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Swiss Ski Resorts

Ski holidays in Switzerland

It’s not just fondue that the Swiss do better than anyone else. With sky high standards of quality both on and off the slopes, Swiss ski holidays are a cut above the rest. Over 60% of the country’s made up of mountains and the resorts are legends of the Alpine sporting world - brimming with history, chocolate-box charm and world-famous peaks. Ski Switzerland for a classic and classy winter holiday.

"Top Ten Best" Swiss resort lists

List of all Swiss ski resorts

Teetering mountains and gushing waterfalls are the making of Adelboden’s landscape – location of the first ever pac...more ‣

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Highlights Pretty chalet village Stunning scenery Hour from Jungfrau resorts

Even before you get here, the train ride up the mountain is nothing short of spectacular. Once you do reach the resor...more ‣

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Highlights Awesome off-piste New linked ski-area Sunny, high altitude skiing

With 140km of sunny slopes, heaps of history, posh shops and mouth-watering local cheese and wine, Crans Montana has ...more ‣

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Highlights Sunny ski area Quiet intermediate skiing

One of the biggest and most established resorts in Switzerland, Davos belongs to the elite group of classic ski resor...more ‣

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Highlights Off-piste mecca long ski season Classic mountain town

Having seen over a hundred years of ski tourism, Engelberg’s an old hand at making ski holidays amazing. From childr...more ‣

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Highlights 2000m vertical Glacier skiing Historic town Snow sure

It’s the mystery of the century that Flims isn’t on the British radar. Reliable, glacial snow, food glorious food A...more ‣

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Highlights Authentic Swiss village Snow sure

Grindelwald is a truly classic ski destination. Not only is the resort’s amazing cog-railway system one of the world...more ‣

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Highlights Classic ski destination Exciting excursions Linked to the Jungfrau ski area

Interlaken is based in the heart of the Swiss Alps with easy access to the vast Jungfrau region. With a unique lakesi...more ‣

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Highlights Access to Jungfrau Ski Area Lots of non ski activities Scenic lakeside position

A pretty Swiss village, a pint-sized ski area and an absolute shedload of activities. Downhill skiing's just one of m...more ‣

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Highlights Beautiful scenery New ski jumping centre Incredible ski tours

This idyllic village (pronouce it 'cloisters') has been enchanting Brits since the 18th century with its t...more ‣

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Highlights Impressive off-piste Beautiful scenery Favourite of the rich and royal

An old-school village, modern resort and whacking great ski area - Laax is somewhere to soak up the sights, shred yo...more ‣

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Highlights World’s biggest superpipe Pretty village Good snow record

Making jaws drop for centuries, Lauterbrunnen serves up a true feast for the eyes – sheer cliffs, jagged peaks, froz...more ‣

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Highlights Outstanding natural beauty Jungfrau ski area

Lenzerheide’s shot up in the world since linking up with Arosa, and now has one of Switzerland’s biggest ski areas:...more ‣

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Highlights Michelin star restaurants Linked ski area

Staggering peaks on three sides, and blissful thermal baths to ogle them from – Leukerbad is the Alps’ biggest spa ...more ‣

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Highlights Big spa resort Small ski area Ski & Spa holidays

Mürren is a gorgeous little village perched on the side of the majestic Schilthorn, accessible only by cog-railway o...more ‣

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Highlights Stunning location Chocolate-box village Fascinating history Jungfrau ski area

Set in the heart of the largest ski area in Switzerland, Nendaz is an affordable, easy-going and family-friendly alte...more ‣

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Highlights Vast 4 Valleys area Fantastic off piste Fascinating history Reasonably priced

Saas Fee, the ‘Pearl of the Alps’, has been voted best Swiss ski resort and second-best resort in the Alps! Its hig...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional pedestrianised resort Dramatic setting High- altitude skiing

St Moritz is THE original ski town, having seen the start of winter tourism way back in 1864. One of the world’s hig...more ‣

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Highlights Stylish town centre High-altitude glacier skiing Glamorous après-ski

The Côte d’Azur of winter resorts with some of the best off piste in the Alps. As the favourite ski destination of ...more ‣

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Highlights Vast interlinked 4 Valleys area Vibrant and varied après ski Chocolate box Swiss chalets Incredible scenery

This quiet, charming village overlooking the Rhone Valley boasts stunning views, one of the best World Cup downhill r...more ‣

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Highlights Vast interlinked 4 Valleys area Fantastic off piste Traditional Swiss charm

Not just a sunny ski resort, Villars has an impressive ski area and caters really well for families. Topped with olde...more ‣

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Highlights Linked ski area Access to glacier skiing Charming Swiss village

Wengen lies on a sunny shelf beneath some of the most recognisable mountains in the Alps - the north face of the Eige...more ‣

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Highlights Part of the Jungfrau ski area Quintessential mountain village Lauberhorn World Cup piste

Stay in the world capital of alpinism and ski in sight of the Matterhorn: the greatest mountain destination in Switze...more ‣

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Highlights High-altitude skiing Europe's highest slopes Picturesque Ski in Zermatt & Cervinia

Most popular ski resorts in Switzerland

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.

