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Pontresina or St moritz

Hi fellow travellers, I am thinking about travelling to Switzerland next December to experience a white xmas. I am from Western Australia.

I have been surfing the internet and looking for some answers to the following;

December weather conditions in St Moritz

A mid range budget hotel to stay either St Moritz or Pontresina

What is the access to the ski fields and what is the conditions likeley to be like at that tme of the year to ski

I am looking for a location that you do not require a car and can be reached reasonably easilly from transportation

I was thinking of flight to oslo then transport to St Moritz/Ponteresina any suggestions

thanks

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There is never such as a guarantee for weather, but Christmas is sure a good time for akiing. Usually we have snow from beginning of November, this year it was late, but skiing was good. As long as it is cold enough, runs are prepared with snowmaking each night. We have a lot of snow now.

For hotels, see www.engadin.stmoritz.ch, there is not just St. Moritz or Pontresina, there are nice smaller villages in the area as well, so have a look at all of them. Book early for Holiday season, as this is peak season in the mountains.

Access to the moutains is almost all over the valley, with different ski areas, depending on your skills and what you are looking for. There is a sports bus taking you along the valley and bringing you to the departure of the mountain cable cars, so literally you can stay in one village and go skiing in a different area each day. 4 and 5 star hotels usually offer a shuttle bus bringing you to the valley station of the closest cable car complimentary, for those farer away upon payment.

Dont bother about a car, it does not make sense here, as you just have to park it and pay a lot for a parking garage or even an outdoor parking, where you would then have to shovel you car out of the snow each time you want to go somewhere.

You find all the skiing areas here: …stmoritz.ch/winter/…

The largest one is the connected Corviglia and Marguns. Marguns is reached from Celerina (5 minutes walk from the train station) Corviglia is reached either from St. Moritz Dorf, right in the center, steps from the bus stop calles Schulhausplatz (schoolhouse square) or from Signal in St. Moritz Bad (bus stop Signal, pedestrian passage under the street to the cable car).

Try to find a flight to Zurich, from the airport it's a panoramic train ride of ca. 4 hours with two easy changes (Zurich main station and Chur). Also is somehow out of the way to get here.

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2. Re: Pontresina or St moritz

Thanks for that endaginer.... Most of the online web sites wont allow booking flights or accomodation this early out. But i will try the suggested links.

Just to confirm though is the train from Zurich airport very easy to find.

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The station right AT the airport (there are many posts about this here on TA).

After coming from the luggage carrousel, cross the (covered) street (=drop off area for shuttles) and enter the building across the road, follow the signs with the train icon (electric stairs or lift) and you arrive at the counter within steps. there you find the indications on which platform your next train to Zürich HB (HauptBahnhof = main station) leaves, one stair below. If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to forward it by train to your destination (if you have not already done so by fly-rail-baggage, see http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/services/baggage/fly-rail-baggage.html).

In Zürich HB, there is a big board in the hall where you leave the platform informing you about the next departure for Chur, usually once an hour. There is usually an IC with less stops and faster. If you take this one, you arrive in Chur just across from the track where the small-gauche train for St. Moritz leaves on the same platform. The journey makes part of the Glacier Express line and the Bernina line from Thusis on, it's a very scenic journey. You dont have to take the "express", there is also narration on the "normal" train, well, not so much, but the essential so that you know where to be prepared to take photos.

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