Perfectly located in the heart of the Alps and home to some of the world’s most iconic mountains and best ski slopes, Switzerland has always been a hard-to-beat winter destination.
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Nowhere else would one find more dramatic or rugged mountainous landscape, more spectacular ski runs, better views and traffic-free villages.
As the original winter holiday destination, Switzerland sure has everything for a memorable winter holiday covered and catered for from every possible perspective.
As one of the most luxurious ski destinations in the world, St Moritz needs no introduction to snow enthusiasts.
Offering services, facilities and accommodation options fit for royalty, this traditional winter holiday destination boasts myriad on- and off-snow activities.
Its eponymous frozen lake even hosts skating, curling, golf, polo, horse racing and even cricket.
The journey to the resort, via the panoramic Glacier Express train ride, which departs from Zermatt, is a highlight in itself.
Unquestionably one of the most picturesque and technologically fascinating train journeys in the world, passengers often find it hard to peel themselves away from the windows as they pass jaw-dropping mountains and valleys, luxurious health spa resorts, and weave through 91 tunnels and cross an impressive 291 bridges.
Located in the south of Switzerland, St Moritz provides a rare combination of snow reliability and 300 days of sunshine each year.
The resort’s 58 lifts and 350km of pistes cater to all levels, but is especially great for intermediates.
Located in the Bernese Oberland and sharing a ski area with Grindelwald, Wengen is host of the internationally renowned Lauberhon ski races and is also part of the Jungfrau marathon route.
It is also where the awe-inspiring Trümmelbach Falls, the world’s only glacier waterfalls, is located.
Calm, car-free and sitting on a wind-protected sunny terrace, the picture-postcard village is peppered with traditional Swiss timber houses and chalets from the belle époque era.
It is quite the romantic location for anyone looking to enjoy ambience from a previous era while cosying up by the fireplace.
Ideal for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of larger or busier ski resorts, Wengen is a great winter playground for families and snow-sport newbies, thanks to its gentle nursery slopes in the village centre.
Home to the highest observation deck in the Alps, with a 360-degree panorama across France and Italy overlooking 38 4000-metre-plus peaks and 14 glaciers, Zermatt is undoubtedly one the country’s best winter resorts.
Ideal as a ski destination for beginners to experts and families to tourers, every expectation of a traditional winter Alpine destination is met here.
Views? Check. Stunning picture-book scenery? Check. Cosy Swiss chalets? Check. Why not even throw in horse-drawn sleighs for bygone era feel. And finally, impressive ski slopes? Check!
With 200km of pistes, a slick lift system, extensive off-pistes and outstanding mountain restaurants, Zermatt’s glacier is open all year round for skiing and snowboarding (weather permitting, of course).
For the more adventurous, heli-skiing is available and best in March and April.
How to get there: With more than 19 years of experience and a team of ski specialists, Skimax can help you plan your next holiday to the Swiss Alps. Check out its picks of the best ski packages in Switzerland.