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
- Arosa Lenzerheide
- Flims Laax Falera
- Champex Lac
- Leysin-Les Mosses-La Lécherette
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 in Champéry:
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 in Verbier:
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.
Zermatt – the Highest Summer Ski Region of the Alps
A picturesque village of Matterhorn offers one of the most exceptional alpine landscapes in Europe.
Zermatt is situated in the heart of a gigantic hiking and ski region and represents one of the most appealing vacation villages.
Most people come here by train, while the vacation destination is a car-free zone. Once you get there, you will feel like you have stepped into paradise!
This ski resort possesses 54 mountain railways that are 360 kilometers long! It is the highest ski resort in Switzerland with slopes open all year round. Most national ski teams come here to train during the summer.
From Zermatt you can visit three mountain peaks:
- Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Matterhorn is situated on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The top is 4,448 meters above the sea level, making the Matterhorn one of the highest tops in the Alps.
If you want to climb Matterhorn, you will probably need 2 days and a bit of experience. On average, 150 people per day climb the Matterhorn during the summer.
We recommend you riding a cable car and enjoying the most epic scenery that Matterhorn’s location provides.
If you don’t want to waste a lot of time and spend a lot of money, then the Sunnegga Viewpoint is probably the best choice. It is easy to get, and the views are fantastic.
Gornergrat encompasses fantastic scenery with the most beautiful views of the town.
At the summit station of the Gornergrat, discover the hotel with the highest altitude in Europe, Kulmhotel Gornergrat with its 3,100 meters. Spending a night in this place would be a magical experience!
Rothorn’s view is similar to Sunnegga’s view, but it is much higher, and there you can look out on the Alps. Locals call the scenery of Rothorn “the chocolate-box side of the Matterhorn”, which is not surprising, at an altitude of 3,103 meters, Rothorn encompasses the best panoramic scenery of mountains.
Where to stay
A luxurious recommendation would be The Omnia hotel with its exquisite location.
With views from the cliff above the town, you will see not just the town but the Matterhorn as well. There you can relax in the spa, or dine in a revolving restaurant.
If you would rather spend less money on accommodation, we recommend you Panorama Ski Lodge.
There you can rent phenomenal spacy apartments with outstanding views of the Matterhorn.
The location is great – 15 minutes away from the town. The walk back to the hotel might be a bit steep because it is positioned on the hill, but you can always call a taxi.
What to do
In winter, this ski resort presents a 360 long railway in 3 different ski parts.
Here, snowboarders, and even professional sportsmen, can train for the Olympics. If you are in pursuit of something else, you can, for example, try paragliding or visit Forest Fun Park to test your strength.
In summer, you can go hiking, cycling, climbing, and take high-Alpine tours. 400 km of hiking trails offer long scenery walks for those who are not ready to climb yet.
By cableway, you can see the tops of Swiss, Italian, and French Alps.
You can also reach the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest summer ski region of the Alps. As a true outdoor lunatic, do not miss the chance to admire these dreamlike landscapes.
All around Zermatt is worth visiting, so if you would like to learn more about its history and to feel its soul, you should organize mini excursions and explore what this beautiful place has to offer.
Zermatt village has a long tourism tradition, it looks like an open-air museum consisted of 30 “Walser” houses.
There you can visit the oldest hotel in the village, the Monte Rosa Hotel, opened in 1855.
The Zermatlantis Matterhorn Museum looks like a traditional Alpine village, with exhibitions in 14 unique buildings.
There you can see the “broken rope” that condemned 4 climbers to death. Finally, discover the farm life in the Village of Findeln, where barley used to grow at a height of 2,100 meters. Old barns and old farmhouses still exist, as in the chapel from the 17th century.
Saas-Fee – Saas Valley paradise
Positioned close to the glaciers of Dom, Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saas Valley.
The village has 12 peaks and 9 glaciers that surround it. The Dom glaciers are constantly frozen, which makes this place perfect for those who long for snow during the summer months.
Saas-Fee offers wi-fi connected funiculars, and ski lifts that lead to the pistes that can be visited year-round.
150 kilometers long trails and slopes are ideal both for good skiers and for beginners. 23 kilometers of the “black diamond” trail is for experts.
