The Matterhorn is the image when skiers think of skiing Switzerland. Indeed Zermatt is the ultimate Swiss ski destination; reached exclusively by train (no cars allowed), with towering peaks, open snowy slopes, mountainside chalets serving lunch, and a bustling ski village with fine ski hotels, great pubs like the Hotel Post for après ski, and delicious cuisine of Swiss fondue and raclette. Most amazing are the views of the magnificent Matterhorn at 14,692-feet as you ski these incomparable slopes. But we have discovered many more Top Family Ski Resorts in the Swiss Alps.
Switzerland’s Jungfrau region also offers grand Swiss Alps skiing for a family ski trip, from Grindelwald’s extensive terrain, to the beautiful car-free villages of Wengen and Mürren, all of which are interconnected with lift access and a regional “ski Oberland” lift ticket. The world famous Piz Gloria, featured in a James Bond film, at Schilthorn Mountain’s 9,744’ summit offers panoramic dining serviced by cable cars.
You can ski at Aletsch Arena near Aletsch Glacier and Belalp with magnificent distance views of the Matterhorn, and other amazing alpine peaks, and three delightful ski villages at the base of these ski slopes – Bettmeralp and Riederalp are fantastic for families.
Saas Fee is another Swiss gem near Zermatt, maybe the best kept secret of the Swiss Alps, especially family friendly with a traditional car-free ski village and ski slopes surrounded by beautiful blue glaciers.
Gstaad, Adelboden, Haslital, and Engelberg are other legendary family ski resorts in Switzerland, postcard perfect villages lead to vast ski terrain, very popular with the well to do European families and celebrities.
Verbier is a vibrant Swiss French ski village with top hotels and restaurants, and some very steep terrain off Mont Fort and Mont Gelee, amazing scenery including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in the distance, plus extensive snow parks and kids ski school programs. Verbier is part of Switzerland’s vast 4 Vallées.
Region du Midi is the Swiss side of the vast Portes du Soleil ski region including the Swiss ski villages of Champery, Les Crosets, Champoussin and Morgins. This is the largest international ski resort in the world allowing you to ski between Switzerland and France and second in size only the the Les Trois Vallées Ski Region of France.
St. Moritz, part of the beautiful Engadin Valley of Switzerland, is famous for its charming village and skiing on the Diavolezza glacier. St Moritz’s tallest peak at 10,836′ offers a super long run over 10 kilometers to the village. St Moritz is popular among wealthy skiing families, there’s even heli-skiing, and a great Swiss ski town at the base with top ski hotels, shopping and restaurants.
With 350 ski resorts in Europe, and over 100 in Switzerland – this is the ski capital of the Alps.