Best skiing in Switzerland: Top 11 Swiss ski resorts

Oct 24, 2022 BY Paul McWilliams

The best skiing in Switzerland is up there with the top destinations worldwide. Swiss ski resorts offer everything from movie star glamour and superb off-piste, to top cruising terrain and excellent instruction.

Throw in some stunning scenery, reliable snow conditions and incredibly mountains and you can see why Switzerland is hugely popular with skiers. Plus of course the train network runs like, well, Swiss clockwork, making it easy to get around without driving.

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The season is long thanks to high altitude slopes, often running from late November and well into April. There’s an incredible network of lifts, thousands of kilometres of groomed trails and plenty of backcountry, dedicated freeride terrain and many snowparks.

The difficult thing is choosing between the many varied and excellent resorts.

Top 11 Swiss ski resorts

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Best skiing in Switzerland

To help you decide we’ve pulled together the below guide to the top 11 Swiss ski resorts. They are not in order of ‘the best’ as that is too hard to decide! Instead the list works from west to east, providing information about the best skiing in Switzerland.

Les Crosets/Champery

This small resort set on the plateau above Champery makes the list because of the great access to the massive Portes de Soleil ski area. It’s essentially a micro resort, but you can stay in larger Champery which is linked by gondola, although you cannot ski to the town.

Crosets offers some of the best skiing in Switzerland for families that want a quiet environment for kids to learn and adults to have a great time. It’s also close to Geneva, making transfer times small and manageable.

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But it also makes a great base for anyone wanting to explore the 650 km of runs of the Portes de Soleil that crosses into France. There are many snowparks across the PDS and great off-piste, check out this review of freeride snowboarding in Portes Du Soleil to find out more.

Verbier

Sunny slopes, spectacular scenery, vibrant party scene and epic off-piste make Verbier one of the most popular Swiss ski resorts. And easy access to Geneva makes it a top weekend ski break. In 2022 it was awarded Switzerland’s and World’s Best Ski Resort, which says it all really!

It forms part of the extensive Les 4 Vallees ski area that covers the area around Mont Fort Glacier. There’s plenty for advanced skiers and boarders, with outstanding lifts offering access to challenging off-piste terrain. The Freeride World Tour visits every year plus there is heli-skiing.

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There are more than 400km of runs in total, served by 89 lifts. Meaning there is a huge amount of managed slopes to choose from for those that like to stick to the piste. Plus there is possibly the best freeride ski run in Europe.

Crans Montana

This well established resort boasts stunning scenery and great skiing for intermediate levels. The skiing area extends from pretty wooded slopes to the north through a large area of mid level terrain all the way up to the Plaine-Morte Glacier.

The resort is made up of two villages joined together to form a larger town. It has an upmarket atmosphere and good choice of high-end boutiques, glitzy accommodation, incredible restaurants and lively bars.

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Crans Montana has around 140km of runs serviced by 19 efficient ski lifts, plus 11 dedicated freeride lines and one of the top snowparks in Switzerland. Find out why it is one of the best Swiss ski resorts by reading this review of a Crans Montana snowboarding holiday.

Zermatt

The highest skiing in the Europe, located between 2,500 and 3,900 metres and home to the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is perhaps the best-known ski resort in Switzerland. The town is car free and has a nice mix of traditional and modern accommodation.

What makes it one of the best Swiss ski resorts is the link to Cervinia in Italy. In combination there are around 360km of pistes, with a huge number of red runs. The skiing on the glacier is usually available year round making Zermatt as snow sure as they come.

Zermatt provides some of the best skiing in Switzerland and great views of the Matterhorn

There are great areas for freeriding for everyone from beginners to pros. Plus the snowparks will keep freestylers entertained for weeks. Check out this review of Cervinia snowboarding holiday in Matterhorn Ski Paradise to find out more.

Saas Fee

This charming village is located in the Valais area and surrounded by stunning peaks. The resort is car free and you can use horse drawn sleighs to get around.

The town has a large variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Plus there are plenty of affordable accommodation options. There are even homes to buy in Saas Fee if you have a very deep wallet.

