ski and snowboard SwitzerlandResort Ratings

What's not to like about winter sports in Switzerland? Every single resort has superb public transport and road links, beautiful scenery, first class amenities and charming traditions. But which resort to choose? This site tells you everything you need to know and if you can't find what you want on this page, click on the icon at the top of the page for some other tools to help you find the ideal resort.

Ski and Snowboard Switzerland

In the table below resorts are rated out of five stars on various (highly subjective) criteria. Click on a column heading to sort in sequence, click again to sort in reverse or click on a resort name to visit the resort page.

ResortRegionSki AreaPiste (km)     Downhill       Nordic Winter Walks     Families       Apres     Overall
4 Vallées Valais 4 Vallées412535445
Adelboden Bernese Oberland Adelboden-Lenk210435534
Aeschi Bernese Oberland 12123212
Airolo Ticino 303 2223
Aletsch Arena Valais Aletsch Arena104422324
Alt St Johann Eastern Switzerland Toggenburg60333323
Andermatt Central Switzerland Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun125422234
Anzère Valais 52313333
Arolla Valais Val d'Hérens47322223
Arosa Graubünden Arosa-Lenzerheide70433534
Beatenberg Bernese Oberland 22222 2
Belalp Valais 60322323
Bellwald Valais Goms30255323
Bergün Graubünden 23213322
Bettmeralp Valais Aletsch Arena104422324
Bivio Graubünden 30222 2
Braunwald Eastern Switzerland 32312413
Brienz Bernese Oberland 152 13 2
Brigels Graubünden 75312413
Bruson Valais 4 Vallées403 1112
Bürchen Valais Visp Area25223112
Cari Ticino 202 23 2
Celerina Graubünden Engadin163455334
Chamonix France Chamonix - Mont Blanc80433244
Champéry Valais Les Portes du Soleil650522434
Champoussin Valais Les Portes du Soleil650512234
Chandolin Valais Val d'Anniviers75433213
Charmey Fribourg Region Fribourg Region302 2312
Château-d'Oex Lake Geneva Region Gstaad Mountain Rides30311223
Chur Graubünden 202 2222
Corvatsch Graubünden Engadin120444224
Corviglia Graubünden Engadin163444344
Crans-Montana Valais Crans-Montana140444344
Davos Graubünden Davos Klosters238554245
Diavolezza Graubünden Engadin17323113
Diemtigtal Bernese Oberland Diemtigtal361333 2
Disentis Graubünden Disentis 300060332323
Elm Eastern Switzerland 40311323
Engadine Graubünden Engadin350555445
Engelberg Central Switzerland Engelberg-Titlis82342244
Evolène Valais Val d'Hérens42221122
Val d'Hérens Valais Val d'Hérens104322112
Feldberg Germany Black Forest55333323
Fiescheralp Valais Aletsch Arena104422324
First Bernese Oberland Jungfrau Region503 3443
Flims Laax Falera Graubünden Flims Laax Falera220543445
Flumserberg Eastern Switzerland 65312223
Fribourg Region Fribourg Region Fribourg Region16223 3 2
Glacier 3000 Lake Geneva Region Gstaad Mountain Rides25312 2
Grächen Valais 35323533
Grimentz Valais Val d'Anniviers48433213
Grimmialp Bernese Oberland Diemtigtal101333 2
Grindelwald Bernese Oberland Jungfrau Region160524445
Grüsch-Danusa Graubünden 30211422
Gstaad Bernese Oberland Gstaad Mountain Rides250455345
Hasliberg Bernese Oberland Meiringen - Hasliberg60333413
Hoch-Ybrig Central Switzerland Hoch-Ybrig45321223
Ischgl Austria Silvretta Arena215512354
Jungfrau Region Bernese Oberland Jungfrau Region213535335
Kandersteg Bernese Oberland Adelboden-Lenk14154323
