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Diavolezza (St Moritz)?

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This sounds interesting (and cheap at CF 68/night halfboard): 

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/hotels/index.cfm/graubuenden/pontresina/berghaus+diavolezza+3000m/14579

 

So, what's the catch (if there's any)?

 

Anyone know anything about it? 

post #2 of 9

Sorry at_nyc. I've been there only once. More than 20 yrs ago. The only word that i associate to that place is :

Forever

 

It took about forever to reach the place from my home (by bus), due to weather and road conditions.

The cable car from the village to the skiing area was very slow, it took what seemed forever.

And the ski down from the area to the village took more than that (so much, that I later understood why everyone we taking the cable car to go down)

.

In the end we left the place very late, my GF, convinced by me to ski down to the park instead of taking the cable car, was wasted (tired) and at one point took her skis off and started walking.

Thet provided the final straw to an already dying relationship.

So, the other word I associated since then to the place was "never again".

 

After more than 20 yrs I suppose that roads have improved, things have changed...and your inquiry is picking my curiosity...why not to give it a try again (better alone this time, though  )...mmmmh, maybe

 

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Will be skiing there end of this month!

 

Not sure I would stay up there though. Just looks interesting so it's tempting me. It even suppose to have a spa!

 

Will definitely poke my head inside to take a look...;-)

 

 

post #4 of 9

It's even longer than Mr Nobody since I was in Pontresina (name is said to originate from pons sarasina -- the Saracen bridge -- from when the Saracens invaded!) but I do remember it was a beautiful, beautiful very traditional village where people still spoke Romansh, without the super-rich pretentiousness of St. Moritz.

 

The Diavolezza (the mountain, not this hotel) is a bit further up the valley and used to have the world's longest lift lines (well, maybe just Europe's ). There was a straightforward run back down and a 10 km run across the Morteratsch glacier.

 

Enjoy and send pictures!

post #5 of 9
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Not this time.

 

Got a fabulous package deal for a week, which is exactly the number of nights I've got in St Moritz. So will be staying down in the valley, not on the summit.

 

Will definitely poke my head inside when I ski Diavolezza.

 

And will ski the 10 km run too. Was it easy to follow when you did it, h&h?

post #6 of 9

Ten years ago I took the run from the top all the way to the train station in the valley.  There were some flats at the beginning and some steep mogul fields but what I remember most is the traverse along a trail with no guard rail.  It was very narrow and if you went over the side you could be in big trouble.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  Just to the right of the skier is a BIG dropoff.

 

 

There was an open air bar just around the corner that was serviced by helicopter.

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And will ski the 10 km run too. Was it easy to follow when you did it, h&h?

 

You wouldn't believe it, but it was over 40 years ago (and I can't remember what I had for breakfast)! I can remember though that we (my Dad and I) had a teacher/guide and that it was blazingly hot and quite steep in places. But it can't have been TOO difficult, since my Dad (God rest him) wasn't the world's strongest skier.

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Ten years ago I took the run from the top all the way to the train station in the valley.  There were some flats at the beginning and some steep mogul fields but what I remember most is the traverse along a trail with no guard rail.  It was very narrow and if you went over the side you could be in big trouble.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  Just to the right of the skier is a BIG dropoff.

I can see what you mean! 

 

"No passing zone"? ;-)

 

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There was an open air bar just around the corner that was serviced by helicopter.

 

Wow!

post #9 of 9
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Did the 10km run down the glacier. Fun! :)

 

Not too hard at all. They must have re-routed the trail or something, There's no scary travers. Just alternate icy mogul stretch and flat stretch that needs skating to move along.

 

The scenary is quite amazing! There're gazzilion off-piste alternatives too.

 

Same for Diavolezza/Lagalb. It's a cool place overall.

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