Sports in the winter
Skiing and snowboarding
Season start in December!
Four ski areas, with snow you can count on, offer winter sports enthusiasts 350km of excellent runs. Just around the corner is the Furtschellas/Corvatsch ski area with the longest floodlit downhill run in Switzerland. St. Moritz (Corviglia) and Diavolezza/Lagalb are also nearby. Popular with families, if a little more distant: Zuoz.
Our courtesy van will drop you off at the Furtschellas cable car or the bus stop. Public buses run between Sils/Maloja and St. Moritz, Pontresina and all the ski areas every 30 minutes.
The Waldhaus scores with its special offer: Hotel Ski Pass.
Ski instructors on the spot.
You can talk to knowledgeable instructors from the Corvatsch Ski School Skischule Corvatsch at the Waldhaus Reception Desk Th–Mo, 6.45 to 7.45 p.m.
Hotel Ski Pass
If you stay for two nights or more, you can obtain a regional ski pass for a surcharge of just CHF 38 per person and per day.
The only condition: you have to purchase the pass for the entire length of your stay. But no Waldhaus guest will pay more than CHF 160 per person for the pass, no matter how long one stays; the rest is on the house.
If you book in advance, children up to age 12 who are staying at the Waldhaus receive a free ski pass (minimum two night stay).
Hotel ski passes are issued at the Waldhaus. Order your pass in advance so that you can already hit the slopes from day one.
If you only want to ski on certain days, it pays to order tickets in advance at www.snow-deal.ch/en
A day of downhill skiing – pure pleasure! Ski instructor and passionate Engadiner “Kiki” Wolf shows you the region.
Every Monday from January 7. See the concierge for information and reservations.
Corvatsch is in the spotlight every Friday, when Switzerland’s longest floodlit downhill run (4.2 km) is open until 1 a.m. (until 2 a.m. starting in February). Link.
Glide through light and snow.
With more than 220km of widely varied trails, the Engadine is a paradise for cross-country skiers. Whether you prefer classic or skating style, you can glide through the wide expanse of the Engadine.
Closer to nature.
Snowshoeing off the beaten track is a splendid winter experience. Various tours can be started right from the Waldhaus and in and around Sils Maria.
Contact the Corvatsch Ski School or the Pontresina Mountaineering School for information about equipment, tour recommendations and experienced snowshoe guides. Skischule Corvatsch and Bergsteigerschule Pontresina.
Walk or hike across the frozen Engadine lakes and enjoy the region’s vast expanse and clarity of light. The level walking trails from Maloja to Silvaplana and on to St. Moritz are well-suited to families – even baby carriages – when snow conditions are right. The trails from Sils to the romantic Fex valley or from Maloja through the snow-covered forest to Lake Cavloc are perfect for a picturesque hike.
Our concierge has more information.
Fast-paced fun for young and old.
Just above the Waldhaus, you will find a sledding run leading down to Lake Sils. Or, if speed is what you need: have the funicular take you up to Muottas Muragl and then zoom down 4.2 km and around 20 hair-raising curves, a 705-meter drop. A further possibility: take the Rhaetian Railway to Preda in the neighboring Albula Valley and follow a 6km run to the next town of Bergün.
Sleds are available free of charge. Just ask our concierge.
Sports on ice
Ice-skating, curling & hockey.
Free outdoor skating in the village from December to mid-March. One rink is reserved for skaters and curling players, while a second rink is available for hockey players.
Ice skates can be rented at the rink.
For everyone who thought they might like to try curling, an introductory course is offered every Tuesday evening in January and February.
The Sils Curling Club organizes various curling events throughout the winter. For dates and details, please see link
Sail across the ice.
Sail across frozen Lake Silvaplana on skis or snowboards: snow kiting, like kite surfing in summer, brings new challenges. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, the Kite Sailing School has a variety of courses for you. Link.
Ski tours/ice climbing
Of snow and ice.
Extreme sports on the mountain, and in winter at that, are not for the faint of heart. The Engadine with its many 3000m summits is a marvelous landscape to become better acquainted with these alpine sports. The Pontresina mountaineering school offers guided ski tours daily and also ice-climbing instruction. How about off-piste skiing or a snowshoe tour under a full moon? Link
The Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz–Celerina is the oldest bobsleigh run in the world and the only natural ice track that still hosts international races. In the course of its 125-year existence, it has staged events for two Olympic Winter Games and 24 World Championships. A guest ride on the St. Moritz–Celerina Bob Run offers 75 seconds of pure adrenaline.