Experience the best skiing in Switzerland
From Arosa to Zermatt, these resorts provide the best skiing in the world.
Switzerland has long been recognized for its skiing. This small country is dotted with resorts that cater to all levels of the sport from beginning to expert. Skiers would agree that a top-notch ski vacation offers more than just killer powder; resorts also offer activities, beauty, ambience and fun. Here is a closer look at some of the best skiing in Switzerland.
Located on the western edge of the Bernese Oberland, the Gstaad resort is considered the most elegant resort in the ski region of Saanenland. Frequented by celebrities, the rich and famous and other A-listers, finding accommodation here is difficult for the average tourist.
Skiing here is not considered difficult and is best for beginners and intermediates. With its quaint village atmosphere, shopping and world class skiing, Gstaad is considered by many to offer some of the best skiing in Switzerland.
This resort is perched on the top of a rock high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley of the Bernese Oberland and is accessible only by cable car. The journey is well worth it, however, as the views are stunning, the accommodations are beautiful and there is no traffic or congestion.
Rather expensive, this mountain village is close to the slopes of Schilthorn, a difficult skiing area of Switzerland that is frequented by experienced skiers. If you can afford it and are capable on skis, this beautiful resort may be for you as it offers some of the finest powder in Europe.
If a busy resort full of life and people is what you're looking for then this resort, with a name straight out of a fantasy novel, may be for you. Full of discos, restaurants, bars and accommodation, this resort is a great place to come for fun. Zip down toboggan runs, go skating, or relax on a sun terrace.
The resort is great for families and offers cooking classes for kids, daycare and lessons for all ages. If action and a busy environment are what you want on your ski vacation, Grindelwald fits the bill.
Considered by many to be one of the best, this resort is part of the Four Valleys ski area and is one of the premier resorts in the world. Verbier is located in the French speaking area of Switzerland but also caters to English speaking tourists. The many restaurants offer some of the best cuisine available and the nightlife is second to none.
This resort is favored by many athletes due to its difficult slopes and varied conditions. The ski area is divided into four sections: the resort itself, Les Ruinettes, Les Savoleyres and Bruson, all of which provide excellent powder and challenging runs, perfect for the advanced skier looking for the adventure of a lifetime.
This resort is relatively new and tends to draw a younger crowd. Arosa is also good for families as it is less expensive than many of the other resorts. Although there are longer slopes intended for the experienced skier, many slopes cater to the intermediate skier.
Considered both a summer and a winter resort, Arosa offers great nightlife, lots of restaurants and beautiful views and is considered by many to have some of the best skiing in Switzerland.
This resort is located at the foot of the Matterhorn. Access to the resort is by rail only, so there is no traffic around the resort. The old-world charm of the buildings gives Zermatt a traditional look and feel. Known for its party atmosphere, this is the resort to visit if you want to drink and dance late into the night.
In addition, the resort offers some of the best skiing in Switzerland with its many runs, chairlifts and gondolas ready to take you to many famous slopes. Zermatt has the world's second biggest lift-served vertical drop and receives large snowfalls thanks to its altitude. The resort also holds title to the famous mogul run, Triftji, which is sure to give the adventurer in any group a thrill.
The most famous resort of all, St. Moritz is considered to have some of the best skiing in Switzerland and is the chosen resort for the rich and famous. Complete with beautiful views, five star hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping and more, St. Moritz is more like a town than a resort. There are boutiques for clothes, shops for cigars and some of the world's best chocolate, jewelry stores and caviar shops.
Don't forget the skiing! You can travel between slopes in authentic cable cars, stop for a warm toddy in a snow bar or take a lesson with some of the best ski instructors in the world. Parents can relax knowing their children are being taken care of in various children's programs. Go ice-skating, bob sledding, or take a winter hike.
With some of the most dependable snowfalls in Switzerland and many runs to choose from, this resort has something for everyone.