Between the lakes Geneva and Constance, in the heart of high Alps, lay the greenest pastures and the whitest mountain peaks, shining in full splendor each in its own time.
The average altitude in Switzerland is between 500 and 800 meters. There are 74 mountains which peaks exceed 4,000 m in height. Of these 74, 55 are located in the inland and 19 extend along the border with Italy. The greater, southern part of the country is occupied by the High Alps, composed of Bernese Alps, Glarn Alps, Welsh Alps, and Adul Alps.
Switzerland has been one of the major tourist attractions for a long time now. It has plenty of natural beauties, mountains, lakes, glaciers, and valleys. There are two natural parks, while 30.4% of the country is under forests.
The climate in Switzerland is temperate-continental, with the alpine climate in the mountains. During winters, sun and snow are alternating in the mountains. However, at higher altitudes, snow is constantly present. Even in the summer months, snow-capped tops of the mountains are not an unusual sight. That is why the weather at that altitude is cold at any time of the year. So, before your trip, pack wisely bearing this in mind.
The beauty and rich offering in actions and attractions make Switzerland inviting all year round. Because of its moderate level of precipitations, it is enjoyable to travel to any time of the year. However, the surrounding Alps add to its attractiveness, making it mostly visited during winter.
There are hundreds of glamorous and charming vacation spots. We present you the most amazing 6 Switzerland ski resorts, in case you are indecisive about where to begin this year’s snow experience.
These places are on our best Switzerland ski resorts list:
St. Moritz – the Cradle of Switzerland Winter Vacation
St. Moritz is one of the most prestigious and well-known Swiss ski resorts. It is a second home for rich and famous from all around the globe who come here to enjoy the pristine nature and distinctive atmosphere with a glass of the best champagne. St. Moritz is a symbol of luxury, elegance, and prestige.
Located on a sunny terrace in the heart of Engadin Valley, it boasts marvelous 320 sunny days a year. In 1930, the sun was legally protected as the emblem of St. Moritz. About 3,000 years ago, mineral springs were discovered on its territory. Upon the discovery, people established the town making it famous as a summer spa resort.
Over and above, St. Moritz is a cradle of alpine winter tourism. It was opened as a resort in 1864. However, it is best known as a two-time Winter Olympics host – in 1928 and 1948. Additionally, the first electric light went on in 1878, the first golf tournament in the Alps took place in 1889, and in 1935 one of the first ski lifts in Switzerland began running.
Where to stay in St. Moritz:
St. Moritz offers many five-star hotels. In its heart, amidst the majestic mountain landscape of the Upper Engadine, is the Kulm Hotel.
This superior hotel, although steeped in tradition, offers all the comforts of a contemporary luxury establishment. Over 100 rooms and suites, 6 conference rooms, and recently refurbished enormous spa center offer breathtaking views over the lake.
What to do:
There are 350 kilometers of pistes with 56 lifts giving you access to 87 runs. Cross-country skiers can test their abilities on a track network of about 200 kilometers, while winter hikers can enjoy 150 kilometers of winter walking trails.
Some of the other sports facilities are curling, snowboard Fun Park and altitude training.
Champéry – the Traditional Swiss Ski Resort
Another idyllic village in the southwest of Switzerland is nestled at the base of the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches, at the end of the Vallée d’Illiez. Champéry, a typical Swiss mountain village, is placed in the heart of the enormous Swiss-French recreational area known as Les Portes du Solei.
The medieval castles of Chillon and Aigle add a pinch of history and mystery to already charming Champéry village.
A gripping blend of local museums and exhibitions, together with amusement and adventure parks, attract both thrill-seekers and families with children. Always fresh air, spectacular scenery, a sun-drenched cruise on Lake Geneva, and a smooth finish at the local thermal baths, top off any vacation.
In spite of being the oldest tourist destination in Switzerland, the resort of Champéry has managed to preserve much of its traditional charm. There is also one of Switzerland’s few bell-foundries remaining still in production.
Streets dotted with numerous chalets with characteristic roofs and carved balconies, cute little shops, and typical Alpine bars and restaurants attract visitors from all over the places.
Quaint, alpine village architecture makes Champéry a perfect home-away-from-home escape. Historic little chalets blended with ultra-modern Palladium are a unique and unforgettable mix of the past and present. Close to Geneva International airport and easily accessible by car, it’s an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The moment you step your foot on it, you’ll feel a very warm welcome and just like home.
Where to stay:
The Beau-Sejour chalet hotel creates a feeling of warmth and coziness while everything around is under the snow. This charming Chalet style B&B hotel includes an art gallery and a boutique with unique interior designs.
There are twenty comfortable rooms, all individually furnished with a rustic touch, providing peace and quiet, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Dents-du-Midi mountains. Upon a long day on the snow, enjoy the coziness of the crackling fire with a glass of wine and homemade cakes.
