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Ski Lifts - For non-skiers?

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Ski Lifts - For non-skiers?

Pardon my ignorance - But does anyone take the ski lifts up to the mountains and down again just for fun and to enjoy the scenary?

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1. Re: Ski Lifts - For non-skiers?

Yes! Most resorts cater for non skiers and you will find the obligary restuarant at the end of most Cable Cars or Funiculars.

In the St Moritz area you may like to try Piz Nair/Corvaglia, Mouttos Muragl and Diavolezza.

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2. Re: Ski Lifts - For non-skiers?

Many people go up there just for fun. This are not the ski lifts, but the Mountain railways, so you don't have to have skis on your feet to go up. The lifts in St. Moritz are nearly all chairlifts now, so you can go almost everywhere without skies. Ask for just a return ticket at the counter, as you pay less than for an allday skipass. There are some excellent restaurants with sunny terraces on most terminal stations. See www.bergbahnenengadin.ch for details.

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Thanks Hedy.

Which mountain restaurant in your opinion is nicer? Mouttos Muragl or Piz Nair?

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Nice in respect to the restaurant, the food or the view?

What are you looking for? Gourmet dining or just a meal on top of the mountain?

Those places are rather different. Muottas Muragl is real good mountain dining with a view over the valley. They offer dinner as well, see the section Mountain dining on their site

Piz Nair is your basic mountain restaurant on top with local dishes, open only during daytime (until the last train goes down)

There are several options in addition to that:

Diavolezza: a breathtaking view within the peaks and glaciers, a large sunny terrace, sunchairs, even a hot tube in the open (bring you bath suite if you are interested, as you will have lot of public). they have a nice and elaborate menu, mixing regional dishes in a new way.

Corvatsch: 3 restaurants on 3 different level of altitude, rather basic

Corviglia: a top gourmet restaurant with different options: a selfservice (no view), an indoor restaurant with panoramic view and a the "Jacht Club", a sunny terrace if it is not too cold (they offer sheep furs to cover you and hats to protect your head from the sun). Those two restaurants are rather exclusive, with Caviar and smoked Salmon etc.

Marguns: several restaurants, from Pizzeria and Selfservice to a grill restaurant and a nice sunny terrace

Then there are many ski huts you can reach within a short walking distance, as Paradise or Alpina, where you feel the vibe.

Tell me what you are looking for and I send you links.

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Hi Hedy,

I'm looking at somewhere warm and cosy with nice food and nice view, and yet not too expensive. :)

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6. Re: Ski Lifts - For non-skiers?

If you are not used to cold temperatures, you can go inside, if it's sunny, it is nice on a terrace. If you are staying in St. Moritz and dont want to connect by bus, go up to Piz Nair (2 changes with the mountain cablecar and gondola) for a nice view and good local food behind a large panoramic window.

If you don't like gondolas and are ready for a walk in the snow, if you arrive on Corviglia (terminal station after second section of the cablecar) see a ski hut on the hill. Sometimes there is a path to get there also without skies.

If you go up with the Signal Gondola there are two nice ski huts with good restauration and a nice view, not on a high elevation as PIz Nair, but nice. First you arrive at Trutz, going on the same very well groomed winter walking path, you arrive at Paradiso (it calls itself "close to heaven") where you can enjoy the same atmosphere the skiiers do (www.el-paradiso.ch). You can reach those places with aa somewhat longer hike also if you take only the first section of the Corviglia Cable car (Chantarella). There is another nice restaurant closeby there, the Salastrains.

Another option is a walk from St. Moritz on the Heidi-Trail to a restaurant called Chasellas. This is a secluded hut in the parts where all the luxurious villas of the VIP's are, they offer basic but good food, freshly prepared. You can sit either inside in the romantic hut or outside on a protected terrasse with a nice view with a heavy cover to keep you warm. If you want to go there, make your hotel call to make sure they are open, as sometimes they are closed as they take private parties.

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Thanks Hedy! You've been a great help! :)

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Hi Hedy,

I just went to El Paradiso website....ITs gorgeous! I love the sun terrace with those furry chairs....I have never seen anything like this. Where do I take the gondola from? How far is the hike from the gondola station to the restaurant? Is it a difficult walk? And how much would lunch cost approximately?

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Hi Littemay, if you start from the Monopol hotel, you most probably will take the Corviglia cablecar. Go off after the first section at Chantarella, it's ca. 1 hour on a nicely groomed walking path, at the beginning slightly up, then with a spectacular view on the same level until the restaurant. You could also go down to St. Moritz Bad, either walking or by bus, and take the Gondola to Signal, from where you walk ca. 30 minutes on the same trail, or you could walk from the hotel if you want, first on a street with limited car traffic, then through forests until you reach Salastrains, from there on the same trail. You could also opt to go one way up and the other down. The prizes of course depend on your choice. They offer inexpensive snacks as well as luxury meals and everything inbetween. Also here, a layer of your thermo underwear would be recommended and would enable you to enjoy the terrace and get your suntan.

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