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If resort charm and beautiful scenery are what you are after, then Switzerland is most definitely for you. Quaint Swiss ski villages are dotted all across this stunning landscape. Switzerland offers far more of this traditional type of ski destination than the French ‘Super resorts’. However, since the majority of the skiing evolved around existing villages that were either farming communities or health retreats, ski in, ski out convenience is not the norm.
If you fly into Geneva or Zurich you are greeted by Switzerland’s gold standard rail network that can take you to a vast assortment of Swiss resorts. The Swiss railway system is pure comfort and the journey through the snowy mountain villages is breath-taking in itself.
If you can squeeze it in amongst the skiing, why not take a day trip on the Glacier Express, the most famous rail road in the world. It goes from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz in around 7 hours through untouched mountain landscapes, beautiful narrow valleys and tight curves, through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges. With panoramic glass windows all the way to the roof of the train, you won’t miss a thing!
The Valais (The Valley), is a vast ski region in Switzerland. Home to the famous Matterhorn Mountain, super fashionable Alpine resorts and upper Rhône River Valley vineyards. It is also home to two of the world’s top resorts. Zermatt and Verbier would rank in most skiers top ten resorts in the world. Both of these areas offer a great selection of piste skiing but probably more important to more advanced skiers is the world class lift accessed, off-piste skiing.
Zermatt is pretty much guaranteed snow from late November to late April, making it a great early and late season choice. As well as some of the best skiing on the planet, the town itself is an absolute joy. Think buzzing cosmopolitan town with horse drawn sleighs and bells jingling through the pretty bustling streets. All the trappings of a traditional mountain village ski holiday.
Verbier is the top choice for those wishing to ski hard and party harder. It boast a sunny and spectacularly beautiful landscape, exciting ski terrain and a super lively nightlife. From here, with the recent opening of two new lift connections, it has made it much easier to explore the whole of the 4 valleys.
The Valais is also home to Saas-Fee (with the highest mountain in Switzerland; the Dom), Crans-Montana and a handful of resorts in the vast Portes du Soleil region.
Saas-Fee is one of the most beautiful ski resorts you will ever find. A pretty ‘chocolate box’ village, traffic free, with charming cobbled streets. Set amid high peaks and glaciers, it has one of the longest seasons in the Alps.
Switzerland’s most Easterly canton is Graubünden, where sits glitzy St. Moritz, Davos, Klosters and Arosa-Lenzerheide. Known as Switzerland’s ‘Holiday Corner’ due to its regular influx of visitors, this area is predominantly German speaking and shares its border with Austria, Italy and Lichtenstein.
St. Moritz is pure glamour. Here you will find skiers adorned in fur lined Prada skiwear and red lip gloss meandering through the designer shops and classy bars. Unfortunately prices match those of other famously rich hangouts like Courchevel. Aside from the glamour, St Moritz boasts 300 sun days every year so is a wonderful choice for a winter holiday full of sun and clear blue skies. The ski area is excellent too, particularly for intermediates. It has 58 lifts and 350km of fantastic piste skiing. The good combination of snow and sun is always a winner.
Then there is Davos and Klosters. Davos, with the perfectly idyllic winter landscape and the highest altitude in Europe, is an absolute gem for snowboarders and Klosters, the traditional Swiss village with pretty mountain restaurants, famously enjoyed by the Royal family.
Switzerland’s most historic ski area is the Jungfrau ski region. Here lies Wengen and Grindelwald, joined perfectly by lift and the mountain railway and both lying below the breathtakingly stunning mountain backdrop of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Then across the valley, the beautiful village of Mürren, perched on a mountain shelf with the same backdrop but in reverse.
Four language are spoken in Switzerland. Swiss German is the prominent language followed by French, Italian and less frequently, Romansch. Most inhabitants speak at least one other Swiss language as well as their own and many also speak English.
The resorts of Zermatt and Verbier have a good selection of chalets to choose from, but there are very few chalet choices elsewhere in Switzerland. Swiss ski resorts offer a good selection of quality hotels and a limited number of apartments in various resorts.
The Swiss ski school has an excellent reputation and is well run with highly qualified instructors. In the resorts of Zermatt and Verbier there are also a number of English speaking and run ski schools with NEW GENERATION in Verbier and SUMMIT in Zermatt being frequently requested by Snowfinders clients
There are some beautiful chalets available in the top resorts of Zermatt and Verbier with the Chalet Tortin as one of our favourites because of its proximity to the lifts. For a more mid range product but still of a good standard is the popular Chalet Les Quatre Saison also in Verbier. In Zermatt an excellent mid range property that we would highly recommend would be Chalet Bella Vista which is just an 8 minute walk to the Sunnega lift. Saas Fee has the excellent Chalet Hotel Ambassador that is close to the piste front and only a 3 minute walk to the Alpin Express lift.
Switzerland has a large number of quality hotels in many of its resorts. The Swiss take being a hotelier very seriously and take great pride in the quality of service and standards that they offer. Many of the top quality hotels will be booked by the same customers on the same date year after year. The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is a popular and luxury hotel in the centre of Zermatt. For those looking for a more budget option the Hotel Butterfly a pretty 3 star is in the town centre. Apartments in Switzerland are available in a limited number of resorts and are not very thick on the ground. Our advice to our clients wanting apartments in Swiss resorts would be to book early to avoid be disappointed, popular apartments in Zermatt are the
During the ski season the snow record for Switzerland is excellent and whatever the snow conditions in other Alpine countries Switzerland regularly catches good snow. The high altitude resort of Zermatt will have a season that starts in the beginning of December through to the mid to end of April. Zermatt also has an excellent glacier what is open for summer skiing.
Airport links to Switzerland are varied with the main airport options being Geneva(GVA) and Zurich(ZRH) both of these airports are served by most of the major UK departure airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Other destination airports in Switzerland include Basel (BSL) Sion (SIR). The train service in Switzerland is as one would expect, clean and efficient with many clients choosing to transfer from the airports on the Swiss rail transfer option.