Its every skier’s dream to ski the Swiss Alp, wether its the majestic Zermatt overlooking the iconic Matterhorn or the glamorous Gstaad and its fancy Chalets. The good thing is that you dont need to be a professional skier to be able to enjoy skiing in Switzerland. There are slopes for everyone from new learns to the masters, almost in every ski resort. The least that you will get out with from visiting the pistes in Switzerland is great scenery and unmatchable variety of experiences. Here are our picks for the top 10 top ski resorts in Switzerland.
Hosting the most Iconic mountain in Switzerland, if not in Europe, Zermatt is the highest winter sports area in the Alps, ranging between 2,500 and about 4000 meters. Its 350-kilometer trail connects two countries, Switzerland and Italy. A memorable moment in a skier’s lifetime is skiing in Switzerland over the Theodul Pass and down into the Italian trail side.
Zermatt is also famous for its long ski runs, with terrain for all skill levels. Beginning skiers can find non-threatening terrain at Wolli’s Park, at the top of the Sunnegga funicular, and experienced skiers can access the gondolas, chairlifts, and a cable car up to the Rothorn’s trails and snowfields or link to the Gornergrat ski pistes.
Official site: www.zermatt.ch
To reach Jungfrau you can take the Jungfraubahnrailway from the Kleine Scheidegg, or reach it from Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, up to the highest railroad station in Europe at 3,454 meters. You can also take any of the dozens of lifts and cableways to reach runs as long as 12 kilometers. The Jungfrau’s ski areas enjoy long runs, as well as reliably deep snow. Beginners and learners can head for the slopes near Wengen, while experts will find Mürren’s runs the region’s most challenging.
3 St. Moritz
St. Moritz has twice hosted the Winter Olympics, in 1928 and 1948, and is one of the world’s oldest and most famous winter sports resorts. Don’t think it’s just for experts and Olympians, but its 20 lifts carry skiers to terrain for all skill levels, and covers some of Switzerland’s best intermediate terrain.
Despite being known for its smart – and pricey – social life, but you’ll find family-friendly accommodations in St. Moritz and a few minutes away in Silvaplana, where there’s lift and cable car to the Corvatsch ski area.
Official site: https://www.stmoritz.ch
The 150 kilometers of ski trails and slopes at Saas-Fee provide large terrain where intermediate skiers can feel comfortable. This, in addition to about 40 kilometers of beginner trails, which are ideal for children and learners, make Saas-Fee popular with families.
Despite its well-earned reputation for soft runs, experts has their challenge also, with 23 kilometers of black-diamond trails.
Official site: http://www.saas-fee.ch/en/
5 Crans Montana
Only 2 hours from Geneva and 90 minutes from Lausanne, Crans-Montana gets popular on weekends, but the crowds quickly spread out across its 140 kilometers of slopes and wide runs. The mountain is best known for its preponderance of intermediate terrain and for its variety of beginner slopes. Snow Island is a family favorite for snow tubing, with a magic carpet for novice skiers and sledders. Some trails are lighted for night skiing, and there is a dedicated snow park for boarders. In mid-January the alpine views get more colorful as the International Hot Air Balloon Meet gets underway.
Official site: http://www.crans-montana.ch/hiver/en/
Not only famous for its World Economic Forum, Davos is one of Europe’s largest winter sports areas and one of its highest in altitude. The two main centers are the completely dissimilar towns of Davos and Klosters; for Alpine village atmosphere, you choose Klosters as a base, but the multiple ski areas are interconnected, so it’s easy to ski any combination.
Parson has some of the most challenging terrain and the longest runs in the Alps. Both Jakobshorn and the Pischa area are favorites for boarders, especially with its off-piste freeride terrain. Davos is also popular with Nordic skiers for its 140 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, some lighted for night skiing.
Official site: http://www.davos.ch/en/
Gstaad enjoys the image of being a celeb-spotting area and latest ski fashions. Despite that, there’s plenty of fine skiing and boarding in the 10 villages that make up the group know as Gstaad Mountain Rides. The altitude of ski terrain reaches to 3,000 meters, and a glacier guarantees skiing from late October through early May.
By far the majority of the terrain – 128 kilometers of it – is classed for beginners and 60 for intermediates. The SuperPass of Gstaad Mountain Rides also includes the Adelboden-Lenk ski area.
Official site: www.gstaad.ch/en.html
Verbier is on our list of 10 top ski resorts in Switzerland because it is the place for experts, with well laid out runs for long-distance skiing and an abundance of backcountry terrain making it one of the world’s best resorts for off-piste skiing. The Tortin is famous as one of Europe’s steepest descents. Set on a natural terrace, with views of the Grand Combin and the Mont Blanc group, Verbier is part of the Four Valleys ski area, joining Thyon, Veysonnaz, and Nendaz for a total of more than 410 kilometers of ski runs all included in a single lift pass. Verbier’s snow park hosts the annual Verbier Ride freestyle event and the Verbier Xtreme freeride competitions, part of the Freeride World Tour.
Official site: http://en.verbier.ch/
45 minutes from Lucerne and an hour from Zürich, Mount Titlis is one of Switzerland’s most popular attractions, with visitors ascending to its summit in a state-of-the-art revolving cable car year-round.
Between Brunni and Jochpass, more than 80 kilometers of runs is accessible to beginners and intermediate skiers. A number of the easiest runs are in the lower slopes around Trübsee and Gerschnialp. The steeper slopes are in the higher areas and on the glacier, where there is skiing from October until May. This one of the top ski resorts in Switzerland is specially popular with freeriders and off-piste skiers due to its quality of snow.
Official site: http://www.engelberg.ch/en/
Adelboden and Lenk share the mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland, and between them offer a place for all skiers. The ski resort Lenk im Simmental is set in a wide, flat valley making it popular Nordic skiing lovers, snowshoeing, winter walking. It is very family-friendly, and beginning and intermediate skiers will find plenty of skiing among its 44 skiable acres and five terrain parks. Experts can head to the more advanced pistes at nearby Adelboden, which is linked by the lift system.
Each January, Adelboden hosts the FIS Ski World Cup, what’s considered the world’s most challenging giant slalom course.
Official site: www.adelboden-lenk.ch