The flow trails on Corviglia, the mountain overlooking St. Moritz, promise pure mountain bike joy. As you ride over the humps and dips and around the banked turns, you feel as though you are flowing down the mountain. No chance of anyone riding up: the trail is all yours.
As you dance with centrifugal forces and gravity on the flow trails, you feel you could be dreaming. No sharp bends here, no tricky rocks: just smooth dips and rollers and fluid banked corners, which promise an exhilarating ride that will put a huge smile on any rider’s face.
The WM flow trail starts a few metres from the funicular summit station at Corviglia. From here, the route twists and turns down to the valley: loop the 360-degree corner in style before pumping your way across the Alp Giop pastures to the Trutz mountain restaurant. “WM” in German stands for “Weltmeisterschaft”: world championships. As you glide down the trail, you are following one of the world’s most prestigious ski race courses. Ever since 1974, top skiers have battled for world championship titles and World Cup victories on these very slopes.
The Corviglia Flow Trail begins right by the Corviglia funicular summit station. After 3.7 kilometres of twists and turns and a vertical drop of 480 vertical metres, you reach the Chantarella middle station and the neighbouring Alto Bar. This is a popular spot with the Engadin bike scene: order a burger, soak up the sun and join in. In the meantime, the bike specialists from Skiservice Corvatsch will happily give your bike some loving attention. The Corviglia Flow Trail, like the WM Flow Trail, also conjures the spirit of ski legends: the downhill pump track leads along the ski run from the 1948 Winter Olympics.
The banked corners and humps of the Foppettas Flow Trail provide a thrilling conclusion to a day out on the region’s trails. First of all, ride the cable car up to Signal and then follow the gravel trail via Alp Suvretta to Futschöls, starting point for the Foppettas Flow Trail. You could try to beat your personal best time or just relax for the last run of the day – either way, you are guaranteed a fun ride on the forest trail down to Champfèr.
Tip: For a double fix, start with the WM Flow Trail and then ride via El Paradiso and Alp Suvretta to reach the start of the Foppettas Flow Trail.
Families with mountain bike experience can also have fun on these rollercoaster-like rides. The flow trails are not suitable for beginners, however – but the required riding technique is straightforward to learn. The various bike schools in the Engadin will be happy to introduce you to the art of riding flow trails. You will need a robust mountain bike and certain coordination skills; a couple of rounds on a pump track provide good preparation. You can find pump tracks in Pontresina and also by the base station of the Signal cable car in St. Moritz Bad.