Perched near the top of the glacier, it was opened in 2001. There is also a small hotel attached with 12 double rooms. A doctor is based there with medical facilities. Tel: 300 400
A faster way to the top of Teufeslegg than using the two chair-lifts one after the other. Tickets can be bought from the funicular lower station or at the cable-car ticket office.
The two cabins alternate: one goes up while the other comes down. The trip takes 7 minutes. They operate every 15 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at other times. In service all the year. In summer it caters for holiday-makers and others who do rock-climbing and hang-gliding. www.2clix.net/m/14.jpg
This is where you board the cable car going up, and leave it coming down. At busy times be prepared for quite a crush!
This is where you buy your lift-pass, valid for a day, a week or the whole season. You can also buy a ticket for a single journey. 10% discount for over sixties. Reduced prices for children.
A restaurant specializing in French cuisine. Set up five years ago by the present owners, Pierre and Suzette Laforge on the site of a clothes shop that went bust. Essential to book, especially at weekends. Tel: 300 456
At the top corner of the piazza this cafe gets lots of tired skiers late in the afternoon wanting a drink. Run by Katie, the sister of the Ski School director, and her boy-friend, Franz.
Also called a bubble-car (or ovovia by Italians), it has a series of little cabins holding six people all moving together in a line. It runs continuously, so there is no waiting time as with the cable-car. Gondolas in some resorts are smaller, holding only four people.
You can hire a light-weight plastic single-person toboggan from the Ski Shop. You carry it when you go up the Dragon chair-lift, just past the nursery lift at the foot of Monte Rosa. This takes you to the start of a special piste reserved for toboganners.
This is the two-stage lift going up Teufelsegg avoiding the funicular.
A small outdoor bar at the top of the chair-lift near the top of Teufelsegg. Serves beer, wine and soft drinks. No tea or coffee. Opens at 10.00 every day.
One of the oldest buildings in the village. Believed to have been erected about 1870. No longer used for religious services except for village funerals. www.2clix.net/m/15.jpg
Two easy poma-lifts with a very gentle slope on the East side. They are often called the Nursery lifts.
Reached from the top of the nursery lift. The slope on the West side is a bit steeper and more varied than the easy one on the East side. It is ideal for practicing for those not yet confident to venture onto the main lift system.
A south-facing glacier below Finailspitze provides some of the best skiing in the area. Served by a new cable-car. The top station has a restaurant with incredible views. A mini-bus leaves the village at 08.30 each week-day for the 30-minute journey. It leaves there at 16.30 for the return trip to the village. Finailspitze is called Punta Finale in Italian. www.2clix.net/m/1.jpg
This is where people meet who wish to attend ski-school. They are divided into classes and allocated an instructor.
Provides information and advice about skiing, snowboarding, local conditions and weather forecasts. Tel; 300 300
Part of the regional Tourist Organization. It has an information desk, and can help with accommodation and sightseeing. It offers a broad range of books and maps. Tel: 300 654
This is the place to go if you want to hire skis & sticks, ski-boots or snowboards. The prices include insurance in the event of loss or damage. Run by the Blumenthal brothers, former European slalom champions. Tel 300 678
Run by Helmut and Anita. They carry a wide range of ski clothes and après-ski attire. Also ski-boots and moon-boots. Tel: 300 321
Recently renovated by the new owners, Toni and Isabella. They carry a comprehensive range of skis and snowboards. Also snow-shoes. Tel: 300.181.
Situated next to the chapel.
Facing the piazza, this is a popular après-ski venue. Run by two sisters, Thérèse and Josette. Open from 11.00 till 22.00
The liveliest evening haunt for the young and not-so-young. Opens at 19.30 and closes when the last person leaves.
On the main highway not far from the Bus Station. Run by Heinrich, the brother of the Tourist Office director. They offer car-servicing and do repair-work. His son Stefano keeps the ice-rink cleared of snow.
On the main highway near the two principal road to the village.
Located on the main highway close to the Bus Station.
One of the most picturesque buildings in the village. Built in 1890. The home of the manager of the cable-car system and his wife and six children. On the first of May each year they organize a firework display to mark the end of winter and the close of the main skiing season.
