The skiing in Switzerland is often said to be some of the best in Europe, if not in the world. But it can be difficult to know where to go for your snowy getaway. Whether you want a big glamorous resort, fun night life, or a quaint, quiet Alpine village, Switzerland can deliver. It can be more expensive than other countries, but the facilities and infrastructure are reliably well-run and top-notch. Here are just five of the many excellent resorts that Switzerland has to offer:
The rich and famous frequent this glamorous resort, but it is not just for those with deep pockets, and Verbier is a popular destination for a wide range of people. It is world-famous for a reason. The resort boasts some of the best ski conditions in the world, and top-notch après ski night life and eateries including a slope-side restaurant co-owned by Lawrence Dallaglio and James Blunt.
This could be argued to be the scenic and beautiful ski resort in the Alps. The Matterhorn with its pointed peak looms high above the chalet lined high street, and though it can be very, very expensive, the food, drink and accommodation is all of the very best quality. The skiing, too is excellent, with a wide range of ski runs to suit all ages and abilities.
This is right in the heart of the most stunning peaks of the Swiss Alps. The valley is picturesque, and the skiing majestic. But this is a relaxed resort, and there are rarely the queues that you may experience in other of the big resorts in the region. Ski below the Eiger and the Wetterhorn on some awe inspiring runs that seem to go on for miles, and you will remember why you learned to ski in the first place.
Another for lovers of glitz and glamour, why not jet off to St. Moritz and hobnob with the rich and famous? This chic and expensive resort offers some of the best on and off piste skiing in the country, and you can get here by train, or by private plane to the airfield in nearby Samedan if you don’t wish to mix with the hoi polloi.
This resort links in with over 400km of ski routes in the ‘Four Valleys’ area, but it is an excellent resort for those who wish to stay in a charming and relatively unspoiled village and you are unlikely to face any crowds or queues. The French speaking village, around two hours from Geneva, is quieter than bigger resorts, but gives access to so much skiing, on and off piste, that you could stay there all winter.