10 Best Ski Resorts In Switzerland

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There is a reason why ski enthusiasts frequent the Swiss slopes – outstanding mountain sceneries, magnificent terrain, beautiful villages, friendly locals…the list is endless!

Think about it. Would tournaments like The Ski World Cup, The Freestyle Championships, The Brits, and the like be held on slopes that were second-rated? Of course not.

Switzerland boasts some of the finest slopes in the world of skiing and snowboarding, and that’s why thousands flock here every winter season. What’s more, the mountain cuisine is amazingly toothsome; your taste buds will truly be entertained.

Plus with wild après ski fun, filled with bounteous Swiss cheese and cozy fireplaces, seriously, what’s not to love?

Everything that constitutes the ideal ski vacation is all here. So let’s get you acquainted with the 10  best Swiss ski resorts that will leave your love for the slopes multiplied. Ready?

1. Verbier

Verbier is reputed for its versatile slopes, night skiing, and lively nightlife. With 107km of beginner slopes, 202km of intermediate slopes, and 103km of difficult slopes, the resort caters to everyone irrespective of their type of skiing and abilities.

Any party animal will love being here, as this is one heck of a party town. There are over 10 bars, all with great music and DJs that stay open till dawn.

There are also plenty of nonskiing activities that you can take part in on days when you are not hitting the slopes, ranging from paragliding, helicopter sightseeing, rock and ice climbing to snowshoeing and sledding. Just make sure to bring your ski camera so you can capture those moments and beautiful views.

You will get to Verbier by plane, bus, or train. There are flights from Geneva International Airport and Sion Airport, 167 km and 61 km away respectively. A bus or car will take you two and a half hours and a train will take you three hours.

Why We Love Verbier

  • Sparkling nightlife
  • Night skiing
  • Favors skiers of all levels
  • Easy to access
  • Plenty of nonskiing activities

2. St. Moritz

For those who plan to bring their families and kids skiing in Switzerland, St. Moritz makes for a great candidate. It boasts 42km of beginner slopes, 79km of intermediate slopes, and 34km of challenging slopes, making it perfect for skiers of all levels. Not only that; the trail from Zermatt is mind bowing.

If you are not into skiing, you can head to the snow park where you can try different off-the slopes activities such as ice skating, curling, indoor tennis, squash, and snowshoeing. Or go sleigh riding, paragliding, or sightseeing on a helicopter ride.

In the evening, catch some après ski fun at Schirm Bar or Alpina Hutte. If you are looking for something livelier, walk to the nearby town and soothe your soul with live music at the Pitz De Teschna. There are enough cozy bars, casinos, and nightclubs here, so nightlife is good.

St. Moritz resort is located 229km and 250 km from Zurich and Milan Malpensa airports. From here, it will take you a few hours by road or rail to get to the resort.

Why We Love St. Moritz

  • Perfect for families and kids
  • Accommodates skiers of all levels
  • Après ski fun
  • Numerous off-the-slopes activities

3. Parsenn

If you want to ski on some of the widest slopes in Switzerland, head to Parsenn. The trails are decorated with traditionally styled huts, where you can learn a thing or two about the Swiss culture.

This resort is best known for intermediate slopes that stretch up to 60km. But this doesn’t cut out beginner skiers and experts; they can still enjoy the 17km of flat slopes and 15km of difficult slopes available.

Parsenn also boasts the longest run compared to other Swiss ski resorts. It’s, therefore, the ideal destination for anyone looking to have some cross-country skiing fun. It’s great for families too.

Activities for non-skiers include ice skating, ice hockey, winter walking, speed skating, wall climbing, hang gliding, indoor tennis, and swimming.

After hitting the adrenalin charging slopes, loosen up under the palm trees at Scheebar Total or set out for Klosters and Davos. There is an abundance of bars in Davos that will keep you partying all night. Gaudy’s Grastroechni and Gotschnabarat Klosters are also great places for après life.

It will take you one and a half hours to get here by road and two and a half hours by train. The closest airport is St. Gallen Altenrhein, only 115 km from Parsenn.

Why We Love Parsenn

  • Ideal for intermediate skiers
  • Allows for cross-country skiing
  • Perfect for families
  • Easy to access
  • Lively après ski

4. Mürren

Elevated 2197m high, Mürren is yet another great destination for skiers of all levels.  It is perfect for families with kids too, so it would be an excellent place if you wish to teach your kids to ski.  3 to 5-year olds can take classes in the ski school available at the resort.

This is also one of the quietest spots for skiing in Switzerland. It is high enough that the peaks are almost always snowcapped. The Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch mountains will give your eyes breathtaking views to feast on.

When not skiing, check out other activities that the snow park has to offer like ice skating, curling, ski training, mountain biking, winter walking, and tobogganing.

End your day in one of the mountain huts and accustom yourself to the Swiss culture or catch a beer at Gondelbar. The nightlife scene is dignified and calm, and may not give you an option to party all night.

Perhaps the major reason why Mürren is crowd-free is its difficulty of access. If you want to come here, you will have to take a bus or train to Lauterbrunnen, where you can then catch a cable car to Mürren. The closest airdromes to Lauterbrunnen are Bern and Zurich airports.

Why We Love Mürren

  • Quiet and tranquil
  • Great for family vacations
  • Ski school for kids
  • Accommodates skiers of all levels
  • Calm nightlife

5. Wengen

Wengen

The host of the annual Lauberhorn ski races, Wengen, joins the list of Swiss ski resorts with the most stunning family-friendly slopes. Like Mürren, this too is a great place for kids. There are even a nursery slope and a couple of ski schools where the little ones can learn to ski. Kiddos’ slopes aside, you will love the amazing tobogganing trails, including one that runs up to 5 km!

