Central and Eastern Switzerland Ski Resort Ratings

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t is difficult to classify the Swiss Alpine resorts that are not in Romandy, the Bernese Oberland or Graubunden as a unified group of resorts. Some of them belong to loose affiliations of resorts or share common cultural identity or geography, but what most characterises them is that they tend to be little known outside of Switzerland. This may yet change - Andermatt is expanding rapidly, and the mooted lift connections from Engelberg to Hasliberg would certainly create one of the world's best ski areas.

What also characterises these resorts is that, apart from those in Ticino, they are generally easy enough to get to from Zurich, Basel and Lucerne. This means some of them can get busy at weekends, but there are rarely significant queues. One can understand the allure - for a day trip or a weekend break many of these resorts offer outstanding skiing and snowboarding.

Resort Region Country Ski Area Language Locality Level Altitude m Bottom m Top m Piste km Snow'­n'Rail Station Family Car-free Spa Tobo­ggan Day Price Curr­ency Basel Zurich Bern Lausanne Luzern Basel Basel Distance Zurich Zurich Bern Bern Lausanne Lausanne Geneva Geneva Lugano Lugano Luzern Luzern
Airolo Ticino CH Italian Ticino 2 1150 1700 2250 30 Y Y 45 SFr 2 hrs 57 mins 1 hr 44 mins 2 hrs 58 mins 2 hrs 183 km 1 hr 29 mins 123 km 2 hrs 10 mins 197 km 3 hrs 44 mins 349 km 59 mins 85 km 1 hr 6 mins 87 km
Alt St Johann Eastern Switzerland CH Toggenburg Swiss German St Gallen 2 900 900 2262 60 Y Y 57 SFr 3 hrs 20 mins 1 hr 55 mins 2 hrs 179 km 1 hr 15 mins 95 km 1 hr 40 mins 119 km
Bedretto Ticino CH Italian Ticino 2 7 SFr
Braunwald Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German Glarus 2 1300 1300 1905 32 Y Y Y Y Y 48 SFr 2 hrs 37 mins 1 hr 30 mins 2 hrs 42 mins 2 hrs 172 km 1 hr 15 mins 87 km 2 hrs 30 mins 213 km 4 hrs 15 mins 376 km 1 hr 30 mins 96 km
Campra Ticino CH Italian Ticino 2 10 SFr
Cari Ticino CH Italian Ticino 2 1600 1600 2300 20 Y Y 40 SFr 4 hrs 7 mins 2 hrs 35 mins 212 km 2 hrs 44 mins 1 hr 10 mins 79 km
Dallenwil Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Nidwalden 2 1227 1227 1663 5 35 SFr
Ebnat Eastern Switzerland CH Toggenburg Swiss German St Gallen 2 650 650 1200 6 Y 30 SFr
Eigenthal Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Luzern 2 8 SFr
Elm Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German Glarus 2 1000 1000 2100 40 Y 48 SFr 2 hrs 2 mins 174 km 1 hr 10 mins 89 km 2 hrs 26 mins 214 km 3 hrs 56 mins 367 km
Engelberg Central Switzerland CH Engelberg-Titlis Swiss German Obwalden 2 1050 1050 3020 82 Y Y Y Y 65 SFr 1 hr 49 mins 1 hr 49 mins 1 hr 53 mins 0 hrs 47 mins 1 hr 40 mins 131 km 1 hr 10 mins 86 km 1 hr 50 mins 147 km 3 hrs 30 mins 310 km 36 mins 35 km
Flumserberg Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German St Gallen 2 1220 1220 2222 75 Y Y Y Y 58 SFr 2 hrs 29 mins 1 hr 4 mins 2 hrs 14 mins 2 hrs 180 km 1 hr 15 mins 96 km 2 hrs 35 mins 221 km 4 hrs 15 mins 384 km 1 hr 30 mins 120 km
Gibswil Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Zürich 2 8 SFr
Giswil Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Obwalden 2 1350 1350 1850 14 Y 38 SFr 1 hr 24 mins 125 km 58 mins 79 km 1 hr 15 mins 95 km 3 hrs 8 mins 266 km
Goldingen Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German St Gallen 2 700 840 1200 8 35 SFr
Gonten Eastern Switzerland CH Appenzellerland Swiss German Appenzell 2 48 SFr
Gurnigel Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Bern 2 970 970 1590 8 36 SFr
