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St. Moritz is the birthplace of modern winter sports. British tourists, lured by the great winter weather (more than 300 sunny days per year), began coming here in 1864. Today this lovely lakeside town is a glitzy hangout of the jet set, with horse racing on the frozen lake in winter, furs and diamonds on display in the exclusive shops, and fine dining at the luxury hotels. Swiss German and Rhaeto-Romansch are the local languages, but you’ll also hear Italian, English and, increasingly, Russian. The surrounding ski region is one of Switzerland's largest and highest, with 56 lifts and 350 km of slopes. There are also excellent cross-country ...

St. Moritz is the birthplace of modern winter sports. British tourists, lured by the great winter weather (more than 300 sunny days per year), began coming here in 1864. Today this lovely lakeside town is a glitzy hangout of the jet set, with horse racing on the frozen lake in winter, furs and diamonds on display in the exclusive shops, and fine dining at the luxury hotels. Swiss German and Rhaeto-Romansch are the local languages, but you’ll also hear Italian, English and, increasingly, Russian. The surrounding ski region is one of Switzerland's largest and highest, with 56 lifts and 350 km of slopes. There are also excellent cross-country tracks and, for the adventurous, an Olympic bobsled run. Nearby, the resorts of Samedan and Pontresina offer yet more winter fun. From here, you can take two of the world’s most famous train rides. The Bernina Express is a spectacular trip over the high passes and down into Italy. The Glacier Express is an equally lofty excursion to Zermatt in the canton Wallis. The Segantini Museum is worth a visit if the weather is bad.

Charlie Morris
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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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    February is high ski season. January is less crowded.