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The Christmas card beauty of Switzerland, with its tiny wooden chalets draped in snow and ice, has long ensured its place as a popular and fashionable destination for a luxury skiing holiday with Elegant Resorts. The days of the Grand Tour have left the country with an unequalled selection of luxurious hotels, each with a rich heritage of Continental sophistication. Celebrities, the rich and famous continue to flock to the slopes in season and the long nights of après ski in the convivial restaurants and clubs can’t be beaten.
At 1620 metres, the village of Zermatt enjoys an idyllic, car-free location at the foot of Matterrhorn Mountain. A former farming village, the area is now awash with ski hotels, facilities and a feisty après-ski scene, although its natural charm remains – thanks to the beautiful chalets, narrow lanes and wooden barns. Meanwhile, a traditional spa town dating back to the Middle Ages, today Saint Moritz is an old-school ski resort, with arguably the best conditions and most eligible credentials amongst its counterparts, anywhere in Europe. Finally, surrounded by a veritable kaleidoscope of Alpine scenery – from pastures to eternal glaciers and impressive views from the top of Mont-Fort, including Mont Blanc to the west and the Matterhorn to the east – Verbier is a stunning alpine resort at the heart of the Four Valleys region which joins Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon to form one of Europe's premier ski destinations.
Take your ski boot bag, packed with a complete ski outfit, on board as carry-on luggage, that way if your other luggage doesn't arrive when you do, you'll have what you need to ski.
Save a few pennies by buying a multi-day ski pass, rather than a daily lift ticket.
Do try Rosti (grated and fried potatoes) with an egg or cheese for breakfast; it’s a good source of fuel for the slopes and will help to keep out the Alpine cold. Alternatively, enjoy cheese fondue, another traditional (and tasty) Swiss dish.
The winter season in the Alpine resorts starts in mid-December, moving into full swing around Christmas and ending when the snows begin to melt around mid-April. Between the summer and winter seasons, Alpine resorts all but close down - except where year-round glacier skiing is on offer.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Switzerland.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.