Why rush past such a breathtaking landscape on skis? Winter hiking in and around Pontresina is not about speed records or altitude. The rhythm of your heartbeat, taking time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and 150 km of groomed winter trails around Pontresina offer a perfect getaway option. Here, hikers will enjoy not only the snowy landscape but also the calm and the pure air in the valleys, on the frozen lakes of the Upper Engadine, on the Philosopher’s Path Muottas Muragl or the mountain trail on the Diavolezza.
Winter hiking in Pontresina, the Engadine
The Morteratsch Glacier is just a short walk from Pontresina.
Hiking tips: on the trail of the eternal ice
In Pontresina, the glaciers are virtually at your doorstep. One of them is easily accessible via a 50-minute walk from Morteratsch Station. From there, the glacier trail Morteratsch leads guests to the tongue of the third-longest glacier in the eastern Alps. On the way there, 16 breakpoints provide the perfect opportunity to learn a few facts about the retreat of the Morteratsch Glacier and the mysterious life in its moraine. For those who prefer to venture even higher, a winter hike to the Saas Queder (3,066 metres above sea level) is highly recommended.
From the Diavolezza mountain station, a marked and secured trail leads you there. Appropriate footwear is required. Once you reach your destination, you will be rewarded for your efforts with breathtaking views of the Bernina Range and the Pers Glacier.
Winter walk into the Val Roseg
Guests in Pontresina should definitely not miss a winter walk into the car-free Val Roseg. With a little luck, you might even spot chamois and deer. At the end of the trail lies the Roseg glacier restaurant, famous for its gorgeous dessert buffet. Upon request, you can make the trip back in the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage.
All information, hiking tips, and the current trail report available at: www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/winterwandern
CHILDREN’S BOOK SABI ABOUT THE GLACIER TAIL MORTERATSCH
The children's book series Sabi’s Big Dream [Sabis grosser Traum] is an adventure tour for children from 5 to 12 years of age. Children receive a booklet and can follow the story of the children's book interactively as they collect stamps at various information points. Once they have collected all of the stamps, the booklet with the solution can be presented at the Tourist Information Pontresina, where the child will receive a little surprise. Booklets are available at the Tourist Information Pontresina, in most Pontresina hotels, at Camping Morteratsch, as well as at the Alpschaukäserei Pontresina.