What to do:
Skiers and snowboarders, there are welcomed by 650 km of prepared slopes with 209 lifts. However, they are spread over 14 different areas of Portes du Solei – 6 are in Switzerland and 8 in France.
Proudly bearing its nickname “Le Mur Suisse” (the Swiss Wall), the ski slope at Pas de Chavanette is one of the steepest in the world. Although it is only a kilometer long, the descent covers a difference in altitude of nearly 400 meters, with gradients of up to 50 degrees.
For those who are not in love with such extreme conditions, there are a snowpark, ice-climbing, snowshoe walking or paragliding, and sledging runs. The village also has an indoor ice rink and a curling hall which are open all year round.
Verbier – the Youngest Ski Resort in Switzerland
Situated in the canton of the Valais, Verbier is bordered by Italy to the south and France to the west. Set on a natural terrace, it overlooks the Grand Combin and the Mont Blanc. Together with Thyon, Veysonnaz and Nendaz, it makes the Four Valleys, the biggest ski area in Switzerland.
Although it’s among the youngest ski resorts in Switzerland, Verbier has developed into a glamorous winter playground. Skiers and snowboarders from around the world come here for its enormous ski area and varied terrain. Both to complete beginners and professional skiers, as well as ski mountaineers, it provides something suitable for their skill level.
The skiing area in and around Verbier can be broken up into 4 areas: Verbier, La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres, Bruson and Mont Fort/4 Valleys. Having one of the longest sledge-runs in the Swiss Alps, La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres ski area is popular with beginners and families.
On the other side, at 3,330 meters, Mont Fort marks the highest point in the 4 Valleys ski area offers, undoubtedly, the largest array of easily reachable expert terrain of any ski resort in the Alps.
Where to stay:
In the 2018 and 2019 World Ski Awards, Verbier won the title of the best ski resort in Switzerland. On the same occasion, the W Verbier hotel was named Switzerland’s best ski hotel.
Combining contemporary urban design with an alpine touch, it offers 123 stylish rooms and suites, each with a fireplace, Designer W bed, and private balcony. Perfect for an intimate escape after an exhilarating day on the snow.
What to do:
There are 410km of linked pistes accessed by 93 ski lifts. The whole ski area offers 35 blue pistes, 39 red pistes, 14 black pistes, a snowpark, a number of cross-country ski and winter walking trails, as well as an incredible array of off-piste opportunity.
Davos – the Wild Pristine Beauty of Switzerland
Davos is the highest town in Europe. It lies in the valley of canton Graubünden, at the height of 1,560 m above sea level. Although it was known even in prehistory, it hadn’t been settled until the end of the 18th century.
The town of Davos is split into two parts. In the north-east, there is Davos Dorf and in the south-west, there is Davos Platz. You can take a light 45-minute stroll from one end to the other.
Thanks to the discoveries from the 19th century, Davos is today famous across the world as a health and wellness air spa highly recommended to lung patients.
However, Davos is not a fashionable town like others in Switzerland. It doesn’t have a historical town center or pricey boutiques where you can buy designer clothes.
To be more precise, you can find shops, restaurants and night clubs in Davos Platz. However, Davos Dorf is perfect for lovers of nature who promise not to spoil it anyhow. It is best known for its natural beauty, preserved wilderness, and dramatic views of the surrounding area. The moment you step here, you’ll come face to face with the uncovered tapestry of traditional Swiss villages and primeval wildlife.
Because of this, there is no wonder that Davos is renowned as a conference center. It is the host of the World Economic Forum which takes place every year in Davos Conference Center. The headquarters of the Davos Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research is placed here.
These are the true showpieces of the town, along with other winter and summer sports centers which offer a huge range of activities to its visitors.
Where to stay:
The leading hotel in Dorf is the Hotel Seehof. Bill Gates’ favorite Switzerland ski resort. Situated on Davos’ most famous street, the Promenade, next to the Gotschna-Parsenn gondola, it has direct access to the ski slopes and hiking trails.
You can dine in either of three gourmet restaurants and rest later in your elegantly furnished bedroom. You can also relax your body, mind, and soul in a sophisticated spa area with sauna, steam bath, bio sauna, hot tub, relaxation area with a fireplace, or enjoy some massage and beauty treatment.
What to do:
Davos is well-known for its ski are. You can choose from 6 snow sports resorts: the ski classic Parsenn, the freestyle Jakobshorn, and the two family-friendly mountains Rinerhorn and Madrisa.
There is over 300 km of snow pistes, 57 transport facilities, and 700 km of marked walking trails, making it one of Switzerland’s favorite skiing and hiking destinations.
Grindelwald – the Fairytale of Swiss Ski Resorts
This dreamy mountain resort is the largest village in the Jungfrau region. It is situated at the end of the valley of the river Schwarze Lütschine, at the base of the impressive Wetterhorn and the infamous North Face of Eiger, a monumental wall of rock that equally inspires and intimidates at the same time.
