Passionate, icy hot, devilishly beautiful
Many years ago, Diavolezza, the beautiful she-devil lived high up on the mountain. Now and again, hunters would find her, follow her – crazed with love – and fall to their deaths. So it was with young Aratsch, after whose death, Diavolezza wailed pitifully: "mort ais Aratsch" – "Aratsch is dead". Her cry gave the Morteratsch Glacier its name. So the story goes. If you like to feel the heat in winter, then the realm of the beautiful she-devil is the place for you. In winter, keen winter sportsfans can warm up nicely on the glacier or moonlit runs, on a ski tour or a winter walk. Do not forget the jacuzzi at 3,000 metres and the Bernina Glaciers World of Adventure, with audio tour and the Snow Climb Point. Two restaurants are the culinary hot-spots. You certainly won't get your fingers burnt with a day on Diavolezza.
Whenever the full moon (Romansch: Glüna Plaina) turns on its gentle light, Diavolezza summons you for some night-time skiing fun. From 7.30pm you can enjoy the pistes, shimmering blue in the mystical moonlight. Afterwards, to fortify you, try the "summit dinner" at the Berghaus Diavolezza, with views of the highest mountains in the eastern Alps. It's simply "fabulus", which means fairy-like in Romansch – so it's an experience that's definitely not to be missed!
Diavolezza Challenge: Permanent ski touring route
Start: Diavolezza valley station, 2088 m above sea level
Destination: Diavolezza top station, 2978 m above sea level
Difference in altitude: 890m
Route markings: Yellow marker posts
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This permanent route for ski tourers takes them from the Diavolezza valley station beside or off the piste right up to the top station, covering a vertical distance of about 890 metres. This ground-breaking project provides for the first time a safe and clearly marked way for ski tourers to train. These athletic visitors can hand in their bags at the valley station. When they reach their destination at the top of Diavolezza, their bags will be waiting for them in the Berghaus Diavolezza. Ski tourers are allowed to use the showers at the mountain hut on request (incl. towel and soap).
Open: From Saturday, 12 January - end of season during the cable-car operating hours
The „Diavolezza Challenge“ ski touring route can only be used with a valid ticket (GA TravelCard or Diavolezza Challenge ticket).
Adult CHF 22
Teenager CHF 14.70
Child CHF 7.30
Annual season ticket (Engadin Pass) is valid
From early winter until late spring, ski tourers will find a vast choice of varied touring routes available to them. Whether you are a passionate ski tourer or a beginner, on Diavolezza and Lagalb there are suitable routes for all abilities. For experienced ski tourers, there's the route to the top of Piz Palü. If you like to take things at a more leisurely pace, the route to Gemsfreiheit or into the Val Arlas may be just right for you. For competitive skiers, the permanent ski touring route from the valley station to the top station at Diavolezza – with optional timing – is the perfect place to train.
Top-quality powder against a dramatic backdrop: the Diavolezza-Lagalb region is heaven for freeriders.
100 per cent untracked powder: what freerider does not dream of such conditions? The chances of getting top-quality powder away from the piste markers and the safety netting are particularly high in the freeriding playgrounds of Diavolezza and Lagalp. Especially when you are with one of the experienced mountain guides from Go Vertical. If you want to enjoy the most beautiful couloirs and the best powder runs in safety, you are in the best hands – and can rent all necessary equipment, too.
Relax in in a hot Jacuzzi surrounded by snow and ice - after an adventures day in the fairy-tale mountain scenery. Climb the Piz Palü virtually and ski down the mountain through fresh powder snow or keep an eye out for freeriders, mountaineers & alpine jackdaws using the Swarovski Outdoor binoculars.
The desire to see beyond the limits of the naked eye and into the far distance is as old as humanity itself. The earliest lens systems were built by the astronomers Galileo in Italy and Kepler in Austria. Binocular optics are based to this day on Kepler's invention from 1611. Binoculars made the age-old human dream of achieving a near god-like power of vision a reality.
In the restaurant section of the terrace at the Diavolezza mountain inn, you can now borrow a SWAROVSKI OPTIK set of binoculars, free of charge and on our viewing platform overlooking the "Ballroom of the Alps", there is now a SWAROVSKI OPTIK ST Vista telescope available for you to use.
You will be enthralled by the proximity of the Sass Queder winter hiking trail on Diavolezza to the glacier and the spectacular 360° view from the top.
The route of this trail is shown by means of red-and-white striped markings. It starts from the Berghaus Diavolezza, leads along the ski slope for a few metrers, past the Piz Trovat with its summer via ferrata, and up to the top station of the glacier chairlift. The spectacular views, even more than the climb, take your breath away: reaching far into the Austrian Alps, they take in dramatic peaks such as the Piz Kesch and the Piz Linard.
Of the Italian summits, the most striking is the Ortler, while behind you, the famous Piz Palü and Piz Bernina rise up dramatically. Good walking boots are essential for this path, which is only prepared with shovels.
In the Bernina Glaciers world of adventure, there are some fantastic things to explore. It all begins at the valley station, with the Virtual Panorama Photo Point and the start of the audio tour. On the way from the valley to the summit, you learn about the exciting history of the Diavolezza in five instalments. At the top station, you will find the big viewing platform, the Cairn Garden and the Snow Climb Point. Clamber up the five-metre high heap of snow and pose for your summiteer's photo.