Switzerland ski holidays & resorts

Skiing in Switzerland

The Swiss Alps seem higher, more dramatic and more spectacular than other ski areas. You’ll enjoy the queue-free lifts, high altitude snow and wide uncrowded runs. Unlike new ski villages, Swiss resorts are authentic. The mountain restaurants, friendly cafes and Victorian-style hotels make you feel like you’ve experienced true Switzerland. A lot of the resorts are traffic-free, peaceful and incredibly scenic.

Swiss Art of Living

Switzerland is full of life’s finer things - cheese, chocolate, good wine, high end shopping & gorgeous restaurants. You can try different regional dishes. There is raclette and melted cheese in the Valais region, dumplings wrapped in chard leaves in Graubunden or buttery fried potatoes in Bern.

Swiss restaurants are rated using the Gault Millau guide. Founded by two French restaurant critics the grading system is ranked from 0-20 points for the quality of the food. Toques (Hats) are awarded for preparation and creativity. To be listed in the guide restaurants need a score of at least 10 points. So if you do come across one you can be certain the food is desirable. 

The Jungfrau Region

One of your bucket list, the Jungfrau region. Stunning mountains surround you as far as you can see. The runs from the top vary in length and difficulty so all abilities can enjoy the areas beauty. The traditional villages of Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren are perfect for accessing this area. If you’re a beginner, Wengen’s open gentle nursery slopes are great, as an intermediate you will find plenty in all three resorts. If you’re experienced you won’t want to miss a chance to ski two of the world’s longest downhill race runs in Wengen & Murren. Nearby sandwiched between them is the Lauterbrunnen Valley -one of the most beautiful in the world and the inspiration for JRR Tolkien'sRivendell, the sheer cliff faces are unique to Switzerland – you can’t get enough pictures.

At the top of Mount Schilthorn take in the views at the 360° revolving James Bond restaurant – all ages love it here. You can’t be in the Jungfrau region without visiting Junfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station. At 3,454m explore the observation deck, shopping, ice palace and Lindt chocolate heaven. The views over the Aletsch Glacier (the largest glacier in the Alps) are incredible, so save this for a clear day. Or if you feel like you’ve done enough skiing, head to Grindelwald where you can try one of the longest toboggan runs in the Alps.

Zermatt

The peak of the Matterhorn is impressively pointed, it’s clear why this is a world-famous mountain. Beneath it is the town of Zermatt with romantic buildings, narrow streets and chocolate box chalets. You’ll have modern lifts, a few beginner runs and plenty of intermediate and advanced skiing including off-piste options.  If lively après after a daring ski run is your forte you’ll be at home here. Partying in Hennu Stall with a view of the famous Matterhorn never gets old.

Saas Fee

Saas Fee is known as the ‘pearl of the alps’ due to it’s thrilling glacier skiing, ice pavilion and wild terrain. You’ll have eighteen mountain peaks, one of Europe’s best snow records and well-groomed slopes. It is a great all round resort with lots for families, a large beginner area but still plenty for intermediate and advanced skiers. In resort you’ll find gourmet food and varied nightlife.

Graubunden Ski Region

Davos & Klosters

Davos & Klosters are neighbouring towns in the Prättigau Valley. Both give access to world-class ski slopes suited for all abilities. Davos is a lively town with shopping, cosy bars and restaurants serving comfort food. While Klosters is a quieter more traditional village with convenient access to the lifts. With early bird skiing you can leave your mark on the morning snow while the sun rises over the Grison Mountains.

St Moritz

In the quiet Engadine valley is the luxurious St. Moritz - all our hotels are 4 star and above and the slopes are well groomed. You can reach five separate ski areas, whether its beginner runs, well-mapped out intermediate routes or off piste glacier skiing there is a bit of everything here. From vintage car events, to gourmet festivals and polo on snow – there is always classy entertainment.    

Regions in Switzerland

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The canton of Graubünden is home to the exclusive St. Moritz, where the first Brits visited Switzerland to ski in 1864. This was part of a wager with the manager of what is now Hotel Kulm, who offered them a free stay if they did not enjoy the winter in St. Moritz, as much as the summer! Now, St. Moritz is one of Switzerland’s most famous destinations.

Graubünden is a top ski destination boasting 3 of Switzerland’s top ski areas: Davos, Klosters, and St. Moritz.

Resorts in Graubunden Ski Region

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From Grindelwald's perfect beginners' nursery slopes at Bodmi and long scenic, tree-lined runs on 'First', to Wengen's satisfying red runs at Kleine Scheidegg, to Mürren's more challenging mogul fields up at Schilthorn, the Jungfrau area really does have something for everyone - all with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau trio as a spectacular backdrop.

Resorts in Jungfrau Ski Region

Resorts in Switzerland

Davos, a bustling town just up and over from the more genteel Klosters, is set in a spectacular valley, with great views all around. Davos, most famous these days for hosting the annual World Economic Forum, is a friendly town – the highest in Europe -  offering 300km of world-class skiing.

Klosters, Resort railway view

Klosters shares its neighbour Davos' 300km of great skiing and the full ski area is available on one pass. Few resorts in the Alps boast such a dramatic panorama. Almost everywhere you look, the horizon seems to be pierced by jagged, snow-covered  “horns” – (Schwarzhorn, Bocktenhorn, Weisshorn, Scalettahorn and Tinzenhorn – the “Matterhorn” of Davos) most of them well over 3,000 metres.

St Moritz, with around 354 km of pistes, is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. Thanks to its idyllic location, on a sunny terrace in the beautiful Engadin valley overlooking a big frozen lake, St Moritz hosts all kinds of other winter sports - there’s skating, curling, horse-racing, polo, cricket, golf and even ski-joring : being towed on skis behind a horse.

Alpine hut in Grindelwald

This traditional mountain village is set amidst spectacular scenery at the foot of the towering north face of the Eiger. Easy access via mountain train, gondola and cable-car to the ‘Jungfrau’ ski region including the pistes linking Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.

The idyllic village of Wengen lies high up on a sunny, sheltered terrace with spectacular views, dominated by that magnificent trio of peaks – the Eiger (Ogre), Mönch (Monk) and Jungfrau (Maiden) – which provide a magnificent backdrop to Mürren and Wengen, and in part to Grindelwald, all of which enjoy genuinely superb in-your-face scenery.

Mürren, perched high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, is one of Europe’s most historic ski areas: a “cradle” of Alpine skiing! The peaceful traffic-free village is set dramatically on a terrace on the other side of the valley from Wengen, You can only reach it by cable car.

 

  • from£551pp
  • Area: 145km
  • Altitude: up to 3500m
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The traditional ambience of Saas-Fee speaks of another era when life moved at a slower pace. With an excellent snow record and glacier skiing, the quaint resort of Saas-Fee is a beautiful, high Alpine village deservedly known as ‘the Pearl of the Alps.’

  • from£933pp
  • Area: 360km
  • Altitude: up to 3883m
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Even without its iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt would surely be one of the world’s top ski resorts. It boasts a huge ski area at high-altitude, and the breathtaking views of Europe’s most famous peak add an unbeatable and unique crowning glory.

Currency: CHF

No. of Airports: 2 – Geneva & Zurich

Fly from: London Gatwick, Southampton, Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow, East-Midlands, Belfast International, Stansted, Leeds-Bradford, & London Heathrow

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