From the spectacular vision of the Matterhorn to the super glamorous St. Moritz, Switzerland is the wet dream of every skier. Contrary to what most people think, not everyone skis like James Bond and those incredible mountains are not only for expert skiers. Truth is most resorts are equally well-tuned for the specific needs of families, featuring family-friendly lodges and lift passes.
Here is an overview of some of the best ski resorts in Switzerland for the upcoming season, 2019/2020. They’ve earned their spot by their popularity among the skiers in the last few seasons and what they want to offer in the upcoming season.
Top 5 Ski Resorts in Switzerland
#1 St. Moritz
It is one of the most famous ski resort not just in Europe, but in the world as well. St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympics twice, and its famous slopes regularly host ski events.
The Signalkuppe and Corviglia ski areas offer prime skiing for even the most peculiar skies in the world. Both top slopes start at over 2,000 meters, and both feature some of the most breathtaking Alpine views.
St. Moritz’s designated area for families is in Silvaplana. Here you can find a children’s friendly slope, ice-skating rinks, kite skiing, Nordic skiing, tobogganing, and bobsledding. From January 25th to 27th, St. Moritz will be the place where the Snow Polo World Cup will take place.
Zermatt is an iconic winter sports resort featuring ski terrains at altitudes as high as 3,900 meters. Its 2,133 meters of vertical drop is the highest in Switzerland. The other side of the Matterhorn Mountain, where the resort is located, is in Italy. The legendary Theodul Pass starts at Switzerland and will take you straight into Italy.
Its 3S cableway is the world’s highest and was opened this year after 2.5 years of construction. The cableway is capable of carrying 2,000 skiers an hour to the top of the Matterhorn Glacier which is set at 3.883 meters of altitude. It is located so high that there is all year long skiing.
Wooli’s Park is one of the safest terrains where most beginners and children first start skiing. Children that are below nine years can use the mountain lifts for free, that is as long as an adult accompanies them.
#3 Parsen, Davos and Klosters
This is Europe’s biggest winter sports area where several interconnected ski resorts are located in eastern Switzerland. The skiing area includes over 300 km of perfectly groomed runs, most of which are considered suitable for intermediates.
The most challenging slopes are in Parsenn, which connects Klosters and Davos. The slope from Weissfluhgipfel to Kubis is quite famous and 13 kilometers long. It has an upright drop of 2,034 meters.
Pischa and Jakobshorn are known mainly for its off-piste free ride terrain, while Davos is extremely famous for Nordic skiers. Some of its 140 km ski-terrains are lighted for skiing at night.
Most winter sports experts agree that Verbier is one of the finest, if not the best winter sports resort for off-piste skiing. Verbier is set on a natural terrace and is part of the Four Valleys. It features 93 lifts that cover above 410 kilometers of ski slopes.
Most Verbier terrains are perfect for intermediate runs. Every year, the resort hosts the freestyle event, as well as the Xtreme Free Ride competition. In 2018, Verbier was named Switzerland’s best ski resort.
#5 Jungfrau, Wengen, and Grindelwald.
There is 206 km of splendid runs and slopes among these three peaks. Jungfrau is mainly known for its deep snow, and long ski runs. Expert skiers should always go to Murren’s run, while beginners should stick with Wengen. The Schilthron is probably the most famous slope because of its black-diamond inferno run. It’s part of the world’s biggest amateur race in the world – The Inferno. This year it will take place from January 23rd to January 26th. Lauberhorn race is a few days earlier, which is Switzerland greatest winter sports event. Grindelwald is one of the favorite destinations for snowboarders from all over the world.
Each of the resorts here is top-notch. The only differences are in the terrains that surround them and how much it costs to stay there. Like most things in Switzerland, many winter resorts charge premium prices. In any case, you’re guaranteed a great time.
If you are a foreigner traveling to some of Switzerland’s ski resorts, then most likely, the Zurich airport is your first stop. From there you will need to find Zurich airport transfer to get you to the center of the city, and from there you got plenty of options to travel to the ski centers. What you will find and experience in Switzerland is that all of it is perfectly organized and designed so that any visitor won’t have any problem. The saying, “It runs like a swiss watch” perfectly describes pretty much everything in this superb country.