Klewenalp Central Switzerland 403 22 2
Klosters Graubünden Davos Klosters167554245
La Forclaz Valais Val d'Hérens15122112
La Tzoumaz Valais 4 Vallées412534324
Lenk i. S. Bernese Oberland Adelboden-Lenk210435534
Lenzerheide Graubünden Arosa-Lenzerheide155434234
Les Crosets Valais Les Portes du Soleil650512214
Les Diablerets Lake Geneva Region Villars - Les Diablerets100323223
Les Marécottes Valais Pays de St Bernard25323323
Les Masses Valais 4 Vallées412434214
Les Mosses Lake Geneva Region Leysin100333313
Leukerbad Valais 50332433
Leysin Lake Geneva Region Leysin100332534
Lötschental Valais Lauchernalp33331313
Lungern Central Switzerland 242 3222
Malbun Eastern Switzerland 23323323
Meiringen Bernese Oberland Meiringen - Hasliberg60333423
Melchsee-Frutt Central Switzerland 32321313
Moléson Fribourg Region Fribourg Region30313313
Morgins Valais Les Portes du Soleil650433224
Mürren Bernese Oberland Jungfrau Region54412223
Mythenregion Central Switzerland Swiss Knife Valley252 3 2
Nendaz Valais 4 Vallées412514424
Goms Valais Goms18255323
Obersaxen Graubünden 120344323
Obertoggenburg Eastern Switzerland Toggenburg60342323
Ovronnaz Valais 30232323
Pizol Eastern Switzerland Pizol40311313
Pontresina Graubünden Engadin35344233
Portes du Soleil Valais Les Portes du Soleil650523324
Riederalp Valais Aletsch Arena104422324
Rosswald Valais Brig262 23 2
Rougemont Lake Geneva Region Gstaad Mountain Rides62323223
Saanen Bernese Oberland Gstaad Mountain Rides62323223
Saanenmöser Bernese Oberland Gstaad Mountain Rides105355223
Saas-Fee Valais Saastal100533345
Saas-Grund Valais Saastal35333223
Saastal Valais Saastal145533345
St-Luc Valais Val d'Anniviers75433213
Samnaun Graubünden Silvretta Arena238522534
San Bernardino Graubünden San Bernardino40221122
Sattel-Hochstuckli Central Switzerland Swiss Knife Valley14221 2
Savognin Graubünden 80333523
Schönried Bernese Oberland Gstaad Mountain Rides105355223
Scuol Graubünden 80345234
Sedrun Graubünden Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun50332313
Sierre-Anniviers Valais Val d'Anniviers228433213
Sils Graubünden Engadin120355324
Silvaplana Graubünden Engadin120455324
Siviez Valais 4 Vallées412513314
Sörenberg Central Switzerland Sörenberg50332213
Splügen Graubünden 30331213
St Anton Austria Arlberg280523355
St-Cergue Lake Geneva Region Jura21232 2
St Moritz Graubünden Engadin350555355
Stoos Central Switzerland Swiss Knife Valley35312313
St. Stephan Bernese Oberland Gstaad Mountain Rides105311212
Thyon Valais 4 Vallées412512224
Törbel Valais Visp Area25223112
Torgon Valais Les Portes du Soleil650312323
Tschiertschen Graubünden 272 1212
Unterbäch Valais Visp Area252 2112
Unterwasser Eastern Switzerland Toggenburg25223212
Val-d'Illiez Valais Les Portes du Soleil650313223
Val Müstair Graubünden 25233313
Vals Graubünden 252 3222
Verbier Valais 4 Vallées412535455
Vercorin Valais Val d'Anniviers35223323
Veysonnaz Valais 4 Vallées412535424
Villars Lake Geneva Region Villars - Les Diablerets100453544
Visp Valais Visp Area90222112
Visperterminen Valais Visp Area202 2112
Wengen Bernese Oberland Jungfrau Region110513334
Wildhaus Eastern Switzerland Toggenburg25333313
Zermatt Valais Matterhorn Ski Paradise350523455
Zinal Valais Val d'Anniviers70433213
Zuoz Graubünden Engadin17233323
Zweisimmen Bernese Oberland Gstaad Mountain Rides105333213