Snowboarders and freestylers can ride year-round, even in summer, and jump on the glaciers that provide 12 miles of skiing. The village is car-free, so get ready for relaxing walks after skiing.
Where to stay
Smaller complexes are the best places to stay, due to the fact that Saas-Fee is less urbanized than its closest neighbor Zermatt.
If you prefer privacy, you can choose an intimate and luxurious chalet, or you can choose a traditional ski hotel.
What to do
With its 12 peaks Saas-Fee offers outstanding landscapes, so allow your eyes to feast on the exquisite scenery.
You can take a gondola up to Allalin and look down from the revolving restaurant “Threes!xty”, the highest revolving restaurant both in Switzerland and in the world.
If you want to see inside the Fee Glacier you can get on the Metro Alpin, the highest funicular and highest underground railway in the world, climbing to an altitude of 3,500 meters.
The ice Pavilion has been supplied with new sculptures and an avalanche stimulator.
Saas-Fee is perfect for improving skiing skills and gaining confidence. It is also good for non-skiers who can enjoy tobogganing, sledding, and paragliding.
Maybe without the adrenaline rush for experts due to the glaciers that limit the piste, but in the summer months glaciers become ski or snowboarding runs that can be very good.
The Snowboard Park is also of good repute.
Arosa Lenzerheide – the Ski Resort with Record-Breaking Sunny Days
Since 2013, Arosa and Lenzerheide are linked by the airing and mile-long Urdenbahn cableway, before that they were separate resorts. Now the ride takes 5 minutes and it comes in a single ticket.
The ski resort offers 225 kilometers of trails with steep and wide slops. 110 kilometers are blue, 87 kilometers are red, and 28 kilometers are black.
Arosa Lenzerheide has 3 mountainsides. It is very popular amongst intermediate skiers with its 140 miles long trails. The biggest summit is 2,865 meters above sea level.
The longest trail is Rothorn to Parpan, the hardest is Silvano Beltrametti, while the most relaxing is Weisshorn Summit to Prätschli.
This resort is special because it gets more sunshine than many others. It has 43 Transport systems and 41 restaurants.
Where to stay
You can check the hotel Stoffel, which is easy to get to. You can take the bus from the train station, and enjoy its chalet style.
We also recommend you Hotel Schweizerhof which has 4 restaurants and modern rooms, and it is for more modest budgets. Buses are directly connected to the ski and hiking regions. The hotel is cozy and aesthetically pleasing.
What to do:
Lenzerheise is a highlight for bikers with more than 305 kilometers of bike trails from the Älplisee Trail to Runda Lai.
This region also offers amazing mountain experiences such as SnowNight, King for a night, and Early bird. Events such as Magic Forest and ClassicCar will make your holiday unforgettable!
If you are a music lover you should attend the music festival Live is Life and have a great time in front of a stage surrounded by beautiful scenery.
From the top of Parpaner Rothorn, you can ski across a glacier, and enjoy the Ski Safari route which is covered in deep powder.
Engelberg-Titlis – the Most Astonishing Ski Area in Central Switzerland
The resort village of Engelberg is located in Central Switzerland’s Uri Alps. With over an hour of Zürich, it represents one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist attractions.
The highest summit of Titlis Mountain is at an altitude of 3,239 meters above sea level.
Engleberg’s architecture with the combination of the Swiss Flair makes it unique and attractive.
It was built around the Benedictine monastery that has a big influence on the village spirit, even today. Monks still live there, and host recitals in summer nights.
The two sides of the valley are completely different, and they offer an unforgettable experience to both experts and slower skiers. The runs are 80 kilometers long, 27 kilometers for beginners, 47 kilometers for intermediate skiers, and 8 kilometers for expert athletes. The higher slopes are on the glacier with the best snow from October to May.
The runs are also opened at night in the period between Christmas and early March. If you prefer slower activities, you should check the area around the resort, where you will find long hiking trails. Deep powder and high terrains are extremely popular with freestylers and outbounds skiers.
Where to stay
If you are looking for luxury accommodation, Hotel Garni Hostatt is a great choice. It has 12 rooms on the edge of the village, offering amazing views of the mountains. You need 15 minutes of relaxing walk to reach the center, while the bus station is only 4 minutes away. The hotel is perfect for couples, but it also has a beautiful garden for children.
