Skiing in Switzerland

October 11, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Adventure Travel

If you are planning to go skiing this winter and eyeing Switzerland as your destination, you might have more choices on your hands than you can handle. There are no less than 50 ski resorts in this paradise country. Unlike skiing, making the right choice can be an uphill task. We thought we’d make it easier for you by short listing the top 5 skiing destination in Switzerland and briefly describing their pros and cons.

Davos-Klosters

The twin resorts are probably the most popular among vacationers and amateur skiers visiting Switzerland. Davos is set on a high, flat-bottomed valley and is one of the oldest ski resorts in the world. It’s popular with tourists because of its proximity to the Davos town, which gives an urban flavor to this otherwise idyllic resort. Families love the place because of Davos ski holiday accommodation, easy transportation, and extensive skiing slopes. Adjacent to Ski Davos is the ‘royal’ ski resort of Klosters, where Prince Charles goes for skiing. Both Davos and Klosters offer restaurants, entertainment, and activities to complement skiing, but they lack the resort-like atmosphere and are very busy during the season.

Davos - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012
Davos-KlostersWorld Economic Forum / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Zermatt

All the way across to the western Switzerland, Zermatt is famous for its vicinity to the 4778 meters high Matterhorn peak, one of the highest in the Alps. The resort has been developed with traditional Swiss finesse and has one of the most modern and extensive lift networks in the world. It features a large numbers of restaurants and top end ski chalets in Switzerland, apart from 360km of pistes, a broad variety of ski slopes, and the most enchanting views of the Matterhorn. The down side is that skiing here can be expensive, especially if you don’t have a clue about the cheaper places for lodging and eating.

The Glaciers of the Alps
ZermattStuck in Customs / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Wengen

The fairytale town of Wengen is situated at an elevation of 1,274 meters in central Switzerland. It’s a quiet place with a year-round population of just 1,300 people, which spikes to 10,000 during skiing season. It’s a small and secluded place offering some of the best scenery in the world, and a homely atmosphere quite unlike large commercial resorts. The town is charming, with its history dating back to early 1800s. Most of the slopes here are friendly to early intermediaries, with the notorious Lauberhorn Downhill—the toughest in the World Circuit—being a glaring exception. It’s the perfect place for intermediaries with families, but the experts might get bored for the lack of challenge.

Berner Oberland
WengenRonile35 / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Laax

Laax is one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland, featuring some 220km of snow-sure pistes and a fearsome vertical drop. The resort has a rich history and wasn’t the best equipped until a few years back; but the facilities have been refurbished and Laax has become the venue for the hottest international skiing events recently. Just last year, two new cables were installed here, including one designed by Porsche Design Studio.

St Moritz

St Moritz is a hip, trendy resort popular among the ‘who’s-who’ for its plethora of festivities, entertainment, and all round winter holiday. The town is not much to write home about, but is situated amidst a breathtaking landscape that would force you to halt skiing and gaze at its natural beauty. The resort is frequented by British elite, so expect steep prices here. There are plenty of restaurants in the town and in the mountains. The slopes here are rather monotonous, but with over 350km of pistes, the pros can find enough challenge at some of the runs.

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