It takes about half a meter of snow to trace a classic cross-country trail. In the Engadin you will find over 240 such cross-country ski trail kilometers. The classic style is as old as the sport of cross-country skiing itself. Dynamically executed, the technique is probably more demanding than skating. In addition to the routes that offer both a classic and a skating trail, there are also those that are reserved for classic lovers. For example, the one to Val Roseg. More about this trail and other tips for classic skiers.
Would you like to find your own perfect cross-country ski trail? You’re spoilt for choice here, with no fewer than 135 trails for classic-style skiing! As it would clearly take you a while to test them all to find your favourite, our cross-country ski experts have come up with helpful pointers in the form of three dream trails:
In this wild and dramatic side valley near Pontresina, cross-country skiers enjoy a pure experience of pristine nature. 7.5 kilometres of trail, freshly prepared every day, lead from Pontresina station deep into the valley, climbing gently over wintry meadows and through snow-blanketed larch forests. The trail is exclusively for classic-style skiing; framed by the gentle giants of the Piz Tschiervand Piz Corvatsch, it roughly follows the course of the Ova da Roseg river all the way to the Hotel Restaurant Roseg Gletscher, where the views open up to reveal other towering peaks of the Bernina massif. If snow conditions (and your energy levels) permit, you can continue from here along an additional section of trail, about 2.5 km long, towards the frozen glacier lake of Lej da Vadret. You return to Pontresina along the outward leg – or glide in style on a horse-drawn sleigh from the Restaurant Roseg Gletscher.
This itinerary, which can be tackled in either direction, links the famous section of the Engadin Skimarathon route through the enchanting Staz forest near Celerina with the extensive networks of trails around Pontresina and Samedan. With plenty of ascents and descents and a total distance of 12.1 km, this route is suitable primarily for keen and experienced cross-country skiers.
One of the Engadin’s classic routes leads you across a string of sparkling frozen lakes. About 13 kilometres of trail, freshly prepared daily, thread along the whole of the Engadin lake plateau, from St. Moritz to Lake Champfèr, Lake Silvaplana, Lake Sils and beyond; you can tackle the whole trail in either direction, or just ski shorter sections. All along the way, the magnificent open expanses of our high valley stretch out before you, framed by snow-covered mountains and caressed by the sun. The straight and level tracks along this section of the Engadin Skimarathon enable you to adopt balanced, even and elegant movements: pure cross-country ski pleasure!
Are you new to the wonderful world of cross-country skiing? Then try the loop around Samedan golf course (2.7 km) or the circular trail from Celerina to San Gian (1 km) for the ideal introduction to your new favourite sport!