Piz Nair

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Piz Nair
Piz Nair cable car station in 2006
Highest point
Elevation 3,056 m (10,026 ft)
Prominence 183 m (600 ft) [1]
Parent peak Piz Ot
Coordinates 46°30′22.5″N9°47′14.8″E / 46.506250°N 9.787444°E / 46.506250; 9.787444 Coordinates: 46°30′22.5″N9°47′14.8″E / 46.506250°N 9.787444°E / 46.506250; 9.787444
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Piz Nair
Location in Switzerland
Location Graubünden, Switzerland
Parent range Albula Alps
Easiest route Cable car

Piz Nair (3,056 metres (10,026 ft)) is a mountain of the Albula Alps in Switzerland, overlooking St. Moritz in the canton of Graubünden. The peak is easily accessible from the village with a funicular and a cable car; the upper station unloads 30 metres (100 ft) below the summit. Below the summit to the east is the Corviglia ski area.

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Albula Alps mountain range

The Albula Alps are a mountain range in the Alps of eastern Switzerland. They are considered to be part of the Central Eastern Alps, more specifically the Western Rhaetian Alps. They are named after the river Albula. The Albula Alps are separated from the Oberhalbstein Alps in the west by the Septimer Pass and the valley of the Sursés; from the Plessur Alps in the north-west by the Landwasser valley; from the Silvretta group in the north-east by the Flüela Pass; from the Bernina Range in the south-east by the Maloja Pass and the Inn valley.

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The mountain hosted the alpine skiing events for the 1948 Winter Olympics in neighboring St. Moritz. [2] It also hosted the World Championships in 1934, 1974, 2003 and 2017.

Alpine skiing at the 1948 Winter Olympics 1948 edition of the ski jumping competitions during the Olympic Winter Games

At the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the six alpine skiing events were held on Piz Nair from Monday, 2 February to Thursday, 5 February 1948.

1948 Winter Olympics 5th edition of Winter Olympics, held in Sankt Moritz (Switzerland) in 1948

The 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated in 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships international alpine skiing event

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are an alpine skiing competition organized by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

See also

Corviglia Location on the mountain Piz Nair in Switzerland

Corviglia is a location on the eastern slopes of Piz Nair, overlooking St. Moritz in the canton of Graubünden. It lies on the watershed between the rivers Schlattain and the Ovel da la Resgia, at an elevation of 2,486 m (8,156 ft). Corviglia is mainly accessible from the town by the St. Moritz–Corviglia funicular, via Chantarella. At Corviglia, an aerial tramway climbs west to Piz Nair, unloading slightly below its summit.

St. Moritz–Corviglia Funicular

The St. Moritz–Corviglia Funicular is a funicular railway in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. The line links the town of St. Moritz with the Corviglia summit and ski area, and comprises two sections of differing gauge, with passengers changing cars at the intermediate station of Chantarella.

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  1. Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Fuorcla Schlattain (2,873 m).
  2. 1948 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 6, 21. (in French) & (in German)

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