Nestled in the towering Alpine pistes of Matterhorn, Eiger and Monte Rosa, Switzerland is blessed with incredible scenery and some of the best skiing in the world. It was here, on the slopes of the infamously-glitzy St. Moritz that winter sports were invented in the 19th Century.
The skiing industry in Switzerland today is still booming. With over 300 Swiss ski resorts and more than 7000 kilometres of snow-perfect runs, you will be hard-pressed to find a skiing experience that offers absolutely everything and more.
Let’s not forget, Switzerland is also famous for its chocolate!
Seamless transport system
Visitors to Switzerland are often amazed by how well-run the public transport system is. There are endless links across the country and everything runs precisely on-time. Not only that, but the transport networks are environmentally-friendly and with the Swiss Pass travel card has excellent discounts to wherever you want to go. You can also store ski resort tickets on your Swiss Pass for convenience.
Numerous world-class ski resorts
Switzerland has an excellent reputation as a skiers paradise. A favourite amongst celebrities, royalty and professional skiers, this Alpine haven is known as the winter playground for the likes of Richard Branson and Prince William.
Five of the countries eight Cantons provide excellent skiing conditions. The best resorts for beginners are the internationally famous Verbier and Zermatt, whilst 70 kilometres of red pistes in Crans-Montana and Engelberg are well-suited for intermediate skiers. St. Moritz and Klosters are the glitzy resorts where advanced skiers hang out.
Great ski schools
Families considering a skiing holiday in Switzerland should head for Grindelwald, Davos or Chateau-d’Oex. Together with Verbier, these ski resorts have excellent ski schools that are ideal for newbies to the slopes.
Ski schools also offer all-day supervision on and off the slopes and organise lunch breaks. Parents can leave your children with professionals where they can learn how to ski in safety, whilst you have peace of mind and can immerse yourself in your own skiing experience.
Why not admire the peaks from overhead and take in the scenery from a hot-air balloon or paraglider. Alternatively, explore the terrain with a day trekking, cross-country skiing or whizz round the mountain roads on a horse-pulled sleigh. Sledging and bobsleighing are brilliant fun and when you’ve had enough for the day, find the time to unwind in the spa or indulge in a massage.
If you want to be normal, then feel free to stay in one of the ubiquitous swanky hotels or winter chalets the Alps have to offer. But in Switzerland why not enjoy a quirky accommodation with all the charm and brilliance of a mountainside residence.
You will find plenty of beautifully-weird boutique hotels in numerous quaint Alpine villages, or if you prefer a touch of luxury, head for Verbier and stay in the champagne chalets at Ski Armadillo.
Switzerland ranks among the best places in the world to live and visit. It has everything, and the friendly Swiss speak excellent English – together with their four national languages.
To say Switzerland is photogenic is an understatement, but its not just the breath-taking scenery of the mountains there to admire, the country has stunning countryside, mesmerising lakes, fairy tale castles and quirky architecture. Not only that, but the country notably has a reputation for fine dining.
Oh, and erm, did we mention they make really good chocolate…