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01 January 0001

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What do we love about skiing in Switzerland?

Switzerland is where downhill skiing all began in the Alps and it remains the country that draws so many of us back winter after winter. Swiss ski areas include the highest destinations in the Alps with some of the most spectacular scenery to enjoy as you whizz down the slopes. The altitude helps provide some of the most snowsure choices too, with some areas open year round and many of the most famous resorts having permanent glacier snowfields at the tops of their slopes.

Fortunately it’s one of the easiest countries to keep returning back to because, as we all know, Switzerland manages to do better than all others at transport efficiency, with well-connected trains and buses ensuring that once you arrive in Geneva you are quickly and seamlessly whisked to your resort in comfort.

Even though the Swiss Franc is famously strong, our plucky pound has been fighting back in recent years and has regained considerable ground over the past 12 months, making Swiss skiing more affordable than a year ago when some doom mongers were claiming Swiss resorts had been priced out of the British market – in fact, to the delight of all lovers of superb snow sport, it’s making a come back!

The high quality continues in resort with comfortable chalets and hotels and stylish bars and restaurants to enjoy. And although Swiss resorts do not usually offer the lively après-ski scene of some Austrian and these days even French resorts, you can still find plenty of first rate choices to enjoy.  

Ski Weekends resorts in Switzerland

Fresh piste in Engelberg 

For many people Zermatt is the finest ski resort in the world. There’s just something about being here, with the mighty Matterhorn, a mountain like no other, perpetually positioned there, dominating the sky line.The lack of conventional car traffic doesn’t make Zermatt a sleepy little village, in fact it has grown in to quite a big resort with little electric vehicles buzzing around its streets, but still all development maintains the resort’s overall charm and means that there’s a big choice of shopping, dining and après-ski here plus plenty more to do besides skiing if you wish. But what skiing! Zermatt is one of only two ski areas in the world open 365 days a year thanks to its large glacier area and highest slopes in Europe touching 3899m opening up a massive vertical and a vast choice of terrain extending over the border down to Cervinia in Italy should you wish to ski or board two countries on your ski weekend and enjoy some stunning descents of up to 10km long plus grab yourself an authentic pizza or espresso at one of the great mountain huts on your way down.

Saas-Fee is another snowsure Swiss resort very close to Zermatt which, whilst not quite open year round, is open from July one year right through to mid-Spring the next, a unique nine month ski season.

Saas-Fee is car free too but is a smaller, quieter choice than Zermatt, although still a well sized resort with plenty of restaurants and a moderate sized ski area above with great long descents and a highly regarded terrain park. Some people do prefer its slightly more intimate feel to its bigger, better known neighbour.

To find out more about skiing in Switzerland, feel free to call one of our friendly ski experts on 023 8020 6971 or email [email protected]


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