Skiing in Switzerland is legendary – rightly so. Dramatic Alps serve as you ski slopes, charming chalets serve mountainside lunches with to die for views, and beautiful alpine villages await you at ski days’ end. For a perfect family ski holiday in Switzerland, you want convenient authentic lodging – steps to the nearest ski lift, plenty of ski trails for everyone in your family, modern lifts, magnificent scenery, ski schools, and things to do après ski like sledding (called rodeling), touring igloos and evening entertainment. Here are our favorite Swiss ski resorts for family skiing, among the Top Ski Resorts in the World.
Aletsch Arena is three Swiss ski villages, Riederalp, Bettmeralp, and Fiescheralp, all interconnected with great ski lifts and trails – making it ideal for a family ski vacation. You won’t run out of terrain, the ski school at Riederalp is excellent, and the car free mountain villages make your après ski restful and more scenic. The views of Aletsch Glacier, the largest in Europe, from the Eggishorn summit, is extraordinary.
Haslital in the Jungfrau is a secret ski stash for families. Located in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, Meiringen Hasliberg is the ski area you can reach by car or Meiringen train and tram up to Hasliberg Reuti. Haslital ski slopes encompass three mountains well connected by modern lifts, Käserstatt-Hochsträss, Mägisalp-Haagen and Planplatten. The kids ski programs and the legend of the trolls, muggestutz, will keep them happy while parents will enjoy the scenery, well groomed slopes, the Swiss chalets along the slopes, and the 360 Alpen Tower at the 7,982′ top.
Saas Fee Switzerland is not as well known as nearby Zermatt but its highly scenic, high elevation and high on our list for family skiing. The car-free village of Saas Fee is charming, and the ski slopes are surrounded by gorgeous glaciers. Kids will love the legend of the mountain fairies, parents will like discovering a new Swiss ski destination.
Wengen Switzerland’s Jungfrau is an immense ski region encompassing three ski areas and four villages. The Swiss Alps of The Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger are arguably the most spectacular mountains in the world. We loved staying in Wengen, the car free village famed for hosting the World Cup each January. Ski all three regions from the family friendly sunny Grindelwald-Frist (home of the world’s longest sled run -15 kilometers), to Wengen’s long Lauberhorn ski race arena, to the highest summit – the Schilthorn Piz Gloria made famous by the James Bond 007 movie.
Zermatt is is best known for The Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world at 14,693-feet, but Zeramtt is also an immense ski region for families – once everyone is skiing well. Zermatt offers the highest skiing in the Alps at 12,791-feet, with 54 ski lifts accessing 350 kilometers of prepared slopes. Trains, trams and gondolas bring you to beautiful scenery, great snow, charming chalets, you can even ski to Italy for lunch in Cervinia. Zermatt village is car-free but bustling with ski hotels, shops and Swiss restaurants, and many tourists who don’t ski ironically.
Engelberg Switzerland is heavenly, Angel Mountain, for skiing families. Just over an hour from Zurich, this lesser known but beautiful ski valley has two mountains – the sunny family friendly ski slopes at Brunni and the high elevation Titlis Glacier, with stunning scenery, a long ski season and legendary Big 5 off-piste ski runs for experts with a guide. Engelberg village is classic Swiss with full service hotels, an 1120 Monastery, Church and cheese making store.
Gstaad Switzerland is a prestigious pretty alpine village in Switzerland reputed for its luxury ski hotels. The Super Ski Region of Gstaad is spread over nine mountains (not all interconnected) with various vintage lifts, including the highest elevation skiing on spectacular Glacier 3000. If you like to shop, spa, stay at swank hotels, ski, respectively, Gstaad is your go to ski place.