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Winter wonderland in Switzerland

Winter wonderland in Swiss Alps
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We love ski holidays in Switzerland. Boasting snow-capped peaks with near-vertical drops, powder-covered glaciers, and gently rolling Alpine forests, it is no wonder skiing in Switzerland ranks high on the travel lists of winter sports enthusiasts. Additionally, many of the top ski resorts in Switzerland rank among the best in Europe, with breathtakingly beautiful mountain villages, panoramic cable cars, high-speed chair lifts, and scenic trains offering an effortless transition from its numerous airports directly to the ski slopes.

In the majestic Swiss ski resorts lies a world of unparalleled luxury and indulgence, where you can bask in the immense natural beauty of Switzerland and experience wintery mountain magic at its finest. 

View over the Swiss Alps a sunny winter's day

Why go on winter holidays to Switzerland

The Swiss Alps is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Europe. From dreamy snow-sugared peaks and glamorous ski resorts to the perfect stillness of its pristine lakes and enchanting Alpine woodlands, Switzerland stands out as a premier winter sports destination. This elegant jewel boasts some of the best winter resorts in Europe — from charming mountain villages nestled amidst rolling hills to contemporary marvels situated amid the region’s most dramatic peaks. These resorts boast state-of-the-art ski infrastructure, with modern ski lifts, well-groomed trails, and world-class ski schools. With stylish bars, enticing restaurants, and rejuvenating spas, Switzerland crafts an irresistible winter wonderland that extends beyond its ski runs.

Some of the best places to go skiing in Switzerland

Switzerland offers some of the world’s most iconic ski resorts, each imbued with its distinct character. Here, we explore some of the top winter retreats in the Swiss Alps that promise a perfect blend of indulgence, adventure, and unrivaled natural beauty. 

Montage of two images from Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland

Skiing in Zermatt

Fully surrounded by the spellbinding natural splendor of the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt stands as a symbol of alpine grandeur, offering a quintessential Swiss experience. Also called the “jewel of the Swiss Alps”, Matterhorn — soaring 4,478 meters above sea level — creates a breathtaking backdrop to this postcard-perfect resort town.

Connected to Cervinia, which is situated just across the border in Italy, Zermatt stands out as one of the best skiing destinations in the world. Not only does it boast some of Switzerland’s most challenging and diverse skiing terrain but also jaw-dropping vistas of the surrounding snow-covered Alpine peaks.

In the heart of the Valais region, Zermatt is a high-altitude playground with a world-class reputation for its spectacular setting against the Matterhorn. The resort, long connected to Cervinia by the slopes, now features the newly inaugurated Matterhorn Alpine Crossing — the world’s highest cross—country cable car — swiftly transports enthusiasts across the glacier, making travel between the two popular ski resorts effortless. The combined Zermatt-Cervinia ski area offers an impressive variety of 360 kilometers of interconnected pistes, attracting both skiers and snowboarders to explore its magical winter wonderland.

Ski chalets in Zermatt a winter's afternoon

The car-free town’s allure lies in its preservation of traditional Swiss Alpine architecture, offering the very best in luxury alpine charm. The bustling main street, Bahnhofstrasse, is lined with boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants, creating a vibrant atmosphere. Here, après-ski indulgence takes on various forms — from slope-side champagne bars to cozy, welcoming retreats, where one can savor local Swiss beers alongside pizza-like Flammkuchen.

Where to stay in Zermatt

Zermatt’s accommodation options are equally diverse, catering to various preferences. The luxury chalets and fully catered prestige chalets to rent in Zermatt are ideal for family ski holidays. Additionally, Zermatt offers one of the most varied selections of hotels in the Swiss Alps, ranging from boutique hotels like the Hotel Walliserhof to the luxurious Mont Cervin Palace, often hailed not only as the best hotel in Zermatt but in the entire Swiss Alps. With three restaurants and an expansive spa, Mont Cervin Palace epitomizes the essence of Swiss hospitality.

Zermatt has some of the finest collections of luxury ski chalets and luxury ski lodges to rent in the Swiss Alps. Undoubtedly, the most spectacular penthouse property to rent in Zermatt, if not the entire Alps, is Chalet Heinz Julen Loft. This expansive 300m2 Manhattan-style loft, charmingly set within a wooden chalet, harmoniously blends vast expanses of glass, steel, textured concrete, and wood. This distinctive fusion architecture is the masterpiece of the renowned local designer Heinz Julen. Chalet CZP is a prestige chalet in the Swiss Alps in one of the most desirable locations in the world: Zermatt. An opulent 820m2 haven, it redefines luxury living against the breathtaking backdrop of the Matterhorn. Boasting panoramic views, Chalet CZP stands as an unparalleled landmark, epitomizing the pinnacle of extravagance in Zermatt.

