Skiing in the Swiss Alps is magical. Dramatic peaks like the famed
Jungfrau and Matterhorn
provide magnificent scenery. Big mountain skiing is your playground from high
elevation peaks for miles into valleys and ski villages as much as 7,000'
vertical below. Delightful ski villages like
Wengen, Mürren, Engelberg Titlis and the Aletsch Arena of Riederalp, Bettmeralp, Fiescheralp,
provide fine hotels, lively après ski and fine dining of Swiss
Fondue and raclette, plus dancing and music into the night.
Skiing in Switzerland is vast, you can ski miles from Zermatt to Cervinia Italy for
Travelling in Switzerland, flying into Geneva or Zurich, you can use
the incredibly efficient train system. Purchase a Swiss Pass which provides you unlimited travel for 4, 8,
15 days or a month, excellent timely connections, clean safe trains, plus bus and
boat shuttle privileges. Swiss trains really do run like Swiss watches - with
reliability and precision. See our
travel tips for skiing in Switzerland
and our Tips for packing and
skiing in the Alps.
Les 4 Vallées offers extensive extreme
skiing along with the famed ski town of
Bernard. Verbier's glacier and vast slopes provide an extreme skiers
playground - the highest of which is Mont Fort at nearly 11,000.' The
cosmopolitan alpine town of Verbier is fun for skiers and non skiers alike with
top hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.
Zermatt, in Switzerland’s western Alps, borders Italy
and provides tons of ski terrain - cross -country - literally. Zermatt village and ski
resort is best known for The towering Matterhorn at 14,693-feet looking down on
skiers like the grand daddy of all alps. The Matterhorn is the most photographed
mountain in the world. Zermatt offers the highest skiing in the Alps at
12,739-feet, served by 60 ski lifts and over 350 kilometers of prepared slopes
and even more off-piste. You can ski from Switzerland to Italy
along the Plateau Rosa off the Klein Matterhorn to Cervinia Ski Resort in Italy.
One of the treasures of skiing the Swiss Alps, especially Zermatt, is skiing to a mountainside chalet
serving homemade lunch, just look for the Swiss flag along the trailside. Zermatt
Village is a picture postcard of world-class hotels and loads of upscale Swiss
restaurants and shopping.
Switzerland’s Jungfrau ski region
offers even more big mountain Swiss Alps skiing, with three ski areas Grindelwald
First, Kleine Scheidegg near Wengen and Mürren's Schilthorn, all on one ski pass. Schilthorn’s 9,744’ summit is where you will find the world famous Piz
Gloria lodge, filmed in a James Bond movie scene, a panoramic spot for lunch reached
by cable car. From here it’s a long run down the Bernese Oberland Alps, this is
where the legendary Inferno Race started in 1928, descending 10 miles in
approximately 15 minutes race time.
Just a half hour away from Interlaken within the Jungfrau region
is Haslital - a family friendly ski
resort worth discovering. Engelberg just
over an hour from Zurich, offers two ski resorts: Engelberg Titlis on a
10,000' glacier and Brunni - the sunny family friendly side, both emanate from
the pretty ski village of Engelberg.
The Super Ski
Region of Gstaad is another one of the
largest ski areas in Switzerland, a popular ski region of the well-heeled with
some of the finest hotels in the Swiss Alps.
There are actually seven separate Gstaad ski sectors, not interconnected, the
highest and most scenic is the Gstaad Glacier 3000.
The Aletsch Arena offers amazing ski
in, ski out lodging and sundrenched slopes. Ski right in to your hotel here on a
snow-assured, car-free ski vacation to one of three interconnected ski villages
of Bettmeralp, Riederalp or Fiesheralp. Enjoy the magnificent view of the
23 kilometer long Aletsch Glacier, the longest ice stream in the Alps and heart
of this UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps.
Saas Fee ski resort is home to the
highest underground skiers railway, the Metro Alpin, which delivers skiers to superbly
scenic skiing on a glacier and the highest revolving restaurant in the world -
aptly called 360. Saas Fee doesn't get the big name recognition of other Swiss
ski resorts, it doesn't get the big crowds either and the charming ski village,
with no cars, is a relaxing retreat for families or romantics.
Adelboden Lenk is located in this
Bernese Oberland region, another large ski center in Switzerland with six
separate areas, we have skied and reviewed for you. Adelboden is famed for its
annual World Cup race and the ensuing ski race celebration in the historic ski
Davos Klosters in Graubunden, the eastern mountains of Switzerland, is renowned
for its great village and terrain and extensive off-piste skiing.
St. Moritz, in the spectacular Engadin Valley, is revered for iskiing from the 10,836'
summit, glacier skiing on Diavolezza glacier, 350 kilometers of trails - the
longest is over 10 kilometers, and heli skiing. The luxury village of St Moritz has
beautiful four and five star ski hotels.