Between the most spectacular peaks of the Alps, are the magnificent cities of Geneva and Zurich, charming villages, and the beautiful Interlaken region. Switzerland is a unique European ski destination. Despite being very similar to their French, Italian or German neighbors, Swiss ski resorts have retained their distinctive identity which is well worth a visit at the gateway to the sun.
Top destinations where to go skiing in Switzerland?
Talking about Switzerland is like talking about cheese, chocolates, the Matterhorn, the Alps, high-end boutiques; but that’s just the beginning. When it comes to skiing, you will be in for a treat of choice in this part of Europe where the culture of winter sports is deeply rooted. Discover without delay the Top 10 destinations where it is good to ski in Switzerland.
A haven of peace for skiers and snowboarders, the village of Gstaad has some 250 km of slopes ideal for all levels of skiing ability. Cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice skating and snowboarding are all perfectly practiced here, thanks to 80 km of marked trails. A true alpine village, Gstaad is THE ski resort to be if you are passionate about alpine architecture, natural scenery, or snow-covered mountains. Despite its high-end status – Gstaad is known for being the vacation resort of the rich and famous – the resort will fit all tastes and budgets thanks to its diversified activities and varied accommodation.
Located only a few kilometers from Bern, the resort of Engelberg covers one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland. With its 82 km of spectacular slopes, all accessible by a revolving cable car, it is the destination of choice for experienced skiers who will not hesitate to take advantage of its illuminated slope every other night of the week.
Zermatt is first and foremost a typical alpine village that is majestically embedded in the beauty of the region. Without taking anything away from the snow on the resort, the sunshine in the highest ski resort of the Alps is almost always at its peak. Ideal for advanced and intermediate skiers alike, Zermatt has excellent long slopes, the longest of which, 13 km, connects the Klein to the main station. Its main street, the Bahnofstrasse, is famous for offering many possibilities for those who love shopping, galleries, indoor swimming pools and skating rinks. Beware, cars have no access to the village station!
Located two hours from Zurich, the village resort of St. Moritz was originally a health retreat distinguished by its luxurious facilities and Austrian atmosphere. It has become a famous landmark for celebrities and boasts 350 km of slopes along which skiers and holidaymakers can indulge in their unfulfilled pleasure.
Stretching between the Col des Mosses and La Lécherette, the ski area of the village resort of Leysin encompasses 100 km of slopes, half of which are specially designed for snow enthusiasts. The rest of the ski area is dedicated to all disciplines including snow park and halfpipe. Non-ski activities include an ice rink, tennis court and swimming pool.
Located in the heart of the Aletsch glacier, the Aletsch Arena resort offers 99 km of slopes suitable for all levels of skiing experience. An UNESCO natural heritage site, the region is privileged by its pure and particularly refreshing air. Like Zermatt, access to the Aletsch Arena is prohibited to motorized vehicles.
Surrounded by majestic mountains, the village of Klosters was originally a monastery estate which a few years later became one of the greatest prides of Swiss gliding. Known for its elegance, the resort, just like its 130 km of ski slopes, absolutely deserves its international reputation which makes it the landmark of the European stars. The Austrian border being close, why not also go skiing in Austria.
Perched at an altitude of over 1,300 meters on the top of the Bernese Oberland the resort of Adelboden has over 210 km of slopes and 72 lifts. Adapted to all levels, the ski area is suitable for beginners as well as experienced skiers.
A family resort by excellence, the village of Zinal is located in the Imperial Crown of the Alps. At the top of its 1670 m of altitude, 70 km of downhill ski trails await you, as well as 19 km dedicated to cross-country skiing.
Located in the heart of the 4 Swiss Valleys, Verbier is a remarkable resort for its 400 km of slopes. Ideal for the experienced as well as for the unconditional, the ski area is certainly the mecca for snowboarders and cross-country skiers. From the resort, you can easily reach the villages of Veyonnaz, Thyon and Nendaz. In terms of off-ski activities, you will have a wide range of choices including restaurants, spas, swimming pools, fun activities…