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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 18: Corvatsch Hike

The night before, I had looked over all the literature and discovered that there was one cable-car way that accepted the half price card, and that was the Corvatsch cable car way. Since it was a short bike ride away, we could even save money by biking to the ski station and biking back after the hike.

We started by taking the back way from St. Moritz Bad to try to avoid the main road, but soon found ourselves having to ride on the road around the Lej da Champfer. Fortunately, there was a bike path around it, and we took it and found ourselves having to climb about 130m up to the ski station. It was overcast but there were rays of sunlight coming through the clouds, so we hoped to avoid the fogby taking the cable car.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

At the cable car station, we bought the Wandern ticket, which allowed us to take the cable car up to the peak, ride it back down to the middle station, and then heck to a different cable car station and then bus back to the ski station where we had parked our bike. From the ski station, the views were pretty but the Corvatsch cable car was packed! For once we felt like normal tourists.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

Our trip to the peak of Piz Corvatsch was not to be, however, as the cable car broke down at the middle station! It would probably be fixed later that day, but we were not willing to wait around to find out, as we had a hike to do. First up, a view of the local town and lake at Silvapana.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

The trail went down steeply from the middle station, so much so that we had to go very slowly. After a half hour or so, we finally manage to get to the climb, but were sad to discover that the weather was starting to turn sour.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

At a bench off the trail with a beautiful view, Phil said to me: "I don't know why, but I'm feeling like I've been out to lunch all day." Well, between that and the impending rain, we decided to cut our hike short and just do the Wasserweg (water way) trail that would take us through 5 lakes before the second ski station.

As we walked past lake after lake, the clouds got gloomier and gloomier until it finally started raining. Surprisingly, however, as we approached the end of the hike and were within view of the cable car, the rain stopped and the sun came out! While it was still cloudy and things didn't look all that great, we felt safe enough to have lunch on one of the benches while watching the fog.
From Tour of the Alps 2011
From Tour of the Alps 2011

We timed our descent to the cable car just right, with only a 20 minute wait until the bus arrived and took us back to the Corvatsch ski station. There, we were quickly refunded the unused portion of our cable car ticket, since the interruption was due to the station's technical difficulties.

We rode back to the youth hostel with an amazing tailwind, and got to our room just as it started pouring outside, so we were lucky Phil was having a bad day. We spent the rest of the day catching up on e-mail, doing laundry, and relaxing. Stinky guy was still there, but I figured I could put up with things for one more night and then we'd be on the road again.

"St. Moritz was nice," I said to Phil, "But it's not Rosenlaui. I don't think I'd come back here again. There's prettier places." "Yes," came the reply, "And it feels a lot more touristy."


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