uzern (Lucerne) is as good a starting point for a winter sports holiday as anywhere in the world. If you are living in the city as an expat you are sure to want to try out the outstanding ski and snowboard destinations that lie so close by during your assignment. And if you are here on business it really could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to to visit the nearby slopes. As a lively town with a rich cultural heritage, dominated by the view of the mountains across the lake, Luzern also makes an outstanding centre for a ski or snowboard holiday.
Luzern lies at the heart of an efficient road network and the public transport is quite simply the best in the world. It makes the getting there, and back, 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 wine or beers as a 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 - this is covered at the individual resort pages in detail. However I will include here a selection of journey times - sort them by clicking on the relevant column heads. Luzern is about an hour by public transport or car from Basel and Zurich, both of which have excellent international airports.
|Resort||Region||Language||Locality||Bottom m||Top m||Piste km||Family||Day||Price||Snow'n'Rail||Station||Luzern||Car-free||Luzern||Distance|
|Adelboden||Bernese Oberland||Swiss German||Bern||1068||2362||210||63||SFr||Y||2 hrs 20 mins||1hr 45 mins||114 km|
|Aletsch Arena||Valais||Swiss German||Valais||1845||2869||104||Y||60||SFr||Y||Y||2 hrs 39 mins||Y||2 hrs||120 km|
|Engelberg||Central Switzerland||Swiss German||Obwalden||1050||3020||82||Y||65||SFr||Y||Y||0 hrs 47 mins||36 mins||35 km|
|Flims Laax Falera||Graubünden||Swiss German||Graubünden||1100||3018||235||Y||76||SFr||Y||3 hrs 5 mins||1 hr 50 mins||161 km|
|Hoch-Ybrig||Central Switzerland||Swiss German||Schwyz||1050||1831||50||53||SFr||1 hr 52 mins||1 hr 10mins||71 km|
|Lungern||Central Switzerland||Swiss German||Obwalden||1550||2205||24||25||SFr||48 mins||40 mins||37 km|
|Meiringen||Bernese Oberland||Swiss German||Bern||1061||2433||60||Y||57||SFr||Y||Y||1 hr 17 mins||50 mins||50 km|
|Melchsee-Frutt||Central Switzerland||Swiss German||Obwalden||1080||2255||32||50||SFr||Y||1 hr 5 mins||35 mins||34 km|
|Mürren||Bernese Oberland||Swiss German||Bern||1650||2971||54||63||SFr||Y||Y||2 hrs 30 mins||Y||1 hr 10 mins||80 km|
|St Moritz||Graubünden||Swiss German||Graubünden||1750||3303||350||Y||75||SFr||Y||Y||4 hrs 28 mins||2 hrs 50 mins||227 km|
|Zermatt||Valais||Swiss German||Valais||1620||3899||350||92||SFr||Y||Y||5 hrs 16 mins||Y||3 hrs 10 mins||182 km|