You can find some of the world’s best off snowboarding in Switzerland as over half of the country is covered by the Alps. Much of it is lift accessible and that the lift infrastructure is the most efficient and expansive in the world meaning that a Switzerland snowboarding holiday will have less time queueing and more time riding.
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 as the half pipes and parks are some of the best in the world.
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
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.
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.
Accommodation when snowboarding in Switzerland 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.
Extra tips for Switzerland snowboarding holidays:
- 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 so its 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.