Hoch-Ybrig Central Switzerland CH Hoch-Ybrig Swiss German Schwyz 2 1465 1050 1831 50 Y 53 SFr 2 hrs 31 mins 1 hr 28 mins 2 hrs 38 mins 1 hr 52 mins 2 hrs 143 km 1 hr 10 mins 59 km 2 hrs 20 mins 184 km 4 hrs 10 mins 347 km 1 hr 10mins 71 km
Langis Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Obwalden 2 10 SFr
Lungern Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Obwalden 2 703 1550 2205 24 Y 25 SFr 2 hrs 26 mins 48 mins 1 hr 30 mins 131 km 1 hr 87 km 40 mins 37 km
Malbun Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German Liechtenstein 2 1600 1300 2000 23 Y Y 48 SFr 2 hrs 52 mins 2 hrs 25 mins 202 km 1 hr 35 mins 118 km 1 hr 50 mins 142 km
Melchsee-Frutt Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Obwalden 2 1920 1080 2255 32 Y Y 50 SFr 2 hrs 12 mins 2 hrs 12 mins 2 hrs 16 mins 1 hr 5 mins 1 hr 40 mins 137 km 1 hr 20 mins 92 km 1 hr 45 mins 127 km 3 hrs 30 mins 297 km 35 mins 34 km
Nara Ticino CH Italian Ticino 2 914 914 2133 30 Y Y 38 SFr 4 hrs 37 mins 2 hrs 56 mins 240 km 2 hrs 23 mins 182 km 3 hrs 5 mins 256 km 4 hrs 20 mins 401 km 56 mins 66 km
Nätschen Central Switzerland CH Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun Swiss German Uri 3 1444 1444 2963 60 Y Y SFr
Oberiberg Central Switzerland CH Hoch-Ybrig Swiss German Schwyz 2 1050 1050 1831 10 23 SFr
Obertoggenburg Eastern Switzerland CH Toggenburg Swiss German St Gallen 2 900 900 2262 60 Y 57 SFr 3 hrs 20 mins 1 hr 55 mins 2 hrs 179 km 1 hr 15 mins 95 km 2 hrs 26 mins 207 km 3 hrs 56 mins 360 km 1 hr 40 mins 119 km
Ottenleuebad Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Bern 2 1500 1500 1600 5 26 SFr
Pfannenstiel Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Zürich 2 38 SFr
Pilatus Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Luzern 2 2132 516 1416 Y 35 SFr
Pizol Eastern Switzerland CH Pizol Swiss German St Gallen 2 1522 1045 2250 40 Y Y Y Y 54 SFr 2 hrs 20 mins 1 hr 18 mins 2 hrs 23 mins 2 hrs 40 mins 205 km 1 hr 50 mins 120 km 3 hrs 10 mins 246 km 4 hrs 45 mins 409 km 1 hr 20 mins 118 km
Schönengrund Eastern Switzerland CH Appenzellerland Swiss German Appenzell 2 18 SFr
Ricken Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German St Gallen 2 800 800 900 1 10 SFr
Riffenmatt Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Bern 2 1050 1050 1100 1 22 SFr
Rigi Central Switzerland CH Swiss Knife Valley Swiss German Schwyz 2 1440 1320 1660 9 Y Y Y 47 SFr
Rüschegg Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Bern 2 1219 1219 1800 13 36 SFr
Sattel-Hochstuckli Central Switzerland CH Swiss Knife Valley Swiss German Schwyz 2 800 800 1600 14 Y 39 SFr 2 hrs 32 mins 1 hr 3 mins 1 hr 36 mins 140 km 53 mins 65 km 1 hr 45 mins 3 hrs 16 mins 309 km
Schwedentritt Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Schwyz 2 50 SFr
Schwarzenbühl Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Bern 2 1500 1500 1600 10 SFr
Unterwasser Eastern Switzerland CH Toggenburg Swiss German St Gallen 2 910 900 2262 60 Y Y 57 SFr 3 hrs 20 mins 1 hr 55 mins 2 hrs 8 mins 181 km 1 hr 18 mins 80 km 2 hrs 33 mins
Urnerboden Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Uri 2 50 SFr
Wildhaus Eastern Switzerland CH Toggenburg Swiss German St Gallen 2 1090 900 2262 60 Y Y 57 SFr 3 hrs 20 mins 1 hr 55 mins 2 hrs 10 mins 184 km 1 hr 25 mins 100 km 1 hr 40 mins 123 km
Winterhorn Central Switzerland CH Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun Swiss German Uri 3 1444 1444 2963 60 Y Y Y SFr
Zugerberg Eastern Switzerland CH Swiss German Zug 2 5 SFr
Zürich Central Switzerland CH Swiss German Zürich 2 408 Y SFr