Switzerland: The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulm.com) has created a new package to satisfy the needs of male guests who simply love to spend their weekend pursuing adrenaline-pumping experiences. Over a long weekend, they will get the chance to throw themselves down the iconic icy shute known as the Cresta Run, have a go at ski-joring, take a ride on the Olympic Bob Run and, if they wait till March, sky dive into the Engadine Valley.
Riding the Cresta Run; ski-joring
And yes, there is a reason this package is only available to male guests: the rules of the privately-run St Moritz Toboggan Club, which oversees all activities relating to the Cresta Run, prevent women from taking part. So male adrenaline junkies only will spend their first morning in St. Moritz learning all about the dangers, before hurling themselves down the unique Cresta Run at terrifying speeds – the best riders reach speeds of almost 80mph at some points on the course, though beginners probably only reach half that speed.
Lunch will be spent at the Kulm Hotel’s Sunny Bar, the home of the Cresta outside riding hours, where the eclectic mix of members will no doubt regale guests with a constant stream of anecdotes, before asking if they want to test their strength and stamina – another experience unique to the Cresta but we won’t spoil it by telling you what that entails here… ! The afternoon will be spent ski-joring – in other words, being pulled across frozen Lake St. Moritz on skis by galloping horses. All guests need to do is hang on for dear life. Believe me, this is not for the feint-hearted.
The next day, guests will be back at the Cresta Run, trying to improve on their speeds, but hoping not to suffer the ignominy of falling off the track at Shuttlecock, though this feat does entitle you to automatic membership of the Shuttlecock Club and the right to wear a Shuttlecock tie. Fortified by lunch and maybe a drink or two with the Cresta riders, speed freaks will then have the chance to up the ante by taking a guest ride down the Olympic Bob Run, where speeds of around 80mph and a centrifugal force of 4.5G are attained in what is described as 75 seconds of “pure adrenaline”
Olympic Bob Run; sky diving over the Engadine
If visiting between 11 and 25 March 2017, adrenaline junkies will also have the opportunity to do a tandem sky dive, which will include video footage and photographs to take home with you. The plane will take off from Samedan airport, just a few miles from St. Moritz, before you and your instructor jump out into open air and float back down to the Engadine Valley, enjoying spectacular panoramic views en route.
On the final day of the trip, the Kulm Spa St. Moritz will be returning guests to a calmer state of mind with a 50-minute Kulm Ritual massage, ahead of their journey home.
Though it is a man’s package, the Kulm Hotel has not forgotten its female guests. For those who wish to take their missus with them, rather than their male best friend, the Kulm Hotel is offering a spa credit in lieu of the Cresta activities – ladies are very welcome to join in all the other activities, i.e. the ski-joring, Olympic Bob Run and, in March, the sky diving.
The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz’s Need for Speed package includes:
3 nights’ half-board accommodation (dinner each night in a different restaurant at the hotel – The Pizzeria, Chesa al Parc & Grand Restaurant)
2 x morning sessions at the Cresta Run
1 x afternoon session ski-joring
1 x guest ride on the Olympic Bob Run
1 x 50-minute Kulm Ritual massage
use of the Kulm Spa St. Moritz for the duration of the stay
The package is valid from 2 December 2016 to 2 April 2017, subject to availability. Book online at www.kulm.com