ST MORITZ

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

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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.

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