Switzerland has long been one of Europe’s most popular skiing destinations, and with so many mountains and resorts to choose from, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites to help you decide which one is right for you. From slopes suitable for beginners to expert-only runs, there are resorts to suit all abilities, so everyone can get a piste of the action!
Arosa lies at the base of a wide valley, which means it enjoys beautiful sunny weather and is relatively sheltered against any forceful winds that may jeopardize your skiing efforts. Connected to neighbouring Lenzerheide resort by cable car, it’s a popular resort with over 60 kilometres of slopes.
2. Crans Montana
This south-western ski resort often features on the World Cup schedule, and has been home to several celebrity residents – Roger Moore and Michel Roux to name a few. There are pistes to suit all level of skiers, with 17 blue for beginners and 20 red and four black for the more advanced.
After being recognised as one of Prince Charles’ favourite ski destinations, one of the resort’s cable cars was named after him. If fact, it’s been a popular haunt among other members of the royal family – owing to the resort’s discreet reputation.
Not only is Davos the highest city in Europe, towering over the rest at 5,120 ft, but it’s also one of the country’s largest ski resorts. It’s popular for its vast selection of off-piste areas which draw in expert skiers during the season. However there are also 134 kilometres of intermediate slopes. It’s on the Best of the Alps Classic Mountain Resorts list, along with 11 other popular resorts in Europe.
5. St Moritz
This is one of the more pricey Swiss ski resorts and it’s hosted the Winter Olympics twice. It also boasts over 300 days of sunshine every year so expect an impressive goggle tan if you visit!
Grindelwald is home to the longest Glacier in the whole of Europe. For obvious reasons, you can’t ski down it, but it’s a great hiking spot if you fancy a break from the slopes. If you’re all about skiing and never about hiking, stick to the pistes, which offer views of some of the most picturesque scenery in the country.
With the rather conspicuous Matterhorn mountain looming ahead in the distance, Zermatt is a popular, photogenic destination. It’s also open 365 days a year, because its high altitude generates a continual supply of snow – even throughout the summer!
8. Saas Fee
No cars are allowed in this southern Swiss resort, only small electric vehicles and rubbish trucks. Its large number of relatively flat slopes make it a favourite among families and novice skiers. It’s generally less crowded than the other resorts, which is great for the French ski teams who often train here.
With plenty of nursery slopes and gentle, meandering pistes, Wengen is a great place to learn to ski. There aren’t many red or black slopes so more advanced skiers may want to head elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a peaceful resort suitable for families and casual skiers, this resort has your name written all over its fluffy pistes.
Verbier has quite a few steep slopes and a great selection of off piste runs, like the Stairway to Heaven and The Rocky Garden. It forms part of the 4 Vallées, which is the largest ski area in the country and is a great place for thrill seekers because of its heli skiing opportunities.