Guide to Switzerland snowboarding holidays

Dec 07, 2017 BY AWE365 Team

With over half of the country covered by the Alps, Switzerland snowboarding holidays offer huge variety and some of the world’s best ski resorts. From Anzere to Zermatt you really can snowboard from A to Z in Switzerland.

Switzerland snowboarding holidays

Much of the Swiss mountains are accessible by train. The train infrastructure is one of the most efficient and expansive in the world meaning you can reach ski resorts in a more eco friendly way. Either hop on the Eurostar, or fly to Geneva or Zurich and jump on a train.

Switzerland Snowboarding holidays Wikimedia Commons image by Ludovic Péron

Ski resorts in Switzerland are huge even by Europe’s standards. Make sure you are in shape as elevations are high and pistes are steep. Europe’s top riders call Laax, Davos and St. Moritz their home and the half pipes and parks are considered to be some of the best in the world.

Top Swiss ski resorts

Switzerland snowboarding resorts that stand out from the crowd:

Davos: five mountains with excellent freeriding, a terrain park and two halfpipes

Verbier: some of world’s best off piste terrain plus heli- boarding nearby

Flims-Laax: long riding season but may get tracked out fast after dumps

St. Moritz: world famous for the town, the snow and the riding

Leysin: super snowboarder friendly vibe

Nendaz: some comparisons to Verbier but less expansive and less expensive

Zermatt: great free riding, one of best resorts in Europe and good night life

Anzere: growing resort that is wallet- friendly, runs on green energy, lots of snow and untouched off piste

Saas Fee: better snow during the summer, great park with a good scene

Crans Montana: large ski area attached to a big town. Plenty of off-piste and a big snowpark including half pipe and airbag.

Switzerland snowboarding holidays flickr image by Matt Biddulph

Resorts are close together, so rather than choosing one resort you may want to stay mobile. Travel is easy due to Switzerland’s efficient train and bus system which is economical for solo travellers. If travelling with a group of friends it is cheaper to rent a car.

Many of the less well known resorts are well worth a visit. Check out Lenk Simmental for 130km of piste and 1000m vertical or the Arosa-Lenzerheide ski area for another 100 km of runs to enjoy.

Accommodation for Switzerland snowboarding holidays is not cheap, 5 star and expensive 4 stars are plentiful and easy to find. For those on a budget you can find clean youth hostels in cities and at resorts.

Bed and breakfasts are also a less expensive option but still pricey in comparison to France, Italy and Austria. If you are really stuck, call the local tourist office as they act as the booking agent for all local accommodation.

You can fly into Switzerland through Zurich and Geneva on most major airlines. If going to resorts in the southwest, fly into Geneva. Fly into Zurich if going to resorts in the east such as Laax, Davos or St. Moritz.

Tips for snowboarding in Switzerland

  • Most Swiss businesses close between 12 pm and 2 pm so plan ahead if you want to save money with a supermarket lunch.
  • Half the country speaks German and the other half French – plus a small area Italian – so it’s useful to know a bit of each.
  • The local tourist offices are very helpful and act as booking agents.
  • Switzerland is not part of the EU and does not use the Euro
  • At Geneva airport they have oversize luggage and ski luggage – snowboards have been known to come out in either.

If you fancy booking a Switzerland snowboarding holidays then be sure to check out our Swiss snowboarding discounts as you could save a fortune.


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