Ski Switzerland to see the iconic Matterhorn - Zermatt ski resort.
Ski Switzerland to see the iconic Matterhorn - Zermatt ski resort.
Ski Switzerland for freeride powder - St Moritz (Diavolezza) ski resort.
Ski Switzerland for freeride powder - St Moritz (Diavolezza) ski resort.
Classic Swiss Alps terrain & hay barns - Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort.
Classic Swiss Alps terrain & hay barns - Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort.
Ride the world's best terrain parks in Switzerland - LAAX ski resort.
Ride the world's best terrain parks in Switzerland - LAAX ski resort.
Enjoy Swiss mountain hospitality - Arosa ski resort.
Enjoy Swiss mountain hospitality - Arosa ski resort.
Ski & travel in style on Switzerland's legendary rail system.
Ski & travel in style on Switzerland's legendary rail system.
Beautiful small ski resorts in Switzerland - Rosswald above Brig.
Beautiful small ski resorts in Switzerland - Rosswald above Brig.
Ski the world's most challenging terrain - Lenzerheide ski resort.
Ski the world's most challenging terrain - Lenzerheide ski resort.
Switzerland alpine villages are wonderful - Bettmeralp, Aletsch Arena.
Switzerland alpine villages are wonderful - Bettmeralp, Aletsch Arena.
Andermatt village is a real Swiss mountain town with a superb ski resort.
Andermatt village is a real Swiss mountain town with a superb ski resort.
Swiss cuisine is delicious - traditional capuns at Davos Klosters ski resort.
Swiss cuisine is delicious - traditional capuns at Davos Klosters ski resort.
Spectacular views are everywhere in Switzerland - Klewenalp ski resort.
Spectacular views are everywhere in Switzerland - Klewenalp ski resort.
Ski Switzerland for powder - Klewenalp.
Ski Switzerland for powder - Klewenalp.
Ski Switzerland to be lifted to glorious summits like Titlis at Engelberg..
Ski Switzerland to be lifted to glorious summits like Titlis at Engelberg..
Switzerland's local ski resorts like Brigels are great fun.
Switzerland's local ski resorts like Brigels are great fun.
Ski on glaciers in summer and every day of the year at Zermatt ski resort.
Ski on glaciers in summer and every day of the year at Zermatt ski resort.
Ski the world's best resorts like Verbier in Switzerland.
Ski the world's best resorts like Verbier in Switzerland.
Switzerland ski resorts have loads of other activities like winter walking.
Switzerland ski resorts have loads of other activities like winter walking.
Switzerland's railways intersect the piste at Davos Klosters ski resort.
Switzerland's railways intersect the piste at Davos Klosters ski resort.
Ski the world's best in Switzerland - 4 Vallees (Verbier) ski resort.
Ski the world's best in Switzerland - 4 Vallees (Verbier) ski resort.

Switzerland

Ski Switzerland

Switzerland in the heart of the Alps is the epitome of the mountains in Europe. 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, including the largest in western Europe, Aletsch Glacier. 

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 excellent.

As to be expected, the ski resorts in Switzerland are well organised and efficient, with state of the art snowmaking and lift infrastructure 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. The norm, with some notable exceptions, 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 (and not so world famous) Swiss ski resorts - here are just a handful.

Andermatt Sedrun is a Powderhounds favorite. Huge free ride terrain and deep snow, Andermatt Sedrun is undergoing a huge redevelopment and wont stay under the radar too much longer.

Verbier (4 Vallees) is amongst Europe's biggest interconnected ski resorts. Verbier has ski and snowboard terrain for all abilities, but it’s well known for the delightfully steep, nasty off-piste slopes that we can attest to existing!. The après and nightlife is more vibrant than at the usual Swiss ski resort.

