Switzerland evokes images of a winter wonderland;Alpine villages blanketed in snow, magnificent mountain ranges & sparkling lakes, luscious chocolate, & of course, the fabled ski resorts.Skiing is the Swiss national pastime & they sure take it seriously!With powdery slopes that stretch for miles, & the most developed Ski resorts in the world, they pride themselves in creating a perfect ski haven for skiers everywhere.
Switzerland – ‘The heart of the Alps’- with its extensive array of slopes; from bunny slopes for beginners to sheer vertical descents for diehard skiers;is a tailor-made family friendly ski holiday destination. Cross-country by the foot of the scenic Matterhorn or fly off-piste off Verbier’s most challenging cliffs; A Swiss ski holiday is relaxing & exhilarating.
A ski holiday in Switzerland doesn’t begin & end with skiing. The Swiss explore every facet of the mountains with a range of winter sports, snowboarding, sledding, ski touring, heli-skiing, paragliding, speed riding,& extreme snow sports. Switzerland hosts a number of International sporting events like the Ski World Cups, Paragliding World Championships, Tour de Suisse & Tour de France.
Ski locales in Switzerland:
Combined with state of the art infrastructure, & a complex & efficient ski-lift network; Swiss ski resorts are arguably the most developed resorts in the world.
St. Moritz, the glitziest of them all; is frequented by the rich & famous. The four ski regions in and around St. Moritz offer 350 kilometers of prepared pistes, a winter polo tournament and the famous Cresta toboggan run.
Zermatt, at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, stars as Switzerland’s elite resorts & as one of the world’s most scenic vacation villages. Mountaineers, hikers, & skiers are spellbound by the mesmerizing scenery. The highest ski resort in the Alps, Zermatt guarantees snow throughout the year.
Murren: This cosy village based in the Schilthorn valley, is a key attraction of the Jungfrau region. Mürren has 53 km of ski and snowboard pistes-including challenging off-piste and thrilling 800m vertical descents; toboggan runs and a network of winter walking trails.
The Verbier resort, is the gateway to Les 4 Vallées (4 valleys) ski area; world’s toughest runs and most exciting off-piste skiing.
Apart from skiing, major ski resorts offer a slew of cultural, culinary and sporting events. A plethora of high-end shopping, legendary après ski, fine dining restaurants and spas also await the Swiss tourist. For those perfect family getaways, Swiss resorts also offer qualified childcare options, child discounts, ski schools etc.
Airport and travel tips:
Major international airports are in Zurich, Geneva and Basel.Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Schengen visa holders are exempt from immigration checks, though they are subject to customs controls. Switzerland bans the import of weapons & narcotics.
Switzerland is connected to Europe’s high speed rail network. Switzerland’s public transportation is an efficient & streamlined network of trains, buses, and a half dozen varied modes of mountain transport.
There is no free state health service in Switzerland so visitors are advised to be covered by adequate health insurance.
Travel passes provide huge savings on the Swiss public transport (trains, boats and buses). It also entitles free passes for children.
Places to stay.
Boutique hotels frequented by the glitterati or a cozy family owned bed & breakfast; The Swiss spoil you with unlimited choices, regardless of the price range. Switzerland is renowned for its chalets, where the guests get a taste of the authentic Alpine living. There are numerous choices of hostels for the backpacking bunch too.
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