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The way the wind blows

Water sports

The way the wind blows

The ideal weather conditions for creating the legendary Maloja wind are sunshine and an even atmospheric pressure distribution. Better still when the sunshine is accompanied by an air current from the south or south-west. On such days, the Maloja wind – a thermal south-westerly wind – blows from about 11 am until sunset. As a rule, the Maloja wind has a strength of Force 4–5. When there is a strong south-westerly air current, the Maloja wind can be stronger and can rise earlier, and can even appear on cloudy days. Strong air currents from northerly directions, known in Switzerland as “bise” winds, are not ideal.


Wind directions for water sports

Lake Silvaplana

  • South-westerly and southerly: perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing
  • Northerly and easterly: caution required, as often accompanied by strong gusts

Lake Sils

  • Southerly and south-westerly: perfect, but lighter than on Lake Silvaplana
  • Northerly/north-easterly: good, but the wind is sometimes too light
The way the wind blows

The way the wind blows .

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