Switzerland not only provides some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, but it does it with both style and metronomically consistent quality. Uniquely amongst nations around the world, all of the 200-plus winter sports resorts in Switzerland can be accessed by public transport. Despite the multitude of railway, bus and aerial lift operators the services all integrate seamlessly and as reliably as Switzerland’s famous timepieces.
Winter sports first began in the Swiss Alps, in traditional mountain communities and well established summer resorts, and most Swiss ski and snowboard destinations are pretty – often car-free – villages with strong identities and a rich history. Incidentally “car-free” does not mean the Swiss do not encourage driving – petrol is cheaper than elsewhere in Europe and the road network is efficient – it is just that many of the communities have simply elected to have car drivers park lower in the valley or on the edge of their village.
Despite a reputation for being expensive, winter sports in Switzerland are usually cheaper (depending on exchange rates) than France, and provides better value for money than the USA. It is also higher and more snow-sure than other Alpine nations, giving you the the best opportunity to have a fabulous time during your visit.
There are no guarantees though! Skiing and snowboarding are clearly outdoors sports enjoyed in what can be a very inhospitable or changeable environments. Depending on whether you are looking for a last minute break or planning the ski holiday of a lifetime, I’m hoping I can give you some tips on where and when to go to ensure you have a great time on the slopes – and off them.
I have skied in Switzerland for 20 years now. I’m planning on recording here my experiences not only of the top resorts, but also some of the many smaller gems. I’m also keen to hear from other people who can share their experiences of skiing or snowboarding in Switzerland – food and lodging recommendations, off-piste itineraries, good guides, insights into the areas… basically anything about Switzerland during the winter months. As well as this blog, I maintain a directory of Swiss Winter sports resorts
and a web site dedicated to ski resorts you can reach by train
. If you want to contact me privately you can do so at http://www.oatridge.co.uk/form.htm