WHERE? St Moritz, Switzerland HOW MUCH? Suites at the Carlton Hotel start at £844 per night; carlton-stmoritz.ch WHO? Polly Bartlett, WH Fashion Assistant
If you’re a skier chasing a rush, you’d be forgiven for thinking cross country could be a little, well,
boring. Oh, how wrong you would be. Once you’re surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Engadine valley, home to the Alpine resort town of St Moritz, the views alone are enough to keep you entertained. Granted, crosscountry skiing’s a great way to see the sights and St Moritz’s vast frozen lakes are perfect for the sport – but easy it is not. As you’re relying on your own strength to propel you forward using your skis and handheld poles, expect a sweaty full-body workout that burns up to 1,000 calories per hour. That’s a bloody good excuse to nail some cheese fondue (as if you needed one) at the end of it all. A three-hour group lesson at the San Gian centre in nearby village Celerina costs around £125. If you’re after a slice of that gold-plated Swiss luxury, you won’t find better than the Carlton, and if the bath in your suite doesn’t cut it, head to the on-site spa for a swim and steam. Watching snow flurries over the St Moritz lake from the outdoor heated pool will do as much good for your stress levels as a week of meditation, trust. A word to the wise, though – ditch your cossie when you enter the saunas, as they’re considered a swimsuit-free zone. #awks. If too much of the good stuff cheeses you off (sorry, couldn’t resist), there’s plenty else on offer to satisfy your stomach. While St Moritz isn’t the most vegetarian-friendly place in the world (veal in particular is a local delicacy), dinner in the Carlton’s very own Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio is not to be missed. Opt for the Paccheri alla Vittorio for the ultimate carb-reload: freshly made pasta served at your table by the chefs. Drool.