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Ski Resorts in Switzerland

Switzerland offers a great choice of ski resorts, from the small village to the large station, with hundreds of mountain railways and ski lifts to take the hard work out of Swiss skiing. There are ski instructors available to look after pupils at every stage of their training and although there are pupils of all ages the younger one starts the easier it will be to take to the slopes with ease. Most of Switzerland’s ski resorts are surrounded by impressive landscapes such as large ice fields and high, spectacular mountains.

Switzerland has a long tradition of winter sport tourism. St. Moritz is usually refered to as one of the first winter resorts in the world when the bobsleigh and luge enthusiasts began work constructing the famous Cresta Run in 1884.Since this time no-one has done more than the Swiss to ensure the safety, comfort and entertainment of their winter sports.

Usually, Switzerland ski resorts are original mountain villages that have retained some of their charm, even if they have grown much larger with the development of tourism. Some villages in Bernese Highlands or in Valais are themselves tourist attractions. When looking for a varied night-life choose one of the best known resorts such as Adelboden, Arosa, Davos, Engelberg, Grindelwald, Klosters, Wengen or Zermatt, to mention but a few. For great skiing look for a resort with plenty of open slopes facing north, north-east or north-west.

The ski season lasts from early December to April. The best conditions for skiing are from mid-January to February, the coldest time of the year. March or even April will still offer good skiing on the higher slopes with quieter conditions and more sunshine. The height of the Ski resort is important and those standing at above 1,500m  are the most reliable, below 1,200m there could well be a thaw especially during December.

Adelboden lies in the west of the Berner Oberland, at the end of the valley of the Engstlige river, which flows in Frutigen into the Kander river. Adelboden is a traditional Swiss mountain village on a terrace looking south to the Engstligen waterfalls. In the winter there are ski runs of all degrees of difficulty, including the world-cup giant slalom run on the Kuonisbärgli, and cross-country ski trails. There are 40 km (25 mi) of winter hiking trails. For snowboarders there are freeride and freestyle runs. The Adelboden slalom and giant slalom are considered classic events of the FIS Alpine World Cup.…..
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Andermatt is located in a high Alpine valley—the Ursern Valley—in the Adula Alps. Since the opening of the Schöllenen route, around 1200, Andermatt has been on the Gotthard route. Andermatt serves as a crossroads between southern Switzerland and the North as well as between eastern Switzerland i.e. Graubünden/Grisonsand Western Switzerland, i.e. Valais, Bern and the Swiss Romande. The town is thus connected by four Alpine passes: the Oberalp Pass to the East, the St. Gotthard Pass to the South, the Furka Pass to the West, as well as the Göschenertal Pass to the North. The Schöllenen Gorge in the Reuss Valley between Andermatt and Göschenen is the location of the infamous Devil’s Bridge.…..
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Anzère is a small village in the canton of Valais, Switzerland, located in the municipality of Ayent and close to Sion and Crans. A south-facing purpose-built resort in traditional Swiss architectural style. It is very popular, partly because it is the sunniest spot in Switzerland, according to official statistics. The ski slopes in Anzère cover about 40 kilometers (the longest run being Les Rousses at over 5 km long) with 1 cablecar, 2 chair lifts, and 8 T-bars. There are several self-service restaurants on the mountain, and the entire area is known as Télé-Anzère.…..
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Arosa is a town and a municipality in the district of Plessur in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. It is both a summer and a winter tourist resort. Arosa has a well-known and safe skiing area and boasts over 60 kilometers (37 mi) of slopes. The two lakes in the centre of Arosa are the Obersee (upper lake) and Untersee. The town’s railway station is at the end of a branch linefrom Chur. The town of Arosa is at the top of the Schanfigg valley at the foot of the Aroser Weisshorn (2,653 m (8,704 ft)). Adjoining are the areas of Innerarosa, Dorf-Obersee, Untersee and Maran-Prätschli…..
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Bettmeralp is a village and ski resort in the Swiss canton of Valais, 1’957 m above sea level, in the municipality of Betten. Bettmeralp is a car free village which can be reached by cable car from the Betten train station (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn). From there another cable car leads near to the summit of Bettmerhorn, which lies directly above the Aletsch Glacier. Bettmersee is located above the village at 2006 m. The position of Bettmeralp allows good view over the Pennine Alps, particularly the summits of Weissmies, Dom, Matterhorn and Weisshorn.…..
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Meiringen is a town and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Besides Meiringen itself, the municipality includes the settlements of Balm, Brünigen, Eisenbolgen, Hausen, Prasti, Sand, Stein, Unterbach, Unterheidon, Wylerli and Zaun. The town is famous for the nearby Reichenbach Falls, a spectacular waterfall. Meiringen is located in the eastern Bernese Oberland region, in the Haslital on the upper reaches of the Aar river, upstream of Lake Brienz.…..
