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Best Places to Ski in Switzerland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

William Russell
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Summary: Where are the best places to ski in Switzerland? We cover the best places to go skiing in Switzerland and highlight some family-friendly spots, places to eat and more.

Switzerland, with its pristine alpine landscapes and charming mountain villages, is a winter wonderland for expats and digital nomads who are also ski enthusiasts. The country offers some of the best ski areas in the world, combining breathtaking scenery, excellent facilities, and a variety of slopes to cater to all skill levels. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly destination or a challenging off-piste adventure, Switzerland has a ski resort that will meet your needs. Here are the 7-10 best ski areas in Switzerland that you should consider visiting during your stay.

Zermatt

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: At the foot of the iconic Matterhorn in the canton of Valais.
Family Friendly: Yes

Zermatt is one of the most famous ski destinations in the world, offering year-round skiing and views of the majestic Matterhorn. It boasts over 360 kilometers of pistes and is connected to Italy's Cervinia ski area, providing an international skiing experience. The resort is also known for its excellent mountain restaurants and vibrant après-ski scene.

We Recommend: Chez Vrony is a century-old mountain restaurant that offers traditional Swiss cuisine with a modern twist, all served with panoramic views of the Matterhorn.

Verbier

Ability Level: Intermediate to expert.
Location: In the Four Valleys ski area in the canton of Valais.
Family Friendly: Yes

Verbier is renowned for its challenging runs, off-piste opportunities, and lively nightlife. It's part of the Four Valleys ski area, which is the largest ski domain in Switzerland. Verbier is a hotspot for freeriders and those looking for an adrenaline rush, but it also offers ski schools and gentle slopes for beginners and families.

We Recommend: Le Rouge Restaurant & Après-Ski combines a high-quality dining experience with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a day on the slopes.

St. Moritz

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the Engadin valley in the canton of Graubunden.
Family Friendly: Yes

St. Moritz is a luxury alpine resort town that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. It offers a wide range of winter sports activities, including some of the best groomed runs in Switzerland. The resort is also known for its high-end shopping, fine dining, and world-class events.

We Recommend: The legendary Badrutt's Palace Hotel is not only an iconic place to stay but also offers exquisite dining options, such as Le Restaurant, which serves gourmet international cuisine.

Davos

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the canton of Graubunden, it's one of the highest towns in Europe.
Family Friendly: Yes

Davos, together with the adjacent Klosters, offers a diverse ski experience with six ski areas and over 300 kilometers of slopes. It's a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts and also provides plenty of activities for non-skiers, such as winter hiking and cross-country skiing.

We Recommend: Kaffee Klatsch is a cozy café that's perfect for a relaxing break, offering delicious cakes, coffee, and light meals.

Grindelwald

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the Jungfrau region in the canton of Bern.
Family Friendly: Yes

Grindelwald is a picturesque village that provides access to the Jungfrau ski region, including the slopes of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. It's ideal for families and beginners, with gentle slopes and stunning scenery, but also offers challenging runs for experienced skiers.

We Recommend: Avocado Bar in Grindelwald is a trendy spot with a friendly atmosphere, serving healthy and delicious food and drinks, including their signature avocado dishes.

Crans-Montana

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: On a sunny plateau above the Rhone Valley in the canton of Valais.
Family Friendly: Yes

Crans-Montana is known for its panoramic views and extensive ski area that caters to all levels. It's also a cultural hub with art galleries, festivals, and a vibrant shopping scene. The resort offers a mix of alpine charm and modern amenities, making it a favorite among families and luxury seekers.

We Recommend: Le Crans Hotel & Spa's restaurant, Le Mont Blanc, offers a gastronomic experience with a view, featuring innovative dishes that highlight local ingredients.

Engelberg-Titlis

Ability Level: Intermediate to expert.
Location: In the canton of Obwalden, home to the impressive Mount Titlis.
Family Friendly: Yes

Engelberg-Titlis is a mecca for freeriders and those looking for challenging terrain, including the famous Laub off-piste run. The resort also offers activities like snowshoeing and tobogganing, making it a great destination for adventure seekers and families alike.

We Recommend: Alpenclub, Engelberg's oldest restaurant, is a local favorite where guests can enjoy traditional Swiss dishes in a rustic and cozy setting.

Arosa Lenzerheide

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: In the canton of Graubunden, comprising two sunny valleys.
Family Friendly: Yes

Arosa Lenzerheide is a dual resort that offers 225 kilometers of pistes with reliable snow conditions. It's particularly family-friendly, with dedicated children's areas and ski schools. The interconnected valleys provide a varied and extensive skiing experience for all visitors.

We Recommend: Sattel Hutte is a charming mountain hut that serves hearty Swiss fare and offers stunning mountain views, making it the perfect spot for a mid-ski break.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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