It’s the land of stonkingly good chocolate, giving Switzerland has the makings for a fabulous Easter holiday before we even get to the slopes… Which just so happen to include some of the highest and most snow sure groomers in Europe, putting you in good stead for a fine week on the mountains. The scenery’s glorious in the springtime sunshine, and with incredible bars and spas to end the day, we can’t get enough of Easter skiing in Switzerland.
Chocolate box chalets are the makings of the Swiss resorts, and whether yours is a 5* luxury lodge or a cheaper (but still cosy) mountain home, they make for a brilliant base at Eastertime. Having meals included makes for brilliant value for money when skiing in Switzerland. You get to enjoy the stonkingly scenic, snow sure ski areas without having to pay the shop and restaurant prices in resort.
More often than not, Zermatt’s snow conditions the best on the continent at this time of year – and properties like the Chalet Mazot have superb access to them: “right next to the bus stop, within walking distance of some lifts and the town”. It’s not just the skiing that brings people here - Zermatt has dazzling scenery and the views of the Matterhorn are spectacular on a clear spring day. One of our favourite spots to enjoy them is Chalet Gmatchi’s south-facing balcony…
With a golden mean of good snow and sunny après ski in Easter’s past, Verbier’s a corker. For the best access to both, Chalet de Verbier on Place Central has had some glowing reviews: For skiing “We could walk to the lift with the kids and the ski hire shop was right outside so it was perfect.” And for après, you’re “about 100 yards from the Farinet, which is the best bar in Verbier by miles.”
Switzerland’s hotels have a reputation for fabulous quality: Pick one in a resort where the slopes have the same reputation and you’re in for a smashing Easter holiday.
Saas Fee manages to get the balance pretty spot on – with a cosy village, highly rated spa hotels (like the Schweizerhof) and a socking great glacier (where the slopes are so snow sure, they stay skiable into the summertime).
The Club Med hotels in St Moritz, Villars and Wengen can be one of the savviest ways to ski Switzerland at Eastertime. Nearly everything’s included in the price of your room: Most packages throw in all meals, drinks, ski lessons and lift passes. As you won’t need to pay for any meals out in resort, you usually end up spending a lot less than you would in a B&B or apartment.
Though they’re not the most common type of ski accommodation in Switzerland, ski apartments can make your Easter trip fabulously flexible. There aren’t usually any meal plans included with the Ambassador Apartments, so Zermatt’s legendary restaurants are yours to explore – from the Michelin Starred delights of The Omnia to the hearty no-frills nosh at Tufternalp. Not that you have to eat out all week… Being a proper mountain town you’ll find a number of supermarkets (like Migros) if you need to pick up provisions for a home-cooked supper. However you dine, don’t miss the smashing chocolate shops for the ultimate Easter treats – most Easter eggs can’t hold a candle to the mini Matterhorns at Boîte à Chocolat…
Zermatt also ticks the ‘Snow Sure’ box for springtime skiing, with the Theodul Glacier hogging the highest slopes in Europe. Another coming up tops for piste conditions is Saas Fee, where the south-facing Allalin Apartments are named after the resort’s sky high mountain and glacier. There’s a co-op for supermarket goods, and if you fancy a Good Friday fondue, we love the cheesy delights at Astrid’s Du.