Epic Europe

ST. MORITZ

 

Winter tourism began in St.Moritz 150 years ago when Johannes Badrutts “dared” his summer clientele to spend the winter in the Engadin, he invited them to stay at his hotel to experience it themselves; if they were not satisfied, he would also pay their travel expenses. They became the first winter tourists of the Alps and discovered a new world: winter holidays in the snow, and winter tourism as we now know it was born in the Alps.

 

In 1928 the Winter Olympics came to ST Moritz, and the world was introduced to the Engadin Valley as a winter sports paradise. And with that reputation, came that of one of the Alps’ most posh, luxurious, and over-the-top playgrounds of royalty and spotlight-seekers. With the highest-density of 5-star hotels in the Swiss Alps, and the clientele to support them, that reputation has only grown, but the mountains have stayed the same. The legendary hospitality, opulent boutiques, and fur-clad visitors are still here, but the skiing, biking, and hiking are some of the best to be found anywhere in the Alps.

 

Spread between 8 different resorts, it’s easy to find anything from perfect powder to uncut corduroy, all day long, if you know where to go. From the steeps of Corvatsch or Diavolezza to the World-Cup pistes in Celerina, there is something for everyone. Drop off the back of Lagalb for a long descent into Italy from the Bernina Pass, and take a train back home. Or explore some of Switzerland’s secret untapped heliskiing terrain with a mountain guide. And don’t forget Switzerland’s best Nordic (cross-country) ski trail network, home of the Engadin ski marathon. Long, sun-soaked lunches on any of the Engadin’s world-class mountain restaurant terraces complete the ideal ski day.

 

Summer is just as wonderful in the region, with all of the Nordic ski trails doubling as a bike and hiking trail system, with more ambitious riders and hikers finding every level of trail to satisfy their dreams – with ski lifts, trains and buses to deliver them wherever they want to go, the valley is a massive playground for outdoor pursuits.

 

Arriving in St Moritz is an experience in itself aboard the Rhaetian Railway via the Bernina or Albula Pass. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status as one of the most spectacular narrow- gauge railways in the world, providing access to high-Alpine regions. The railway is masterpiece of technically innovative engineering when it was built in the beginning of the 20th century and still is today.

  • Birth place of winter tourism in the Alps 150 years ago
  • Winter sport paradise
  • Highest-density of 5-star hotels in the Swiss Alps
  • Ski off the back of Lagalb for a long descent into Italy from the Bernina Pass, and take a train back home
  • Switzerland’s best Nordic (cross-country) ski trail network, home of the Engadin ski marathon
  • Massive summer playground for outdoor pursuits: biking, hiking
  • Rhaetian Railway via the Bernina Pass - UNESCO World Heritage status as one of the most spectacular narrow- gauge railways in the world
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA

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