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Ten best ski resorts in Switzerland

2018-12-27 | views: 327

To determine the best resorts in Switzerland, several hundred places were analyzed. Taking into account the presence of slopes for beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders, spa complexes, interesting excursions, entertainment apres-ski, shopping opportunities and recreation with children. On this basis, the top 10 ski resorts in Switzerland were chosen, which are also among the most beautiful places in the world!

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1. Zermatt

This is a symbolic resort for Switzerland, included in the Best of the Alps list. It is located on the slope of the Matterhorn, and is the best place to explore the legendary summit. Ski slopes are more suitable for confident athletes, but there are tracks for beginners, besides, you can take walks around the mountain on foot or on snowshoes. Here you can enjoy not only beauty, but also clean air: no cars are allowed in the resort. You can get here only by train, and then by electric car or in a horse drawn carriage - which is more suitable for the mood. During leisure, you can go to the Mont Cervine Palace’s restaurant, which has hosted guests for more than 130 years, or try the fondue in the cozy Whymperstube on the main street of the city among the old houses “on chicken legs”.

2. Leukerbad

First of all, it is the largest thermal resort of the Alps, so it is best to combine a ski holiday here with a wellness center and get access to Ski & Spa. For the same reason, this is the best place to travel with the whole family with children. Sports tracks here occupy only about 50 km, but they are difficult and interesting, so you will not be able to get bored. There is also a fan park for snowboarders, as well as 25 km of cross-country trails. But the most pleasant thing here is, of course, the sources and the baths. The whole family should look into Burgerbad, go on a hill ride and soak up under the hydromassage (and once a month in Burgerbad breakfasts with champagne). To finally get rid of all worries, you should often visit Linden Alpentherme: these are thermal baths, and a Welsh bath village with different types of saunas, massage rooms and pools, and Roman-Irish baths, where you should spend at least half an hour.

3. Villars

A traditional ski resort, ideal for beginners, for families with children and for those who want to combine skiing and excursions. Children are especially taken care of at this resort - there is always a large selection of equipment for children and products for their care, and several excellent ski schools operate above the Bretey clearing, and there are also toboggan runs for “non-smokers”. A half hour drive from the resort is the town of Lave-les-Bains, where it is worth spending a lazy morning enjoying the spa treatments. Forty minutes away is the winery of Bernard Cave, who delivers wine to the best restaurants in Switzerland. If you are fond of cross-country skiing, then you should go to the village of shepherds, where the houses of the XVII century are preserved. And in February, the resort hosts the Villars Night Show with fireworks and instructor demonstrations.

4. St. Moritz

One of the oldest and highest resorts has long become a symbol. Here is the largest focal point of five-star hotels in the Swiss Alps. Here come the most demanding members of society for social events, excellent shopping and gourmet joys. This resort has hosted the Olympic Games twice, and important and spectacular competitions are still often held here. If you want to be in the center of high life, just book a room in one of the luxurious hotels (of course, be prepared to pay the appropriate price) They say about the local atmosphere: “the air is like dry champagne”. And the drinks themselves can often be tasted right near the tracks. There are suitable routes for a skier of any level, but, perhaps, freeride lovers will receive a special joy: here is the legendary difficult area of ​​the Devil.

5. Davos

This resort is known for the World Economic Forum, and in the days of its holding (late January - early February) it is better not to appear here. But after it opens wide opportunities for skiers of any level. Firstly, this is one of the best places for snowboarders in Switzerland. Secondly, experienced skiers will enjoy off-piste routes to Pisa and Madriza. Thirdly, several times a week night skiing is organized at the resort. And if you come with children, you should take the time not only to ski, but also to ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, build an igloo in the Parsenn sector and spend the evening on the city’s skating rink.

6. Grindelwald

One of the most picturesque resorts in Europe. From here you can easily reach the famous natural wonders: the village of Interlaken, where two lakes meet, and the “roof of Europe”, the Jungfraujoch mountain, on which the highest railway in Europe rises and where you can visit the palace Aletch cut down in the glacier. Grindelwald is on the Best of the Alps list and is considered very fashionable. But it’s hard to find luxury hotels, it’s best to stay in an apartment or chalet. At this resort will comfortably ride for beginners, and thrill-seekers can quickly get to the nearby resort of Wengen and appreciate the legendary black track Laubernhorn, host of the World Cup.

7. Le Diablerets

Despite the terrible name, it is an idyllic village for those who love an economical and quiet secluded vacation. Here you will not find luxury hotels and famous nightclubs, but it attracts traditional Alpine atmosphere, hearty cuisine and several ski areas, mainly for beginners. But local trails are very beautiful and not crowded, for example in the sector of Le Mereye. In addition, the resort has hidden valuable treasure: the famous restaurant, designed by architect Mario Botta. Here you should definitely have lunch, admiring the view of the Alpine peaks and the “Devil's skittles”. It used to be believed that the devil often played here in pins, which explained the frequent rockfalls. Interesting rock serves as a kind of confirmation of the legend.

8. Gstaad

This place on the border of the German and French parts of Switzerland has a unique atmosphere, and not only because of the mixture of cultures and languages. Gstaad is considered one of the most fashionable areas for recreation, you can often find stars here. At the same time, it is very natural, devoid of “ostentatiousness” and, instead of a luxury hotel, looks more like a romantic fairy-tale village. If you want to feel like a member of a prestigious private club, go here. This is a very comfortable place for children and skiers who are unsure of their abilities. Extremists here will be difficult to have fun, but snowboarders will find a lot of interesting things for themselves. One of the main advantages of this place is food. There are more than a hundred restaurants located here, many of which have been honored with Michelin stars, so there is an option for everyone’s gourmet. Start a gastronomic tour is best with the resort's most famous hotel, Gstaad Palace, and its restaurants - Le Grill, Le Restaurant and Gildo’s Restaurante.

9. Verbier

The best place for snowboarders and freeriders, as well as for lovers of "incendiary" lifestyle. Glory to the region brought the peak of Mont Fort: let not everyone have the courage to descend from its summit, but to get on the lift to appreciate the panorama is a mandatory point. From here you can see almost all the places described above: from the pyramid of Matterhorn to Mont Blanc and the Jungfrau peaks. Lovers of scenic trails are especially recommended to explore the places around the lake Lac de Vaux and the slope of La Chaux. And after skiing - have fun at parties organized by DJs in the bar of the hotel Farinet. It is surprising that this resort is not very suitable for beginners, but it is quite suitable for companies or families in which not everyone is keen on mountain sports: there are many other attractions here.

10. Crans-Montana

Switzerland’s sunniest ski resort is ideal for beginners and for those who value relaxation more than extreme trails. Aprés-ski here, perhaps, is valued even more than the skis themselves. Crans-Montana is the perfect place to sunbathe on the sun loungers at the hotel, enjoy spa treatments, dine in restaurants (there are more than eighty-two!) And buy equipment (and not only) according to the latest fashion: the resort claims to be the best place for shopping The alps. However, there are ski raisins: do not miss the chance to ride in the evening on a special track with a length of 3.5 km, this is not found everywhere.

Source: Internet