While most people associate a summer holiday in the mountains with hiking and biking, there’s so much more to do in the beautiful Engadin valley. Its large lakes allow you to partake in a series of fun water activities, from traditional sailing to the latest trend sports like stand up paddling or kite surfing. Ready to get wet?
From around 11.00 a.m. until sunset, a steady thermal air current, the Maloja wind, which blows from the south-west down to nearby Lake Silvaplana, creates ideal conditions for wind and kitesurfing. Known the world over as a great spot to practise these fun wind-powered sports, the lake offers those who fancy zipping around and flying across its deep turquoise-blue waters amazing opportunities. The shores of Lake Silvaplana boast both a windsurfing centre and a kitesurfing school, offering enthusiasts of all levels the chance to practise their favourite sports. Keen on windsport? Find out more at www.windsurfing-silvaplana.ch or www.kitesailing.ch.
Stand up paddling, also known as SUP, originated thousands of miles away from St. Moritz – on the other side of the world, in fact. It’s actually the preferred means of transport of Polynesian fishermen! Nowadays, this ancient tradition has turned into an increasingly popular sport; so much so, that the first European SUP Championships were held on none other than Lake St. Moritz in the summer of 2013. Stand up paddlers enjoy perfect conditions early in the morning, when the lake water is calm and before the wind picks up. For more information, visit www.scstm.ch or contact our concierge.
As a popular joke goes, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he sits in a boat and drinks beer all day”. Angling is definitely an entertaining pastime, especially when you’re surrounded by Alpine peaks and Engadin’s lush woods. From May to mid-September, fishing aficionados can try their hand (and their luck!) in more than 450 lakes and rivers in and around St. Moritz. Back in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, hand over your catch to the chef – and he’ll turn it into a delicious dinner for you!
Sailing is another great way to spend a wonderful day on the water. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has its own sailing boat, which guests can hire to explore the area from a rather different angle. Thanks to its location at 1800 metres above sea level and the convenient Maloja winds, Lake St. Moritz is blessed with great wind conditions. Afternoons are the perfect time of day to set sail and take in the beautiful views and fresh mountain air. Even if you're not an experienced sailor, there’s no need to worry – the club’s skipper will take care of everything so that you can relax and enjoy the day. Perhaps you could even ask the concierge to organise a little picnic for you. After all, there’s nothing better to set you up for lunch by the shores of Lake St. Moritz than a bracing sailing trip on the bluest of blue waters.