Tis the ski-son! With over 6,000 ski resorts worldwide, those who love the slopes are absolutely spoilt for choice. Therefore, choosing the ski-resort that has everything for your perfect snowy getaway can be difficult… Let's talk about the most desirable winter sports destinations in Switzerland and why you must add them to your ‘need to visit’ list!
Skiing is growing in popularity, causing a surge for the need of destinations that can host and provide visitors with the best slopes and facilities when they go away in the winter months. From ski resorts, restaurants, après-ski entertainment and a plethora of indoor as well as outdoor winter recreational activities, the resorts around the world are getting bigger and better and certainly more competitive in the rankings of avid skiers! So, where is the best mountainside resort for you and your family to visit this winter?
Family-friendly Trip: Zermatt, Switzerland 🎿👪❤️
Time to visit the peaks of Zermatt. A location for skiing dreams… It's the highest winter sports area in the Alps, and it has the greatest vertical drop in Switzerland. Considered as one of Europe's best ski resorts thanks to its on and off track terrain, metres of snow and its villages that surround its peaks.
360 km of slopes provide routes for every level of skier, making this a perfect snowy spot for the family. Despite not being considered a traditional village anymore, but now a town, it has maintained its unique charm and vibrancy that draws a well-heeled international clientele back year after year. There are three main mountains for visitors to tackle, each with a distinct character of their own and enough to amuse most levels of skier for days on end. Home to the majestic Matterhorn, views are second to none here with the blue skies and glisten of the snow beneath you exacerbating its beauty even further.
For those who don’t enjoy hitting the slopes at high speeds or low for that matter, Zermatt is home to a number of quirky bars and luxury boutiques, meaning shopping and eating is second to none here. When it comes to being child-friendly, Zermatt is brilliant. Child-care is offered all year round, the Lamb Wolli mascot accompanies children on a themed ski path and kids under 9 can enjoy the sport for free. And, if you want to take a day away from the slopes, head to the crystal-clear mountain lakes to swim in or, take part in adventurous nature days and exciting visits to the Forest Fun Park. Overall, the perfect resort for families who love to travel and more importantly, love to ski!
Luxury Trip: St Moritz, Switzerland ⛷️🥂🦪
An oldie but by far a goldie when it comes to top ski resorts not only just in Switzerland but globally and socially. Having hosted the Winter Olympics twice, you are guaranteed some of the top facilities for your favourite winter sports and definitely some good sheets of snow. With 20 lifts that carry thousands of eager skiers every year, to slopes that can host all levels. Want to see some real breathtaking alpine views, ride the Corviglia Funicular from the town to Corviglia.
After a day on the slopes, enjoy what the resort has to offer - this is notably one of Switzerland's most glamorous and posh ski resorts. St. Moritz is known for its high prices as reflected in accommodation pricing. Located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz has popularised modern winter sports like ice cricket and snow polo, while spawning numerous five-star luxury hotels and top class restaurants with gourmet chefs. Celebrities, royalty and billionaires alike, head to these Swiss slopes specifically in which they indulge in a popular champagne and caviar lifestyle.
Budget Trip: Nendaz, Switzerland 🏂🇨🇭🚞
Love to ski but on a budget? Not a problem, Switzerland really does allow its slopes to cater to all. Nendaz is located in North Switzerland, bordering the French Alps. Set in the world renowned 4 Valleys which links it to 4 other ski resorts: super stylish Verbier, natural beauty La Tzoumaz, traditional Veysonnaz and gateway to the 4 Valleys, Thyon, you really do get the best of both worlds here.
A resort that offers great value for money, whilst enabling you to enjoy the same level of skiing. Carve through the icy sheets beneath you as you head down Mont-Fort at super speeds. At 3330m, this is the highest point of the area with jaw dropping views of over 20 peaks including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc - so although on a budget, the alpine views here are just as beautiful as that anywhere else in fact, they boast incredible panoramas of the Alps!
Away from the slopes, there are all kinds of activities from a sports centre with squash courts, ice rink and fitness rooms to paragliding, rock climbing meaning you can enjoy the best of this resort! Overall, one of the best resorts for those who want to holiday on a budget.