Our partner Villanovo has a fantastic portfolio of Zermatt luxury chalets to rent, ranging from welcoming self-catered retreats to grand chalets with Matterhorn panoramas and exceptional catered service.

Aerial of St Moritz ski resort in Switzerland

Skiing in St Moritz

Being the epitome of fairytale winter luxury and thrilling snow adventures among the ski resorts in Switzerland, St. Moritz is as elegant and exclusive as it gets.

Heralded as the birthplace of the original winter resort dating back to 1864, St. Moritz is the world’s oldest and one of the most storied ski resorts. The postcard-perfect resort is set against a spectacular backdrop: it sits astride a glimmering frozen lake, encircled by snow-capped peaks and pristine forests. St Moritz is, in essence, an ultra-luxe winter playground.

The mountain ski resort has long been the glitziest of Alpine destinations and is as much for thrill-seekers as for style-setters. It is known for its scenic slopes, incredible skiing, ultra-luxe hotels, designer shops, indulgent spas, exciting art galleries and exclusive sporting events such as the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz. Prestigious and cosmopolitan, this iconic ski destination has, over the years, welcomed royalty, celebrities, jet setters and discerning skiers seeking the perfect combination of natural splendor and luxury.

Boasting soaring peaks and an extensive ski domain featuring 350 kilometers of ski runs, Engadin St. Moritz is one of Switzerland’s most extensive winter sports areas, not to mention one of the most stunning. With an altitude spanning from 1,800 to 3,303 meters, snow is nearly guaranteed. Moreover, highly modern ski lifts guarantee minimal waiting time and maximum skiing opportunities in a region celebrated for its variety. This skiing haven offers attractions such as carving thrills, freeride slopes, expansive nursery areas and a glacier downhill run, enticing snow sports aficionados from all over the world. Furthermore, St. Moritz is known for having hosted two Winter Olympic Games and numerous Alpine World Ski Championships.

Swiss Alps near St Moritz

The skiing itself would suffice to establish St. Moritz as one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland, given its extensive ski area providing diverse terrain, including plenty of off-piste excitement. However, what truly distinguishes St. Moritz is its off-hill activities — from the annual ice polo tournament and skating on the frozen lake to the opportunity to experience bobsledding (watch daredevils hurtle down the notorious Cresta Run) or exploring the network of cross-country ski trails. Other attractions include big-name designer boutiques, fine art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants, glitzy bars and nightclubs.

Where to stay in St. Moritz

There is no shortage of luxury hotels in St. Moritz. Boasting to be one of the most noted Grand Dame hotels in the Alps and the region’s most historic landmark, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel St Moritz is a place of timeless opulence. Furthermore, some of the best hotels in St. Moritz for luxury skiing holidays include Suvretta House, Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, Carlton Hotel St Moritz and The Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski.

When looking for ultra-private ski chalets to rent St. Moritz ranks high. Rent this elegantly contemporary chalet in St. Moritz that boasts a stylish ambience and a stunning location embedded in nature.

Gstaad the quintessential ski resort in Switzerland

Skiing in Gstaad

Nestled comfortably in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps is a lavish wonderland characterized by its stunning scenery and its village of luxury.

As one of the world’s most famous ski resorts, Gstaad oozes quiet elegance and traditional mountain allure. With its world-class skiing, rich cultural heritage and luxurious amenities, it is no wonder that Gstaad has long been a hotspot for A-listers and royalty. Yet despite its reputation for glitz and glamour, it has retained its alpine authenticity and timeless charm, underpinned by an alluring air of quiet luxury and discretion.

This is where the stunning natural beauty and rustic charm of wooden chalets meet the prestige of high-end boutiques and Michelin-starred dining experiences.

A Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, this upmarket Swiss ski resort is surrounded by some of Switzerland’s finest alpine scenery. Well-groomed slopes and stunning mountains, including the famous Bernese Alps, make way for the spectacular alpine panorama.

With 200 kilometers of ski slopes nestled between 1,000 and 3,000 meters above sea level, Gstaad is an expansive skiing area rambling across the classic Swiss countryside and includes numerous villages plus the Bernese Alps’ highest terrain, Glacier 3000. The ski resort is an excellent choice for beginners, intermediate skiers, families, snowboarders, ski weekends and non-skiers wanting a lavish mountain escape. Whilst not the most challenging resort for advanced skiers, Gstaad still has a number of seriously steep runs dotted around the area.

