SKiiNG HOLiDAYS iN SWiTZERLAND
Switzerland is a very popular skiing destination due to its majestic scenery, welcoming alpine villages, high quality accommodation and well managed pistes. Skiing or snowboarding in Switzerland you’ll find a great mixture of old and new that attracts winter sports connoisseurs from around the globe!
Europe’s highest ski slopes can be found here at 3,900m on the Klein Matterhorn above Zermatt, dominating the sky line and open year round for winter sports. Resort St. Moritz is known as an international centre of fashion, sports and virgin alpine powder. Many of the most attractive ski holiday resorts are situated in Wallis Canton. Dominating Matterhorn bears over Zermatt at a staggering 4,478 metres above sea level. Skiing areas in Switzerland include Davos which is linked to Klosters, reportedly a regular favourite for the royals! Verbier is the world-famous ski region at the heart of the Four Valleys where A-list celebs such as Posh and Becks reportedly frequent annually for their snow fix. Grindelwald, Wengen, Gstaad, Crans Montana, Villars and Flims-Laax are other famous Swiss ski holiday resorts us Brits love to descend on every winter.
Fancy a James Bond adventure on your ski holiday? One of the first ever Bond action sequences was filmed on Murrin Mountain for ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’ Take the gondola up the Piz Gloria to the revolving restaurant at the summit of 9,750ft Schiltorn Peak for breathtaking views.
Adored by the rich and famous, Swiss skiing accommodation is varied with something for everyone. From luxury hotels with second-to-none spa facilities to traditional alpine chalets, standards are high in ‘Heidi’ country. The Swiss pride themselves on excellent cuisine and Eclipse Ski highly recommends indulging in tasty cheesy treats like Fondue or Raclette for a traditional Swiss holiday experience.
Despite appearances, skiing in the ‘Sound of Music’ scenic mountains doesn’t have to be expensive. Package skiing holidays can be cheaper than French or Italian counterpart resorts, so have a look today at our fantastic ski deals in Switzerland.
The good news is the skiing is concentrated into regional areas with nearby airports. Most skiers take advantage of the many direct flights to Geneva. Villars, Verbier and Les Diablerets are under two hours drive and Nendaz and Veysonnaz are 2 hours 30 minutes to resort. Zurich might be a better option for those staying in German-speaking resorts Engelberg, Films-Laax and Saas Fee. Transfers are between 1.5 hours and 3 hours, depending on the resort. For Wengen and Grindelwald, transfers are 3 hours 15 minutes. Wengen has a coach to Lauterbrunnen followed by a train to Wengen.
From Geneva, there are no public bus connections from Geneva airport to ski resorts, however there are private transfer operators, alp-line.com and geneva-skitransfers.com are providers of private transfers. There are car-rental options at all main airports.
If you want to go green, Switzerland has clean and comfortable trains which run efficiently. Train stations are normally in resort, meaning you won’t have to get further transport.
Train stations are normally directly into resort, meaning you won’t have to get further transport. Villars, Les Diabalerets, Verbier and Saas Fee are under two hours train. For Nendaz and Veysonnaz, you’ll need to get the train to Sion, followed by the postbus to resort, the entire journey is just 2 hours 30 minutes.
Zurich airport might be a better option for those staying in ski resorts Films-Laax. Catch the Intercity train to Chur, and then hop on the Postbus, which takes 2 hours 15 minutes.
From Zurich, you can reach Davos – Klosters directly via a 2 hour 30 minute train or shuttle bus. To get to Arosa ski resort, take the Intercity train to Chur, followed by the RhB 60 minute train up to resort.
For Grindelwald and Wengen take the rail link to Interlaken, followed by the train up the mountain, total journey should take 3 hours 45 minutes.
For those looking to self-drive, it’s roughly a 10 hour drive down from Calais. Remember to take cards or cash to get through the tolls as you head down through France.
