Posted: 26 October 2017
Magnificent mountains, glistening glaciers and spectacular scenery — it’s easy to see why Switzerland is an ever-popular luxury ski destination. A perfect blend of style and tradition, Swiss ski resorts offer both the rush of the slopes, as well as the laid-back atmosphere and refined charm of their quintessential mountain villages. The Alps are an outdoor playground for all abilities with luxury ski resorts to suit the whole family, as well as an attractive après-lifestyle filled with warm blankets and flickering fireplaces. So, allow us to help you find your ideal snow-filled ski adventure amongst Switzerland’s staggering range of luxury ski resorts…
St Moritz is considered the birthplace of winter tourism in The Alps and this picturesque winter wonderland continues to be the best all-round wintersports resort in the world – could there be anywhere better for a luxury ski holiday in Switzerland? Visitors from around the world flock to St Moritz for its whimsical winter glitz and glamour, including the added sparkle of its glistening frozen lake, which plays host to an array of activities such as skating, curling and golf each winter. Two funicular railways will take you to the spectacular ski area of Corviglia, including over 100km of world-class runs and one of Europe’s finest snow parks. Alternatively, take in the stunning mountain panorama of Corvatsch, which boasts the longest illuminated night run in Switzerland — perfect to enjoy with friends and family late into the night for a ski experience with a difference!
Boasting an exclusive reputation and remaining a firm celebrity favourite, the chic Swiss ski getaway of Gstaad is one of Switzerland’s most famed luxury ski resorts. Encompassed by The Alps, you’ll find an idyllic blend of charming chalets and luxurious hotels, glamorous gourmet restaurants and designer boutiques on your doorstep. Sitting between four valleys, Gstaad is a destination for any level of skier, from the nursery slopes of Wispile to several black-graded descents in Château d'Oex, both perfectly serviced by over 50 ski lifts. The spectacular Glacier 3000 also offers all-year-round skiing, as well as boasting the first and only suspension bridge to connect two mountain peaks making for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience! An alluring après-ski scene adds to the attraction, with chance for an evening toboggan run or sleigh ride, or to simply soak up the atmosphere of this exclusive Swiss enclave.
The main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area, Verbier attracts an international cosmopolitan clientele. With over 400km of groomed pistes in Verbier’s 4 Vallees ski area, there is something for everyone here, including a jaw-dropping 2000m off-piste drop from Mont-Fort Glacier for those more advanced skiers to navigate with the help of a guide. The area is served by 92 ski lifts, making it perfectly accessible, as well as plenty of ski schools on-hand to help beginners take their first steps (or slips) on the slopes! In the evening, vibrant Verbier comes to life, with everything from bustling bars to cosy cinemas on offer to help you wind down from your adrenaline-fuelled adventures.
At the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn, you’ll discover the picturesque mountain village of Zermatt. Along the car-free cobbled streets of the cosmopolitan town centre, you’ll discover cosy restaurants and ancient chalets exhibiting the truly charming comradery amongst those who live and visit here, as well as an attractive après environment with plenty of bars, bustling with an eclectic mix of visitors. During the winter months, the snow-assured luxury ski region offers 360 km of groomed white pistes, a slick ski lift system and an outstanding mountain dining scene that’s not to be missed. The ski scene here is best suited to those of an intermediate level, but beginners will discover a handful of gentle nursery slopes and those who are more advanced will enjoy the extensive off-piste opportunities, which boast spectacular scenic views.
Authentic Andermatt presents a traditionally charming appeal. Considering its short distance from Zurich, this small village has maintained a relatively low profile as a ski resort, meaning most of its quaint mountain characteristics remain intact. Among Switzerland’s most snow-sure wintersports resorts, Andermatt features two main ski areas – Gemsstock is a true delight for free riders and adventure enthusiasts, whilst Nätschen is perfect for snow-fuelled family fun, both of which can be accessed via Andermatt’s trademark bright-red railway train, which happily shuttles skiers up and down the slopes. The traditionally rustic town centre lies at a crossroads of mountain passes and features a selection of laid-back bars during the week, which become lively with locals and visitors alike during the weekends.
For an equally luxurious ski resort on a smaller scale, Saas-Fee, often referred to as the ‘Pearl of The Alps’, is a quaint glacier village waiting to be discovered - expect reliable snow conditions, stunning vistas and a laid-back après-ski lifestyle away from the white pistes. Although one of the smallest resorts in the region, Villars offers a beautiful sunny hillside setting with a long-held reputation as one of Switzerland’s finest ski destinations. For families looking to enjoy a luxury ski holiday together, the ski schools, three snowparks and snow kindergarten make Villars an idyllic choice. Both Villars and Saas-Fee have easy access to the larger resorts, making them perfectly suited to an overnight stay or daytrip.
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