Pontresina is an Engadine village that has grown naturally in the course of history. It is embedded in a picturesque, wild and romantic landscape featuring Piz Bernina, Palü, Roseg and Languard, and affording a generous measure of sunshine and shelter from wind. Pontresina is a safe bet for snow. Find no less than three legendary Swiss skiing-areas, i.e. Diavolezza, Corviglia and Corvatsch, virtually right in front of your accommodation. In these Alpine altitudes ranging from 1,800 to 3,303 m, you will encounter the finest of powder snow and perfectly groomed ski runs as readily as a cup of coffee is part of your breakfast ritual. Our bucket list contains 10 suggestions for excursions to the wintery environs of Pontresina.
Bucket List for the winter in Pontresina
"10 winter activities not to be missed"
1. Discover Val Roseg on cross-country skis
A trip from Pontresina to Val Roseg lends itself to cross-country skiing in classic style. Enjoy ambling through snow-covered landscape in peace and quiet, and breathing the fresh air.
2. Get to know Switzerland’s longest glacier run
Take a comfortable gondola ride from the Diavolezza lower station to discover Switzerland’s longest glacier run only minutes later. Go on a 45-minute trip through a wilderness of snow and ice, ending right in front of Restaurant Morteratsch’s sundeck. Wow!
3. Take a carriage ride to Val Roseg
Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, cuddling up with your most loved one in the comfort of blankets and skins. At your destination, indulge in the region’s largest variety of desserts at Restaurant Roseg Gletscher.
4. Feed the birds in the Tais forest
At the feeding-site in Tais forest, learn from an expert what type of bird is eating from your hand. A great experience for children and adults alike.
5. Hike to Morteratsch glacier
No winter bucket list can possibly go without a walk. Here’s our special recommendation: Walk the Morteratsch glacier trail to the tip of the third-longest glacier in the Eastern Alps. Along the way, children will learn about Sabi, the glacier spirit.
6. Get acquainted with ice-stock sport
Any idea what ice-stock sport is about? If not, we will be happy to introduce you to it. An expert ice-stock coach will teach you the ins and outs of this exciting game on the natural-ice rink at Sportpavillon.
7. Relish a cheese fondue at Gondolezza
Where mountaineers used to gather, melted cheese is served today. Enjoy a cheese fondue at Gondolezza, a former Diavolezza cable car, opposite Hotel Steinbock. Yum-yum!
8. Visit the sauna at Bellavita
The Finns always knew it: having a sauna produces regenerative effect. Experience it at the Bellavita Pool & Spa, and cool off in the outdoor area with an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. Just splendid!
9. Venture into ski touring
The Bernina mountain range near Pontresina and the surrounding peaks are the perfect setting for ski or snowboard touring. If you wish to become acquainted with climbing-skins and touring bindings, sign up for a trial course with the Pontresina Mountaineering School.
10. Toboggan down Muottas Muragl
The Engadine‘s most action-packed tobogganing experience is a 4.2-km run with more than twenty bends from Muottas Muragl down to the valley. The point of departure is easily reached by means of the Muottas Muragl funicular. Get ready for some fun!