Snowshoe trail, Arosa (Image: Arosa Tourismus)

Small, car-free village, or party mecca in the mountains? For anyone setting their sights high, no other country has winter sports destinations closer to the skies than Switzerland. The average altitude of Swiss resorts is the highest in Europe - and that goes for the ski areas too. Which means the ultimate in snow-sure skiing and pistes that go on for ever. Zermatt holds the record with its 17-km descent from the Klein Matterhorn. 

Resort charm and outstanding scenery are also particularly high on the list in Switzerland, although prices tend to be above those in other countries. 

For those seeking an alternative to travelling by road, Switzerland is a great choice, offering as it does the world’s densest public transport system. Direct trains from around Europe and from the airports at Zürich, Geneva, Basel and Sion will carry you quickly and comfortably to your holiday destination. Not only is it green but train is one of the most panoramic ways to travel: the rail journey on the Glacier Express between Chur and St Moritz with its helical tunnels and vertiginous viaducts is one of the most scenic and interesting in the world and has achieved UNESCO World Heritage status. Check out SwissTravelSystem's pages for information on scenic routes.

An attractive choice of train tickets is available to visitors to travel to and within Switzerland. The Swiss Transfer Ticket is the simplest option to travel to your winter resort. It covers return travel from the airport or the Swiss border to any destination within Switzerland for 141 CHF. Children under 16 travel free when accompanied by at least one parent.

Details of the various ticket options are listed on the SwissTravelSystem site or take a look at our maps to work out the best way to get to your resort.

Resort Altitude Range Vertical Drop Lifts Kms of Downhill Piste Cross Country Glacier
Andermatt 1440-2960m 1520m 20 86km 28km No
Arosa 1800-2655m 855m 42 225km 32km No
Bettmeralp 1935-2869m 934m 35 104km 6km No
Blatten 1330-3110m 1780m 10 60km <5km No
Champery 900-2466m 1566m 200 650km 7km No
Crans Montana 1500-3000m 1500m 28 140km 30km No
Davos 810-2844m 2034m 55 320km 110km No
Elm 1000-2100m 1100m 6 40km 7km No
Engelberg 1000-3020m 2020m 24 82km 45.5km Yes
Grimentz-Zinal 1600-2900m 1300m 19 73km 35km No
Grindelwald 1650-3000m 1350m 45 210km 27km No
Gstaad 1000-3000m 2000m 53 220km 175km Yes
Hoch-Ybrig 1050-1830m 780m 12 50km 30km No
Klewenalp-Stockhutte 1200-2000m 800m 14 40km - No
Klosters 810-2844m 2034m 55 320km 110km No
Laax 1100-3020m 1920m 29 235km 59km Yes
Lauchernalp 1400-3110m 1710m 6 33km 25km Yes
Lenk 1070-2360m 1290m 72 210km 42km No
Les Diablerets 1200-3000m 1800m 40 125km 32km Yes
Leukerbad 1410-2610m 1200m 10 50km 27km No
Melchsee Frutt 1080-2255m 1175m 10 32km 13km No
Murren 1650-3000m 1350m 45 214km 27km No
St Luc-Chandolin 1650-3000m 1350m 13 60km 40km No
St Moritz 1750-3300m 1550m 56 350km 200km Yes
Savognin 1200-2710m 1510m 10 80km 40km No
Scuol 1250-2800m 1550m 14 80km 77km No
Villars 1220-2120m 900m 44 125km 44km No
Wengen 1650-3000m 1350m 45 214km 27km No
Wildhaus 900-2260m 1360m 18 60km 40km No
Zermatt 1620-3883m 2263m 54 350km 24km Yes

Switzerland Alps Gallery

Left to right: ESF Ski School, Champéry (P Brault); Grindelwald in winter ©Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG; Sledging on the Rellerli ©Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus; Off piste at Andermatt (www.andermatt.ch)

Address Steam Mill Road, Bradfield, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 2QT

Telephone Number 01923 277963

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