Diavolezza Lagalb Ski Resort

Diavolezza Lagalb ski resort, St Moritz, Switzerland.
Diavolezza is off piste powder skiing paradise.
Lagalb ski resort, Switzerland, across the tracks from Diavolezza.
Powder under the lift line at Diavolezza - love it.
The cable car at Lagalb is the mountain's only uphill transport.
Part of the limited groomed piste at Diavolezza Lagalb.
Lagalb skiing.
Powder at Diavolezza Lagalb ski resort, near St Moritz.
The best way to travel to Diavolezza Lagalb is on the Bernina Express.
The top of the Diavolezza.
The view across to Piz Palu & the Pers glacier.from Diavolezza.
Diavolezza Lagalb fresh tracks.
The sole quad chair at Diavolezza serves short high alpine piste.
The beginner terrain at Diavolezza Lagalb. It is free though!
Powder skiing is the norm at Diavolezza Lagalb.
Only two places to go - Diavolezza or Lagalb.
Long, quality Lagalb piste skiing.
Cafe view at Diavolezza ski resort.
Diavolezza top station, splendid isolation.
Sunrise on Piz Palu from the Diavolezza Berghaus.

Diavolezza Lagalb Ski Resort

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St Moritz Ski Resorts


    Diavolezza Lagalb Ski Trail Map
  • Diavolezza Lagalb Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    2,093m – 2,978m (885m)

    2,107m – 2,893m (786m)

    Skiable vertical (to Morteratsch)
    1,896m - 2,978m (1,082m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (6)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    1 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Late Oct to Late Nov; and
    Mid Dec to mid May
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    Mid Dec to Late April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 33km
    Longest run – 10km
    Advanced - 33%
    Intermediate - 33%
    Beginner - 1%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Diavolezza Lagalb Only
    Adult – CHF37 to 59
    Child – CHF12.30 to 19.60
    Child u/6yr – Free

    All St Moritz Ski Resorts
    Adult – CHF45 to 72
    Child – CHF17 to 23.50
    Child u/6yr – Free
    All tickets dynamically when bought online.

Diavolezza Lagalb Ski Resort Switzerland

Diavolezza Lagalb ski resort is the high alpine, freeride, dark side of St Moritz, Switzerland. Spread over two separate mountains but with limited intermediate piste trails & no real beginner terrain, Diavolezza Lagalb is for advanced skiers & snowboarders looking for adventure. And there is plenty of adventure in the expansive off piste which maintains wonderful snow quality throughout the long winter season.

Diavolezza is home to Switzerland's longest glacier ski run & has the views, food & transport ticks to attract all skiers & non-skiers alike. Lagalb is on the opposite side and is quieter than Diavolezza, with shaded north aspect powder laden slopes & superb dining at its summit.

Both Diavolezza & Lagalb have their own train stations, car parks & bus services which provides unprecedented access to this 'inbounds backcountry' ski resort. A wonderful ski holiday destination for any budding powder hound.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Diavolezza Lagalb Ski Resort


  • Quality snow, all terrain above 2000m elevation;
  • Sensational off piste & freeride opportunities;
  • Challenging terrain for those that want it;
  • 10km+ long valley run via glacier is heli ski like on its day;
  • Gorgeous views;
  • Blissfully quiet (sound-wise that is!);
  • Excellent transport links;
  • Value for money lift pass;
  • Great restaurant food & drink.


  • Exposed in bad weather;
  • Limited terrain for beginner & intermediates;
  • Limited piste trails;
  • Limited nearby accommodation;
  • Cable cars can be crowded on sunny, powder days.

Pro or Con (Depending On Your Perspective!)

  • Small ski resort that may or not hold one's interest for more than a couple of days depending on snow conditions;
  • Isolated location;
  • Its cold up there!

Diavolezza Ski & Snowboard Terrain

The Powderhounds love Diavolezza Lagalb because the skiing & snowboarding terrain is all about unfettered freeride & powder skiing. It is an 'inbounds backcountry' ski resort in the truest sense of the description. It is not for everyone, but still has something for everyone!! See the Diavolezza Lagalb ski trail map here.

If you are NOT into off piste skiing or snowboarding, then Diavolezza Lagalb should still appeal as a train-based day trip taking in the views, riding the long piste trails & eating a fine lunch. If, on the other hand you ARE into riding the off piste - giddy up - you have arrived in heaven.

Effectively two cable cars & four piste trails above the tree line, Diavolezza has a small beginner area, but neither it nor Lagalb is suitable for them beyond that. Intermediate & above can 'apply' to enjoy everything these two mountains have to offer.

See the Skiing Diavolezza Lagalb page for more information.

Snow & Weather

With terrain all above 2000m, snow quality & quantity at Diavolezza is usually excellent. Terrain is a generally north aspect contributing to the Engadin's already cold winter climate. Weather can be fierce in the ski resort with wind funneled through the Bernina Pass. In low visibility stay away & head to Corvatsch for skiing or Tirano for lunch! Glorious on a cold clear day.

Where is Diavolezza Lagalb, Switzerland?

Diavolezza Lagalb is in south-east Switzerland near the Bernina Pass on the frontier with Italy. The ski resort is midway between St Moritz Switzerland & Tirano in Italy.

The town of St Moritz is 86km south of canton Grisons capital Chur & 203km from Zurich by road. Milan Italy is 125km to the southwest as the crow flies. Diavolezza is 17km (25min) by road east of St Moritz. Lagalb is on the opposite side of the road, a further kilometre east.

Gateway international airports are Zurich(ZRH) & Milan Malpensa (MXP). Both are linked to St Moritz & Diavolezza by train, but private transfers & car rentals are readily available.

For the well-heeled, St Moritz has an airport for private & charter flights a few kilometres north of town near Samedan.

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

See the Getting to Diavolezza Lagalb page for more information.

Diavolezza Lagalb Accommodation

To call Diavolezza Lagalb a ski resort is probably stretching one’s imagination to the very edge. The two mountains are basic, with each having a car park, base facilities & cable car but only one place to stay overnight between them. That place is up on Diavolezza at nearly 3000m elevation. The Berghaus Diavolezza has shared dorm (4-bed) & private rooms plus half board in an inspired location overlooking the surrounding peaks & glaciers. Watching the last cable car depart for the evening as the sun dips down is delicious.

Away from Diavolezza Lagalb to the north at the end of the Morteratsch glacier run, the Hotel Morteratsch sits pretty & next to the train station for quick access back to the ski resort or down to St Moritz. In the opposite direction at Bernina Pass, the classic Albergo Ospizio Bernina sits lonely in the high alpine only 5min drive from the Lagalb car park. Either location provides the authentic Diavolezza Lagalb overnight experience.

Search & book Diavolezza Lagalb ski accommodation here.

Of course given the short distances and the ease of train travel (included in the Engadin lift pass), the larger centres of Pontresina & St Moritz provide a more refined ski lodging experience. Diavolezza can easily be skied as a day trip from the Italian side of the Bernina Pass at wonderful Tirano.

Ski Lessons & Guiding

The myriad of ski instructors, ski schools & guides plying their trade in the region can leave one scratching the cranium in bemusement. To make it easier, search & book private or group lessons & guiding with the best providers here.
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