Wengen is almost car-free, which means, it is also not as crowded as some of the areas we have listed above. It hides in a beautiful and tranquil village in one of the picturesque areas of the Swiss Alps.

The ski area links to Grindelwald and provides endless opportunities for beginners, intermediates, and experts. You can also try tobogganing, swimming, ice skating, or curling at the snow park or visit the spa. There is also a cinema theater where you can catch a movie.

The après ski is more of a comfy café bar and chic lounges. But several spots host music concerts and a couple of nightclubs where you can chill out with a beer and good music.

To get here, take a bus or train from Zurich airport. A bus will take you two hours and a train for three hours.

Why We Love Wengen

  • Perfect for skiers of all levels
  • Less crowded
  • Nursery slope and ski schools for kids
  • Tobogganing runs
  • Moderate nightlife

6. Zermatt

If you are looking for a resort where you can ski right into the summer, then this is it. Decorated with charming, pedestrianized villages and a wide range of slopes, Zermatt is a great prospect for intermediate and expert skiers.

Whether you want to ski moguls, try the risky off-piste skiing, or just stick to the red runs, you will come out of this resort a changed person, ski-wise. Hey, don’t forget to treat yourself to the beautiful views of the iconic and scenic Matterhorn as you slide down the slopes.

If you are not a fan of the slants, there is plenty of non-skier fun that you can indulge in at the park including winter hiking, swimming, curling, helicopter rides, and ice-skating.

The après ski scene is lively and fun. Places to check out will be Cervo, Hennu Stall, Papperla pub, Pollux bar, and Harry’s ski bar. The drinks and music will get you going all night.

It will take you two and a half hours by bus to get to Zermatt from Geneva Airport. A train will take you three and a half hours.

Why We Love Zermatt

  • Lively après ski
  • Perfect for intermediate and expert skiers
  • Off-piste skiing
  • A clear view of Matterhorn

7. Saas-Fee

Featuring impeccable scenery, flat and nursery slopes, as well as moderate to difficult terrain, Saas-Fee, is also another spot you shouldn’t leave out when listing your favorite family-friendly Swiss ski resorts. There are abundant ski schools that offer lessons for kids and beginners and snowboarding lessons for those who wish to learn to snowboard.

Apart from skiing and boarding, you can opt for winter walking, ice climbing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, or go on a gorge adventure. You can also spend some time in one of the spas.

Party junkies are well taken care of here. The bars and nightclubs in the upmarket hotels will offer memorable après ski. You can drink, sing, and dance till morning.

Saas-Fee is only 78 km from Sion, the nearest airport. It will take you one and a half hours by bus to get to the resort from the airport.

Why We Love Saas-Fee

  • Easily accessible
  • School for kids and beginners
  • Après ski fun
  • Family-friendly
  • Favors skiers of all experience levels

8. Engelberg

Swiss has something for free-riders and powder ski enthusiasts too; the great Engelberg. The area experiences freak storms that create heaps of fresh snow on the mountain slopes to allow for the perfect freeriding and powder skiing.

Skiers of all levels flock here to enjoy the exquisite views of the surrounding landscapes as they bounce down the slopes. There are sufficient family-friendly activities and off-ski fun that both kids and adults can indulge in, and a great ski school for kids.

And of course, a ski day can’t end without some après fun, so head to the Iglu bar and claim your share. The Chalet and Core Irish would be excellent options to unwind in too.

Engelberg is 100 km from Zurich airport. From the airport, it will take you one and a half hours by bus and two hours by train.

Why We Love Engelberg

  • Lively après ski
  • Powder skiing
  • Family-friendly
  • Ideal for skiers of all levels
  • Kids’ ski school

9. Adelboden

Located amidst picturesque Alpine scenery, Adelboden is a favorite of many skiers and boarders. It is popular with family getaways, given its family-friendly facilities including an in-house childcare and kids play area. With 46 km of beginner slopes and 34 km of intermediate slopes, this resort is known to well accommodate first-time skiers and intermediates, though there is 6km worth of slopes that experts can enjoy too.

Aside from skiing, there are hosts of activities that one can enjoy including bowling, wall climbing, ice skating, and curling.

For après ski, the Time Out Pub and Arte Lounge will offer good live music. But don’t expect to party all night.

Bern, Basel, and Zurich airports will take you to Adelboden. Bern is the closest and from here, it will take you only 45 minutes by road to get to the resort.

Why We Love Adelboden

  • Suitable for beginner and intermediates
  • Great for family vacations
  • In-house childcare
  • Moderate après ski
  • Easy to access

10. Champéry

One of the oldest spots for skiing in Switzerland, Champéry, is also one of the prettiest places to be in winter. Graced with scenic flora and sauna, gorgeous landscapes, and magnificent terrain, the resort supports skiing of all levels.

If you are bringing your family, you will love the family-oriented facilities here like the kids’ swimming pools and ski school. And if you don’t get enough of the slopes during the day, there is night skiing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Off the slopes, try snowshoeing, pony trekking, curling, or play darts.

Nightlife at Champéry is not so busy. You can catch some at Mitchell’s bar, the main après facility in the resort.

Geneva and Sion airports will get you to Champéry. You can catch a bus or train from the airport to the resort.

Why We Love Champéry

  • Night skiing
  • Moderate après ski
  • Family-friendly
  • Perfect for skiers of all levels

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Now that you know the best spots for skiing in Switzerland, start planning. Do your flight and hotel bookings well in advance so you won’t have to rush things at the last minute and risk forgetting essential pieces of ski gear.

Most of the areas we have mentioned in this post are family-friendly and accommodate skiers of all abilities. They will undoubtedly pamper you with the most fun-filled ski vacation.

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Source

  1. The Ten Best Swiss Ski Resorts, telegraph.co.uk
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