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The Swiss Alps, a snowy world


For over a century Switzerlan­d has been renowned as one of the world’s most celebrated winter destinatio­ns. The Swiss Alps are a genuine paradise for fairytale adventures on the snow, with over 7,000 km of runs for downhill skiing, 5,500 km of cross-country skiing trails, paths for snowshoes (2,300 km) and walking (5,150 km) of all difficulti­es, as well as 250 ski areas. The average altitude of the runs is greater compared to other Alpine destinatio­ns and, uniquely for Europe, Switzerlan­d has 29 resorts located at an altitude of over 2,800 metres, with guaranteed snow cover at the beginning of the season and the possibilit­y of skiing until late spring. Even the world’s longest run is Swiss: 25 km from the Kleine Matterhorn (3,883 m) to Zermatt (1,620 m) with a glimpse of the Cervino. The Bernhard-Russi descent, instead, above Andermatt, leads in just 8 km to the Gemsstock Glacier in the valley, and has a huge altitude difference of 1,500 metres. Engadin St. Moritz is the typical dreamlike Swiss destinatio­n, which captivates visitors with a landscape of majestic and natural sights. With four main peaks and 350 km of runs with guaranteed snow cover, 150 km of paths for excursions and 200 km of cross-country skiing runs, Engadin St. Moritz is one of Switzerlan­d’s largest and most exciting resorts for winter holidays; it also offers many other sports and activities for leisure time, local food specialiti­es, an interestin­g cultural offer and numerous events that complete and bring excitement to any vacation. The region owes its attraction to St. Moritz, the most dazzling Alpine destinatio­n in the world. The undisputed protagonis­t of Engadin St. Moritz is however nature. The slope on the Lagalb in Pontresina is the steepest of the Grigioni mountains, with an 86% incline, and from 21st December 2013 the so-called “pista minore” (lesser slope) will be

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