Hotel Espen is less than 1 km from Engelberg-Titlis and has great reviews. It offers accommodation with a restaurant and bar, garden, and free private parking. Apartments come with a terrace, so you can enjoy the view with a hot chocolate in your hands, and all that for modest budgets.
What to do
There is so much to do in the largest holiday destination in Central Switzerland. You should probably start with a medieval Engelberg Abbey, and admire its architecture in late-Baroque style, while inside the monastery you can see how the cheese is being made.
Mount Titlis offers the first fully rotating gondola in the world, the new Titlis Rotair gondola, from which you can capture the Uri Alps in all their beauty. There are also many restaurants with panoramic views you can visit.
If you are an adventurer, you should dare to cross 100 meters long bridge on Mount Titlis at an altitude of 3,000 meters above the sea level. The best time for the Cliffwalk is on a calm summer day because the bridge moves with the wind.
One more must-see attraction is Titlis glacier cave at the top of the mountain with the walls in turquoise-blue light that you can touch. The temperature in the cave is -1.5˚C year-round. The view of million tiny crystals in the midst of a glacier will leave you speechless.
Engelberg has more than 80 kilometers of runs for skiing and snowboarding.
For hike lovers, there are many walking trails in the Brunni mountain area, including one that is supposed to be crossed barefoot.
On your way to the top, you should visit lake Trüebsee at an altitude of 1,788 meters and embellished with pasture. The mountain reflections on the water are majestic.
There are 6 Via Ferratas close to Engelberg that differ in difficulty. Brunnstöckli is the best for beginners, it takes about 45 minutes for a climb of 200 meters.
If you want a true Alpine adventure, you should take Buiräbähnli Safari Hike, a 20-hour hike with 2 nights in mountain huts. That would be a journey to remember!
Andermatt-Sedrun – the Most Modern Ski Resort in Switzerland
The Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun is consisted of 3 ski resorts, located in Andermatt, Sedrun, and Obelarp in Switzerland.
The Andermatt offers the Gemsstock and Andermatt-Gütsch-Schneehünerstock resorts, while in Sedrun tourists enjoy the Milez-Oberalp resort.
All 3 resorts are linked by the Matterhorn Gotthard trainline.
Wide slopes are suitable for beginners, but this region also attracts adventure seekers with 850 kilometers of hiking trails.
The Andermatt-Sedrun resort opened the last season with the launch of the Oberalppass-Schneehüenerstock gondola (Schneehüenerstock-Express), and the brand new pistes from Oberalppass to the Schneehüenerstock. The realization of this project made SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun the most modern ski resort in Central Switzerland.
The majority of these trails are intermediate, like those at the Nätschen area, all in deep powder.
North of Andermatt, across the valley, in Gemsstock are many trails and challenging off-piste terrain for powder skiing.
This ski terrain is one of the largest in the world with its 900 meters vertical drop.
Where to stay
If you want a luxury treatment, the Chedi is the place for you. From this location, you have easy access to the Nätschen ski area and the way to Sedrun and Disentis. Beautiful rooms with indoor/outdoor pools, restaurants, as well as the spa for relaxing after skiing all day long. They even have a butler who will take care of your skis, you just need to pick the time for hitting the slopes.
For something on a small budget, check the Youth Hostel in the neighboring village of Hospental. It offers rooms with 4 and 6 beds that can welcome families or friends.
What to do:
Hit the slopes! Most of the Gemsstock slopes are at an altitude of 2,000 or 3,000 meters, guaranteeing snow even when other Swiss resorts don’t.
This ski resort is also perfect for other winter activities, like ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing, hiking, horse riding, and swimming.
There is a Museum Ursern that is worth visiting. It was home to the Russian general Suworow in 1786 and it shows how people lived at that time. The local ski hero Berhard Rüssi is also displayed.
If you’ve been wondering where to eat, try meals in the village, like pizza in Spycher, Swiss food like rösti in Gastahaus Tell, and traditional meals in 3 Könige & Post.
For mountain meals, try Alphittä Nätschen and Matti family restaurant that will make your children happy with its giant playground.
Adelboden-Lenk: one of the largest and most popular ski area in Switzerland
The interlinked resorts of Adelboden and Lenk offer majestic scenery of the Bernese Oberland and pistes of over 210 kilometers in white.