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Breil/Brigels is a municipality in the district of Surselva in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The municipality is located in the Disentis sub-district of the Surselva district. It consists of the village of Breil/Brigels on a terrace north of the Vorderrhein valley and the hamlets of Dardin-Capeder (Dardin) below the village and Danis-Tavanasa (Danis, Tavanasa) on the valley floor. The name of the municipality comes from the word brigilo, meaning little town. The name comes from the village name in the two local languages. In Romansh the name is Breil while in German it is Brigels.…..
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Champéry is a municipality in the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The Champéry – Planachaux cable-car (125 passengers) and the new 6 seater chairlift in Grand-Paradis takes skiers to the Portes du Soleil recreational area, at an altitude of 2,000 m (6,600 ft). With 194 ski lifts and over 650 km (400 mi) of ski slopes, this is the largest international ski area in the world. Champéry is on the railway line Chemin de fer Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champéry (AOMC): Aigle – Ollon – Monthey – Champéry. Aigle is a town on the Swiss Federal Railway and allows train connections to Geneva, Bern, and Basel.…..
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Château-d’Œx is a municipality in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut. Skiing is a key activity in the area with the ski station of La Braye accessible via cable car (also open in Summer) from the heart of Château-d’Œx village. The International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex is held every year in January, since 1979. The Les Ciernes-Picat, a mesolithic shelter, is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. The entire hamlet of l’Etivaz is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.…..
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Crans-Montana is a ski resort in southwestern Switzerland, in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the canton of Valais. It is located on a plateau above Sierre at an elevation of about 1,500 m (4,920 ft)above sea level, allowing good view over the Valais Alps and Weisshorn in particular. The resort is a fusion of the two centers of Crans and Montana and belongs to 6 municipalities (Chermignon, Icogne, Lens, Mollens, Montana and Randogne). The skiing area of Crans-Montana is composed of 140 km (87 mi) of pistes, and is topped by the Plaine Morte at 2,927 m (9,600 ft).…..
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Davos is located on the Landwasser River, in the Swiss Alps, between the Plessur and Albula Range. At 1,560 m (5,120 ft), it is the highest city in Europe. Davos is host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites (often referred to simply as Davos) and the home of one of Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts. At the end of every year it serves as the site of the annual Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, hosted by the HC Davos local hockey team. Besides being famous for cross country skiing, offering some 97 kilometres (60 mi) of pistes and the largest natural ice skating field. There are six main ski areas in winter, with a total of 200 miles (320 km) of slopes…..
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Engelberg is a resort town and municipality in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. Besides the town of Engelberg, the municipality also includes the settlements of Grafenort, Obermatt and Schwand. Engelberg is the leading mountain resort (Urner Alps) in central Switzerland. Engelberg became internationally known as a resort and spa, but is today visited as much for skiing as for its clean air. With its combination of modern sports facilities and alpine location, Engelberg is a magnet for both summer and winter tourism. The closest large cities are Lucerne and Zurich.…..
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Glacier 3000 (officially Gstaad 3000 AG) is a company that operates several cable cars and ski lifts in the region of the Diablerets in western Switzerland. It was created in 1997 by the merging of two former companies (Reusch – Cabane des Diablerets SA, Téléphériques Pillon – Glacier des Diablerets SA). The company is now based in Gstaad. The main cable car was opened in 1964 and rebuilt in 1999. It connects the Col du Pillon (1,546) from the Scex Rouge (2,950 m). The company also operates ski lifts on the Tsanfleuron Glacier…..
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Grindelwald is a village and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Besides the village of Grindelwald, the municipality also includes the settlements of Alpiglen, Burglauenen, Grund, Itramen, Mühlebach, Schwendi, Tschingelberg and Wargistal. Long famed as a winter tourist destination with slopes for beginners, intermediates and the challenges of the Eiger glacier for the experienced, there are activities for the non-skiers, fromtobogganing to groomed winter hiking tracks. It is the usual starting point for ascents of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn.…..
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Gstaad. Situated in the Berner Oberland, Gstaad is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps (220 km of slopes). The middle of the village features a picturesque promenade bounded by numerous shops, restaurants, art galleries, and hotels. Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the mountain air and ambiance attracts guests year round from around the world. Gstaad is also known for its ski and cross-country slopes and winter hiking trails.…..
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Interlaken is a town and municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the Swiss canton of Bern. It is an important and well-known tourist destination in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, and the main transport gateway to the mountains and lakes of that region. The town is located on the Bödeli, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and alongside the Aar river that flows between the two lakes. Transport routes to the east and west alongside the lakes are complemented by a route south into the mountains following the Lütschine river.…..
