Mention Swiss tourism to people, and most would think about the snow-capped mountain tops of the Swiss Alps. If you just want to experience snow for the first time, or can't wait to race down those slopes, this winter wonderland is the perfect place to be.
Every year, thousands of people gather around the globe and head to Zurich before going to the famous ski resorts in Zermatt, Verbier, Gstaad, Davos, St. Moritz and others on the Swiss tourism map for their skiing or snowboarding indulgence.
For those who are unsure about which of the 5 famous ski resort townships to go to, here is some basic information to help you decide:
With old wooden and stone buildings, Zermatt is a beautiful municipality with a touch of old-world charm. At 5,315 feet (1,620m) altitude, it is a mountaineering and ski resort community nestled at the foot of one of Switzerland's highest peaks and surrounded by the majestic Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Dom, and Lyskamm. Due to its high altitude and key location, it is known as one of the world's best ski resorts.
Have you ever wanted to mix with celebrities whilst having fun in the snow? Check out Verbier, one of the foremost backcountry skiing locations in the world. Although backcountry skiing is for highly experienced skiers, it is a great place to learn winter sports as there are 7 ski and snowboard schools in the area offering private lessons, performance coaching, group lessons, and specialized clinics. It is a vibrant town that is favored by celebrities including royalty, business leaders, and musicians due to its many awesome festivals and competitions that are held during both the summer and winter months.
For pure opulence, head over to Gstaad. It is one of the most exclusive Alpine ski resorts with luxurious hotels, shopping, nightlife, and fine dining. It is the winter home of Insitut Le Rosey, which is Switzerland's oldest private boarding school and is one of the most prestigious schools in the world attended by royalty, and the children of business magnates. Many high brow events draw the upper class to Gstaad, including polo tournaments and classical music concerts. In addition, an exclusive Ferrari and Maserati auction is held at the Gstaad Palace Hotel every December.
Davos is one of the less high-profile ski resorts on the map. It is the home of the World Economic Forum and is known for its many hiking areas and romantic valleys. Winter sports lovers will also enjoy this more family-friendly town with its many ice skating rinks, sledging, cross-country skiing slopes, and the half-pipe and monster pipe that is the mecca for Snowboarders.
A unique and spectacular playground with 300 days of sunshine all year round can be found at St. Moritz. As a result, during the summer months, athletes make St. Moritz their home as it is great for altitude training. It is also famous for its hiking trails, natural bobsledding track, the Cresta Run tobogganing area, and most of all, the incredible glacier views.
Switzerland is a magical winter wonderland that can be enjoyed by anyone. Whether you prefer less popular areas on the tourism map such as Davos, or you want to live the high life in Gstaad, you can find the ski resorts buzzing all year round.