Where to go

Swiss Winter Sports Switzerland has more than its fair share of the finest and most scenic winter sports resorts, and they are all served by a first class transport infrastructure. I've been lucky enough to visit all of the best resorts in the country and - based on my personal experience - this site provides you all the information you need to get to them, and make the most of what they have to offer. The Resorts page provides a table of resorts I have researched across the entire Alpine region - with links to those for which I have further information. Resort pages throughout the website also have links to my favourite resorts in the footer. A companion site, Snow and Rail, provides information on resorts throughout the Alps that have railway stations and Alpine Winter Sport gives information on what I think are the best Alpine resorts. Some of US ski experiences are documented at Road Trip USA.
Let me first give you a brief overview of winter sports in Switzerland.
The Bernese Oberland was where ski tourism first began and includes some of the most perfect Alpine villages for winter sports. Under the stunning peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and Schilthorn, resorts include Wengen, Mürren and Grindelwald. Gstaad, together with the surrounding villages in beautiful Saanenland, and Adelboden-Lenk are also important Winter Sports resorts. On the whole the pistes of the Bernese Oberland do not get too crowded in peak season or at weekends and make a good choice for beginners and intermediates. Most resorts in the Bernese Oberland provide plenty of alternative diversions to people who don't want to ski, and they are all family-friendly.

Dotted above the Rhône valley, the canton of Valais features some of the most snow-sure resorts, notably Verbier, Zermatt and Saas-Fee. However the canton features a host of delightful gems that are little known outside Switzerland and offer queue-free lifts, long seasons and plenty of Alpine charm. Personal favourites are the Aletsch Arena and the villages of Val D'Anniviers (Saint Luc, Chandolin, Zinal and Grimentz). On the whole, you will get the most out of Valais if you are at least intermediate standard. If ski touring or hard-core off-piste is your thing, this is the best place to do it, but there is also extensive, relaxed cruising in resorts like Portes du Soleil and Crans-Montana.

The canton of Graubünden (or Grisons) has both the Rhine and the En (also known as the Inn) rivers flow through it. Winter tourism has existed in the canton for over 150 years, and consequently it is home to some of the longest established and most distinguished resorts, many of which provide excellent entertainment, fine dining, spas, cross-country skiing, winter walks, ice skating and tobogganing as well as downhill skiing and snowboarding. Famous destinations include the significant towns of St Moritz and Davos, but there are many lesser known villages that deserve more international recognition. Flims/Laax/Falera in particular is outstanding, especially for snowboarders, and Lenzerheide is a wonderful but often overlooked destination, now linked to the well-appointed resort of Arosa. Scuol is a lovely medium-sized resort in the Lower Engadine, with a railway station next to the lifts, a public spa and an excellent youth hostel.

The resorts in French-speaking Vaud are convenient for day trips from Lake Geneva. I particularly like Les Diablerets, which shares one set of pistes with Villars, has its own local pistes and also has access to Glacier3000. Leysin is popular with snowboarders.

From Toggenburg in the North, to Italian-speaking Airolo in the South, the patchwork of small cantons in Central and Eastern Switzerland includes a number of good medium-sized resorts. Being convenient for Zürich, some of these can get busy at weekends - although long queues are rare. There are some good destinations for families and beginners (such as Hoch Ybrig, Pizol and Sörenberg). Higher resorts, such as Engelberg and Andermatt, have the variety of runs and off-piste to keep experienced riders happy and both boast good snow records.

On the whole Swiss nightlife is more muted than in Austria, but Zermatt has often been rated as having the best après ski in the world. Flims/Laax/Falera, Davos, Saas-Fee, Villars, Grindelwald, and Engelberg can also get very lively.

There are several major winter sports areas in countries neighbouring Switzerland, but which you can easily get to from the main Swiss cities. From Geneva, Chamonix, under Mont-Blanc, is relatively easy to get to. From Zürich it is feasible to access the Austrian resorts of St Anton and Ischgl, both of which have outstanding après. Basel makes a good base for the Black Forest resort of Feldberg, the largest German winter sports destination outside the Alps.


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