The Diavolezza ski area (2978-2295m) in Engadin-St. Moritz will open to skiers and snowboarders Saturday, Oct. 16.

Engadin St. Moritz is one of the first to kick off the winter season each year, two months earlier than the majority of resorts in the Alps.

The Diavolezza ski area is known for its excellent snow conditions and difficult slopes. It is also home to the longest marked and secured glacial downhill route in Switzerland, stretching 10 kilometres.

A ski pass for the Diavolezza costs CHF61 adults, CHF41 (13-17 years), and CHF20 children (12 and under).

The Cable Car Diavolezza will begin running Oct. 16, followed by the Corvatsch aerial cable cars and the gondola lift Celerina-Marguns Nov. 20.

Engadin St. Moritz offers access to a total of 350 kilometres of ski pistes in Switzerland's largest winter sports region. The 60 modern transport facilities offer fast access to the snow-sure runs set between 1800 and 2978 metres. The area's 88 downhill runs are also scattered with 37 mountain restaurants.

St. Moritz not only offers early skiing at high altitudes, but its winter events always draw the crowds: the St. Moritz Polo World Cup on snow Jan. 27-30 and the Gourmet Festival Jan. 31 to Feb. 4.

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