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 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 sits at the foot of the Matterhorn and is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. 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 and includes the highest lifted piste terrain in Europe (to 3890m), allowing for extensive summer skiing on its glacier terrain. Zermatt is known for its après drinking and late night revelry, and it’s also popular with families. Has the additional appeal of being connected to the wonderful Cervinia in Italy.

The prestigious Swiss ski resort town of St. Moritz is delightfully chic and upmarket, but also a fantastic holiday destination for all levels of skier. Beyond being the Swiss ski holiday destination for the rich and famous, the St Moritz skiing terrain encompasses 3 diverse ski areas (Corvatsch, Corviglia & Diavolezza) catering to all abilities, it’s the best ski resort in Switzerland for intermediates.

Davos Klosters is a well known collection of 5 main ski areas high in the canton of Grisons. Davos attracts a diverse crowd but it’s largely a very fashionable ski resort where Powderhounds can excel on the huge off-piste powder terrain with little competition unless the sun is out!. Down valley is Klosters, which is famous as the ski holiday spot for the British royal family. The village of Klosters is smaller than Davos and more traditional, intimate and refined.

Other large ski resorts of note include the huge Arosa Lenzerheide, Laax, and Jungfrau ski areas plus the diverse (and sometimes frightening) Engelberg. Medium size ski resorts like Aletsch Arena and Crans Montana are absolutely common place in Switzerland and are ready to welcome you and your family.

Powderhounds will be visiting a host of smaller secret stash Swiss ski resorts in the coming years.  These include Anzere, Arolla, Belalp, Brigels, Evolene, Grimentz, Zinal, Rosswald and  Lauchernalp. The list goes on. Switzerland is full of little powder laden ski resort gems. Discovering them is (and will be) a helluva lot of fun.

Skiing in Switzerland Experience

Like 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 in Switzerland (yes they do have bells around their neck in summer!), it seems criminal not to have a gourmet cheese fix via fondue and raclette, but go easy and don't forget to eat your greens.

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.

Travel To & Around Switzerland

Getting to Switzerland is easy via either Geneva or Zurich airports. From there it would be a skiing crime to not use the best railway system in the world to get around. Aside from the eye popping scenery from the train, many Swiss ski resorts (most really) are reachable directly by train from the airport. Engelberg is simple from Zurich. Verbier is easy from Geneva. The Matterhorn Gotthard train and the Glacier Express link a huge number of ski resorts across Switzerland's south. Zermatt, Graechen, Aletsch Arena, Andermatt, Sedrun, Arosa, Disentis, Brigels, Laax, Davos, Klosters and St Moritz ski resorts are all directly on the train line or spur lines. That is several ski trips worth alone! Take the train. You wont regret it.

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 are 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 the first week in January, February and most weekends through to early April. The last 3 weeks of January and mid-week in March and April can be a good time to save a few pennies and ski desserted slopes. 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, has wonderful transport links and hotels with well organized service. Combine this with the charming ski resort villages that have been carefully developed without losing the traditional alpine essence of Switzerland.

Ski Tours that include Switzerland

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Monterosa Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing Days
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This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine ski areas (Zermatt, Cervinia, Monterosa) in the upper valleys of the Monte Rosa massif among 4,000m peaks such as the Matterhorn. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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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
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Skiing and snowboarding around the iconic Matterhorn is a bucket list trip for every Powderhound. Explore the vast terrain along the Switzerland & Italian border. Endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of high alpine peaks.
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Murren Jungfrau Swiss Bliss Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Ski 6 days with local guides deep into the heart of the Alps and across multiple valleys. Carve turns through the Jungfrau Region exploring, Mürren, Grindelwald, First and Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen. Enjoy skiing some of the best terrain of your life in one week.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Urner Hut Tour - The Skiers Haute Route DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Ski Days
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The Urner Hut Tour or otherwise known as “The Skier’s Haute Route” is one of the best ski tours in the Alps. The tour goes from Andermatt to Engelberg and has an emphasis on top-notch descents rather than the long traverses which are common on some other standard Haute Routes through the Alps.
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