A Switzerland Ski Trip To Remember
We headed to Celerina, located close to St. Moritz. This village gets more hours of sunshine than any other area in the Engadin. We took the Celerina–Marguns cable car, and my ski trainer introduced himself as a former member of the Italian National Ski Team (lucky me!). A serious injury ended his time as an athlete, so he decided to become a ski instructor and coach. He moved to the Engadin in 2004 and began to lay the foundations of Engadin Experience, which he established to show visitors the best Engadin has to offer.
Mirko’s way of teaching was beyond any standard ski lesson I had. His intuitive understanding of how I should use and move my body was impressive. He told me what I was doing wrong or right in a clear, focused way, without too much chatter. (I like direct input; I am here to ski, not for long talks on the slopes 😉.) Oh, and he speaks German beautifully too, just as precisely as he teaches skiing! He used to be a student at the German school in Milan. He obviously speaks great English as well.
I learned a lot during the day. We admired amazing views from the panorama terrace at Corvatsch, 3,303 meters above sea level (10,837 ft), and skied along the famous Hahnensee, a lake above St. Moritz on the way down from Corvatsch to the world-famous Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. The scenery combined with a day full of splendid sunshine made it the perfect ski day!
After such an incredible experience, I just had to extend our time together one more day. The following day, Mirko picked me up early again and we drove to Diavolezza, a 20-minute car ride from St. Moritz. If it wasn’t for Mirko, I would have never gone there by myself. I consider myself very lucky to have discovered another amazing ski area. It was as if he reserved the mountain for me, as we had the slopes entirely to ourselves until midday. The day was filled with more spectacular ski runs, breathtaking views, and expert ski training. If I’m being honest, Mirko was the best ski instructor I had in 40 years. He truly made my initially unexpected trip skiing in Switzerland an absolute dream. The memories made and ski knowledge he shared will last for many more ski seasons.