Sunny winter in Gstaad

One of the most unique and exhilarating attractions drawing thousands to Gstaad each year is the chance to experience glacier skiing at ski at Glacier 3000. For the ultimate adventure, expert skiers will enjoy the new Black Wall at Glacier 3000. With a maximum gradient of 46 degrees (104%), it joins the ranks as one of the steepest groomed slopes in the world. Furthermore, the Glacier 3000 skiing and snowboarding terrain includes alpine and sub-alpine terrain ranging from flattish glacier slopes up to serious off-piste freeride descents and everything in between. Heli-skiing is also popular, with several landing spots in the surrounding mountains.

With over 170 kilometres of cross-country trails, Gstaad is one of the best resorts for cross-country skiing in Europe. Four valleys, one glacier, and the Sparenmoos offer high alpine terrain and a variety of trails for cross-country skiers of all levels. With magnificent mountain vistas and forests, classic cross-country skiers will enjoy the beauty of these trails.

Strolling Gstaad’s fairytale centre is an après ski pastime, to see and be seen. Luxury hotels — such as the castle-like Gstaad Palace — wooden chalets, smart designer shops, gourmet restaurants, boulangeries and galleries abound in the pretty town. You will also find the typical and beautiful Swiss architecture everywhere, with the most beautiful decorative woodwork and flower boxes. 

Where to stay in Gstaad

Gstaad’s best ski hotels are 5-star — Hotel Park Gstaad, Gstaad Palace, Le Grand Bellevue and Alpina Gstaad. These luxury mountain hotels are near the village, a short walk or drive to the swanky designer boutiques and delightful restaurants housed in the picturesque village chalets. That said, you can also find boutique hotels in Gstaad, and budget hotels in Gstaad.

Alternatively, book one of the ultra-luxury chalets to rent in Gstaad. With plush interiors, lavish bathrooms and a professional yet discrete team to cater to your needs, this is private chalet luxe at its finest. Guests will also have access to the luxury boutique hotel’s restaurant, inviting bars, a cutting-edge wellness clinic and spa.

Aerial of Verbier

Skiing in Verbier

Awarded “Switzerland’s Best Ski Resort” in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, as well as the “World’s Best Ski Resort” in 2021 and 2022, Verbier stands out as a precious gem in the Swiss skiing crown.

Verbier attracts everyone from professional skiers to posh holidaymakers and serious ski enthusiasts. Not only does Verbier boast extensive expert and off-piste skiing, but the setting is stunningly beautiful. Awe-inspiring glacial scenery and unrivalled mountain panoramas, with views from the heady heights of Mont-Fort at 3330m stretching as far as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, make Verbier an incredible place to ski.

The skiing in Verbier is legendary, offering almost limitless terrain and an abundance of snow. It is the gateway to the expansive 4 Vallées ski area — the largest ski area in Switzerland and one of the largest in Europe — and is home to nearly 100 lifts and more than 400km of ski runs of all levels, plus plenty of off-piste options. Recognized as a premier destination for intermediate and advanced skiers everywhere, Verbier serves as a mecca for off-piste skiing enthusiasts, yet it still offers a vast amount of piste skiing for beginners and intermediates. Most of Verbier’s ski area comprises high-altitude terrain well above the tree line. This is a serious high-mountain ski area where the focus is on legendary steep slopes and world-class off-piste runs — including the backside of Mont Fort, Bec des Étagnes, Stairway to Heaven, Highway, Marlenaz, Croix de Coeur, Bacombe, Col des Mines, Creblets, Couloir de la Banane, Col de la Mouche, The Rocky Garden, The Hidden Valley (down to Auddes-sur-Riddes), Couloir des Dix and Col de la Banane.

Verbier is also considered to be one of the world’s best off-piste areas. It owes its reputation mainly to the famous Xtreme Verbier and the annual final of the Freeride World Tour as well as the incredible variety of marked, secure, yet ungroomed freeride itineraries.

Off piste skiing in Verbier Switzerland

Nestled atop a sun-drenched plateau at an elevation of 1,500 meters amid the Swiss Alps, Verbier, adorned with slate-roofed chalets, has carefully maintained its charm as a quintessential alpine village. Celebrating its rich heritage and deep roots of alpine skiing along with the ski resort’s cosmopolitan array of bars, shops and restaurants, Verbier boasts a distinctly vibrant energy while retaining the ambience of ultra-luxe prestige. The après-ski scene in Verbier requires little introduction as it offers some of the finest après-ski and nightlife in the Swiss Alps. With a multitude of lively and sophisticated bars, there is an exhilarating blend of trendy bars, classic pubs and cosmopolitan discos, making it one of the most exciting après-ski destinations in the Alps.

