The Côte d’Azur of winter resorts with some of the best off piste in the Alps. As the favourite ski destination of ...more ‣
Highlights • Vast interlinked 4 Valleys area• Vibrant and varied après ski• Chocolate box Swiss chalets• Incredible scenery
Wengen lies on a sunny shelf beneath some of the most recognisable mountains in the Alps - the north face of the Eige...more ‣
Highlights • Part of the Jungfrau ski area • Quintessential mountain village• Lauberhorn World Cup piste
When it comes to the most popular resorts, Verbier and Zermatt reign high. Snow lovers from around the globe head to these for their high-end accommodation, glamorous atmosphere, outstanding Swiss hospitality and of course the spectacular skiing. Verbier is the place to ski deep powder and rub shoulders with the rich and royal before partying seriously hard when the lifts close. A stay in Zermatt is accompanied by some of the best scenery in the Alps thanks to the mighty Matterhorn – the rail journey here is one of the most scenic in the world.
Like Zermatt, St Moritz, Klosters, Davos and Grindelwald are members of the “Best of the Alps” group which officially recognises the world-renowned classics of the Alpine world. These are some of Switzerland’s oldest, prettiest mountain villages and have attracted visitors from around the globe for centuries.
Set on a lake and known as the “birthplace of winter sports”, classy St Moritz is known for its awesome nightlife, tons of gourmet restaurants and boutique shopping. The twinned resorts of Klosters and Davos are easily reachable by rail and great for families... Low key Klosters is ridiculously pretty and frequented by royals and celebs and cosmopolitan Davos has Europe’s biggest natural ice rink, great shopping and lively après. Grindelwald’s chilled atmosphere and dramatic setting make it another popular place to ski (the views of the Eiger and Wetterhorn are frankly spectacular).
After Zermatt, Saas Fee probably has the best snow in the country thanks to its high altitudes and skiable glacier. Nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Alps’, voted best ski resort in Switzerland, and second best in the Alps, this is one of the most popular resorts for families and the narrow traffic free streets and chocolate box chalets make this proper alpine village a lovely base for skiing the Swiss Alps.
Look no further than this page. You can use the search bar above to filter your preferences and see a list of smashing Swiss ski holidays. Some are packages with flights, others are accommodation only in chalets, hotels or apartments with various catering options. We can add travel to these packages if you let us know what you need.
Hotels are the most popular accommodation type in Switzerland and tend to come oozing Swiss style and sophistication. There are some incredibly luxurious chalets and self catered apartments too. Often packages with meals included work out cheapest when you calculate the cost of dining out in Switzerland.
The Kulm in St Moritz is the hotel where winter tourism started and it continually tops the rankings when it comes to food and spa facilities. A palatial ‘grand hotel’, it overlooks Lake St Moritz and has its own ice rink, children’s club and much, much more. See this page to view other Swiss ski hotel packages.
Chalet Marmotierre in Verbier – you’ll find it in exclusive Les Essert, able to sleep up to 18 guests with wow-factor facilities including a 3D cinema, bowling alley. These are on top of other luxury chalet essentials like a swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, chauffeur and private chef who’ll whip up whatever gourmet grub your heart desires…
Delicious! Cheese fondue is a Swiss favourite, as well as soups and röstis. Everyone knows this nation’s known for it’s chocolate too, so whether as a snack for your pocket or whipped into cream to create a warming hot chocolate, this is a mountain treat not to miss. Swiss après drinks include Valais wines, kirsch, brandy and various beers.
Drive to these Swiss resorts from Calais in one day:
Approximate road transfer times to Swiss resorts from the nearest airport:
It’s usually possible to change flight arrangements for the packages we offer if there’s a UK departure airport that’s more convenient for you. Get in touch and we can run you through your options.
Zermatt is Switzerland’s best known ski resort, renowned for its scenery of the Matterhorn, historic village and enormous international ski area where you’ll find some of the most snow sure conditions on earth. The hotels, restaurants and après-ski are dazzling too.
Davos is a sizable town and the biggest stand-alone resort in terms of kilometres of pistes. The linked 4 Valleys ski area tops this distance, which includes the resorts Nendaz and Verbier (Verbier being the biggest town). See our list of the 10 biggest Swiss resorts to read about other big ski resorts/areas in Switzerland.
Yes, it’s best practice these days. Children especially should wear a helmet and they’re often mandatory for ski school. Make sure it’s a ski/snow helmet, as cycling, skating or horse riding helmets are made differently and don’t give the same protection. See this page for more mountain safety tips.
Green pistes are the easiest, followed by blue, then red, and black for advanced skiers. Some resorts also have yellow/orange marked pistes that are recommended only for expert skiers. See our pistes page for more information.
Zermatt has a vertical drop of a stonking great 2300 metres down the Theodul glacier. The longest on-piste run is a hefty 25km of skiing distance, and on a clear day you can see mountains for miles and miles.
Zermatt’s heaven for couples, with view of the mighty Matterhorn that’ll take your breath away plus seriously swoon-worthy snow conditions. The postcard-ready village (all choc-box lodges and cobbled streets) is full of restaurants serving top-quality cuisine, private spas for pampering and chic cocktail bars.
Zermatt sits in sight of the magnificent Matterhorn, Switzerland’s national landmark, and the most photographed mountain on the planet! The village is a treat for the eyes, with its car-free cobbled streets, boutique chocolate shops and elegant church steeples. Read more on our Prettiest resorts in Switzerland page.
Crans Montana could be described as less ‘Swiss chocolate box’ than most. However, its mixed architecture is not necessarily a reason to cross it off your list, as the resort is south facing and known for glorious sunshine, offering super skiing for all ages (including cross-country trails), and wonderful restaurants serving tasty food.
Read about the most good-looking Swiss resorts here.
Late November/early December until April is the norm, but it depends on snowfall each year. These Swiss resorts tend to have the longest seasons:
Yes, the Swiss are impressively good with English. While they have four official languages of their own - French, German, Italian and Romansh - they’ll likely have learnt English at school and will be used to speaking it with visitors. English-speaking instructors will be found in most Swiss resorts.
In most Swiss resorts people will speak at least basic English, but you could learn a few words like:
French speaking ski resorts:
German speaking ski resorts:
St Moritz is the birthplace of winter tourism and guests have been coming since 1864. The prominent alpine sports at that time were sledging, curing and skating, with skiing starting to become popular in the 1890s.
338 was the total number of Swiss resorts on last count - that’s almost one for every day of the year!
(this information was accurate when written)
There are somewhere in the region of 40 separate ski areas across the whole country. These five are the biggest and the most well-known to international visitors:
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Parkhotel Beau Site||Zermatt||£ 1199|
|Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil||St. Moritz||£ 1151|
|Hotel Alex||Zermatt||£ 1257|
|Hotel Belvedere||Grindelwald||£ 1009|
|Hotel Monopol||St. Moritz||£ 999|
|Hotel Central Sport||Davos||£ 899|
|Hotel Seehof||Davos||£ 1049|
|Hotel Grischa||Davos||£ 1109|
|Hotel Saaserhof||Saas Fee||£ 929|
|Hotel Allalin||Saas Fee||£ 831|