Ski Switzerland


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Ski Switzerland

Ski Switzerland

Switzerland is perhaps the best known country for wintersport and synonymous for fun and thrills about in the snow. This is perhaps not surprising when you realise theat the Alps occupy the greater part of the country making skiing and snowboarding two if the most popular sports in Switzerland. Here are just a few of Switzerland's fantastic ski resorts:

 

SWISS SKI RESORTS

 

 

Gstaad (Adelboden ski area)

Whereas the village of Adelboden itself is traditional, sedate and pretty, the fragmented nature of the skiing is probably its greatest disadvantage. The scenery however is fantastic, with Adelboden sharing the same range as Wengen and Gstaad. It is also a great area for other winter sports in general, so those who don’t ski should find plenty to keep them busy. The Après-ski is reasonably quiet, with the majority being hotel, restaurant and bars. There is a ski school which is particularly suited to children.

The Adelboden slopes comprises of 5 specific areas. 3 are lift-accessed from the village and the other 2 linked by a bus service. In total there are over 200km of runs, offering excellent skiing for beginners and intermediates alike. Experts will find it harder to locate any decent runs. Adelboden also offers 2 half pipes and a special park for snowboarders.
In summary, Adelboden is a great place for a ski touring holiday if you have your own transport. A car is really needed to get around the area and sniff out the best slopes. It's a picturesque and wonderful Swiss environment to discover.

 

Champery

One of the many Portes du Soleil resorts, Champéry impresses with access to over 650km of runs, providing ideal conditions for a whole range of skiers of different ages and abilities. It is one of the most charming places to visit in the region maintaining an old world charm which sets it apart from the other resorts. It also boasts awesome views of the surrounding mountain range. Hotels offer the majority of the accommodation and the majority of evening haunts. You will also find a whole range of shops and cafes.
Unfortunately, Champéry is lift and not ski-linked. You'll have to take a bus for the cable car up and you can't ski back to the bottom. Overall Champéry's slopes are extremely sunny and are ideally suited for novice/intermediates. Unfortunately, beginners have to pay for a full ski pass just to access the training slopes. Avoriaz is well worth the travel for experts.

 

Klosters

A favourite with Prince Charles and the majority of the Royal Family, Klosters is part of the Davos ski range. They share the same ski range, but the two towns are 10 kilometres apart and Klosters has its own ski area, known as the Madrisa. Klosters is split into two parts, Platz and Dorf, but surprisingly they are not the exclusive resorts you may think. Platz has some posh hotels nearby and rather more fizz than Dorf, whereas the latter remains very quiet. Both have plenty of Swiss charm.

 

There are some fantastic bars and restaurants, but as a rule the nightlife is pretty quiet. For the non-skiers there is ice-skating, sleigh rides and sled runs down the front of the mountain. There are quite a number of picturesque walks up and down the slopes by the river which run up into the mountains.

All abilities are catered for within the area. Experts have great on and off piste areas, intermediates have plenty of long blue and red runs and beginners will find the Parsenn is excellent for gentle, developing runs. The lift system at Klosters, with parts named after Prince Charles has been partially upgraded; however, local bus services are necessary to access other areas.

 

Overall, Klosters has managed to stay away from the limelight despite its royal connections. It can still be rather pricey and upmarket, but the skiing offers something for the whole family and if you go at the right time who knows who you may meet!