With high-altitude mountains, sky-high peaks with near-vertical drops, powder-covered glaciers, and gently rolling Alpine forests, it's no wonder skiing in Switzerland tops most travellers’ wish lists.
Plus, the country is home to some of Europe's largest winter resorts, with new panoramic cable cars, high-speed chair lifts, and scenic trains offering easy connectivity between mountains. Let’s not forget about the chocolate and cheeses too!
So, whether you’ve been skiing to Switzerland before or you’re looking to explore some of the best ski resorts in Switzerland for the first time, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’ll be counting down our five top ski resorts in Switzerland, all of which have spectacular ski areas, hundreds of lift links and of course, stunning chalets and hotels for you to rest in after a long day on the slopes. Once we’ve helped you decide on your dream Swiss ski resort, get in touch with the Ski Arrangements team so we can help put together a ski package holiday completely tailored and personalised to you.
At the top of our best ski breaks to Switzerland list is Zermatt. This luxury ski resort boasts the highest winter sports area in the Alps with ski terrain at altitudes between 2,500 and 3,900 meters and more than 2,133 meters of vertical drop. Of course, Zermatt is also home to Europe’s most iconic mountain, the Matterhorn, which rises directly behind the town and is visible from much of the accommodation lay within. Along with offering skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year in a postcard setting, Zermatt is famous for its long ski runs, with terrain for all skill levels. Beginning skiers and children will find non-threatening terrain at Wolli's Park and for experienced skiers, you can access the gondolas, chairlifts, and a cable car up to the Rothorn's trails and snowfields or link to the Gornergrat ski pistes.
Known as the original winter resort of Switzerland, St Moritz is a beauty. Huddled on the shores of a huge lake and surrounded by Narnia-like forest, the ski resort delivers a fantastic range of slopes including the World Cup wonders, the 100km Corviglia area which can be reached straight from resort. Just a short train or bus ride away is also the slopes of Corvatsch with its floodlit runs and demanding valley descent with phenomenal scenery every which way you look. St. Moritz is known for its smart — and pricey —- social life, and you can find plenty of family-friendly accommodations here on the Ski Arrangements website.
Next up on our best ski breaks to Switzerland list is Verbier, the perfect spot for expert skiers looking for well laid out runs for long-distance skiing and an abundance of backcountry terrain. It’s no wonder it’s one of the world's best resorts for off-piste skiing. Many of the area’s most famous off-piste runs, including Bec des Étagnes, Marlenaz, Croix de Coeur, Col des Mines, and Couloir de la "Banane," are known and respected around the world. Skiers not up to the rigors of the expert terrain will find some high-intermediate runs; the cable car to 2,050-meter Tortin brings you to several, and Bruson, across the valley at 1,080 meters, is less crowded and has good intermediate terrain.
Laax is one of Switzerland’s largest and most snowsure ski areas with a big vertical drop, and a good choice of hotels and mountain restaurants. The resort has been the Granddaddy of freestyle ever since the movement began in the 1980s when the first half-pipe was built here. Now every young gun worth his or her bullets wants to be seen here. It’s also the perfect ski resort for families with a wide range of courses for little ones and beginners. For us, one of the best parts of Laax is the famous Rocks Resort Hotel, a stylish and exclusive resort that can be found right at the cable car station in Laax, surrounded by great slopes as well as shops, restaurants and bars in the central square.
Surrounded by peaks measuring in at more than 4,000 meters, Saas-Fee calls to some of the most adventurous skiers and snowboarders. In Switzerland’s Valais area, Saas-Fee is one of the mountain resorts around the Rhône Valley. The Dom and the Allalinhorn glaciers are right there, which help make skiing available well past the typical winter months. At the resort, cruise down some of the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps. Beginners can gain practice close to the village, and freeskiers can venture into the Mittelallalin snow park. The wildest adrenaline junkies can chase the snow on the nearby glaciers. We highly recommend a visit to Nesti's Ski Bar on your visit, a classic place to grab a pint at the bottom of the slopes.