Switzerland; where to ski this season
With its chocolate-box villages and captivating Alpine scenery, Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in Europe for a luxury skiing holiday. There’s no shortage of resorts scattered throughout the valleåys of the Swiss Alps, but in our opinion these
five are the best places to start.
Despite having enough designer boutiques and fine dining restaurants to put a capital city to shame, Gstaad maintains its charming small-town character. The town centre is lined with wooden chalets, giving it true nostalgic appeal. If you tire of eating at its Michelin-starred hotspots, you can escape the A-list crowds at charming restaurants like Le Petit Chalet. This intimate, 18-seater restaurant serves local cheese-based specialities fondue and raclette.Staying in Gstaad gives you access to 220 km of pistes with altitudes of up to 3,000 m.
Dubbed ‘the pearl of the Alps’, Saas-Fee boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in the region. This small town is surrounded by 13 peaks, each reaching more than 4 km in altitude, and gives you the chance to experience glacier skiing.
Saas-Fee prides itself on being contemporary. Snowboarding, carving and new school ski styles have been wholeheartedly embraced in this resort.
It also offers a wealth of unique activities. Step inside the Ice Pavilion where you can admire the carved ice sculptures before trying the nail-biting avalanche simulator. Afterwards, steady your nerves with a tipple at the world’s highest revolving restaurant
One of Switzerland’s most iconic resorts, Its enduring jet set appeal can be attributed to its location near the Italian border, giving it the coveted combination of snow and sun. It has 350 km of slopes reaching an altitude of 3,305 m, making it an extensive, snow-sure region that’s ideal for intermediate skiers.
St Moritz takes its food seriously. Every January, the resort hosts a gourmet food festival, which attracts celebrated chefs from around the world. When it’s time for a tipple, don your black tie attire and rub shoulders with celebrities at King’s Club.
Part of the Four Valleys ski area, Verbier is one of the largest lift-linked ski areas in the world and has some of the best off-piste in the Alps. It has 412 km of runs spread across more than 200 pistes, and advanced skiers can put their skills to the test at the famous Tortin snow bowl.
The nail-biting terrain and vibrant nightlife have made Verbier a firm favourite among young, serious skiers. Ski-in dining is also popular. The mountain is home to rustic cabins, such as Cabane de Tortin, which serves French-Swiss snacks beside its wood-burning stoves, and luxurious options like Chez Dany, where the chefs reinterpret local fare with a modern twist.
Home of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is the quintessential Swiss ski resort. With 200 km of pistes, plus an additional 160 km in neighbouring Cervinia, there’s plenty of powder to go around.
This car-free town has been settled since the medieval era, and you can feel the history as you stroll through the winding streets past weather-beaten chalets. It has a high concentration of fine dining restaurants, with two Michelin star eateries. Additionally, 14 restaurants have been awarded a Michelin Plate.