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Klosters, officially Klosters-Serneus, is a municipality in the district of Prättigau/Davos in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Its well-known ski resort lies 150 km (93 mi) from Zurich, the nearest international airport. Transfer time is about 1.5 hours. Klosters is 10 km (6.2 mi) from Davos. It is a popular ski location and the slopes are easily accessible via a large cable car. Klosters is well known as a favorite ski resort for Charles, Prince of Wales and subsequently one cable car to the top of Gotschnagrat is named the “Prince of Wales”.…..
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Les Diablerets is a village and ski resort located in the municipality of Ormont-Dessus in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. The village lies at an altitude of 1,160 metres on the north side of the massif of the Diablerets in the Swiss Alps. It can be accessed by train (Chemin de fer Aigle-Sepey-Diablerets) or by road from Aigle. The Col du Pillon (1,546 m) on the east give access to the Bernese Oberland region and is the Glacier 3000 cable car lowest station. Les Diablerets hosts the Festival International du Film Alpin Les Diablerets every year in September.…..
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Leukerbad is a municipality in the district of Leuk in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The cable-car to Torrent Alp brings to the Rinderhütte at 2,313 m (7,589 ft) above sea level. In winter it is the paradise of skiers who then have 50 km (31 mi) of runs at their disposal. The panoramic views from the Rinderhütte of the 4,000 m (13,000 ft) peaks of the Valais, French and Italian Alps is breath taking. The history of the springs of Leukerbad dates back to the Roman times. People, even then,were already aware of the therapeutic effect of the thermal water.….
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Leysin. Located in the Bernese Alps, Leysin is a sunny alpine resort village at the eastern end of Lake Geneva in proximity to Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva. In prior years, Leysin was known for its sanatoriums for tuberculosis; today its spectacular Alpine views across the Rhône Valley towards the Dents du Midi invite year-round mountain sports and recreation. The entire village of Leysin and hamlet of Veyges are designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites….
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Melchsee-Frutt is a mountain resort village in Switzerland. The village is located near the lake Melchsee, in the municipality of Kerns, canton Obwalden. It has an elevation of 1920 meters. The main attractions of this resort are skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking and rock climbing. The village is accessible by car, but with some time restrictions. It can also be reached by use of a gondola lift.…..
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Morgins is a village in the municipality of Troistorrents in the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in southern Switzerland. It is noted for skiing and is part of the Portes du Soleil ski resort. It is located at 1333 m in the Val de Morgins, a side valley of the Val d’Illiez in the Chablais Alps at the foot of the Dents du Midi. The road up the Val de Morgins leads to the Pas de Morgins, the pass into France.Les Portes du Soleil is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 400 square miles….
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Nendaz is a municipality in the district of Conthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Nendaz is first mentioned in 984 as Nenda. It was also known under its German name Neind though that name is no longer used. Located in the midst of one of the most extensive ski areas of Europe, Nendaz Switzerland offers 4 valleys with 100 lifts and 400km of ski runs…..
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Pontresina is a municipality in the district of Maloja in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The Church of S. Maria, Grand Hotel Kronenhof and the Spaniola tower are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance.[8] The old parish church and currently a village church of S. Maria is a late-Romanesque structure. The church has several significant paintings on the walls. The tower and north and west walls are from an earlier church, most likely from the 12th Century. A historical transport route of wine across the alps passes Pontresina and continues towards Davos across Scaletta Pass that lost importance completely when roads were built elswhere.…..
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Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, or the Saas Valley, and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Its location close to the glaciers of the Dom and the Allalinhorn provides winter sport opportunities throughout the year, and neighbouring peaks such as the Weissmies, the Nadelhorn and the Lenzspitze are popular climbs in the summer season. The community is considered to be a very attractive winter sport destination in the Swiss Alps. Typical activities include skiing, carving, snowshoe trekking, canyon climbing and ice climbing……
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Samnaun is a municipality in the district of Inn in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. In the 19th century, Samnaun could only be reached by road from Spiss in Austria. Thus Samnaun was excluded from the Swiss customs territory, and retains a privileged ‘duty-free’ status, albeit not without controversy, in the twenty-first century. The exception was maintained even after a road was built in 1905 linking Samnaun to Martina in the Inn valley.…..
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St. Moritz is a resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland. It is a municipality in the district of Maloja in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The highest summit in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, lies a few kilometres south of the town. St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. It is a popular destination of the upper class and international Jet Set, as well as one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world. St. Moritz, due to its favorable location, enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. Every winter it hosts the “White Turf” horse race on the frozen Lake St. Moritz attended by the international Upper class. Popular pastimes include skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, and nearby there is also the world famous Cresta Run toboggan course.….