Where to stay in Verbier

Luxury hotels in Verbier include the stylish boutique hotel Cordée des Alpes and the 5-star hotel Le Chalet d’Adrien. If you are looking for a ski-in ski-out hotel in Verbier, The W Verbier ticks all the boxes. Here, the Alpine style meets urban chic with immediate ski-in, ski-out access. The extremely elegant Experimental Chalet, which offers views of Mont Combin, is for style lovers and is one of the best luxury hotels in Verbier.

Our partner, Villanovo, has hand-picked some of the best luxury chalets in Verbier, each built with comfort and convenience in mind. The luxury ski properties vary in size — from chic apartments such as Apartment Klimpo in the heart of the village to the large chalet 20-person Chalet On the Top perched high above it, guaranteeing you a luxury ski holiday in Verbier that is pure magic and luxurious.

Skiing in Crans Montana

Crans-Montana is a hidden gem among the ski resorts in Switzerland — the feeling throughout the town is luxurious yet understated, welcoming yet refined. This cosmopolitan ski resort has everything for anyone looking for a perfect Swiss ski holiday.

Crans Montana stands as one of Switzerland’s premier ski resorts, seamlessly blending the charm of Alpine tradition with modern amenities and luxuries. Set on a sun-drenched plateau above the Rhone Valley, Crans Montana is well-known for its exceptional awe-inspiring panoramas and jaw-dropping scenery. The ski resort is surrounded on three sides by the peaks of the Bernese Alps, while the Rhone Valley borders the fourth side. Its strategic location offers some of the best panoramic views in the country, spanning iconic peaks from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc. Whether you are seeking thrilling winter sports, tranquil nature retreats, gastronomic dining experiences, or high-end shopping and nightlife, Crans Montana delivers on all fronts.

Crans Montana features 140 kilometers of sunny south-facing ski slopes, with the summit, crowned by the Plaine Morte Glacier, ensuring favorable snow conditions even in the warmest weather. Being one of the largest ski resorts in the region, it has an impressive variety of quality skiing at different altitudes and aspects: the ski area extends from a high alpine glacier at around 3000m elevation down to gorgeous forest-lined trails leading to the villages. The resort has also hosted numerous international ski events, including the FIS Alpine World Cup. It is also scheduled to host the world’s finest at the Alpine World Ski Championships 2027.


The Swiss ski resort is particularly well suited to intermediate and advanced alpine skiers. The intermediate skiers and snowboarders can have lots of fun on the long and wide red and blue runs, which are perfect for taking your skills to the next level. It is popular with advanced skiers who want to take on the Crans Montana black run. The glacier is an excellent place to go on a fresh powder day, as the off-piste on either side of the run provides epic skiing and snowboarding. Advanced skiers and snowboarders also love the challenging World Cup pistes, as they are fast and long.

Crans-Montana offers a vast 100,000m2 snowpark, making it popular with snowboarders and freestyle skiers. It is one of the largest and best snowparks in Switzerland, including a halfpipe, SBX course, slope-style zone, jumps, wall ride, and various boxes and rails.

Crans is the defacto centre of the resort; it has an upmarket ambience and houses an ample collection of chic boutiques, jewellers, and art galleries, along with a wide choice of sophisticated bars and quality restaurants. Crans-Montana is one of the leading ski destinations in the Alps for families. Having been awarded the “Family Destination” label issued by the Swiss Tourism Federation, it offers lots of activities and amenities for children.

Where to stay in Crans-Montana

As one of the best Swiss ski hotels, Six Senses Crans-Montana brings its distinctive brand of Zen — plus an impressive spa and elegant restaurants — to Switzerland. For those who prefer a luxury boutique hotel in Crans-Montana, the uber-elegant LeCrans Hotel could be just the ticket. Hotel Crans Ambassador, Guarda Golf Hotel & Residences, and Hostellerie du Pas de l’Ours are other perennial favourite Crans-Montana ski hotels that will place guests right in the lap of Alpine luxury.

Enjoy a luxury ski holiday with our partner Villanovo’s tightly edited collection of luxury chalets to rent in Crans-Montana. With a range of ultra-luxury chalets that cater to every need, guests will surely have an unforgettable experience. Whether you want to relax in a private spa or hit the slopes, there is a luxury chalet in Crans-Montana for everyone.

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