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Ski Switzerland Switzerland in the heart of the Alps is pretty much the epitome of the alpine. The towering Swiss Alps run across the central-south part of Switzerland, taking up about 60 percent of the country’s area. Approximately one hundred mountains in Switzerland rise to nearly or higher than 4,000 metres (13,000 feet), and the famous Matterhorn soars to 4,478 m (14,692 ft) and that’s not even the highest mountain. The Swiss Alps are also home to a large number of glaciers.

So it’s not surprising that such a mountainous country is synonymous with skiing. There are more than a hundred well known Switzerland ski resorts, many at high altitude, so the snow quality is well maintained, and there’s glacier skiing in Switzerland too.

As to be expected, the ski resorts in Switzerland are organised and efficient, with state of the art snowmaking infrastructure and big cable cars to whisk skiers and snowboarders kilometres up the mountain. Despite the efficiency, the Swiss ski resorts have typically done a sterling job of maintaining their traditional charm. Ugly purpose-built ski resorts are negligible and the norm is the cutesy charming ski village with mountain refuges that complement the stunning scenery.

Best Ski Resorts in Switzerland There are lots of world famous Swiss ski resorts - here are just a handful.

Verbier is located in the French speaking region of Valais as part of the 4 Valleys, between the Matterhorn and Mont-Blanc. Verbier is one of the biggest Swiss Alps ski resorts. Verbier has ski and snowboard terrain for all abilities, but it’s well known for the delightfully steep, nasty off-piste slopes. The après is more vibrant than at the usual Swiss ski resort, and the nightlife caters well to the partying Brits.

Saas-Fee is located near the Italian border in the Valais canton of Switzerland. Saas Fee incorporates one of the most stunning Swiss glaciers, Allalin, which offers both winter and summer skiing. A highlight of the area is travelling up in a funicular railway inside the mountain to the highest lift station in Europe at 3,500 metres, before skiing all the way down to the beautiful and romantic Saas Fee village at 1,800 metres. Saas-Fee provides a cheaper, less crowded alternative to the neighbouring Zermatt.

Zermatt ski resort sits at the foot of the Matterhorn and is one of the most famous Switzerland ski resorts. Zermatt has an old traditional town where cute horse-drawn sleighs travel down cobble stone streets. Skiing occurs across a range of high mountain areas, so it’s snow sure. Zermatt is known for its après drinking and late night revelry, and it’s also popular with families.

The prestigious Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz is delightfully chic and upmarket, with a romantic ski village and ritzy boutiques. Beyond being the Swiss ski holiday destination for the rich and famous, the St Moritz ski terrain caters to all abilities but it’s the best ski resort in Switzerland for intermediates.

Davos attracts a diverse crowd but it’s largely a very fashionable ski resort. Davos is at high altitude, which adds to the merriment of this party town.

Next door is the interconnected Klosters ski resort, which is famous as the ski holiday spot for the British royal family. Klosters is smaller than Davos and more intimate and refined.

Skiing in Switzerland ExperienceLike most skiing in Europe, the actual snowboarding or skiing in Switzerland is just a small part of the overall experience. Reclining in sun lounges whilst working on the tan, and visiting the mountain restaurants for a long leisurely lunch is a big priority. And considering the number of cows (with bells around their neck!) in Switzerland, it seems criminal not to have a gourmet cheese fix via fondue and raclette.

After your long lunch you can ski a little in the afternoon before stopping for some schnapps or wine on the way home. Typically the Swiss version of après is sedate and not a patch on what you’d find in the Austria ski resorts, but a few of the high profile Swiss ski resorts provide some lively après and evening festivities.

Cost of Skiing in Switzerland The cost of Switzerland skiing is largely dependent on the strength of the franc. Typically the Switzerland ski resorts are reasonably expensive, but they’re less crowded and generally provide a more exclusive ski holiday than many other Europe ski resorts. The Swiss ski resorts tend to be more costly than the Austria ski resorts and skiing in Italy, but less pricey than the super popular French ski resorts.

High season at the Swiss ski resorts is from Christmas to New Year’s, and February through to early April, so January can be a good time to save a few pennies. Of course it’s possible to stay in pensions and ski Switzerland on a budget, so long as you keep the food and wine consumption to a minimum. You might even have some money left to buy a new watch and a Swiss army knife!

More Reasons to Ski Switzerland Enjoy the benefits of a country that runs like clockwork and has hotels with well organized service. Combine this with the charming ski resort villages that have been carefully developed without losing the alpine essence of Switzerland.

Ski Tours that include Switzerland

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Engelberg - Adermatt Freeride Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
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Explore deep powder turns around Andermatt while skiing thousands of acres of off piste. With over 5,000' feet of vertical from the top of Gemsstock, our groups will have unforgettable days in the Alps. Then ride Engelberg - the freeride mecca of Switzerland with some of the biggest descents and best snow in the Alps.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Chamonix Ultimate Experience Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
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Ski 3 countries in one week based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier and Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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Matterhorn-Zermatt Ski Tour DETAILS
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8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Skiing Around The Iconic Matterhorn is a Bucket List Trip For Every Skier. Explore the Vast Terrain Along the Switzerland & Italian Border. Endless Skiing Surrounded By Glaciers & Dozens of High Alpine Peaks
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Ski Touring
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USD 1,619
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This trip is for serious, fit, expert backcountry skiers. This tour links the best known resorts of Chamonix and Zermatt with 6,000 m of ascents / descents and over 120 km of touring. Join a fixed date tour or wrangle your own group together for a private custom tour.
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Bernese Oberland Traverse DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 1,619
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This trip is for advanced (or better) off-piste ski tourers (no snowboarders) taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together an do a private custom tour.
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