Welcome in the time machine. Time seems to have stood still here at 2,959 metres. Today, still, the Lagalb exudes the charm of the sixties from when the cableway was built. A lot has happened since, but nothing much has changed here. The charm of the Lagalb lies in its remoteness – which risks being its downfall, too.
The Lagalb will forever be the insider’s tip. Never in its fifty years of existence has it made a profit. Chair lifts and ski lifts were built and later dismantled. World Cup races were supposed to bring fame. Even an animal zoo was set up at one point. At the end of the winter, the mountain cableway will change hands once again. All that matters is for it to stay on.The Lagalb has cult status.
A DROP OF 2,000 METRES
Where, a black slope is still a black slope. The flank situated right below the top station is something to be reckoned with. It is arguably the steepest slope in the Alps and isn’t groomed all winter. There is no going back once you set off.
On a sunny day, you can see almost as far as the Mediterranean Sea. 2,000 metres below lies the Val di Poschiavo in which nestles the Lago di Poschiavo. Its summer climate is almost Mediterranean. In the Valtellina, just around the corner, fruits grow in summer and excellent wines are made. Italy is palpable.
LAGALB (2,959 METRES)
Situated at the Bernina Pass, 11 km past Pontresina, terminus of bus route no. 2. Red and black slopes and varied terrain for off-piste skiing (please consult the avalanche bulletin!). Restaurant at the top with an outside terrace offering local specialities.
Our Tip: descent on firn down to La Rösa in spring (with guide).