger groups, a private transfer from Zurich airport may be the most efficient mode of travel.

Search & book all airport transfers to Corvatsch here.

St Moritz has its own well-appointed train station with connections to Switzerland & Italy. Aside from landing your own private jet at the local airfield, the train provides the most scenic & comfortable mode of travel to the area. Local buses or taxis at the train station link St Moritz to the villages near Corvatsch.

Search & book train tickets to Corvatsch & St Moritz here.

Driving to Corvatsch & St Moritz is not the easiest thing to do in the world. Surrounded by high mountains on three sides, the easiest road access to is via the Inn River valley from Landeck or Innsbruck in Austria (drive time <3hr). However, this route is not particularly useful for most travellers to St Moritz; hence three high mountain passes (2 via Chiavenna & Tirano in Italy & one via Bivio in Switzerland) tend to provide the main driving routes, all of which are questionable in bad weather. If driving to Corvatsch, check road conditions & if in any doubt, take the train!

See our Travel to St Moritz page for info on the best options to get there.

Corvatsch Accommodation

Corvatsch ski area has three main village areas nearby - Silvaplana, Surlej and Segl (Sils). Surlej is closest to the ski lifts, but Silvaplana gets the most winter sun. The villages offer alternative (and sometimes cheaper) lodging options to St Moritz proper. All are seamlessly connected by buses and/or trains to St Moritz & the other ski areas of Corviglia & Diavolezza Lagalb. The best ski-in ski-out accommodation at Corvatsch is the modern Nira Alpina, an unbeatable location & facilities.

Search & book all Corvatsch ski accommodation here.

Many visitors will be of the view that staying anywhere other than in St Moritz when skiing the area is untenable. We can certainly understand that perspective. The Grand Hotels & reputation of St Moritz is part of its allure. However, like Davos (but not nearly as bad!), St Moritz has lost much of its traditional architecture & succumbed to some unsightly development. And just like Davos has lovely Klosters to offset it, so does St Moritz have Celerina and other villages to offset it.

Search & book all St Moritz ski accommodation here.

St Moritz has more enormous 5-star hotels than just about any ski resort in the world (Badrutt's Palace Hotel, Kulm Hotel & Carlton Hotel to name a few). It certainly caters to the high-end skier that demands fine dining, excellent service and exquisite comfort. Indeed, staying at one of the major 5-stars is a quintessential St Moritz experience.

However, as with every other ski resort in the world, a full range of accommodation options are available to suit every budget. Case in point are the numerous apartments, hostels & 3-star hotels in & around St Moritz. Well located 3 star hotels include the Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel & the Soldanella Hotel.

Between Corvatsch & St Moritz, Suvretta has the classic Suvretta House, an uber traditional 5-star at the western end of Corviglia, providing a sense of the old world in an otherwise thoroughly modern surround.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Six local partner equipment rental shop locations are convenient to Corvatsch & St Moritz. Receive a discount when you search & book your Corvatsch ski or snowboard rentals from our local partners via the following links.

  • At the base of Corvatsch in Surlej near the cable car station.
  • The centre of St Moritz near the funicular base.
  • In two locations near St Moritz Bad, near the gondola base & mid-mountain station.
  • In Celerina near the gondola base.
  • At Pontresina, between St Moritz & Diavolezza.

A mind-boggling array of ski instructors ski schools & guides ply their trade in St Moritz & surrounding valleys. There is every kind of ski & snowboard lesson & duration all the way up to full day off piste guiding available. To narrow down the field, search & book private & group lessons or a mountain guide with the best providers on our St Moritz Ski Lessons & Guiding page.


St Moritz is not just a ski resort, it is far, far more. The Engadin valley fully embraces winter providing a variety of non-alpine ski activities that is boundless & far exceeds nearly all other ski resorts in the world.

See the St Moritz Activities page for more information.

Nearby Resorts

As if skiing all the brilliant St Moritz ski areas wasn’t enough, the Rhaetian train network puts the amazing Davos Klosters & a host of resorts from Chur in play. By car or bus, the secret stash at nearby Bivio & the larger Savognin provide a vastly different ski experience to St Moritz.

The ultimate Swiss ski holiday would involve taking the Glacier Express train from St Moritz all the way to Zermatt via the world class Andermatt Sedrun and Brig for another week of skiing. Let’s go!


The Powderhounds last reviewed Corvatsch in 2018 & had an amazing time. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read its long-winded, inciteful ramblings & a few extra photos!

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