The ski region consists of many small areas, each one preserving its own personality. It is a matter of personal taste which area you will choose.
Adelboden is at an altitude of 1,350 meters that provides perfect conditions for constant snow. Many other winter activities make the ski resort attractive for both skiers and non-skiers.
A single ski pass also includes the Oeschinen Lake region and Sunnbüel in Kandersteg, as well as Jaunpass-Boltigen. Adelboden-Lenk ski region is also a part of the SuperPass of Gstaad Mountain Rides.
The ski resort Lenk is popular among Nordic skiers and hikers with its location in a wide and vast valley. It is a paradise for beginners and intermediate skiers with long runs and 5 terrain parks.
Experts tend to use more challenging pistes near Adelboden, which is connected with the lift system.
Where to stay
Moderately priced chalet Giisställi is around 11 kilometers of Adelboden-Lenk. There you can enjoy the views from a terrace or from a patio surrounded by a beautiful garden. If you want to buy domestic food, there is a farm nearby. The apartment offers free private parking, and it is in an area where you can ski or cycle.
The apartment Laubrinus is the perfect spot for exploring Adelboden. Guests can go skiing in the surroundings. The apartment offers a bicycle rental service and a beautiful playground for children.
What to do
Every January, Adelboden hosts the FIS Ski World Cup, the top international downhill race that is considered to be the world’s most daring and gigantic slalom course. This event makes the village crowded, everyone cheers and claps, encouraging the competitors.
North of Adelboden is Engstligen Falls, the second-longest waterfall of Switzerland, popular with hikers, but also with climbers even though the waterfall never freezes.
Above Adelboden, the Engstligenalp with its vast and sunny slopes represents the perfect region for intermediate skiers. More than 30 winter walking trails make this place Mecca for hikers. Other winter activities are also popular, for example, there are several toboggan runs.
A holiday in this resort is perfect for recovering from routine and stress, you will breathe fresh alpine air into your lungs and fall in love with the scenery.
Crans-Montana – the Biggest Holiday Destination in Valais
The two linked ski resorts are situated at an altitude of 1,500 meters above the Rhone Valley. Together they represent the biggest holiday destination in Valais.
Imagine the views from pistes above the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc! 27 lifts at your disposal to reach 140 kilometers of wide slopes and runs.
The mountain is famous for the intermediate terrain of 70 kilometers and abundance of slopes and runs for beginners, 55 kilometers are rated as easy.
The ski slopes extend up to the Plaine Morte Glacier at an altitude of 3000 meters. Extremely attractive are the wide carving pistes and the vertical drop of the Piste Nationale, the longest in the area with its 12 kilometers.
Crans-Montana is both a mountain village and an alpine town, combining outstanding panoramic landscapes of the Valais Alps with a modern and cultural center.
Crans-Montana has a lasting golf tradition. The 18-hole Golf Course designed by Severiano Ballesteros is located on the plateau of Crans. The international players meet here every year and participate in tournaments.
Where to stay
The 3-star hotel Robinson is located in the center of Crans, close to the ski and hiking area, cable car, shopping moles, and restaurants. This moderately priced hotel has 15 rooms, a lounge, a bar, and free private parking.
The 4-star hotel Helvetia Intergolf is 2 minutes of walk away from the center of Montana. It has 43 rooms with the view on the Alps, 2 restaurants, a bar, and a wellness spa with the pool for relieving the sore muscles after all day skiing.
What to do
Plenty of sports races are held in this region, including the Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup. The Winter Golf Cup in early February greets international golfers on a snowy course. There are also cross-country ski trails and an additional piste specifically for skaters.
Crans-Montana is popular with skiers during winter and with golfers during summer. However, the resorts offer many other sports activities and tour options. You can enjoy canoeing, mountain climbing, water skiing, and paragliding. Swimmers can check the five lakes right next to the village.
Montana-Arnouva cable car will get your children to the Ski Kindergarten, covered with white magic. Snow Island is a favorite among families for snow tubing with an awesome background for beginners and sledders.
Excursions in the forest, treasure hunts, and trampoline jumping will be a blast for your children.
With the pilot’s instructions try hot air ballooning in peaceful silence and mesmerized by the scenery.
