Skiing and Snowboarding near Bern

Bern is close to some of the best resorts in the Alps

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here are many reasons why you might choose Bern as a starting point for a winter sports outing. If you are living in the city as an expat you are sure to want to try out the world's best ski and snowboard destinations during your assignment, and if you are here on business it seems a shame not to take at least a day out to visit the slopes.

The nearest Alpine resorts to Bern (or Berne, as it is sometimes spelled in the English-speaking world) are less than an hour away, and getting to the resorts is a doddle. Bern lies at the heart of an efficient road network and the public transport is quite simply the best in the world. I occasionally use the car, but for most of the 70-odd resorts I have skied in I have relied upon public transport and, despite the sometimes multiple connections, I have only ever missed one connection. Furthermore the getting there, and back, has been for me a large part of the enjoyment of a day out in the mountains using public transport. There is no stress, indeed the trip out there is therapeutic and the journey back is a great opportunity to enjoy some apres ski beers as the most amazing backdrop passes by. Incidentally for one, two and six day outings, Swiss Rail runs the outstanding Snow'n'Rail scheme with significant discounts on both public transport and lift passes.

I won't go too much into the ins and outs of travelling within Switzerland - individual resort pages provide more detail for each resort, but I will include here a selection of resorts that you may want to visit from Bern. Click on column heads to sort the resorts.

Resort Region Language Locality Bottom m Top m Piste km Fam­ily Day Price Snow'n'­Rail Stat­ion Bern Car-free Bern Distance
4 Vallées Valais French Valais 1350 3330 412 71 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 32 mins 1 hr 45 mins 157 km
Adelboden Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1068 2362 210 63 SFr Y 1 hr 16 mins 1 hr 65 km
Airolo Ticino Italian Ticino 1700 2250 30 45 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 58 mins 2 hrs 10 mins 197 km
Aletsch Arena Valais Swiss German Valais 1845 2869 104 Y 60 SFr Y Y 1 hr 32 mins Y 2 hrs 24 mins 127 km
Braunwald Eastern Switzerland Swiss German Glarus 1300 1905 32 Y 48 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 42 mins Y 2 hrs 30 mins 213 km
Champéry Valais French Valais 1050 2250 650 57 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 47 mins 1 hr 25 mins 122 km
Charmey Fribourg Region French Fribourg 890 1627 30 43 SFr 1 hr 37 mins 1 hr 71 km
Engelberg Central Switzerland Swiss German Obwalden 1050 3020 82 Y 65 SFr Y Y 1 hr 53 mins 1 hr 50 mins 147 km
Flims Laax Falera Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1100 3018 235 Y 76 SFr Y 2 hrs 55 mins 2 hrs 55 mins 263 km
Flumserberg Eastern Switzerland Swiss German St Gallen 1220 2222 75 Y 58 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 14 mins 2 hrs 35 mins 221 km
Gstaad Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1200 2971 250 62 SFr Y Y 1 hr 47 mins 1 hr 10 mins 86 km
Hoch-Ybrig Central Switzerland Swiss German Schwyz 1050 1831 50 53 SFr 2 hrs 38 mins 2 hrs 20 mins 184 km
Lenzerheide Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1230 2865 225 Y 72 SFr Y 3 hrs 3 hrs 264 km
Leukerbad Valais Swiss German Valais 1411 2610 52 Y 53 SFr Y 1 hr 46 mins 2 hrs 10 mins 191 km
Leysin Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 1350 2205 100 Y 48 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 19 mins 1 hr 25 mins 121 km
Meiringen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1061 2433 60 Y 57 SFr Y Y 1 hr 31 mins 1 hr 10 mins 85 km
Melchsee-Frutt Central Switzerland Swiss German Obwalden 1080 2255 32 50 SFr Y 2 hrs 16 mins 1 hr 45 mins 127 km
Moléson Fribourg Region French Fribourg 1100 2002 30 30 SFr 1 hr 48 mins Y 1 hr 69 km
Mürren Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1650 2971 54 63 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 1 mins Y 55 mins 66 km
Nendaz Valais French Valais 1350 3330 412 Y 56 SFr Y 2 hrs 8 mins 1 hr 45 mins 160 km
Pizol Eastern Switzerland Swiss German St Gallen 1045 2250 40 54 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 23 mins 3 hrs 10 mins 246 km
Portes du Soleil Valais French Valais 1050 2300 650 54 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 47 mins 1 hr 25 mins 122 km
Rougemont Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 992 2284 62 62 SFr Y 2 hrs 24 mins 1 hr 15 mins 88 km
Saanen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 992 2284 86 62 SFr Y Y 1 hr 57 mins 1 hr 15 mins 83 km
Sierre-Anniviers Valais French Valais 1350 3000 228 Y 49 SFr 2 hrs 37 mins 2 hrs 10 mins 187 km
St Moritz Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1750 3303 350 Y 75 SFr Y Y 4 hrs 26 mins 3 hrs 44 mins 327 km
Verbier Valais French Valais 1500 3330 412 75 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 32 mins 1 hr 45 mins 157 km
Veysonnaz Valais French Valais 1350 3330 412 75 SFr Y 2 hrs 04 mins 1 hr 48 mins 166 km
Villars Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 1300 3000 100 Y 53 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 28 mins 1 hr 25 mins 118 km
Wengen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1274 2320 110 63 SFr Y Y 1 hr 47 mins Y 1 hr 66 km
Zermatt Valais Swiss German Valais 1620 3899 350 92 SFr Y Y 2 hrs 6 mins Y 2 hrs 40 mins 136 km
Zinal Valais French Valais 1670 3000 72 58 SFr 2 hrs 37 mins 2 hrs 15 mins 196 km
Zweisimmen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 950 2008 85 62 SFr Y Y 1 hr 15 mins 1 hr 70 km