There are over 300 ski areas in the Swiss Alps. Most skiers think of Zermatt or St Moritz as the ultimate Swiss ski destinations, with towering peaks, glowing glaciers, open snowy slopes, mountainside chalets serving Swiss fondue, and views of the magnificent Alps. But there are so many iconic huge ski resorts in Switzerland – Verbier, The Jungfrau, Gstaad, Saas Fee, Engelberg, Andermatt, Laax, Arosa Lenzerheide, St Moritz, Davos Klosters… we have reviews of most of the Top Family Ski Resorts in the Swiss Alps.
Switzerland’s Jungfrau 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. Three delightful ski villages make up these connected ski slopes – Feisheralp, Bettmeralp and Riederalp are fantastic for skiing families.
Anzère is a decent sized ski resort in the Valais, on the north side of the Rhône River. Anzère is ideal for families, with has fun long scenic trails, and phenomenal views from its south-facing slopes up to 8,000′ of most of the major Swiss Alps. A well-designed village at the one base area is family friendly and has everything you need. Nearby Crans Montana is bigger, a bit more pricey and chic, and more sprawling, high elevation, with several base areas.
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 – part of Les 4 Vallées skiing, 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.
The Swiss side of the vast Portes du Soleil ski region includes 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.
Arosa Lenzerheide is a classic alpine resort, with so many aspects and three unique ski areas surrounding a lake. Modern lifts connect Lenzerheide to Arosa, and climb the impressive Rothorn peak. Families will love the sunny wide slopes, the World Cup race trail, and the sledding in the spectacularly scenic region.
LAAX is a huge playground for skiers and riders in eastern Switzerland, with moderately pitched slopes and modern lifts, connecting three villages – Laax, Flims and Falera, with some of the best snow parks in Europe, a high glacier, and wonderful on mountain chalets.
Nearby Brigels, Obersaxen, and Savognin are part of the Surselva ski region of delightful family ski areas. Still big mountain skiing, but more locals on the ski slopes versus big destination resorts, these ski towns have charming Swiss working villages at the base.
Andermatt-Sedrun is a great central Swiss family ski resort with significant new lifts, but still an authentic alpine village at the base. It is now part of Vail Resorts, and on the Epic Pass. Kids will love the family ski zones and parks, parents – the sunny slopes, while adventurers will find serious challenge on Gemsstock. Andermatt is reachable on on the Matterhorn Glacier Express – centrally located at the Oberalp pass between Zermatt and eastern-most St Moritz.
St. Moritz is famous for its beautiful lakeside village, and skiing on the Diavolezza glacier. St Moritz comprises four ski areas, all on one ticket – Madrisa, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn, and Pischa. Corviglia’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, and celebs, for its great Swiss ski town at the base with top ski hotels, shopping and big events of Winter Polo and ski joring.
Switzerland is the ski capital of the Alps, with neighboring Austria, France and Italy as rivals for the best skiing in the world. Swiss trains are clean and precise and can transport you swiftly to ski country too. A country the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined, with 8 million people, continues its tradition of legendary Swiss precision and fine products like cheese, jewelry, watches, pocket knives, and race skis – you must ski Switzerland.