Swiss ski resorts FAQ:

You can ski right across the Swiss Alps. Verbier is one of the most desirable ski resorts in the world and is often visited by the Royal Family and celebs alike. Other ski areas in Switzerland include Graubünden, 4 Vallees and Jungfrau region.

Zermatt has to be number one on the list-of-resorts to visit in Switzerland. With stunning views of the Matterhorn, the charming town and the perfect snow-sure slopes up to 3899m - Zermatt is ideal for skiing at all times of the year.

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)

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.

Home to the highest ski slope in Europe at 3899m, Zermatt has fantastic early season snowfall and the best slope conditions for skiing in December. Views of the world-renowned Matterhorn aren't bad either! Saas Fee and the 4 Vallees are also great options for early season skiing in December due to their high ski areas.

Crans Montana is a fantastic place to go away this January. The resort sits at 1500m with skiing up to 3000m – perfect for retaining that earlier season snow. With mainly south-facing slopes and averaging over 300 days of sunshine a year, you'll be able to enjoy lunch outside too. Grindlewald, Klosters and Arosa are also firm favourites among skiers looking to beat those January blues.

St Moritz is perfect for February skiing. With over 350km of downhill pistes and a variety of runs, it has something for all skiers and snowboarders. It's sunny all year round with picturesque views of the lakes and pine forests.

Davos is one of the most desirable ski resorts in the world. The town has that chocolate box feel to it and there's plenty of non-skiing activities - you won't get cabin fever here! There are over 320km of pistes to explore and a varied range terrain suitable for all abilities. Nendaz, Laax and Verbier also come top of the list for sunny skiing in March.

Are you looking for the best end of season snow in Switzerland? Saas Fee is the place to be! It's one of the highest resorts in Switzerland at 1800m and has skiing up to 3600m - the conditions don't get much better than Saas Fee. The resort sits in the valley between 4000m high mountain peaks. If you're feeling adventurous Zermatt is a 50-minute train away!

You can drive to these Swiss resorts from Calais in one day: Grindelwald, Verbier, Crans Montana, Nendaz and Wengen. Ski resorts with a short transfer from the nearest airport include Lauterbrunnen - 1 hour, Grindelwald - 1 hour 10 min, Crans Montana - 2 hour 10 min, Davos - 2 hour 15 min and Verbier - 2 hour 30 min

Switzerland is the ideal country to learn to ski. It doesn't get much better than Samnaun in the Silvretta ski area. With over 40% of slopes suited to beginners and plenty of lovely wide slopes, Sumnaun is the best place to perfect those turns.

  • St Moritz, Zermatt and Grindelwald have train stations that can be reached via the Eurostar via Paris and Zurich followed by regional trains.
  • Nendaz, Verbier and Villars are less than a 30 minute bus/taxi transfer from the nearest stations, which can be reached by a combination of Eurostar and regional trains.
  • Champery, Les Diablerets and Crans Montana can be reached by train transfer from Geneva airport (with one change and taking about 3 hours).

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.

Verbier is the liveliest ski resort in Switzerland and quite possibly the world. If you love a post-ski party, this is the place to come with the famous Farinet bar and Farm Club among the many après-ski and nightlife venues. Check out our Switzerland après-ski top 10 page for more information.

The cheapest ski resorts in Switzerland include Davos, a href="/ski/switzerland/les-diablerets/">Les Diablerets, Interlaken, Nendaz and Crans Montana.

St Moritz wins top-prize for most luxurious resort in Switzerland with its grand hotels, designer shopping and gourmet dining. Verbier and Zermatt are very close contenders. Discover more luxury ski resorts 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. Read more here about safety tips in the mountains.

Some of the more quaint and less well-known resorts in Switzerland are Wengen, Engelberg, Adelboden, Murren,and Klosters.

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.

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Property Resort Price (per person)
Hotel Alex Zermatt £ 1347
Hotel Eiger Murren £ 769
Hotel Ambassador Zermatt £ 889
Hotel Allalin Saas Fee £ 621
Le Mirabeau Hotel & Spa Zermatt £ 849
Hotel Silberhorn Wengen £ 699
Hotel Caprice Wengen £ 739
Hotel Belvedere Grindelwald £ 857
Hotel Wengener Hof Wengen £ 639
Hotel National Zermatt £ 819

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