Top 5 Ski Resorts in Switzerland
Explore our top 5 ski resorts in Switzerland
Renowned for its incredible skiing, Switzerland has some of the most famous mountains in the world including the Matterhorn and Eiger. From spectacular views to exclusive events, Switzerland has something to offer everyone during their holiday in the Swiss Alps. If you need some help deciding where to go, take a look at our top 5 resorts below.
Found in the south-west region of Bagnes in Canton Valais, Verbier is a gateway to the 4 Vallées with links to the slopes of Thyon, Nendaz and Veysonnaz. Whilst this popular resort gives access to 410 km of pistes, Verbier is also one of Europe’s favourite backcountry skiing destinations providing plenty of challenging off-piste skiing for all who visit.
Those wishing to explore the backcountry of this beautiful resort can do so safely with the support of a large team of experienced and highly qualified off-piste instructors. With several challenging ski centres around Mont Fort to explore, one of Verbier’s most popular off-piste runs is the Col de Mines.
For the thrill-seekers of the group, heli-skiing in Verbier is also possible with the four drop-off points located at Glacier du Trient, Petit Combin, Rosablanche and Pigne d'Arolla.
Reaching heights of 3,883 metres, Zermatt is undeniably one of the prettiest spots in the Alps, providing magnificent views from both the town centre and on the ski slopes. One of Europe’s most glamorous ski resorts, this stunning resort sits at the foot of the Matterhorn with numerous outstanding restaurants and superb skiing to enjoy.
Take in the backdrop of the world-famous mountain as you sip cocktails at Chez Vrony, or admire the incredible mountain views from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Several of our luxury ski chalets in Zermatt even provide guests with spectacular views of the Matterhorn from the chalet’s private balcony or hot tub.
For those wishing to explore the stunning scenery of Zermatt, skiers can make the most of the slopeside views, whilst non-skiers of the group can revel in the winter activity of snowshoeing with marked routes throughout the resort accompanied by mesmerising views.
When it comes to glamorous affairs, St Moritz hosts some of the most exclusive events throughout the calendar year. Situated in the south-east of Switzerland, visitors flock to St Moritz to enjoy the numerous events this incredible resort has to offer, including the elegant White Turf and Snow Polo. Packed with events across the winter season, petrol heads will particularly enjoy the WinterRAID which is Switzerland’s biggest winter rally for classic cars. Taking place around the White Star of St Moritz course, this exciting rally goes from St Moritz to Cortina d’Ampezzo and back again.
For lovers of food, the St Moritz Gourmet festival sees distinguished chefs offer culinary highlights from the current top cuisines around the world, whilst cricket fans will revel in watching the most prestigious annual event in the domestic Swiss cricketing calendar, Cricket on Ice.
Full of high fashion, the promenade in Gstaad is lined with designer boutiques including Ralph Lauren, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Whilst clothes are at the forefront of designer shopping in Gstaad, there are also several luxurious jewellery stores including Graff and Villiger which has both a stunning collection of jewellery, as well as a selection of Patek Philippe and Rolex watches.
After a spin around the clothes shops, why not explore the interior design shops of both Rougemont Interiors and Schirato Interiors. Filled with stunning furniture and fabulous fabrics, it is not hard to see how the luxury chalets in Gstaad are so beautifully decorated.
For lovers of art, Gstaad also has several art galleries showcasing both traditional and modern art. The SAMHART Gallery is particularly popular for contemporary art whilst the Urs von Unger Gallery has a collection of art and antiques.
Famous for hosting the annual World Economic Forum, Davos which can be found in the Swiss canton of Graubünden is located at 1,560m making it one of the highest cities in Europe. Sharing its ski area with its neighbouring resort of Klosters, skiers visiting Davos will have 320 km of slopes to explore, as well as the thrilling backcountry on offer. Made up of six sectors, the ski area of Davos/Klosters is perfect for intermediates however, the Bolgen nursery slope at the bottom of Jakobshorn is ideal for beginner skiers too.
Cross country skiers will have 100km of tracks to explore whilst the non-skiers of the group can make the most of the alternative winter activities this stylish metropolitan city has to offer including Europe’s biggest natural ice rink and tobogganing. For an alternative way to explore the resort, Davos also offers 160 km of winter hiking paths.
For further options of where to stay in Switzerland take a look at our extensive collection of luxury chalets in Switzerland.