Switzerland’s ski resorts are among the finest in the world, and with dozens of them, there’s plenty to choose from. From beginners to experts, skiing, snowboarding and even tobogganing, whatever kind of snow-filled fun you’re after, you’ll find it in Switzerland.
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Zermatt is one of the world’s best ski resorts, located at the top of the Matterhorn Mountain. With three large ski areas and 360 kilometres of pistes, plus dedicated snowboarding tracks, and an abundance of hotels, restaurants and bars to keep you busy, Zermatt is the number one option for a ski holiday.
If you’re planning on visiting in 2015, it’s the 150 year anniversary of the first ascent up the Matterhorn, so there will be an open-air theatre from July and many other fun events to make your trip that little bit more special.
Flims Laax Falera
If you’re up for some serious fun, the resort of Flims Laax Falera has 235 kilometres of pistes, four snowparks, a fantastic range of restaurants and many events and concerts to keep you busy, plus it’s home to Europe’s largest halfpipe and first indoor freestyle ski centre. Films Laax Falera is great for beginners and over 30% of its slopes are classed as easy, so the kids and not-so-confident adults will have great fun too.
You may recognise Mürren, it was the location for the James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but it’s not the Hollywood setting you may expect. This small and quaint skiing resort is completely traffic free and offers breath-taking views of the Schilthorn Mountains. If you’re feeling brave you can catch a cable car up to the top of the Schilthorn, where there’s a famous revolving restaurant and James Bond exhibition, then ski the almost vertical 16km slope back down.
If you’re going skiing with the family, Wengen should be top of your list. This laid-back resort mixes charming, alpine tradition with big-name hotels and amenities. Wengen is home to several fantastic toboggan runs, one of which zooms for 4.5km through the mountains. There’s a snow-filled playground, plus indoor curling and outdoor skating for when skiing gets a bit much, and if you adults are serious about skiing, there’s plenty of chance for that too as the Wengen hosts the Lauberhorn Downhill Ski Race every January.
This classy resort is the go-to for the rich and famous ski lovers, but everyone is welcome. Corviglia is the resort’s main ski area; it boasts 37 pistes and is reached by a charming railway from the centre of beautiful St. Moritz town.
If you’re into cross-country skiing, St. Moritz is for you as it’s home to some of the most picturesque tracks in the country. For a taste of luxury après-ski, head to the Michelin star restaurant, Ecco on Snow, then to flash the cash in the St. Moritz Casino.