Engadin Ski Marathon

How to reach the area

To reach Engadin (St. Moritz) by car from main cities with international airports the following itineraries could be considered useful:

From Airport Travel By Distance (km) Travel time*
Zürich by road only: Wallensee, Bad Ragaz, Chur, Tiefencastel, Julier Pass (2284m), Silvaplana
by road and car train transport (Vereina tunnel) as by road but before Chur turn to Landquart and Klosters (Selfranga) from there cars are transported by train** to Sagliains near Susch , Zernez, Zuoz, Samedan
2h10m + 18m(train)
Munich Garmisch Partenkirchen, D/A border, Ehrwald, Imst, Landeck, A/CH border, Scuol, Zernez, Samedan
Innsbruck Imst, then as from Munich
Milan Lecco, Chiavenna, I/CH border, Silvaplana

* Dry road conditions. Distances and times from various data banks.

** Train timetables: www.vereina.ch. First train from Selfranga/Sagliains 5.20/5.50, last train from Selfranga/Sagliains 22:50/23January 21, 2008>

When renting a car request either winter tires or snow chains.

Travel by train: see www.sbb.ch, from Germany www.db.de.

For train connections from some international airports to St Moritz the following table gives some data (updated Aug. 2005; always check actual time-tables):

From Trains First train Last train Duration Transfers
Zürich airport






Munich airport




7:41 – 8:41


To other places, e.g. Samedan, the frequencies and durations are approximately the same.


In Engadin (the upper Engadin valley to be more precise) there is a vast variety of accommodations ranging from very cheap to extremely expensive (St. Moritz).

Regarding all transport needs you will do fine no matter where in the valley you stay. Transport with train or buses will take you to all villages and skitracks. Also to race start and back to hotel. If you stay in any village from Maloja (race start location) to Zuoz (close to finish) and you will be fine and also in walking distance to skitracks. Pontresina is in a “side-way” but a very popular and nice place to stay. Some start skiing in skitracks close to the village they stay in but many also take bus to more popular cross country places like St.Moritz and Pontresina.

For a list of hotels in all price levels you can look for “Partner hotels” in the race webpages or go for the “full list” at http://www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/winter/en/hotels/

Find the race map which also shows the village names before you start looking for accomodatinos. That way you know where hotels are. Interesting info can be obtained from www.engadin.ch where you also can see an area map, order brochures and get an email contact and a phone number.

Where to eat

All locations in Engadin have an excellent choice of restaurants, there are both cheap and expensive restaurants, snack bars, with some fast and take out food available. Italian pizzerias and pasta are not so expensive. Wine is expensive in all restaurants. A big change from neighbouring nations like Italy and France. Updated info and eating recommandations are at the local Tourist Office(s) for information.

Things to see

Many things! And that makes this race one of the most interesting destinations if you want more than just ski a race. Historic olympic St.Moritz. Dining and wining in St.Moritz. Try the bobsleigh track in St.Moritz or the long sledding tracks close to Pontresina. Several SPA in St.Moritz and Pontresina. Admire the beautiful Engadin’s Alps and have lunch at Corvatsch, 3303 meters above sealine. Stunning views. In the days before race you should also visit “olympic village” next to race office where you pick up start numbers. Many ski-equipment manufactors are showing their stuff there. A tip on prices: prices are not low at the olympic village, more likely low at local sportshops.


The forecast is available at AccuWeather.

Web site

The web site for the race is at www.engadin-skimarathon.ch.

2 Responses to Engadin Ski Marathon

  1. Jim W says:

    Is there transportation to/from Zernez to the race start/finish?

  2. LV says:

    Yes. You take the train to St.Moritz and from there follow shuttlebuses to start. From finishline you go by train back to Zernez. Timetables are shown in race-magazine which you get at race office, bib-pickup.

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