Outside of the town center, Grindelwald mainly consists of chalets in hilly meadows, spread out across a pretty large area. The mountainscape and lookout points make Grindelwald one of the most popular destinations for holiday tourism, excursions, as well as the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region. The scenery will make you stare, swoon and reach for your camera.
Using cable-cars, you can easily reach the high mountain lookouts to enjoy the majestic scenery of the surrounding area, Grindelwald Glacier and the lakes.
The scenery is sure to please anyone in search of a good view. The landscape is so sublime when decked with snow that it was chosen as a filming location for James Bond and Star Wars movies.
In spite of being one of the favorite ski destinations, Grindelwald, and the overall Jungfrau region, rarely experience crowds. Three sprawling base areas and 20 chairlifts that transport 42,000 passengers uphill in an hour are to be thanked too.
Where to stay:
This versatile holiday and wellness hotel is situated in the central, yet quiet part of Grindelwald. The bedrooms are large and furnished with light wood furniture which creates a cozy feeling of peace and well-being.
You will immediately fall in love with this very special atmosphere in the stylish and comfortable rooms with the views of the North Face of the Eiger, the Wetterhorn and First.
What to do:
The two ski regions – Männlichen and Wengen – offer 160 km of pistes with about 30 lifts reaching up to an altitude of 2,500 m. The Schilthorn near Mürren, which is also part of the Jungfrau region ski arena, even goes up to 2,971 m.
However, the most spectacular ski run of the entire region is doubtlessly the Lauberhorn ski run near Wengen, popularised by the World Cup circus.
Grindelwald is an excellent location for all kinds of outdoor activities. Of all, it is probably one of the best for beginners. There are impressive 60 km of toboggan runs, including one of the longest in the Alps – 15 km of a toboggan run from the Faulhorn into the valley.
The world-famous cogwheel train shuttles skiers and sightseers alike to the “Top of Europe”. For mountain hikers, there is 80 km of winter walking trail with views across seven 4,000-m-high peaks and magnificent glaciers.
Gstaad – the Largest Ski Area in Europe
About two hours’ drive from Zurich or Geneva, on the boundary between the Vaud Alps and Bernese Oberland, lays Gstaad. This typical Swiss village succeeded to build a reputation as a fashionable mecca for the elite.
However, a peculiar mixture of the mundane and fairytale, makes it easy to forget that Gstaad is just a village. Besides being famous as one of the largest ski areas in Europe, it is popular for its luxury hotels, boutiques, and excellent service, the reason it is so loved by international celebrities.
On the other side, you can see the locals still taking the cattle to pasture in summer and gathering them with the first cold weather. You can also find them smoking pipes and making their own cheese, the best in the world. You can find the ladies weaving rugs from scraps of cast-off clothing and selling their handiwork as souvenirs.
The area’s harmonic topography is made up of five valleys. With the neighboring resorts in the overall Saanenland, Gstaad sets an example of an extremely diverse destination.
Rushing mountain streams, sparkling mountain lakes, and forests, and the peacefulness of the picturesque mountain villages lend the landscape its idyllic charm.
Where to stay:
Constructed in 2012, the Palace Hotel was the first luxury hotel built in Gstaad. Wooden paneled ceilings, chunky timber and stone fireplaces exude alpine elegance and luxury.
All bedrooms and suites have a balcony from which you have a breathtaking view of the Alps. To switch off and relax, you can get pampered from head to toe in the Palace Spa. Spreading on over 1,800 m², this hotel’s spa center offers the most exceptional wellness experience.
What to do:
Gstaad offers 200 km of ski slopes at altitudes of up to 3,000 meters above sea level. You can choose from various ski areas with more than 62 cable cars and lifts. An additional 42 km of trails for cross-country skiing are at the disposal for visitors along with 185 km of winter walking trails for those who prefer walking on fresh air.
Other activities include hiking, snowshoe walking, snow tubing, horse-drawn sleighing, ice skating, tobogganing, unusual Bavarian curling and glacier- and heli-skiing.
Wintertime in Switzerland Ski Resorts
Winter is a truly magical time to be in Switzerland. Crisp white snow, fairy-tale chalets, and majestic views of the sun rising or setting over the mountain peaks will take your breath away as they did once to Heidi, a protagonist of Swiss children’s book:
“The mountains are on fire, and the snow and the sky too.”
People come to Switzerland ski resorts for winter activities but stay for the luxury, warm welcome, and coziness. Everybody deserves such an experience at least once in a lifetime.
Our limousine chauffeur will welcome you the same way, with a warm personality and comfort of all our vehicles. Infrastructure in Switzerland is highly developed and it is easy to reach even the resorts that are high up in the mountains.
You can choose from a wide range of vehicles in our fleet, from sedans and stretch limos, to vans and coach buses. Simply choose the right chauffeured service for your ski transfer and leave everything else to us. With us, your vacation in any Switzerland ski resort will be over the top.