Resorts located within Switzerland
Classic resort town Davos is lift-linked with neighbouring Klosters. After recent re-branding to become Davos Klosters, skiing holidays here give access to five varied skiing areas. The cosmopolitan old town features a lively night-life scene, shops, bars and a world-famous tourism and conference centre facilities. Staging the World Economic forum annually in January, it draws world leaders from far and wide. The great all-rounder resort has superb skiing offering something for everyone.
Classic traditional skiing resort Grindelwood is set in the middle of the dramatically scenic Jungfrau region. Famed for its scenery, the whole area is a UNESCO World heritage site. The glacier village is rich with history and its main feature is the extreme mountaineering challenge of the Eiger north face, which towers over the resort. The village is a hub of activity year round with a buzzing atmosphere that attracts family and group skiers.
Unspoilt and ancient, French-speaking Les Diablerets is surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks of the Diablerets Glacier. The 'winter-wonderland' village is full of comfortable hotels, traditional Swiss ski chalets and farmhouses for skiing holiday accommodation. Known for its year-round skiing and link to neighbouring Gstaad and Villars, Les Diablerets covers the vast meadows at the foot of the glacier.
Nendaz is a contemporary ski holiday resort built in a picturesque traditional alpine village style. A small village positioned just slightly west of famous resort Verbier, it's at the heart of the 4 Valley skiing area. The welcoming atmosphere of Nendaz hotels and chalets give the village a really relaxed feel, which is just perfect for a family or group ski holiday, or an intimate getaway for couples.
Marketed the “Pearl of the Alps” Saas Fee is surrounded by a heart-stopping 13 4,000 metre high peaks! The region is excellent for an action-packed skiing holiday to Saas Fee. The Mischabel ski area scenery amongst the guaranteed snow is spectacular. The Swiss chalet styled buildings, traffic-free roads, rocking bars and restaurants make Saas Fee a favoured option for your skiing or snowboarding holiday to Switzerland.
The world's original winter sports resort for connoisseurs dates back to 1864. With a long history of glitz and glamour, catering for exclusive clientèle including movie stars and royalty. The exciting skiing is spread over two mountains, hard to believe that skiing holidays to St. Moritz are affordable for all budgets and groups. Amongst the luxury prestige properties you'll also find very reasonably priced accommodation and bars, shops and restaurants. St Moritz is the celebrated favourite for skiing holidays in Switzerland.
Switzerland's 'brand name' ski holiday resort possesses high-society chic combined with slopes perfectly situated on a south-west facing sunny plateau. The atmosphere in this ancient Swiss village is enhanced by spectacular views over the Mont Blanc and a lively après scene. Verbier is an impressive all-rounder ski resort that is perfect for any skiing trip, keeping groups and families happy on holiday.
Veysonnaz has the charm of a secret waiting to be found out. The unspoilt village has dramatic panoramic views and access to the 4 Valley skiing area. Despite its fantastic position over the crossroads of several valleys, mass-market tourism hasn't descended on the village just yet, making it ideal for a relaxed family ski holiday in Switzerland.
Perched on a sunny plateau in the Vaudoises Alps, classic skiing resort Villars overlooks the Rhone Valley with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps. Full of Swiss ski chalets, the small town Villars has an excellent range of shops, bars and restaurants. The pretty traditional resort features an old railway station and appeals to families for its alpine charm and short transfer from Geneva.
More than a century old, Wengen is regarded as one of the top destinations in Switzerland for skiing holidays. A sunny sheltered plateau with some of the best scenery in the world, pretty alpine Wengen is the perfect base to ski the exciting Jungfrau Topski area. Accessible only by rail during winter months, the largely pedestrianised streets of Wengen are a magnet for family skiing holidays.
Sitting in the shadows of the enormous Matterhorn Mountain is the spectacular skiing resort Zermatt. With its 'wow' scenery and lively party scene, the high-altitude fairytale resort boasts vast skiing areas with a variety of well-maintained pistes, making skiing holidays to Zermatt extremely desirable.