Around 70 percent of Switzerland is made up of mountains. 48 of them lie beyond the 4,000 m border. So it is no wonder that Switzerland is one of the winter sports destinations in the world with the best snow conditions. Countless kilometres of pistes, diverse landscapes and breathtaking panoramas will arouse the enthusiasm of every skier. It’s not that easy to keep track of all this, so SnowTrex has compiled the most popular ski regions in Switzerland:
Skiing in Central Switzerland
In the heart of Switzerland, a large variety of winter sports areas opens up for skiers and snowboarders. In the 5 cantons of Central Switzerland you will find rocky and ice-covered mountains as well as wide hills. The varied landscapes of the 13 ski areas make Central Switzerland a popular destination for winter sports fans.
The highest ski area in the Lucerne region is Engelberg-Titlis. The ski area reaches up to 3,028 m and is therefore guaranteed snow, so that the ski season usually lasts from October to May. More than 25 lifts open up the 82 km network of pistes and offer varied downhill runs for beginners and advanced skiers in the midst of the Swiss High Alps, including one of the longest ever: winter sports fans can climb a total of 2,000 m of difference in altitude over 12 km from the glacier to the valley.
In addition to exciting pistes, Central Switzerland has many other snow-related activities to offer. The numerous snowshoe and winter hiking trails offer fantastic views of the picturesque mountains. In order to enjoy the peace and quiet of the snow-covered mountains, cross-country skiing fans can look forward to perfectly groomed cross-country ski trails and great routes with different levels of difficulty. Fun for the whole family is provided by extraordinary toboggan runs, some of which can even be raced down at night. Just as action-packed are the countless snow parks in the ski areas, which make the hearts of freestylers beat faster with obstacles in all possible forms. Snowbiking, ice fishing, snowmobile tours, piste bully rides, winter canoe rides – all this and much more awaits holidaymakers in Central Switzerland.
Skiing in Valais
There are 41 four-thousand-metre peaks in Valais, making them Switzerland’s highest mountains and glaciers! The Matterhorn stands out for its height and unique pyramid shape. Due to its altitude of up to 3,899 m, the Zermatt winter sports region is open 365 days a year for skiers and snowboarders!
Endless ski runs against a fantastic mountain backdrop make the Valais, with over 2,000 km of pistes, a winter paradise between heaven and earth with guaranteed snow. Impressive ski areas such as the 4 Vallées, Saas-Fee and Les Portes offer lots of fun on the slopes for beginners and advanced skiers alike. Whether gentle slopes or challenging mogul slopes – boredom is a thing of the past. The Aletsch Arena ski area is even part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch” and is home to the longest ice stream in the Alps with a length of 23 km.
Exciting offers like gigantic snow parks, heli-skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, tobogganing and paragliding provide even more variety in the breathtaking nature. They make your skiing holiday an unforgettable experience. The high valleys in Valais are also perfect for cross-country skiing. Perfectly groomed cross-country ski runs and many hours of sunshine offer ideal conditions for free and classic skiing.
After a long day on the piste, you don’t have to go back to your accommodation. Numerous après ski bars in places like Zermatt, Verbier and Veysonnaz heat up with great DJs and bands. If you are more in the mood for relaxation, you can relax in one of the thermal baths or in the wellness area of your own hotel. The wide range of offers in Valais leaves nothing to be desired!
Skiing in the Bernese Oberland
The Bernese Oberland includes the higher regions around Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and the triumvirate of the Alps: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Among them some peaks beyond the 4,000 m border.
The Jungfrau Region, also known as the “cradle of modern skiing”, offers all levels of difficulty on more than 200 km of pistes and is the venue for the most spectacular World Cup races in Switzerland. State-of-the-art lifts with breathtaking panoramic views make even the first steps into the ski areas a unique experience. Over 350 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, 200 kilometres of winter hiking trails and snowshoe trails open up additional undreamt-of possibilities for winter sports fans.
From Mandelbärli to Bernese Hobelkäse – these regional delicacies should not be missed by holidaymakers in the Bernese Oberland. Tradition is written in capital letters here, which is why the original charm of idyllic places such as Grindelwald, Wengen and Adelboden has largely been preserved.
Skiing in Graubünden
Graubünden is the largest canton in Switzerland and is also extremely diverse. In the midst of the fantastic Swiss alpine world, holidaymakers experience unspoilt nature in combination with the most modern holiday culture. St. Moritz, Davos and Samnaun are among the most famous winter destinations in Graubünden. Guests appreciate the modern alpine lifestyle and first-class gastronomy. Enough entertainment is provided by numerous shopping opportunities, cafés, restaurants, casinos, après ski bars and discos.
In over 40 ski areas, skiers and snowboarders can relax and take their turns on wide pistes or dare to climb steep slopes. Freestylers can enjoy a large selection of snowparks, one of the highlights is the largest halfpipe in the world in the Laax ski area.
Graubünden is also the largest cross-country skiing region in Switzerland. 1,700 km of groomed cross-country trails lead through snow-covered forests and over frozen lakes. Due to the many cross-country skiing schools, the wide range is not just attractive for ambitious cross-country skiers.
Skiing in St. Gallen
The Canton of St. Gallen covers the area between Lake Zurich, Lake Walen and Lake Constance and, together with the main metropolis of the same name, represents the cultural centre of Eastern Switzerland. The highest mountain in eastern Switzerland – Säntis – offers an incomparable panorama. At the top of the peak, the view extends over an incredible six countries: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Liechtenstein. On the Säntis, unique winter landscapes can best be explored by snowshoeing or sledging.
Winter sports fans are particularly attracted to the south of St. Gallen for skiing. The slopes of the highest ski area in St. Gallen, “Toggenburg”, reach up to 2,262 m and are weatherproof thanks to their heights. The varied ski areas consist of a good mixture of blue, red and black pistes and are therefore particularly suitable for families, but professional skiers and freeriders also get their money’s worth here.
Away from the slopes, St. Gallen is a true winter tour paradise. 123 winter tours of all levels of difficulty invite you to explore the diverse landscape in impressive mountain scenery.
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