Open from 07.00 to 18.30 on week-days and 08.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays. Now that the village no longer has a weekly outdoor market, the Mini-market provides most of the food consumed by inhabitants and visitors. Tel: 300 777. www.2clix.net/m/16.jpg
A farm owned by the Radici family. They are sheep-farmers and produce a distinct type of mountain cheese. The mother spins and weaves, producing beautiful sweaters and other garments which she sells from a small annexe to the house. Tel: 300 890
A small pond has been converted into an ice-rink. Skates and boots can be hired from the Ski-shop. It is kept clear of snow and swept each evening.
This hotel is run by the Bugatti family. 6 doubles and 10 singles. All with en-suite facilities. A good restaurant and an attractive sun-lounge. Lovely views across the valley.
Konrad Stolz has been the village dentist since he moved here in 1995. His surgery is at No. 12 Via Venezia. It is open on week-days from 09.15 to 16.45. Tel: 300 201
Dr Carolina Terni has a surgery each morning from 9.30 to 12.00 on week-days. It is located opposite the dentist’s in Via Venezia. When she is away on hospital visits, Martha takes over. She is a qualified nurse. Tel: 300 905
Free of charge to the public.
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Well away from the centre of the village, it is largely ignored by visitors. It is surrounded by reeds and attracts a lot of migrating birds in April and May.
A stretch of piste consisting of many hard bumps in the snow, often quite large and terrifying, caused by skiers all turning in the same place. They usually form late in the morning, especially after a fall of snow.
Closed to non-competitors on Thursday mornings when the slalom races take place.
One of the steepest and most feared pistes in the resort. The first time you attempt it, go with someone who knows it well. It is not called “deadman’s leap” for nothing.
Suitable for fairly confident skiers.
A gentle piste with few surprises.
Pine trees and fir trees. Wild deer can often be seen in the early morning. http://2clix.net/m/33.jpg
Silvio Amoretti claims to be the best coiffeur in the entire valley. He has regular clients from many neighbouring villages. He has two assistants: Mario and Antonio. Their relationship to each other, and to Silvio, is the subject of constant gossip amongst the locals.
This isn’t an official name but it is what everyone calls it. It is largely hidden from view by luscious vegetation all round it until you get close to the edge. Frequented by many types of water-birds. www.2clix.net/m/21.jpg
An old-established inn with a fine restaurant open to non-residents. Six double en-suite rooms but no singles. Tel: 300 007
Conveniently situated for the cable-car station. High-class restaurant, indoor swimming-pool, sauna, masseuse, veranda and small book-shop. Tel: 300 000
A modest hotel with 8 double-rooms (4 en-suite) and a small restaurant specializing in Sicilian food. More convenient for the Monte Rosa ski-runs than for those on Teufelsegg or Le Diable.
Largely hidden from view by a tall bamboo fence, it can accommodate up to 20 caravans plus their towing vehicles.
Several types of mountain sheep spend the winter in the village, in large wooden barns. In the Spring they are led to the rich pastures higher up the mountain.
Part of the farm owned by the Radici family. Mainly used for growing vegetables for sale in the village, though some hardy strains of buckwheat are also cultivated.
4100 m. Noted for its mountaineering training-camp at its base. Not a skiing area.
3900 m. Covered with a mass of ski-runs including the slalom run used for competitions. The nursery slopes offer a safe environment for beginners and the less advanced.
3900 m. Celebrated for its challenging heli-skiing. Participants are taken up by helicopter from the village down in the valley.
The dominant peak in the Grisons.
This is where the logs are brought for conversion into timber for the building industry. It is one of the sources of revenue for the village, along with wool, cheese and tourism.
This is the latest addition to the village’s hotels, opened last season. Though convenient for skiing on Teufelsegg. it is too close to the caravan park for most people and too far from the piazza for convenience. 12 doubles and 8 singles. The restaurant specializes in Austrian food. Owned by Fritz and Verena Richter. Tel: 300 474 www.2clix.net/m/50.jpg
The first stage of the lift system for accessing the ski runs on Monte Rosa. It links with the Chamois lift which forms the second stage.
