The enchanting Engadine Valley has more than 250 miles (400 km) of single trails. Dave Spielmann has spent countless hours exploring the trails which helped him to turn his hobby into a profession, becoming a pro E-MTB. He knows his home region like the back of his hand and he even works as a bike guide. In this Collection, he shows you the best trails and unforgettable spots in Engadin Valley. Dave has designed a route to showcase the area’s enormous diversity for you here.
With this route, a personal favourite of Dave, he wants to challenge and inspire you to explore new trails. These paths are stunningly beautiful. You start with some traditional Swiss high mountain villages, followed by alpine forests and views of glaciers, and panoramas over the region’s highest peaks.
This route is not only a sporting challenge. Dave will also show you how high mountains can have a magical effect on the human psyche with their combination of calmness and excitement. A day in the mountains is as beneficial as a week's holiday elsewhere. Dave gets super excited just talking about it: "This route is absolutely incredible, so picturesque. Everywhere you look, you’ll see a beautiful mountain or lake."
The first part of the Spielmann route from Pontresina to the ascent of the Bernina Pass is relatively easy to master. You drive through varied terrain with single tracks, artificially created trails, stony hiking trails and gentle flow trails. At the top of the Bernina Pass you have the choice: you can turn around and enjoy the trail back to Pontresina or continue the tour with a “loop” in high alpine terrain.If you decide to take the longer route around the Lagalp, you will explore high alpine terrain, which becomes a little more demanding with every meter of altitude. Steep climbs, open meadows, small lakes and stream crossings are imminent.Incidentally, a train runs to the highest point of the Bernina Pass, the Bernina Express, from which the parallel trail takes its name. The train journey is a nice alternative if you are traveling without an electric motor and want to get directly into the Lagalp loop. With support, you can easily manage the entire route yourself. And if you later drive back to Pontresina with a lot of energy, but still satisfied, there is another highlight waiting for you. As a reward, Dave recommends the local specialty Älplermagronen with apple sauce, a typical farmer's dish.During one of his last tours, Dave and his film crew produced this beautiful video, which gives you great impressions of his favorite tour:
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