Ski, Snowboard or Cross-Country - top advice about the best resorts for beginners to experts

Skiing and snowboarding is such an important part of Swiss life that we have devoted a whole section of the website to it. Skiing is the country’s No. 1 sport and national obsession. If the National Team Skiers aren’t winning their races on the circuit, this is front-page news, and cause for collective soul-searching. Is it the new skis? Are the boots up to standard? Are the ski technicians getting the mix of wax wrong, or is it that the National Coach is just not up to scratch? Imagine the weight of expectation that sits on Andy Murray’s shoulders, the pressure on the England Soccer Manager, or a Nation’s hopes resting on you, as with the Wales Rugby Coach. Mix all that together, and you get a rough idea on what it’s like to be a Swiss National Team Skier, or the Head Coach – and multiply that by some, if the worst happens – no, not injury, or bad snow conditions across the country – but being beaten in the classic races by the Austrians!

From a spectator perspective, there are a number of opportunities to part of the unique atmosphere that surrounds winter sports in Austria. An unmissable experience is being of the crowd at the Lauberhorn – the classic race weekend in Wengen when thousands of fanatical supporters take the train up to this famously car-free village, and pack the area of the Zielschuss, or pack the hillsides to watch the racers fly down the mountain.
Whilst watching other people ski is great, the true joy comes with clipping up your own boots, clicking them into your own skis or on to your own board, and heading off to the slopes yourself. For this, Switzerland is world-beating with resorts to match every skier or snowboarder’s dreams. If it is glitz and glamour that you are looking for, no one does this better than the iconic resorts of St Moritz, Klosters and Davos, which attract celebrities and royalty from across the globe.
For good intermediates and advanced skiers, resorts such as Zermatt, Saas Fee and Verbier offer an incredible variety of slopes and terrain, whereas Crans Montana, Villars, Adelboden, Engelberg and Lenzerheide are perfect for families and mixed-ability groups with something for everyone, whether on skis or on a board. And, of course, if you are looking for skiing and boarding amidst truly majestic mountain scenery, then Wengen, Grindelwald and Mürren have few rivals anywhere in the world.
Speaking from the benefit of first-hand experience from skiing in many of the resorts, we can talk you through the specifics of which of the great choice of resorts available will suit you and your party best. Unlike some other countries, where the best skiing is to be found in purpose-built resorts that are really only suitable for skiers or snowboarders, with few exceptions, virtually every Swiss resort, and especially those in the German-speaking areas is great for skiers, snowboarders and non-skiers alike. 
Don’t think that you are bound by the traditional one or two-week holiday duration either. More and more resorts are focusing on the short-break market – and ideal if you only have the chance for a long weekend, or mid-week break to the slopes. Resorts such as Crans Montana which are an easy transfer by train from Geneva are great for a quick trip to the slopes, or you could stay somewhere like Martigny or Sion, where you have access to the ski areas around Ovronnaz, Nendaz and the lower Rhone Valley, or Interlaken and travel into the Jungfrau region.
Ski and snowboard holidays are also ideal for families. All the resorts offer tuition split by age group, with instructors specialised in looking after children, and many also offer crèche-facilities for youngsters from 2 years upwards.
Whatever your grade, and pretty much whatever your budget, Switzerland has a resort to match your requirements – let us help you find the right one for your next trip to the slopes.
The Experience Switzerland Travel office is open Monday - Friday between 9.30am and 5pm, and on Saturdays between 9.30am and 1.00pm. We are closed on Sundays.

If you are a client travelling overseas, and need to contact us in an emergency situation, you can call our 24-hour Duty Officer Telephone Number: +44 (0)7766 406759 for information and advice.



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