Of course, if there’s one thing the Swiss don’t mess around about its skiing. Arrive in peak snow season (mid-January to mid-March) and take your pick from a range of resorts offering pristine pistes for any ability. Zermatt is a crowd-pleaser, offering over a diverse selection of courses across Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee, while the constant view of the Matterhorn Mountain makes for an impressive backdrop.
Having hosted two Winter Olympics, St. Moritz (about 2.5 hours from Zürich) is a professional skier’s playground. It can also be a pricier option for travellers but it has the après scene to match. Here the swanky set up alongside each other at the glamourous King’s Club and sneak glances at world pros within the walls of Chesa Veglia.
This doesn’t mean families miss out on the fun, with many preferring the long winding intermediate runs along Corvatsch.
Best Time To Visit Switzerland
Switzerland’s specialty is its ability to be all things to all people (possibly due to having Italy to its south, France to its west, Germany to the north and Austria to its east). For this reason, no matter when you go you’re guaranteed a good time. Weather-wise though? Here’s the drill.
January to February are the peak winter months, with short days and undoubtedly the best time to take advantage of the country’s winter sports.
The warmer months of April through to June are when most of the hiking trails are open to visitors and are actually a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds during the months between winter and summer.
July to August are high summer and the countryside booms with paragliders and hikers. But if you’re looking to visit Switzerland for a steal then save your visit for October/November when the last of the summer hikers have set off home and just before many of the ski resorts have fully opened for winter.
Airlines that regularly fly to Geneva and Zürich from Australia include; Swiss International Airlines, Eithad Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Qantas and more.