The hotels, shops and restaurants looked as though they had been decorated with cupcake frosting. And behind the buildings, the scene was made complete by the dramatic rise of the mountains, the Swiss Alps.
My recent trip this month found St. Moritz in a bit of a slowdown after the jam-packed weeks of Christmas and New Year's, but the snow fell heavily and dutifully while I was there to give this charming little town an ermine luster, all within view of the glorious Alps across the lake.
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A filmmaker's first shot in the mountains is often up, to showcase the giant faces and glaciers. We liked to add the contrary view because a hiker can feel quite small, sitting on a high plateau in late summer, facing the Matterhorn.