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In a country full of swanky resort towns, St. Moritz takes the crown with its wide array of five-star hotels, designer stores, and award-winning restaurants. The town is also home to such exciting activities as skijoring and ice cricket, which help to keep all the celebrity visitors entertained.
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Tackle the Cresta Run “at your own risk”
One of the most alluring aspects of a Swiss trip is experiencing, first-hand, its unique traditions. So why not test your nerve on the 128-year old Cresta Run skeleton course in St. Moritz. Every year, from December through February, the local Tobogganing Club constructs a 1.2km-long course out of snow, which is then frozen, to produce a nerve-jangling run of curves, dips and one particular corner which delights in slinging riders off its edge. Only members can ride from the top of the course, thus risking a flip at ‘Shuttlecock corner,” whereas beginners can have a go from a lower starting point. Riders must be over 18, undergo an introductory lesson to skeleton riding and sign a release form. The initial five rides cost 600CHF ($620 US) after which individual rides can be purchased.
Gourmet dining just got better
For exquisite dining coupled with ritzy and glamorous living, St. Moritz is peerless throughout the year. Amazing then that this famous ski resort can tip the scales to a new level when the annual Gourmet Festival comes to town. Every January, super chefs from all over the globe descend upon St. Moritz to demonstrate their extraordinary skills in the kitchen. Chefs serve elaborate dishes in various hotels and locations to outgun each other and scintillate diners. This year’s event will be held from January 25 through 29 and will feature Japanese master chefs and, of course, the local greats.