Flims Laax Falera – the leading freestyle destination in Europe
Flims, Laax, and Falera are 3 towns that lie in a valley below summits of Vorab Gletscher (3,018 meters) and La Siala (2,810 meters). They share 235 kilometers of pistes, 4 snow parks, and the longest halfpipe in the world with 200 meters in length.
The pistes are at an altitude of 1,100 and 3,018 meters.
The slopes on the Bündner and their summits are reachable with brand new lifts. Slopes vary in difficulty and they are among the largest slopes in Graubünden.
Laax is the number one winter resort for freestylers and worldwide attraction for professional riders.
The resort also possesses the largest complex of snow parks in Europe. Tourists can have a spectacular time in 4 snow parks with 90 obstacles. The Curnius Snowpark has an Olympic-size Pro kicker line.
Where to stay
The resort hosts many international events, like the Burton European Open and the European Freeski Open.
The Freestyle Academy represents the first freestyle hall in Europe and it is situated in Laax.
Slopes with different ski levels are at disposal for its visitors, with 64 kilometers rated easy, 70 kilometers rated intermediate, and 46 kilometers of the most challenging for the experts. About 44 kilometers are for free skiers.
Accommodation options in Laax are very diverse, from cozy mountain hotels to trendy and modern apartments.
The Rocksresort design hotel combines urban design with natural surroundings. The modern apartments offer accommodation of the highest level.
Restaurants, bars, and shops opened from day to night directly at the Laax lift station. Just open the door of your room, and you will find yourself in the spectacular nature of the Flims Laax Falera.
What to do
The ski resort Laax is 90 minutes away from Zürich, and as one of the best snow regions in Europe, it has so much to offer.
Families find it so refreshing with its variety of possibilities for making their holiday unforgettable. In the Snow Wonderland is the special ski school for kids where they can also learn interesting facts about the forest, animals, and the mountain.
Your children will have so much fun and they will get their first experience on skis under professional guidance.
If you are a beginner, or if you want to improve your skills or to learn new tricks in freestyling, you will find the ideal place for you in Laax. It is at everyone’s disposal.
This ski resort has plenty of culinary attractions, it possesses 19 mountain restaurants and 8 snow-bars. A variety of Asian, Italian, Spanish, and traditional Swiss food for everyone’s taste.
There’s so much more to do besides hiking, skiing, or snowboarding. You can try the thrilling hunt in the 3 Foxtrails and have an unforgettable adventure.
By experiencing river rafting on the Vorderrhein you can have a crazy summer in Flims. Discover the majestic Ruinualta, also known as the Swiss Grand Canyon, where you can enjoy the scenery while the cooling water is splashing your face.
Champex Lac – also known as Switzerland’s little Canada
Switzerland is divided into 26 Cantons. Champex Lac lies in the largest of these, the Canton of Valais. Before Valais become popular with skiers, it was popular with wine lovers, as one of the best producers of wine in Switzerland.
This breathtaking village is built around an alpine lake with easy access to both the French and the Italian Alps.
A plateau with a magical white carpet is situated between Le Châtelet and Le Catogne, attracting tourists from all around the globe.
Champex Lac is one of the smallest ski regions in Switzerland, with access to 15 kilometers of downhill piste.
With pistes at an altitude of 2,000 meters, alpine skiing for all levels is available, just like the cross country skiing both for professionals and amateurs.
A tranquil and quick escape into the village surrounded by the woods, where Champex gives an opportunity to forget the pressures of the modern world.
Where to stay
There is a variety of choices for accommodation in Champex Lac, from traditional hotels and guest houses to modern apartments.
Chalet Hotel Alpina is an authentic rustic building with 6 rooms that offer panoramic views of the Grand Combin and the St. Bernard Valley. The rooms are very comfortable and with modern facilities, for a modest budget.
Hotel Mont Lac is situated on the shores of Champex Lac with remarkable views. 4 double rooms and 2 apartments to welcome families or larger groups.
This boutique hotel has a wellness spa with an indoor pool, wine bar, and free wi-fi. This is the ideal place to call home during your stay.
What to do
The whole family can enjoy in the beauty of a frozen lake and do ice skating, and many other winter activities like lakeside walks, and those through marked snowshoe trails.
