By Peter Schlesinger
March 27, 2014

It's Throwback Thursday, and with freezing temperatures still gripping much of the country, it seems only fitting to look back at one of the world's top winter destinations—St. Moritz, Switzerland. This 1930 video from the iconic Badrutt's Palace Hotel has us ready to hit the slopes in style.

Who can blame a woman for doing yoga in heels (see 0:37) when she's staying at the classiest hotel in the Alps? Badrutt's Palace has just the kind of atmosphere that makes morning back bends an excuse to feel fancy.

Setting the standard for mountain luxury since its opening in 1896, the castle-like building has been a favored getaway for everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to Angela Merkel, and for a heap of royals as well. Recent renovations adding in-room technology and eco-friendly heating demonstrate the hotel's commitment to the cutting edge, but it's the Palace's devotion to personalized service and classic Alpine living that keep the glitterati coming back.

Badrutt's iconic tower looms majestically over St. Moritz, the world's first ski resort, and where winter sporting was invented in 1864. For the anniversary, the region will host a slew of events next season honoring the tradition—and future—of alpine tourism. Get excited. In the meantime, look back on St. Moritz in the 30's and attempt a high-heeled back bend of your own.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.