Hardly there is any skiing lover who hasn’t heard of Switzerland ski resorts! It will not be an exaggeration to say that it’s every skier’s dream to ski in the Swiss Alps, whether it is the majestic Zermatt overlooking the iconic Matterhorn or the glamorous Gstaad with its fancy chalets.
The good thing is that you don’t need to be a professional skier to be able to enjoy skiing in Switzerland. There are ski resorts in Switzerland for beginners, for families and for professionals – for everyone! The least that you will get from visiting the slopes in Switzerland is great scenery and unmatchable variety of experiences.
As it is not easy to make a choice, we prepared our quick review of the top 10 top ski resorts in Switzerland.
ZERMATT SWITZERLAND SKI RESORT
Hosting Matterhorn, the most iconic mountain in Switzerland, if not in Europe, Zermatt ski resort is the highest ski resort in Switzerland. The peaks are between 2500 and 4000 meters.
Its 360 kilometers of slopes connect two countries: Switzerland (Zermatt-Mattehorn) and Italy (Breuil-Cervinia). 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 for all skill levels. The terrain is divided into 75 km of blue slopes, 220 km of red slopes, 27 km of black slopes and 38 km of yellow freeride slopes. Beginners can find easy slopes at Wolli’s Park right at the top of the Sunnegga funicular, and experienced skiers can access the gondolas, chairlifts and a cable car up to Matterhorn vast network of slopes linking Rothorn’s trails and snowfields, Gornergrat ski slopes and the Matterhorn glacier paradise.
JUNGFRAU SKI RESORT
The Jungfrau ski resort enjoys long runs, as well as reliably deep snow. Beginners and learners can head for the slopes near Wengen, while experts will find Mürren trails as the region’s most challenging.
To reach Jungfrau ski resort you can take the Jungfraubahn railway from the Kleine Scheidegg. Another option is to reach it from Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald, up to the highest railroad station in Europe at 3,454 meters – Jungfraujoch Top of Europe. You can also take any of the dozens of lifts and cableways to reach the top.
Winter season opening times at Jungfrau Ski Resort:
30.11.2019 – 19.04.2020, 8 am – 4:30 pm.
ST. MORITZ SKI RESORT
St. Moritz ski resort has twice hosted the Winter Olympics: in 1928 and 1948. It is one of the world’s oldest and one of the most famous ski resorts in Switzerland. Don’t think it’s just for experts and Olympians! Its 20 lifts carry skiers to terrains for all skill levels. And they say that some of the best slopes in Switzerland for intermediate level skiers are here.
Despite being known in Switzerland as a luxury ski resort for its smart – and pricey – social life, but you’ll find family-friendly accommodations in St. Moritz and in Silvaplana, a few minutes away, where there’s a lift and a cable car to the Corvatsch ski area.
Winter season opening times at St. Moritz Ski Resort:
30.11.2019 – 13.04.2020, 7:45 am – 5:45 pm
SAAS-FEE SWITZERLAND SKI RESORT
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 have their challenge also, with 23 kilometers of black-diamond trails.
Winter season opening times at Saas-Fee Switzerland Ski Resort:
01.11.2019 – 19.04.2020, 8:30 am – 4 pm
CRANS-MONTANA SKI RESORT
Only 2 hours from Geneva and 90 minutes from Lausanne, Crans-Montana ski resort 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 predominance of intermediate terrain (70 km) and for its variety of beginner slopes (55 km).
Snow Island is a family favourite for snow tubing, with a magic carpet for novice skiers and sledders. There is a dedicated snow park for boarders.
From January 25 to February 2 2020 the Alpine views will get more colourful as the International Hot Air Balloon Festival at Château-d’Oex gets underway. Why not getting a Swiss experience of a hot air balloon flight in-between intense ski days?
Winter season opening times at Crans-Montana Ski Resort:
16.11.2019 – 19.04.2020, 8:45 am to 4:15 pm
DAVOS KLOSTERS SWITZERLAND SKI RESORT
Not only famous for its World Economic Forum, Davos is one of Europe’s largest winter sports areas. It boasts 300km of snow slopes and is one of highest ski resorts in Switzerland. The two main centers are Davos and Klosters that couldn’t be more different. We recommend to base in Klosters for its Alpine village atmosphere. Afterall multiple ski areas are interconnected, so it’s easy to ski any combination:
- Parsenn has some of the most challenging terrain and the longest runs in the Alps.
- Both Jakobshorn and Pischa area are favorites for boarders, especially with their off-piste freeride terrain.
- Madrisa and Rinerhorn offer family-friendly alternatives for both kids and parents to enjoy
Davos is very popular with Nordic skiers because the resort boasts 140 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing. And important tip: some of them are lighted at night! 😉
Winter season opening times at Davos Klosters Ski Resort:
21.11.2019 – 19.04.2020, 8:15 am – 5 pm
GSTAAD SKI RESORT
Gstaad ski resort enjoys the image of being a celebrity-spotting area, featuring the latest ski fashions! Despite that, there’s plenty of fine skiing and boarding in the 10 villages that make up the group known as Gstaad Mountain Rides.
The altitude of ski terrain reaches to 3000 meters, and Gstaad glacier 3000 ski resort guarantees skiing from late October through early May.
By far the majority of the terrain – 128 kilometers of it – is classed for beginners and 55 for intermediates. The SuperPass of Gstaad also includes the Adelboden-Lenk ski area (our number 10 in the list of the top 10 ski resorts in Switzerland ;).
Winter season opening times at Gstaad Ski Resort:
09.11.2019 – 03.05.2020, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
VERBIER SKI RESORT
Verbier ski resort is on our list of 10 top ski resorts in Switzerland because it is the place for experts. It boasts excellent terrain for long-distance skiing and offers a wide variety of slopes for off-piste skiing.
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. The Verbier Xtreme freeride competition (this year to be held between 28 March-05 April 2020), part of the Freeride World Tour, is hosted annually at Verbier.
Winter season opening times at Verbier Ski Resort:
23.11.2019 – 26.04.2020, 8:30 am – 4:45 pm
ENGELBERG TITLIS SKI RESORT
Mount Titlis is one of Switzerland’s most popular attractions. Visitors can ascend to its summit all year round in Titlis Rotair, a state-of-the-art revolving cable car. Titlis can be reached in merely 45 minutes from Lucerne or 1 hour from Zürich.
More than 80 kilometers of runs between Brunni and Jochpass are accessible to beginners and intermediate skiers at the Engelberg Titlis Ski Resort. 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.
Being one of the top ski resorts in Switzerland, it is specially popular with freeriders and off-piste skiers due to its quality of snow.
Winter season opening times at Engelberg Titlis Ski Resort:
05.10.2019 – 24.05.2020, 8:30 am – 5 pm
ADELBODEN-LENK SKI RESORT
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 sits in a wide, flat valley. This makes it popular among lovers of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, winter walking. It is very family-friendly. Both 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. In 2020 men will compete on January 11-12 and women – on January 15-16.
Winter season opening times at Adelboden-Lenk Ski Resort:
30.11.2019 – 03.05.2020, 8 am – 5 pm