Switzerland is hard to beat when it comes to dreaming up the ultimate ski holiday. With some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps and world-class ski areas, you can guarantee a wonderful ski holiday. When it comes to choosing the best ski resorts in Switzerland it can be hard to narrow it down. We’ve picked out our top 10 Swiss ski resorts to help inspire your ski holiday plans.
Ski area: 362km
First on our list of the top 10 ski resorts in Switzerland and for good reason. Zermatt is possibly one of the first Swiss ski resorts that springs to mind for most with the iconic Matterhorn as a scenic backdrop. Take in the views from 362km of snowy pistes that stretch all the way up to 3,883m, making up Switzerland’s highest ski area, the Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Skiers can also ski into Italy, where they can try out the scenic runs and delicious mountain restaurants of Cervinia. Zermatt is also home to Switzerland’s highest freestyle park, the Gravity Park, where skiers and boarders can enjoy brushing up on their jumps and tricks.
Down in the town, you can expect a wonderful, traditional atmosphere. The village itself is a beautiful mix of old and new. With the pretty 19th Century barn and chalets cleverly partnered with modern but traditionally designed buildings. As is to be expected in Switzerland, the main town is home to plenty of glamorous hotels and restaurants. A short wander around the car-free resort unearths a charming ski destination that has held onto its farming village roots and embraced its label as a snow sports haven, offering some of the best chalet ski holidays in the world. The car-free streets are often frequented by horse-drawn carriages.
Ski area: 412km
Verbier is highly regarded as one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland. This boutique town is a hotspot for celebrities and royals from across the globe. It doesn’t take too long to understand why this one of the best places to ski. Home to the biggest ski area in Switzerland, the 4 Valleys ski area offers 412km of pistes, plus vast potential for exploring the ski resort’s famous itinerary runs. These marked off-piste ski areas make up some of the most exciting backcountry terrain in Europe. From the enormous mogul field of Tortin, to the route around the Backside of Mont Fort.
Down in the town, après ski parties start at the slopeside Le Rouge Bar, where revellers can enjoy panoramic views and live DJ sets. As the sun goes down, most of the town descends upon the world-famous Le Farinet. Live bands perform from a stage complete with an open-air roof, and plenty of magnums of rosé are free-flowing.
Ski area: 225km
A lesser-known gem amongst Switzerland’s myriad of world-class ski resorts. Arosa is the place to go if you are looking for an authentic Swiss ski holiday complete with luxury and charm. A firm favourite amongst Swiss locals and nationals who flock to its snowy slopes for a weekend escape, Arosa is one of our top 10 ski resorts in Switzerland.
Arosa is home to one of the biggest ski areas in the Grisons ski area, with 225km of runs that link up with the Swiss ski resort of Lenzerheide. Arosa attracts just as many non-skiers as it does skiers, with its choice of skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides and cross-country skiing. Another highlight is the magical journey from Chur up into resort on the Rhätische Bahn railway. Hailed as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, you will find yourself captivated by panoramic snowy views.
Ski area: 89km
This snow-sure Swiss ski resort is a long-standing favourite amongst those looking to enjoy a few exhilarating days of the best off-piste skiing in the world. Just 90 minutes from Zürich airport, the ski resort is perfectly positioned for a quick getaway and one of our favourite places to ski. With 3,000m high peaks and superb high-altitude skiing on the Titlis glacier this ski resort offers some of the best skiing in Switzerland.
Take an early morning flight, and by the afternoon you could be clipping into your skis. Expert skiers looking for a challenge might like to try their hand at Engelberg’s ‘Big Five’. A curated collection of off-piste descents that powder hounds from across the globe flock to.
Ski area: 326km
The first ever all-round winter sports ski resort in the world, the prestigious village of St Moritz is one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland. The ski resort has a prime spot in the Engadine valley surrounded by dazzling lakes and forests. Paired with all of the glitz and glam of the boutiques and restaurants this is a great ski destination. St Moritz attracts an exclusive clientele, with jet setters and celebrities regularly descending upon the resort. Whether you’re after a party at Hemingway’s Club or a glass of wine at La Scarpetta, St Moritz is a Swiss ski resort that won’t disappoint.
