THE MATTERHORN SKI PARADISE - The home of HUGE mountains!
Zermatt, Cervinia, Val Tournenche
Sitting at the base of the Matterhorn, the iconic swiss village of Zermatt is the center of a vast ski area encompassing Cervinia and Val Tournenche in Italy. This gives you 360km’s of piste and a really nice contrast between the busy Zermatt area and the relatively quiet Cervenia and Val Tournenche.
The ski terrain ranges from stunning family terrain in Cervinia to extreme glacier skiing on the Findelgletscher and Gornergletscher glaciers. For powder hounds the high altitude Stockhorn-Rote Nase-Hohtälli zone is simply awesome.
In terms of accommodation you can choose to stay in the bright lights of Zermatt or in the relatively quieter (and significantly less expensive) Cervenia. Accommodation ranges from affordable chalets to beautiful full service hotels.
Ski terrain: 22% Beginner | 60% Intermediate | 18% Advanced | plus expert terrain
Vertical Drop: 2,279m
Base Elevation: 1,620m
Summit Elevation: 3,899m
Longest Run: 20km
Have lunch at a rustic Italian refugio.
Try to ski the whole of Zermatt in a day - there’s a challenge for you!
ST MORITZ - Three diverse ski resorts!
Named after the central town in the area, the resort is made up of 3 major ski resorts in the region known as the Engadin. Two are close to town, Corviglia & Corvatsch and one, Diavolezza Lagalb, is 17km by road or rail to the southwest near the Bernina Pass.
The 3 resorts are completely different. Corviglia accessed straight out of St Moritz has a huge range of terrain from alpine bowls to steep shutes and offpiste.
Corvatsch faces north and thus keeps fantastic snow conditions and has an epic glacier run off its 3,303m peak, where you can appreciate its gobsmacking views.
The last resort of Diavolezza Lagalb has incredible off piste skiing, including Switzerland’s longest glacier. It offers a truly backcountry experience. Suitable for advanced skiers only, stay the night at the Berghaus Diavolezza Refuge, watch the sun go down over the alps and enjoy fresh tracks in the morning.
Ski terrain: 18% Beginner | 62% Intermediate | 20% Advanced | plus expert terrain
Vertical Drop: 1,506m
Base Elevation: 1,797m
Summit Elevation: 3,303m
Longest Run: 20km
Fantastic public transport mean there’s no need to hire a car, just catch the train.
JUNGFRAU - One of the most Iconic ski areas in the world!
Dwarfed by the giant Jungfrau mountain the resorts of Muerren Schilthorn and Grindelwald Wengen make up the Jungfrau Ski Area with the resort town of Interlaken situated in the middle.
Grindelwald Wengen has an array of stunning beginner and intermediate terrain in a spectacular setting below the Eiger.
Muerren Schilthorn has a huge array of advanced off piste runs off the summit of Schilthorn at 2970m.
Both resorts are accessed from Interlaken where there is a huge range of accommodation options. The town of Grindelwald has ski in, ski out options.
Ski terrain: 40% Beginner | 45% Intermediate | 15% Advanced | plus expert terrain
Vertical Drop: 2,174m
Base Elevation: 796m
Summit Elevation: 2,970m
Longest Run: 15km
The best value place to stay is Interlaken, while the best for ski in, ski out accommodation is Grindelwald on the Grindelwald wengen side, or Gimmelwald on the Muerren Schilthorn side.
THE 4 VALLEYS SWITZERLAND - 4 diverse valleys of skiing
Verbier, Nendaz, Vey Sonnaz, Thyon
On a similar scale to the French mega resorts Verbier is the center of the 4 valleys. With over 400km’s of piste, 77 lifts and 2,500m of vertical there is enough terrain here to keep you busy for a lifetime.
From cruisy tree runs through to an epic glacier run off the highest peak of Mt Fort at 3,330m this area has pistes for all skier abilities.
The base for all this is the beautiful village of Verbier where the accommodation ranges from comfortable hostels right through to 5 star hotels. There are also a good range of apartments although the cheaper ones tend to be a walk from the closest lift.
Ski terrain: 22% Beginner | 50% Intermediate | 28% Advanced | plus expert terrain
Vertical Drop: 2,509m
Base Elevation: 821m
Summit Elevation: 3,330m
Longest Run: 8km +
Buy the full 4 valleys lift pass for the full experience.