We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw
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Play sits at the centre of the Moving Mountains experience.

We believe that Play is as important for our bodies and minds as any functional movement class or nourishing meal.

To celebrate our locations, we have created a set of Empowering Expeditions and Curated Adventures for our guests designed with nothing more than pure unadulterated fun in mind.

OUR PLAY EXPERIENCES

Empowering Expeditions

Empowering Expeditions give you the chance to challenge yourself physically or master a new skill, while immersing you in the surrounding nature.

Curated Adventures

Our Curated Adventures are about discovering the regions around our hotels and the local artisans, producers and characters that make our locations so special. This is an opportunity for you to leave everyday life behind and delve into the local traditions and cultures.

Play Activities

Doors to other worlds: A tour of the glacier caves

Empowering Expeditions

Nowhere is the power of winter felt more than in the everlasting ice of a glacial cave. Together with an experienced guide, our outdoor butler will accompany you into the ice caves of the Morteratsch Glacier. This empowering expedition is a gateway to another world.

Please bear in mind that this activity is only feasible if nature permits.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

Ice bathing: An adrenaline kick with health benefits

Empowering Expeditions

Ice bathing offers not only an unforgettable adrenaline kick, but real health-promoting effects. The sudden exposure to cold causes the blood vessels to dilate and blood circulation to improve, meaning that blood can circulate faster, the circulation system is stabilised and endorphins are released. Together, these effects result in a lasting strengthening of the immune system. Our experts are on hand to help you get ready and make the most of your ice bath experience.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Torchlight hike: Dance of the elements

Curated Adventures

The interaction of fire and snow – a dance of the elements – is brought to life on our torchlight hike. Each step represents an immersion in nature and an opportunity to drift away on the beauty of the mountains – all illuminated solely by the stars and the firelight of the torches. The end point of the hike is Lej Nair (the ‘Black Lake’), whose mystical atmosphere is enhanced at night.

hotel CARLTON HOTEL, ST. MORITZ

Tobogganing: Winter like in the olden days

Empowering Expeditions

Tobogganing can awaken childhood memories or create entirely new ones: it’s a perfect excursion for families and a pleasure for young and old. In winter, the hiking trails and mountain passes of the Engadin are transformed into kilometre-long stretches of snow – the perfect invitation to go ‘sledging’. The toboggan run from Preda to Bergün is one of the longest illuminated runs in Europe. Unique landscapes, the wind in your face, and fresh mountain air with every breath: winter as it was in the olden days.

hotel CARLTON HOTEL, ST. MORITZ

Step out of your comfort zone: Sunrise skiing on the Weisshorn

Empowering Expeditions

See in a new day and feel the first rays of sunshine on your face as you rush down a pristine piste. This Empowering Expedition is a chance to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy the ski slopes of the Weisshorn to yourself.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Listen to the silence: A silent walk to the Bergkirchli

Empowering Expeditions

Take a step back from the noise of daily life and enjoy the silence of the night. This walk is a chance to reflect on what really matters: ourselves. Switch off in peace and become present as you feel the snow crunch under your feet. Our destination is the Bergkirchli church, where we’ll enjoy a spectacular sunrise with an impressive mountain backdrop. Start the day with the first rays of sunshine on your face and recharge your batteries for the rest of your holiday and beyond.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Creativity with a snowy backdrop: making snow mandalas

Empowering Expeditions

Put on your snowshoes and join us for a hike to Prätschli through the winter forests of Arosa. This is a serene experience of crackling snow under foot and bright winter sky above. When we arrive at the top, we’ll let our creativity run free by creating mandalas in the snow. The result is captured from above by drones: a unique memory of a fantastic winter break in the mountains.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel. Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Carve an ice sculpture: Create your very own work of art

Curated Adventure

Nowhere is the majesty of winter better embodied than in an ice sculpture. In this curated adventure, Reto Grond, a native of the Engadin region, introduces you to the art of ice carving and brings you closer to a centuries-old craft. Set your creativity free, produce your own artwork and satisfy your desire for creative self-expression.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

