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March 6, 2019updated May 15, 2020

Compete in a Skimarathon in Switzerland

By Samantha Coles

If you’re a keen cross-country skier, you’re probably aware of the Engadin Skimarathon — a 26-mile race through the stunning Swiss Alps. The event is held annually on the second Sunday in March (giving you plenty of time to train for 2020). The current record holder is Hervé Balland, who came in first in 1994 with a super-speedy time of one hour and 16 minutes.

Even if you aren’t looking to whiz around the course at a breakneck pace, the views of the snow-capped peaks and endless blanketed fields are mesmerizing.

Posts-marathon massage

Post-race, head to Suvretta House — a charming, family-run hotel nestled in the Upper Engadine alpine valley. The fitness facilities are excellent, and the expert staff can assist with training for the ski marathon. A post-marathon massage in the charming spa is a must, and be sure to have a luxuriating soak in the outdoor hot tub as snow flakes drift by.

Tower Suite from $3,200 per night. Contact Esther Egli, general manager,, +44 818 363 636,

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