Completely transparent and smooth as glass. From above it gleams jet-black. It gurgles, hums and plonks. Black ice – a rare natural phenomenon. Usually in early winter, frost and precipitation result in the frozen lakes of Pontresina being buried under a thick white blanket. If freezing temperatures persist and there is no new snowfall, the legendary black ice forms. Anyone who has experienced this once is happy to leave their skis or snowboard in the basement on such days and make the most of this spectacular feat of nature, with guests and locals alike skating happily atop the frozen lakes. Tips: St. Moritz, Lej da Staz, Lej Nair, Lej Marsch, Lej da Champfèr or the lakes on the Bernina Pass. Access the lakes at your own risk. Please observe the behaviour tips.
Ice skating in Pontresina, the Engadine
Black ice is fascinating and scary at the same time.
Insider tip: Black ice on the Bernina Pass
The Lej Nair below the dam wall of Lake Bianco is renowned for the excellent quality of its ice. If the conditions are right, visitors enter a dreamscape that could well be in Spitzbergen in Norway. Black ice is indeed fascinating: snowflakes can be seen embedded in the clear ice, preserved like an insect in amber. Finest crystals look like algae, frozen in movement. Harmoniously layered like an Egyptian pyramid or fragmented like a window after a blow with a hammer. It seems like the gateway to a crystal palace. And sometimes one even sees fish staring up at the amazed visitors from under this transparent ice.
Ice rink and evening skating in Pontresina
Prefer pirouettes in the village? Then the sunny ice rink Roseg is perfect for you. In addition to an impeccably groomed natural ice rink, it offers beautiful views of the Roseg Valley and the surrounding mountains. For this very reason, this ice rink in Pontresina is among the most beautiful places in the Engadine. In good weather, the ice rink is open on Monday and Thursday nights from 19:00 to 21:30. And the best part: if you don’t possess any skates, they can be borrowed free of charge at the rink. For less experienced skaters, skating aids are available, which provide additional support during the first steps on the ice. Hungry and thirsty after sporting activities or a prolonged sunbathing session on the terrace? At the Sportpavillon Restaurant you can quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger so that you’re ready for a few more rounds on the ice.
OPENING HOURS & RESERVATIONS PONTRESINA ICE RINK
- From mid-December until the end of February (weather permitting)
- Open daily from 10:00-17:00
- In bad weather or unfavourable conditions, the ice rink will be closed
- Reservations phone +41 81 838 83 36