Kite Surfing in Switzerland

By. Dennis Payne, ed.

Switzerland, July 2016: The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz ( has launched a new package that celebrates the exhilarating sport of kite surfing’s roots in the Engadine Valley. The Swiss Andrea Kuhn, runner-up world paragliding champion in 1987, is generally recognised as the first kite surfer in the world. It was he who first took off from the Corvatsch Glacier high above St. Moritz and, after a spectacular flight, touched down on Lake Sils before gracefully gliding across it as a kitesurfer.

Kite surfing on Lake Silvaplana; overview of the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz in summer

Fantastic conditions – the majestic mountains, crisp air and, above all, the excellent side-onshore wind – have made the Engadine Valley a mecca for kite surfers ever since. The legendary Maloja wind always springs up with the precision of a Swiss watch just before noon, which is when colourful kites start to dart and dance across Lake Silvaplana. The thermal wind – usually blowing at a speed of 4 or 5 – comes from the south-west and continues till sunset, providing a full afternoon’s kite surfing.

Kulm Spa St. Moritz outdoor hydrotherapy pool; Lake Silvaplana & its kiter surfers beach

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