The taste of winter: A torchlight hike with chestnuts

Curated Adventure

Join us in a celebration of home-roasted chestnuts in a magical winter landscape. As little guests’ eyes grow large; big guests are whisked back to a bygone ea. Together you will cook chestnuts the traditional way over an open fire. The Tschuggen Express will take you up to an open fireplace in the snow-covered mountains. This is a unique experience that is followed by a peaceful torchlight hike.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Creativity in focus: Baking twist bread over homemade Swedish candles

Empowering Expeditions

Mould, design, bake: creating is the focus of this Curated Adventure. First, build your own Swedish candle under the guidance of our technician, then light it to bake your twist bread on an open fire. Naturally you’ll be tasting and enjoying the bread afterwards!

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Rent a mountain: A piste all your own

Empowering Expeditions

For an entire evening, the slopes of the Corvatsch – the imposing three-thousand-metre peak above the Engadine chain of lakes – can be yours and yours alone. It’s your chance to have exclusive access to the longest illuminated piste in Switzerland: 4.2 kilometres of pure snowy joy. Expert ski instructors and outdoor butlers will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly under the starry sky.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

Snowkiting: An adventure in the snow

Empowering Expedition

Snowkiting is kitesurfing’s snowy – and equally fun – cousin. Here in the Engadin, you can try snowkiting at Swiss Kitesurf for the first time or build your existing skills. Whatever your personal goal, a team of trained instructors on the Bernina and Silvaplana lakes will help you pursue it. Safe snow and wind conditions throughout the season make the area the perfect place for beginners and improvers, providing all you need for a memorable adventure in the snow. Your empowering expedition will be framed by  breathtaking views over the Engadin mountains.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

The dance of light and ice: Light painting on the frozen Obersee

Curated Adventure

Your message for the universe – drawn in light against a winter landscape. Light painting is a unique form of artistic expression. All you need is a tiny light source: a mobile phone or torch will do. The frozen Obersee lake and wintry night serve as a majestic backdrop. Write your favourite words in the air, where they’ll be recorded for posterity using long-exposure photography.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Tradition for all the senses: making Graubünden barley soup

Curated Adventure

Every family in Graubünden has their own unique recipe for barley soup. In this Curated Adventure, proud Graubünden native Claudio Laager shares his with you. As you listen to his stories, you’ll prepare and enjoy the soup together. It’s a dish with a history that warms the body and touches the soul: a traditional indulgence for all the senses.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

The influence of the Herwig family: the ‘invention’ of Arosa

Curated Adventure

It was Dr Otto Herwig who discovered the health-promoting effects of the high-altitude spa resort of Arosa in 1883 and transformed it into a popular holiday destination. Join this Curated Adventure in the local history museum to learn more about the Herwig family’s influence on the evolution of Arosa and the spa stays of famous personalities such as Thomas Mann and Hermann Hesse.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Avalanche rescue training with the Swiss Alpine Club Arosa

Empowering Expeditions

As idyllic as Arosa’s mountain setting can be, it also harbours hidden dangers. Avalanches reveal the true extent of nature’s extraordinary force. In this Empowering Expedition, the staff of the Swiss Alpine Club in Arosa show you how to act in an emergency. Join them for avalanche training on the Prätschli and learn how to use avalanche search devices and sounding poles.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Tradition on the blades: Telemark skiing

Empowering Expeditions

Telemark skiing is a traditional skiing technique that originated in Norway and combines elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. Telemark skiing uses special bindings with which only the toe of the ski boot is fixed to the ski; the descent is accomplished by kneeling. Trace the origins of skiing as a sport, accompanied by our expert guides.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa

Ice bathing in Lej da Staz: An adrenaline kick with health benefits

Empowering Expeditions

Ice bathing offers not only an unforgettable adrenaline kick, but real health-promoting effects. The sudden exposure to cold causes the blood vessels to dilate and blood circulation to improve, meaning that blood can circulate faster, the circulation system is stabilised and endorphins are released. Together, these effects result in a lasting strengthening of the immune system. Our experts are on hand to help you get ready and make the most of your ice bath experience.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