Ski area: 100km
Saas-Fee is one of the most picturesque ski resorts in Switzerland, with the Alps towering around the quaint, postcard-perfect village. It houses some of the most charming hotels and restaurants in this corner of the world, and more than justifies its title as the ‘Pearl of the Alps’.
This is the perfect venue for a family ski holiday. The gentle slopes offer the ideal opportunity to develop your skiing abilities. The wide array of schools makes this a great place for children and adults alike to make their first foray on to the snow. Most of the slopes are over 2500m, and with the majority facing north. Saas-Fee is one of the most snow-sure locations in the Alps and high up on our list of the best Swiss ski resorts.
Ski area: 204km
Centred around a 15th-century church, Adelboden‘s chalet-styled village is linked to Lenk. The ski area totals 205km of groomed pistes as well as having cross-country trails, backcountry skiing and winter hiking routes. Each January, the sweet village is transformed into a weekend of skiers weaving down the slalom and giant slalom courses during the FIS Ski World cup.
There are plenty of evening activities for the whole family including tobogganing, snowshoeing or dining on the Swiss traditional dish, cheese fondue, in an igloo. The indoor sports complex also has a large heated pool, rock climbing wall and a bowling alley.
The first ski resort in Switzerland to be awarded the Alpine Wellness certificate, there are fantastic spas to choose from. The Cambrian is our favourite. Soak in the heated indoor or outdoor pools with snowy mountain views, then treat yourself to a mountain herb massage or a Finnish sauna, steam bath and a rain shower. Image source: Engstligenalp Adelboden © Anja Zurbruegg/Tourismus Adelboden
Ski area: 200km
One of our top 10 Swiss ski resorts, Gstaad is a glamorous ski resort. It is popular with celebrities for its chocolate box chalets, high-end restaurants and spas. The pedestrianised shopping street is lined with contemporary art galleries, designer shops and locally run shops. We recommend staying in the turreted Gstaad Palace or the luxurious Alpina Hotel. All have luxurious rooms, fantastic dining and spas.
With 200km of tree-lined slopes, the pistes in Gstaad tend to be crowd free with so many sought-after restaurants, shops and spas to divide your time between. The tree-lined slopes are predominantly blue and red, making it great ski terrain for intermediates, families and leisurely skiers. On Glacier 3000, you can cross the Peak Walk by Tissot – a suspended bridge with vertiginous views of 6,500ft. Alternatively, take a horse-drawn carriage to Lauenensee, stopping for a traditional lunch at Bochtehus and admiring Julie Andrew’s sculptures dotted around Gstaad. Image source: © Switzerland Tourism
Ski area: 224km
At the foot of the imposing Schilthorn peak, Mürren is a tiny and charming Swiss mountain village. Take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen, followed by a short train ride to get to the car-free ski resort. Getting to your hotel or restaurant is a short, scenic walk by foot while you admire the surrounding mountains and the lack of cars.
Slopes vary between blues to more challenging blacks and off-piste in this ski area. In particular, the Schilthorn run with its 1,300m vertical that has incredibly scenic views across the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as you descend.
In 1931 the first FIS World Cup race was hosted in Mürren, and is now home to the Inferno race. The Inferno run even featured in James Bond’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Here, the immersive Bond World 007 gives you a great insight into the film as well as spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the Lauterbrunnen valley on a clear day.
Ski area: 224km
Wengen is part of the Jungfrau ski area and one of our top 10 Swiss ski resorts. Once a farming community, Wengen has a wonderful Alpine feel to it. This traditional village is car-free and accessed by mountain railway. Thanks to its geographic location, the town is protected from wind and has plenty of sunshine. With 206km of varying levels of groomed runs in the Jungfrau ski area, there are family-friendly slopes in Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen and the World Cup runs on Lauberhorn. The majority of the pistes are tree-lined blues and reds, making it great for those wanting to progress.
Popular with families, Wengen has plenty of activities off the slope. Whether it’s soaring through the sky while paragliding, tobogganing, curling or ice skating on the open-air ice rink. There are also a collection of après ski bars and great dining options. Our favourite is Hotel Restaurant Bären – don’t miss the indulgent Toblerone mousse. Image source: © Switzerland Tourism, Jan Geerk
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