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Switzerland

SKiiNG HOLiDAYS iN SWiTZERLAND

Switzerland is a very popular skiing destination due to its majestic scenery, welcoming alpine villages, high quality accommodation and well managed pistes. Skiing or snowboarding in Switzerland you’ll find a great mixture of old and new that attracts winter sports connoisseurs from around the globe!

Europe’s highest ski slopes can be found here at 3,900m on the Klein Matterhorn above Zermatt, dominating the sky line and open year round for winter sports. Resort St. Moritz is known as an international centre of fashion, sports and virgin alpine powder. Many of the most attractive ski holiday resorts are situated in Wallis Canton. Dominating Matterhorn bears over Zermatt at a staggering 4,478 metres above sea level. Skiing areas in Switzerland include Davos which is linked to Klosters, reportedly a regular favourite for the royals! Verbier is the world-famous ski region at the heart of the Four Valleys where A-list celebs such as Posh and Becks reportedly frequent annually for their snow fix. Grindelwald, Wengen, Gstaad, Crans Montana, Villars and Flims-Laax are other famous Swiss ski holiday resorts us Brits love to descend on every winter.

Fancy a James Bond adventure on your ski holiday? One of the first ever Bond action sequences was filmed on Murrin Mountain for ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’ Take the gondola up the Piz Gloria to the revolving restaurant at the summit of 9,750ft Schiltorn Peak for breathtaking views.

Adored by the rich and famous, Swiss skiing accommodation is varied with something for everyone. From luxury hotels with second-to-none spa facilities to traditional alpine chalets, standards are high in ‘Heidi’ country. The Swiss pride themselves on excellent cuisine and Eclipse Ski highly recommends indulging in tasty cheesy treats like Fondue or Raclette for a traditional Swiss holiday experience.

Despite appearances, skiing in the ‘Sound of Music’ scenic mountains doesn’t have to be expensive. Package skiing holidays can be cheaper than French or Italian counterpart resorts, so have a look today at our fantastic ski deals in Switzerland.

Getting there

The good news is the skiing is concentrated into regional areas with nearby airports. Most skiers take advantage of the many direct flights to Geneva. Villars, Verbier and Les Diablerets are under two hours drive and Nendaz and Veysonnaz are 2 hours 30 minutes to resort. Zurich might be a better option for those staying in German-speaking resorts Engelberg, Films-Laax and Saas Fee. Transfers are between 1.5 hours and 3 hours, depending on the resort. For Wengen and Grindelwald, transfers are 3 hours 15 minutes. Wengen has a coach to Lauterbrunnen followed by a train to Wengen.

Travelling independently

From Geneva, there are no public bus connections from Geneva airport to ski resorts, however there are private transfer operators, alp-line.com and geneva-skitransfers.com are providers of private transfers. There are car-rental options at all main airports.

If you want to go green, Switzerland has clean and comfortable trains which run efficiently. Train stations are normally in resort, meaning you won’t have to get further transport.

Train stations are normally directly into resort, meaning you won’t have to get further transport. Villars, Les Diabalerets, Verbier and Saas Fee are under two hours train. For Nendaz and Veysonnaz, you’ll need to get the train to Sion, followed by the postbus to resort, the entire journey is just 2 hours 30 minutes.

Zurich airport might be a better option for those staying in ski resorts Films-Laax. Catch the Intercity train to Chur, and then hop on the Postbus, which takes 2 hours 15 minutes.

From Zurich, you can reach Davos – Klosters directly via a 2 hour 30 minute train or shuttle bus. To get to Arosa ski resort, take the Intercity train to Chur, followed by the RhB 60 minute train up to resort.

For Grindelwald and Wengen take the rail link to Interlaken, followed by the train up the mountain, total journey should take 3 hours 45 minutes.

For those looking to self-drive, it’s roughly a 10 hour drive down from Calais. Remember to take cards or cash to get through the tolls as you head down through France.

Resorts located within Switzerland