Benvenuti a Ascona: a Ticinese evening with friends

Curated Adventure

A traditional Ticino platter, fresh polenta from the fire and delicious regional wines: the perfect companions for an authentic holiday evening in Ascona. Join us for a relaxed and cosy night at Restaurant La Casetta and experience the unadulterated Ticinese joie de vivre! This Curated Adventure is a chance to get up close with Ticinese tradition and culture. At the end of the night, you’ll receive a mini glossary of local dialect expressions as a souvenir.

hotel Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Olympic Bob Run: Olympic flair at your fingertips

Empowering Expedition

The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun was placed into operation in 1904, making it the oldest (and only) natural ice bobsleigh run in the world. Our Empowering Expedition gives you the chance to ride it – an adrenaline kick you’ll never forget! Afterwards, a Moving Mountains massage at the Carlton Spa helps you come back down to Earth and regain your inner composure.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

On the trail of Mischa Epper: the artist’s life and work in Ascona

Curated Adventure

Ascona has for centuries been a hub for artistic and literary talent. It is thanks to this status that Mischa Epper, student and wife of Ignaz Epper, also ended up on Lake Maggiore. The gifted artist is known for her somber woodcuts, many of which take human suffering as their theme. In a fascinating lecture with Diana Mirolo, you’ll learn about the local legacy of the Epper Foundation’s founder and where traces of the artist can still be seen today.

hotel Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Sauna meets lake: cooling off in Lake Maggiore

Empowering Expedition

Experience the rejuvenating combination of hot and cold at the Sauna & Lake Experience. First comes the infusion, where the body is gently encouraged to sweat; afterwards, Lake Maggiore provides the necessary cooling. The sudden immersion in cold not only provides an instant adrenaline boost, but exerts positive effects on the immune system. Our trained spa staff are there to guide you.

hotel Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Self-Guided Tour of St. Moritz

Curated Adventure

Discover St. Moritz independently with our Self-Guided Tour. Turning right from the hotel door, you’ll begin by heading upwards to the Kulm Hotel. The route leads past Norman Foster’s House of the Future to the scenic hotel and restaurant Salastrains. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views as well as catching a glimpse of your final destination: the original Heidi mountain hut from the 1937 film. For tired legs, we’d be delighted to organise an additional highlight: a carriage ride back to the hotel on request.

hotel Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz

Tea tasting on Monte Verità: an array of flavours

Curated Adventure

Tea is a real all-rounder in terms of health. Reason enough then to create its own Curated Adventure – and on the iconic Monte Verità, no less. On the tea plantation, we dive into a world of flavours and aromas, discover how tea is processed and taste a range of the teas grown on site.

hotel Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

The perfect guide: wine tasting with Brivio Vini

Curated Adventure

“In wine, there is truth” – or is there? Find out during a convivial wine tasting with Mr Guido Brivio, the Ticino wine producer who’s been making fine wines for decades with the Gialdi winery. Join him at Restaurant La Casetta, where you’ll learn not only about the nature and cultivation of wine but the people and stories with which it is connected.

hotel Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Where the sun kisses the snow: a winter hike on the Cardada Cimetta

Empowering Expedition

The Cardada Cimetta is a very special place: from here, one can see both the highest and lowest points in Switzerland. Once the cable car from Orselina has taken us most of the way up, we board the chairlift for the final ascent to Cimetta. This is where we start our snowshoe hike – accompanied by the tranquil silence of winter and a breath-taking panorama.

hotel Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona

Snow meets surf: ‘snurfing’ in the mountains of Arosa

Empowering Expedition

Invented by American surfing legend Sherman Poppen, the ‘snurfer’ – a snowboard without bindings – was the prototype for the snowboards we ride today. Here in the mountains of Arosa, we invite you to rediscover snurfing with us. Join hotel director Claudio Laager and head to the Kulmwiese for your first attempts on the board. Later, depending on the snow conditions, we’ll try out our skills on the deep snow slopes below the Arosa Bergkirchli.

hotel Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Valsana Hotel, Arosa