Ski de fond is very attractive with the piste right across the lake. There is also ice climbing on the pyramid ice, a racquet course, and a small ice rink.
Lake is the highlight in summer months with boating, fishing, and numerous bars where you can or you can feast on the Sun.
The Val d’Arpette is a magnificent hiking area with trails of different levels. Other summer activities include boating, swimming, lakeside walks, tennis, cycling, and mountain biking.
Champex is perfectly positioned on the Tour de Mont Blanc walk, and in summer you can see donkeys peacefully browsing on the grass. Champex Lac is a traditional mountain village with a long history of tourism. It is positioned at an altitude of 1,500 meters, in the nest of the mountain La Breya.
Local attractions include the historic town of Martigny with the ruins of Roman Amphitheatre, only 20 minutes away from Champex Lac. It the hillside is buried World War II artillery fort that is well preserved and worth seeing. Nature lovers can visit a stunning Alpine garden with more than 2,000 species, and take a walk down the road to the Les Gorges du Durnand, wooden bridges with a view on the torrent of water bubbling under the feet of tourists.
Leysin-Les Mosses-La Lécherette – ski resorts with 100 kilometers of groomed pistes between them
In the canton of Vaud lie interlinked ski resorts the Leysin-Les Mosses-La Lécherette.
They consist of 100 kilometers long slopes, 55 kilometers are blue, 42 kilometers are red, and 3 kilometers are black slopes.
These resorts are ideal for skiers and snowboarders with their easy access to pistes and attractive ticket prices.
At altitudes from 1,300 to 2,200 meters, good snow conditions are guaranteed.
This ski region is also popular with freestylers, they can practice rails, kicks, gaps, step-ups, step-downs, and hips. In the Village of la Forclaz, at the setting of the Chamossaire resort, you can experience the thrills of night skiing.
There are several good ski schools, while ski kindergarten starts at age of 3 with ski classes available to children up to age 15. There is even one non-skiing daycare at the Arc-en-Ciel center for younger children.
Where to stay
There is a variety of options for good accommodation, from traditional hotels, apart-hotels, rental apartments, and chalets to accommodation for groups. If you want to treat yourself, don’t be in dilemma to accommodate at one of the Roulottes des Noisetiers, the wellness spa and outdoor jacuzzi will be the center of your enjoyment in the Vaud Alps!
What to do
Discover the famous revolving restaurant Le Kuklos located at the summit of the Berneuse, views out to Mont Blanc, the Eiger, and Dents du Midi will leave you speechless. The south-facing sunny slopes are ideal for skiers who can slalom down to the resort.
An internationally recognized snow park with its half-pipe is a magnet for freestylers. There are plenty of other winter activities to be enjoyed in Leysin, the village has two sports centers with a swimming pool, outdoor tennis courts, skating rink, and a climbing wall.
There is also the Tobogganing Park for snow tubing. This park is designed by Silvio Giobellina, the world champion in bobsleigh, and it consists of slides covered in snow.
In summer, you can do so many interesting things you never did before, like experiencing the art of making cheese, explore life on a Swiss farm or do educational hiking. The aim of these excursions is to feel the spirit of Leysen and to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
Wintertime in Switzerland Ski Resorts
At the heart of the Alps, Switzerland is the creator of the perfect frozen art. Winter is not just a season, it is a lifestyle at its finest with old wooden chalets, big summits with magical views, nights by the fireplace, and alpine winter sports.
The ski villages become the wonderlands with lights and smell of roasted nuts and mulled wine.
Visiting Switzerland in December will bring you Christmas sensations in markets close to your accommodation, and add a romantic atmosphere to your holiday. Moreover, there you will find the best skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and other winter sports in the world.
The variety of sporting events that range from skiing, snowboarding, skating, tobogganing, to Snow Polo, and hot air balloons testify that practically anything is possible in Switzerland. If you are a music lover, you can also attend many festivals with train ride included.
Traditional Swiss dishes match perfectly with the chilly weather. Make sure you try some of Switzerland’s most famous dishes and drinks.
Swiss chocolate is famous worldwide with good reason, don’t miss it. A mug of hot chocolate will warm you up in a second while taking a break and enjoying the scenery.
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.