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Switzerland is nestled between five borders; France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein. It is made up of three topographical areas which include the Swiss Alps, Central Plateau and the Jura Mountains. The Swiss Alps run through the central south of Switzerland and comprise of approximately 60% of the total area. The Matterhorn is probably the most famous mountain peak standing at 4,478m in the Valais region and within the resort of Zermatt, although the Monte Rosa is the highest at 4,634m.
With the most popular sports in Switzerland being skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering it makes the nature of the country popular and suited for winter and summer activities. Due to its scenic beauty and sharp features it was even chosen as a background to one of the James Bond movies. With easy accessibility from main airports and by car or train the Swiss resorts make a popular destination for winter ski holidays. Switzerland comprises some of the most famous and favourite resorts in the Alps if not the world. With many being traffic free, areas of spectacular scenery and impressive and challenging runs it attracts certain types of mountain skiers. It is renowned for being expensive in resorts and although it is not cheap the quality you get for your money does not disappoint. Comprising of 19 resorts with the most famous being Verbier, Zermatt, Davos, St Moritz and Klosters to say but a few.
Verbier ticks so many boxes when it comes to resorts with the challenging slopes, panoramic settings and vibrant nightlife. It encompasses the 4 valley ski pass so there is plenty of terrain to find during a week stay.
Zermatt is not only popular in the winter but also the summer months with the village having grown extensively in recent years. It has a car-free zone with in resort traffic being electric buggies or local residents with everyone else parking in Tasch where you can catch the train up to resort level. It is a snow sure resort with amazing scenery and alpine charm. Zermatt could be described as a cosmopolitan resort with the diversity of clientele it attracts. The area is linked to Cervinia so you have the opportunity to hop over to the Italian slopes and stop for a pizza and you may as well make the most of this as Zermatt has one of the most expensive lift passes in the Alps!
St Moritz has to be the most exclusive resort in the Swiss Alps with the glitz and glam in abundance. The ski resort offers extravagant non skier entertainment from horse and grey hound racing on the frozen lake to golf and cricket! The clientele that holiday in this exclusive resort are seen as those of etiquette and finer tastes; however, it is a perfectly good destination for anyone.
On the contrary, although the Swiss Alps are well known for these high end resorts there are plenty of smaller linked resorts that are more affordable and ultimately more quaint and pretty without the hype. If you are looking for a holiday away from the glitz and glam Grimentz, Nendaz and Champery are well worth considering when deciding on a last minute ski holiday destination.
Altitude (m): 1500
Highest ski lift (m): 3330
Total piste (km): 412
Verbier is justifiably famous as one of the most outstanding ski areas in Europe and lies high in a sunny, well-sheltered position in the heart of Switzerland's southern-most Alps. There's a vast array of tempting shops and boutiques in the cosmopolitan village centre, as well as many restaurants...
Altitude (m): 1620
Highest ski lift (m): 3820
Total piste (km): 200
Spectacularly situated beneath the majestic Matterhorn, Zermatt has everything to offer in the way of fantastic skiing, picturesque surroundings and a lively nightlife. On arrival by train from the village of Tasch, you will find the vibrant village centre entirely car free and with only electric...
Altitude (m): 1800
Highest ski lift (m): 3500
Total piste (km): 100
Nestling beside the beautiful 'Fee’ glacier and known as the 'Pearl of the Alps’, this quaint village of narrow streets and chalet style buildings has managed to ban all cars (except for the electric taxis). With guaranteed snow, 125 kms of marked pistes and with over a mile of vertical...
Altitude (m): 1350
Highest ski lift (m): 3300
Total piste (km): 410
Nendaz has superb novice slopes and the ski school has an excellent reputation. The nursery slopes for Nendaz are at Tracouet, which is reached from the centre of Nendaz by a fast gondola taking you to 2200m for beautiful slopes with breath-taking scenery - and a great bar! You can also get to the...
Altitude (m): 1770
Highest ski lift (m): 3303
Total piste (km): 350
St Moritz, nestled in the centre of the Engadine valley, boasts more than 350 kilometres of groomed piste in four interconnected ski areas. There are endless opportunities both on and off piste, for skiers of all ages and abilities. The quality of these pistes, which are studded with several...