Title ID 1454Collection ID275
Title[Pontresina Winter Holiday]
DateJanuary 1950
CollectionH A Voss
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
KeywordsLandscape Leisure Time Activities Railways Sport Tourism Trains Travel
LocalPontresina St. Moritz Morteratsch Valley Poschiavo Valley Celerina Malojapass
RegionalGraubünden Bernina mountains
NationalSwitzerland Europe
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
FormatColour Silent
Duration23 min. 43 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


On a trip to the Swiss Alps, Voss visits Pontresina, St. Moritz and Celerina, travelling through the Bernina mountains, through the Morteratsch and Poschiavo valleys, toward the Maloja Pass. Whilst in the area, he films an ice skating display at the Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz, and tobogganists on the notorious 'Cresta Run'.


The film opens on a snow-covered mountain town, where people skate and play ice hockey on a frozen lake, play curling and practice ice skating routines. In the nearby town of St. Moritz, Voss boards the cable railway at the Chantarella station, and films the view as he is carried across the mountain tops. He arrives at ski slopes and films the view of the surrounding mountains. Voss films ice skaters and skiers before taking the Bernina Railway to Alp Grüm and the Morteratsch valley in the Bernina mountain range. After leaving the train at Alp Grüm, Voss films the view across the Poschiavo Valley, and the train snaking down the mountain side. Footage of the Morteratsch valley and the Bernina mountains follows. Voss then visits the towns of Celerina and St. Moritz, travelling down towards the Maloja Pass. Voss films the towns from a vantage point high above, and on the journey south films the landscape from the mountain pass.

The second part of the film is a skating display recorded during Voss's stay in the area, at the rink in the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz, which had been the centre of 1948's Winter Olympics in the town. It opens with people entering a building called 'Kulm Country Club', before footage of the performers, including Marilyn Hoskins, Swiss champion Pat Devries, Swiss Pair Champions Hans Kuster and Luny Unold and British (and later Olympic) champion Jeanette Altwegg. There follows footage of a skeleton race for the Curzon cup at the 'Cresta Run', a steep toboggan run. People mill around, preparing for the run before the race begins, with Nino Bibbia winning and John Crammond in second place. This is followed by scenes of the bob sleigh practice at the nearby Olympic Bob run, where Voss has a view of the curve of the run known as Sunny Corner. The film ends on scenes of a snow plough clearing the road ahead before a shot of the Hotel Post in the nearby village of Sils-Maria.