The red run from the top station on Tefelsegg down to the start of the funicular.
3350 m. The Eastern-most of the three mountains in the resort.
The blue run from near the top cable-car station down to the village. It is noted for its wide sweeping curves and lack of steep slopes.
Established three years ago in honour of Oetzi the 5000-year-old ice-man whose frozen body was discovered by hikers in 1991, still in his ancient clothes and shoes, with his bronze axe close by. www.2clix.net/m/2.jpg
This is their base. They start their work preparing the pistes every afternoon as soon as the patrols have checked that all skiers are off the mountain. They continue to work all night.
Close to the mini-market, it is open from 11.00 till 21.00. Serves beer, wines, tea, coffee and soft drinks. A display counter is full of fancy cakes. They also offer sandwiches and toasted cheese. Use of the Internet is free for 30 minutes when they spend £3.
A great attraction, especially for families with children. Can be arranged any time from 09.00 to 22.00. Two options: a traditional sleigh with seats for four, drawn by a magnificent stag, and a modern 8-seater sleigh drawn by two black and white horses. To book a sleigh, ring: 300 121
The upper lift on Monte Rosa. It links with the Dragon chair-lift
Gives access to a fabulous ski area on a huge glacier.
A low, timber-framed restaurant near the station. Owned and run by Rita and Augustin Spitz, from the Rumantsch–speaking part of Switzerland. They offer specialities from their home region Graubünden.
4010 m. An important centre for para-gliding. A newly-established club offers training to beginners.
At 4220 it is the tallest peak visible from the village.
The magnificent mountain dominating the Julian Alps in the Slovenian National Park south of the Austrian province of Carinthia.
The mountain peak above the glacier, approached from Val Senales. It is called Finailspitze in German.
A gentle piste with few surprises.
This is the central mountain of the resort, now served by a cable car.
A gentle piste with few surprises.
Suitable for fairly confident skiers.
Suitable for fairly confident skiers.
In the winter the sheep are kept inside. They live for several months in a big timber-framed farm building.
This is a massive farm building built of heavy timbers where the cattle spend the winter.
This is a large traditional farm-house built of brick and timber. It has been the home of the Grazzini family for four generations. Two brothers now run the farm. They are dairy farmers producing milk, butter and cheese. They have a small flock of sheep and use them for making cheese. They also keep chickens and grow vegetables. www.2clix.net/m/44.jpg
A brand-new 4-seater chair-lift installed this season. http://2clix.net/m/13.jpg
This is where you buy your ticket for the Funicular if you don't already have a valid lift-pass.
This is where the reindeer are kept when not in use. Also some horses They are owned by the people who own and drive the sleighs. They take great pride in keeping the sleighs in tip-top condition, constantly cleaning and polishing them.
This is where the team of engineers and technicians are based who keep the funicular, cable-car and lift equipment in perfect condition. After the ski season is over each of the systems is minutely examined and serviced.
A small team is based here. They have direct links with the helicopter base and the helicopter pilots. www.2clix.net/m/85.jpg
Here is one of the helicopters on a training flight.
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Fritz Weinmann is the oldest person in the village. He will be 99 in a few weeks and next year a big celebration is being prepared for his hundredth birthday. As a special treat he has asked to be taken up in a rescue helicopter. He spent his best years as a ski instructor. He once fell into a crevasse on the glacier but wasn’t seriously injured.
This row of old cottages has been refurbished as rather basic student accommodation. It can sleep 12. The cottage at the West end is more comfortably appointed and is intended for a teacher leading the group.
They offer a next-day service for most repairs and adjustments to skis and snowboards. Also sharpening edges. They sell ski-skins and other items.
Eight fully-furnished flats available for short-term lets, from one week to three months. Details available from the Ski School Office.
These barns are used by several farmers for storing hay, corn and other fodder.
The heart of the resort. Used mainly by pedestrians. Only authorized vehicles are allowed.
The highly-trained dogs used by the Mountain Rescue team are housed in Kennels at the back of the Reindeer stables.
Dr Anna Freitag runs her clinic here from 1st November to 30th April. Her colleague, Marina Boscoli, takes over for the rest of the year.