The Engadin’s seven smaller ski areas are big on fun and full of charm, promising a wonderfully relaxed experience of snow sports. Idyllically nestling in the fairy-tale winter landscape, they delight visitors with their wide, pristine slopes and family-friendly facilities.
Modern and full of variety: the Languard family ski area in Pontresina charms winter sports enthusiasts of all ages. Beginners are as much at home on these multi-faceted pistes as experienced skiers, who enjoy the leisurely and laid-back atmosphere. Families are in for a special treat here, as children up to the age of 15 ski free of charge in Languard! Youngsters looking forward to their first experience on skis are in the best hands at the Swiss Ski School in Pontresina: the practice terrain with modern, child-friendly facilities, Snowli Kids Village and beginner lifts has launched quite a few ski and snowboard careers.
While veteran winter sports enthusiasts hurtle down the World Cup and Olympic slopes on Corviglia, tomorrow’s champions learn key skills in all safety on the nearby pistes of Provulèr as they make their first turns at the ski school. A child-safe chair lift for four and a drag lift serve the slopes of the quiet ski area. Only at the end of an enjoyable day’s skiing do things get really lively, when the legendary après-ski gets underway at the Bar Finale by the Celerina base station.
Even beginners in Surlej who are enjoying their first sensations of sliding on snow have an impressive ski area before their eyes to inspire them: the Cristins children’s ski lift, with its straightforward but beautifully prepared piste, lies just a snowball’s throw from the Corvatsch cable car base station.
The peaceful village of Maloja enjoys a picturesque location at the upper end of the Engadin valley, and the Aela panoramic ski lift on the doorstep suits this idyll perfectly. A favourite among those in the know, these sunny slopes are especially popular with individualists, soul riders and all who appreciate an easy-going approach to winter sports – along with parents and children eager to learn. Freeride enthusiasts find superb powder snow higher up, while youngsters progress quickly lower down by the beginners’ lift. The snowtubing run, too, promises fun and laughter to guests of all ages as they slide and ricochet down the wide slope on giant inflatable rubber rings.
The sunny slopes at Survih on the edge of Samedan, with their magic carpet, beginners’ lift and other aids, are known as superb practice terrain: ski schools love them. The pistes are simple but full of variety, helping beginners hone a wide range of skills; the toboggan run, too, is popular with snow lovers of all ages. Spacious parking, a welcoming restaurant and a playground with bouncy castle complete the facilities, offering a perfect winter’s day for all the family.
The family-friendly ski area of Müsella offers ideal terrain for beginners: a button lift, a free magic carpet and the on-site ski school make this straightforward, manageably sized and relaxed piste the perfect place to learn. A tobogganing slope promises further fun and action, while the Müsella restaurant provides energy for hungry young snow lovers (and of course their parents).
At the Bügls ski slope, too, everything revolves around those first sensations on skis. Easy exercises on the gentle slope, snowplough turns, little jumps: budding champions can taste the joys of winter sports in a peaceful and safe setting.