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Toggenburg is the name given to the upper valley of the Thur River, in the Swiss Canton of St. Gallen. The valley descends in a northwestern direction from the watershed between the Rhine and the Thur, and is enclosed on the northeast by the chain of the Säntis (8216 ft) and on the southwest by that of the Churfirsten (7566 ft) and of the Speer (6411 ft). Winter in Toggenburg means fun, sun and marvellous winter sports. Snow enthusiasts will find everything their hearts desire, tons of exciting winter activities set in an idyllic natural landscape. Over 60 kilometres of groomed ski and snowboard trails, extensive snowshoe and winter hiking trails, cross-country ski trails through deep snow and an exhilarating toboggan run are just waiting to be enjoyed!….
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Verbier is a village located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais. It is one of the largest holiday resort and ski areas in the Swiss Alps and is recognized as one of the premiere “off-piste” resorts in the world. Some areas are covered with snow all year. Many top skiers have settled in the Verbier area in order to take advantage of the steep slopes, varied conditions and resort culture. Verbier’s ski domain ranges from 1500m (Verbier Village) up to 3330m (Mont Fort) from which there is a panoramic view of the Alps encompassing the Matterhorn Cervin, Dom, Dent Blanche, Dent d’Hérens, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc massif. It is part of the “Four Valleys” (“4 Vallées”) ski area, which includes the ski resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz, and Thyon with a total of 410 km marked runs.…..
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Veysonnaz is a municipality in the district of Sion in the Swiss canton of Valais. It is most known for its winter sports, as the home of winter sports resorts and the Piste de l’Ours (“Path of the Bear”) trail on which some FIS competitions, both Ski and Snowboard, take place. The last time the Alpine Ski World Cup was a guest in Veysonnaz however was in January 2004 with a replacement Downhill and Super G. The most recent races were National Championship races, FIS competitions of a lower category and Junior Championships. It is part of the Les 4 Vallées ski resort, one of the largest in the Alps.…..
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Villars sur Ollon, commonly referred to as Villars, is a village in Switzerland in the canton of Vaud, part of the municipality of Ollon. The village has previously hosted the Snowbombing electronic dance music and snowboarding spring festival. Villars-sur-Ollon is also the home of the once well known Ollon-Villars hillclimb. Racing drivers from all over the world would come to participate in this internationally renowned event. Starting in the small town of Ollon, at the base of the mountain, and covering 8 km of mountain road, arriving at the top of the mountain, in Villars. The event was popular in the fifties and early sixties, before laws were passed banning motor racing in Switzerland. In recent years a revival of the hillclimb has begun to gain a certain notoriety as collectors and enthusiasts have the chance to enjoy the rare occasion of the closed mountain road.…..
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Wengen is a village in the Bernese Oberland in the canton of Bern, located in central Switzerland at an elevation of 1,274 m (4,180 ft) above sea level. It is part of the Jungfrauregion. Wengen hosts the internationally well-known Lauberhorn ski races, and it is on the route of the Jungfrau Marathon. Since 1930, the Lauberhorn ski races have been held in Wengen. The races traditionally consist of a downhill run, a slalom, and a combined event. In addition to being one of the technically most challenging downhill races, the Lauberhorn is the longest race in the FIS World Cup circuit and arguably the most scenic. The top racers complete the 4.455 km (2.77 mi) run in about 2.5 minutes and the top speeds reached at Haneggschuss are the highest on the circuit, approaching 160 km/h (100 mph). Wengen is also the home of The Downhill Only Club, one of the oldest British alpine ski clubs, founded there in 1925.…..
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Zermatt is a municipality in the district of Visp in the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Zermatt is known throughout the world for its skiing, especially Triftji for its moguls. The high altitude results in consistent skiing continuously throughout the summer. Skiing in Zermatt is split up into four areas: Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee. There is also a connection to Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy through the Plateau Rosa glacier. In 2008, Zermatt hosted an “Infinity Downhill Race”. The race took place on 13 and 14 December and comprised a course descending from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (3,800 m (12,500 ft)) and finished in Zermatt itself (1,600 m (5,200 ft)). The course was 20 km long and featured a 2,200 m descent.…..
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Zinal is a village located in the municipality of Anniviers in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It lies at an altitude of 1,675 metres in the Swiss Alps in the Val de Zinal, a valley running from the Zinal Glacier, north of Dent Blanche to the village of Ayer, part of the Val d’Anniviers. With the Dent Blanche four other 4000 metres peaks are located around the valley: Bishorn, Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn and Ober Gabelhorn. The village is a small ski resort with 70 kilometres (43 mi) of ski slopes and 19.5 kilometres (12.1 mi) of cross-country skiing. In summer the area has 300 kilometres (190 mi) of marked trails and some mountain huts such as the Grand Mountet Hut in the middle of glaciers.……
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