Ski holidays in Switzerland

Ski Switzerland - magnificent, towering mountains and picture-postcard ski holiday resorts, all held together by a transport system that is without equal.

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The Swiss are marginally less obsessive than the Austrians about skiing, however the sport is still central to the Swiss way of life, and alpine traditions remain strong. Ski resorts such as Davos, Wengen, St Moritz and Zermatt, beneath the mighty Matterhorn, are some of the most famous ski holiday destinations in the world. Glaciers dot the skyline, offering snow-sure skiing, with ski descents from glaciers often running down to the immaculate ski resort villages.

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Après ski can be stuffy and hotel based in the upmarket resorts, however ski resorts such as Verbier offer après ski in abundance and as good as anywhere. The Swiss ski holiday resorts tend to be well served with local airports and whilst the south of the country is riddled with massive valleys, the immaculate transport system ensures that journeys are as short and enjoyable as possible.

Switzerland as a ski holiday destination seems to suffer from one significant stereotype – that only wealthy people can afford a ski holiday there and that only wealthy people fit in there. To suggest that a ski holiday in Switzerland is necessarily expensive is rather outdated; competitive forces and exchange rate movements have ensured that Switzerland has moved from being unchallenged as the most expensive ski holiday, as was the case in previous decades, to a ski destination that is often price-comparable with other countries. What is not in doubt is that if you chose the wrong ski resort, then prices can be high across the board and those on a budget are made to look and feel that they are on a budget.