Skiing in St Moritz and Pontresina, the Swiss towns where ski British holidays were born

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By Adam Bloodworth The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is like a Wes Anderson movie brought to life. You join me in Pontresina, in Switzerland’s Eastern Alps, a pretty little mountain town of 18th century villas and Belle Epoque buildings. The hotel itself is large and neo-baroque, crowned with a jaunty green dome, and was opened in 1848 before being expanded fifty years later when winter sports began to take off. The English didn’t invent skiing – that claim goes to the Norwegians – but we did invent the ski holiday, and the charming Kronenhof, and fellow grande dame The Kulm Hotel in nearby St. Moritz…

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