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The lower slopes are good for beginners and with more than 100km of pistes, much above the treeline, there is plenty for more experienced skiers too. With 23 lifts, a snow park, half pipe, and great snow making it offers season long fun whatever type of skiing you prefer.

Jungfrau (Grindelwald, Murren and Wengen)

Jungfrau is not a single resort but a large train linked ski area near the city of Interlaken. It offers some of the best skiing in Switzerland including everything from challenging steeps to wide beginner runs across more than 210 km of slopes.

It’s a great area for families and the resorts of Grindelwald, Murren and Wengen all offer something different. Getting around involves regular ski lifts and railways. The trains from Interlaken reach all the way to Jungfraujoch the highest train station in Europe at 3454m.

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Lifts have been updated including the Eiger Express costing around $470 million. Jungfrau offers plenty of variety, including the steep ‘Wall’ in Murren, more sedate runs and great snowparks in First and good off-piste at Mannlichen. Also check out the Eiger skydive from a helicopter.

Engelberg

This is a relatively small resort with just 80km of runs and 18 lifts including the world’s first rotating cable car. Despite its small size it covers a lot of bases, with runs for all levels of skier and boarder with one of the top 10 verticals worldwide.

The longest run is 12km from the top of Titlis to Engelberg, it’s a bonafide leg burner that drops more than 2,000 metres to the village. Thanks to the Titlis glacier and snow making facilities, the winter season here is the longest in Switzerland and can run for almost eight months a year.

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There is some great off-piste in Engelberg, including a run that the Ski Club claims to be one of the best freeride routes in Europe. Engelberg’s location on the northern edge of the Alps means it often gets hammered by snowstorms providing plenty of powder days.

Andermatt

With its epic freeride terrain and one of the Alps best snow records, Andermatt has made a big name for itself. There are 120km of runs in the newly linked ski area that combines Andermatt, Sedrun and Disentis.

But it is the off-piste that is the main attraction. The unique microclimate ensures great snow quality with plenty falling most seasons. Get a guide and hit the backcountry for an incredible freeride skiing holiday in Switzerland.

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There has also been a huge amount of investment in the town, adding some high-end hotels to the traditional wooden chalet accommodation. Restaurant and shopping options have also improved a lot over the last few years.

Laax/Flims

This is one of the top Swiss ski resorts with more than 224 km of runs covering an area of alpine forest all the way up to the Vorab Glacier. The terrain caters for all abilities, so there is plenty for beginners to advanced skiers. It is mainly accessed via comfortable gondolas and 6-seater lifts.

Laax probably offers the best skiing in Switzerland for freestylers. The snow park caters for all levels and attracts Europe’s top riders. The superpipe at Crap Sogn Gion is the largest in Europe and the pro park holds top competitions.

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Flims is the larger of the two resort towns and is more traditional, with a better choice of accommodation and après ski options. Laax has a more chilled out vibe and also great sustainability schemes making it one of the most eco friendly places to ski in Switzerland.

St Moritz

Situated at the heart of the Engadine Valley close to the Italian border, St Moritz is one of the most famous luxury ski resorts in the world. The dry climate made it one of the first winter resorts and it is still the only Swiss resort to have hosted the Winter Olympics.

The main town is glitzy with some very glamorous places to stay in St Moritz. There are more than 350km of pistes in the Corviglia ski area, including impressively high lifts of Corvatsch (3300m) and Corviglia Piz Nair (3057m).

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There are many great areas for off-piste skiing in St Moritz and heli-skiing for those without budget constraints. And the Crowland fun park is good for park rats and wannabe freestylers alike.

Davos

There are 100 pistes offering more than 300 km of slopes, it’s all accessed by 50 lifts in this 319 hectare ski area. Combined with 1284 metres of vertical, Davos is one of the best Swiss ski resorts.

It is well suited to freestyle enthusiasts, with three snowparks to choose from. There are also two half pipes and 75km of cross-country trails to explore.

Try Davos for some of the best skiing in Switzerland

The town itself has a good beginner area and several tree runs. The resort boasts a choice of high-end hotels as a well as a good mix of more affordable options and is generally bustling and lively.

We hope you found this guide to the best skiing in Switzerland interesting and useful. Check out these Europe skiing holidays so get yourself on the slopes this winter.

 
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