Between the most spectacular peaks in the Alps, the magnificent cities of Geneva and Zurich, the charming villages and the beautiful lakes, Switzerland is a unique European ski destination.
A great contender for the most beautiful country to ski in, Switzerland has some of the most stunning landscapes that the Alps has to offer. Whether you’re tempted by the striking Matterhorn or the unique outstanding natural beauty of its sceneries, Switzerland should be at the top of your list when researching the destination for your next ski holiday.
Not only does it boast unrivalled beauty, Switzerland also plays host to some of the most famous ski slopes and skiable terrain in the world. St Moritz even played host to the Winter Olympics. The mighty Matterhorn is a truly unique landmark like anything else you’ll find in the world. Known as the ‘lonely mountain’, it’s best seen from Zermatt, the iconic village which sits just below.
Switzerland has many ski areas which have long ski seasons and guaranteed snow. Some are even skiable 365 days a year!
When it comes to family-friendly ski resorts you would be pushed to find a better country for skiing than Switzerland. They have some of the best ski schools, many of which are completely English-speaking.
There’s so much to do off the slopes, with beautiful lakes and an abundance of pretty Alpine villages. If you want to get a different perspective of the pistes, strap on some snow shoes and take a hike up through the snowy landscape. Bobsledding is also an option, but if you would prefer to take it easy then there’s no one like the Swiss to give a touch of luxury in a spa.
Equally, you can find some of the most stunning, luxurious hotels in Switzerland. It’s not a stereotype that the Swiss really know luxury, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of options for lower budgets, too. Look at smaller hotels, apartments and chalets, and you’re sure to find something that agrees with your wallet.
While the French have been known to fight for the title, the Swiss are well-known to have been the inventors of the alpine delicacy raclette. With cuisine featuring melted cheese being so ingrained in the culture of skiing in the alps, and the region in general, you’ll find no better place to indulge in the tradition. If raclette is a bit too strong for you, consider a fondue, usually comprised of milder cheeses such as gruyere, emmental or tomme.
Just as famous as their cheeses, the Swiss could give their Belgian neighbours a run for their money when it comes to chocolate. So, you won’t be running short of delicious delicacies to try on your trip. After all, you need to recoup all those calories lost from skiing all day!
A haven of peace for skiers and snowboarders, the village of Gstaad has some 250km of slopes ideal for all skill levels. Between cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and snowboarding, all winter sport disciplines are practiced perfectly here, thanks to 80km of marked trails. A true alpine village, Gstaad is THE resort for you if you are passionate about alpine architecture, natural landscapes or snow-capped mountains. Despite its high-end status as a vacation spot for the wealthy and famous, the resort of Gstaad is well-suited to all tastes and budgets due to its diverse array of activities and varied accommodation options.
Located just a few kilometers from Bern, the resort of Engelberg has one of the largest skiable areas in Switzerland. With 82km of spectacular pistes, all served by a revolving cable car, it is the preferred destination for experienced skiers who will not hesitate to take advantage of its illuminated slope every two nights a week.
Zermatt is above-all a typically alpine village which is majestically embedded in the beauty of the region. Ideal for advanced and intermediate skiers, Zermatt has excellent long runs, the longest of which being 13 km long, connecting the Klein to the main station.
Its main street, Bahnofstrasse, is renowned for offering many possibilities to fans of shopping, galleries, indoor pools and ice rinks. Please note, this is a car-free zone!
Located two hours from Zurich, the village ski resort of St Moritz was originally a health retreat centre distinguished by its luxury facilities and Austrian atmosphere. Having become an essential landmark for celebrities, it boasts 350km of slopes along which attracts crowds of skiers and vacationers.
Located in the heart of the 4 Swiss Valleys, Verbier is a remarkable resort with 400km of slopes. Ideal for experienced skiers and hardcore ski fanatics, the ski area is certainly a Mecca for snowboarders and cross-country ski enthusiasts. From the station, you can easily reach the villages of Veyonnaz, Thyon and Nendaz. As for non-ski activities, you will be spoiled for choice: there are restaurants, spas, swimming pools, and a plethora of other fun activities.