Scuol, Switzerland 1967

Back in 1967, we had planned on skiing at St. Moritz but it was booked solid so we traveled to Trasp and Bad Scuol, Switzerland below to ski.  Also, on Ardne’s and my bike trip around world in 1989 we went back to revisit this very great town. I have no photos from the 1989 trip as I was in the local hospital with hepatitis contracted in India. We went to Church in the middle of town and it was awesome.

The people here speak a unique language called Romansh and we went to church with all the local people and it is one of the coolest towns ever.  Back in 1967,  we stayed at the Belvedere hotel. 

One of the less well known ski resorts in Switzerland, the charming resort of Scuol offers something special where you can avoid long queues and try over 80 km of ski pistes and about 5,000 vertical feet of skiing.

There are some challenging runs offering good skiing for intermediates as well as a number of other winter activities to enjoy here, from sledging to airboarding. Close to Scuol lies the Swiss National Park, the largest nature reserve in Switzerland – experience the stunning winter scenery. Back then one day by myself I went out and climbed to a plateau on another mountain across the ravine,  wow I could have been killed. Photo from back then below of the gondola

Skiing was great this is from a post card

and this is us below skiing and we all had to race.  Last one down gets the belt 

Tom and I ripping it up

 

The village itself has some pretty, traditional architecture and is a historic centre for wellness thanks to its unique mineral springs. The geothermal baths have been enjoyed here for over 100 years and the modern wellness centre is definitely worth a visit.

The Hotel:  Way back in the 60’s on our first trip the hotel was unbelievable.  Dinner was coat and tie back then and everything was formal and I like it that way .

Arden and I went back to visit in 1990 on our bike trip around the world and the Belvedere was under repair so we did a B&B.  Here is the Belvedere above and we partied for New Years below in 1968 coat and tie below

The Belvédère hotel has been entirely renovated to a high standard over the past few years in a historic Art Deco style and manages to combine the tradition and service of a hotel established in the 19th century with the modern comforts expected today. It now sports and back then sported a good wine bar

Situated in the centre of Scuol close to the cable car station which takes you up to the ski area at Motta Naluns, the Belvedere makes an excellent base for your skiing holiday. The hotel is justifiably proud of the excellent cuisine and back then with coat and tie and uniformed staff it was incredible.  The wine bar and lounge is an excellent place to relax whilst enjoying the crackling fire and spectacular views of the Engadin Dolomites.

The SPA Vita Nova has been created to offer various recreation and relaxation programmes for the face and body which are all pre-bookable. The wellness area has whirlpool tubs, Finnish and bio saunas, steam bath, Kneipp pool and relaxation room. Scuol is famous for its mineral waters, based around 20 ancient mineral springs. The fantastic ‘Engadin Bad Scuol’ spa features six indoor and outdoor pools, solarium and sauna area; daily entrance is free to Belvedere guests from 8am to 10pm. Here is a photos of the hotel from New Years eve 

 

Ski runs below

We went on a horse buggy ride one day and here is Tom holding them 

We were close to the Italian and Austrian border so here is a picture of Jean at the border crossing over

Our photos below taken back then and now copied from my phone so they are not that good .  Again, we all attended, I love church and here is Jean outside the church in the grave yard.  

Some close up of the town below

 

 

We were there for new Years – party up

 

And celebrated in the Belvedere hotel

 

This was way cool with real village life

 

 

 

A few more ski photos above