How to experience the heights of St Moritz without putting on a set of skis

A winter holiday destination can’t get more glamorous than the spectacular Swiss mountain resort of St Moritz.

The Alpine town, which hugs the shores of its shimmering eponymous frozen lake, has attracted celebs, royals and glitterati for over 150 years.

And you don’t need to ski to enjoy it.

In fact, millions of Brits are heading to the mountains each year, without a ski pass in sight.

Instead, they are indulging in fantastic food, luxurious spas and hotels, and sleigh rides through the snow, while taking time to soak in the glorious alpine views.

If talk of “pow pow” and “fresh tracks” leaves you cold, then you might be sold on a non-skiing winter holiday.

Framed by snow-capped mountains towering up to 13,000ft, St Moritz sits in the Engadin valley in southern Switzerland, close to the frontier with Italy.

It’s a south-facing sun trap that averages a glorious 320 days of a sunshine a year.

Majestic palace hotels and designer shops stand alongside cute taverns, cafes and patisseries, and, set back among the pines, you’ll find the homes of some of the most famous families in the world.

It’s hosted the Winter Olympics twice, and is considered the birthplace of winter tourism.

Back in the day, everyone from Charlie Chaplin and Brigitte Bardot to the Duke of Edinburgh and Elizabeth Taylor stayed here.

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