It was four Britons who brought the popular sleigh race to St. Moritz. Even today, half of the 1,240 club members are British. The fact that they came to St. Moritz back then, stayed, and keep coming back is all thanks to a man who had a brilliant idea in the summer of 1864: Johannes Badrutt, former owner and director of the Kulm Hotel. He made an offer to his English summer guests to come and discover the beauty of the Engadine in winter as well. If they didn't like it, Badrutt would pay the hotel costs in full. The English did not pass the offer up. Now they were there and wanted to enjoy themselves. Again, it was Johannes and Caspar Badrutt who provided and financed the first Cresta Run in 1884. In 1887, the club was added. Badrutt made one condition: It had to be run by a Briton!
The Cresta season starts just before Christmas every year and lasts until the first weekend in March. Around 12,000 runs are made in this time. Races are held every week on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.