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SERENE ST MORITZ - James Rampton, St Moritz
Friday January 19, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

As Biblical storms batter parts of the Alps again, PlanetSKI appears to have got lucky.



We arrived in an oasis of Alpine calm.

Welcome to serene St Moritz.

It has to be admitted, however, that after apocalyptic reports from across the Alps over the last 24-hours, we feared the worst this morning as we passed the sign praising the slick security operation and took off from London City Airport for Zürich.

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Those fears were only amplified when we heard that one of our party, who was flying in from Glasgow, had been unable to change planes in Amsterdam as Schiphol Airport was closed due to tempestuous weather.

What the tabloids love to call a "weather bomb" appeared to be in full swing.

But we cheered up considerably on landing in Zürich when we discovered that yesterday's storm across the Alps had deposited a huge amount of snow on the Swiss slopes before moving on.

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And, as we took three trains and wended our way across Switzerland towards St Moritz, the weather slowly but surely brightened.

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The conditions continued to improve to such a degree that by the time our final train pulled into St Moritz at around 4pm, we were greeted by patches of blue sky.


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Our mood was further lightened as we were welcomed by all sorts of rather appealing statues outside the Schweizerhof, our very pleasant hotel in the middle of St Moritz.

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The view of the mountains from my balcony in the Schweizerhof looked particularly inviting.

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We are in this resort in the heart of Graubünden in order to sample the delights of both the local slopes and the local chefs.

This week St Moritz is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its renowned Gourmet Festival.

No doubt by the end of the week, our salopettes will fit rather more snugly.

The resort, which played host to the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948, is freighted with history.

St Moritz, where the much-loved pre-title ski sequence for The Spy Who Loved Me was filmed, is home to the fabled Cresta Run toboggan course, as well as an annual polo match on its frozen lake.

Our eye was also caught by a poster in the hotel lobby for another rather unlikely festival taking place in the resort next month.

If you are eager to rub shoulders with such all-time greats of the game as the ex England wicket-keeper Matt Prior, the former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, and the ex-Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, then the St Moritz "Cricket on Ice" Festival from 8th to 10th February is the place to be.

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But in the meantime, we are immensely heartened by the chinks of blue sky, breaking through the cloud cover and the promise of some sunny weather tomorrow.

After the massive recent snowfall, conditions on the piste should be pretty decent.

Before we scoff, we ski.

Can't wait!

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Additional Informatio:

Book into the Schweizerhof Hotel, located in the heart of St Moritz and a three-minute walk from the Chantarella funicular.

Prices from CHF 165 including breakfast.

SWISS airline offers more than 180 weekly flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin to Zurich, Geneva or Sion (seasonal).

And from there, the Swiss Travel System takes you through the most amazing scenery to St Moritz, starting at £112 (second class) or £182 (first class).
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