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Skiing in Switzerland

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’, was recently voted best Swiss ski resort and second best resort in the Alps! Its...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional pedestrianised resort Dramatic setting Glacier 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

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 Glacier skiing Europe's highest slopes Awesome scenery

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 holidays FAQ:

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.

Here on our Switzerland ski deals page. There are offers like:

  • Half-price ski equipment with your lift pass
  • Price reductions on last-minute holidays

You can sort prices from low to high or by biggest discount.

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.

  • 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 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.

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.

Check out this page to see a full list of Swiss resorts that get an awful lot of the white stuff.

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.

This page has more detail about Switzerland’s top-10 luxury resorts.

…are our favourites, and there are many more!

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.

These are some quaint and less well-known resorts in Switzerland:

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.

See our Summer skiing in Switzerland page if you’re looking for a glacial spot to practise your ski turns in the spring, summer or autumn.

  • December for quiet slopes pre-Christmas and festive vibe towards the end of the month
  • January for good snow conditions and plenty of distractions from the January blues
  • February for the optimum balance between great snow and sunny, longer days
  • April for sunshine and end-of-season prices.

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:

  • Zermatt (late November - late April and glacier open year-round)
  • Saas Fee (July - April on glacier)
  • St Moritz (mid October - late May)
  • Davos (mid November - mid April)
  • Klosters (mid November - mid April)

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:

  • Hello - bonjour [pronounce: bon-shore]
  • Goodbye - au revoir. [pronounce: oh-rev-wah]
  • Yes - oui [pronounce: we]
  • No - non [pronounce: noh]
  • Please - sil-vous-plait [pronounce: sih-vou-play]
  • Thank you - merci [pronounce: mair-see]
  • Sorry/Excuse me - pardon [pronounce: par-dawn]
  • Help - aides-moi [pronounce: a-day-mwah]

German speaking ski resorts:

  • Hello - hallo [pronounce: hal-o]
  • Goodbye - auf wiedersehen [pronounce: auf-we-dur-sen]
  • Yes - ja [pronounce: yah]
  • No - nein [pronounce: nine]
  • Please - bitte [pronounce: bitter]
  • Thank you - danke [pronounce: danker]
  • Sorry/Excuse me - entschuldigen [pronounce: en-shul-de-gun]
  • Help - hilfe [pronounce: hilf]

Both! Depending on which part of Switzerland you’re in.

French speaking ski resorts in Switzerland:

German speaking ski resorts in Switzerland:

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:

The 4 Valleys is Switzerland’s biggest ski area. A lift pass for the area gives you plenty of room to explore with access to around 410km of pistes, which include the well-visited, well-loved resorts of Verbier and Nendaz.

St Moritz has held them twice, in 1928 (II Winter Olympics) and in 1948 (V Winter Olympics) after a long break due to World War II. Read about this resort and more on our Best Olympic ski resorts page.

Which are the best Switzerland ski holidays?

Property Resort Price (per person)
Parkhotel Beau Site Zermatt £ 1299
Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil St. Moritz £ 1191
Hotel Schweizerhof St. Moritz £ 1288
Hotel Grischa Davos £ 1029
Hotel Schweizerhof Gourmet & Spa Saas Fee £ 929
Hotel Silvretta Park Klosters £ 959
Hotel Eiger Murren £ 869
Hotel Seehof Davos £ 658
Hotel Alex Zermatt £ 1307
Hotel Steffani St. Moritz £ 1049

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