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Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland

What do we love about skiing in Switzerland?

Switzerland is where downhill skiing all began in the Alps and it remains the country that draws so many of us back winter after winter. Swiss ski areas include the highest destinations in the Alps with some of the most spectacular scenery to enjoy as you whizz down the slopes. The altitude helps provide some of the most snowsure choices too, with some areas open year round and many of the most famous resorts having permanent glacier snowfields at the tops of their slopes.

What do we love about Switzerland? Well lots of things, but fortunately, it’s one of the easiest countries to keep returning back to because, as we all know, Switzerland manages to do better than all others at transport efficiency, with well-connected trains and buses ensuring that once you arrive in Geneva you are quickly and seamlessly whisked to your resort in comfort.

Even though the Swiss Franc is famously strong, our plucky pound has been fighting back in recent years and has regained considerable ground over the past 12 months, making Swiss skiing more affordable than a year ago when some doom-mongers were claiming Swiss resorts had been priced out of the British market – in fact, to the delight of all lovers of superb snow sport, it’s making a come back!

The high quality continues in resort with comfortable chalets and hotels and stylish bars and restaurants to enjoy. And although Swiss resorts do not usually offer the lively après-ski scene of some Austrian and these days even French resorts, you can still find plenty of first-rate choices to enjoy.

Ski Weekends resorts in Switzerland

Skier coming down into a cloud covered valleySki resort lit up at night in SwitzerlandSunset over the Swiss Alps

For many people, Zermatt is the finest ski resort in the world. There’s just something about being here, with the mighty Matterhorn, a mountain like no other, perpetually positioned there, dominating the skyline. The lack of conventional car traffic doesn’t make Zermatt a sleepy little village, in fact, it has grown in to quite a big resort with little electric vehicles buzzing around its streets, but still all development maintains the resort’s overall charm and means that there’s a big choice of shopping, dining and après-ski here plus plenty more to do besides skiing if you wish. But what skiing! Zermatt is one of only two ski areas in the world open 365 days a year thanks to its large glacier area and highest slopes in Europe touching 3899m opening up a massive vertical and a vast choice of terrain extending over the border down to Cervinia in Italy should you wish to ski or board two countries on your ski weekend and enjoy some stunning descents of up to 10km long plus grab yourself an authentic pizza or espresso at one of the great mountain huts on your way down.

Switzerland has been blessed with a host of top ski resorts which include the likes of Verbier and Engelberg which offer many off-piste opportunities to those that seek it but are also well catered for in other departments with great hotels, restaurants, bars and most importantly, some spectacular views.

Take a look at some other Swiss Resorts:

To find out more about skiing in Switzerland, feel free to call one of our friendly ski experts on 023 8020 6971 or email sales@skiweekends.com