Switzerland is a fascinating country in the Alps between cliché and reality. Heidi, Alpenhorn and chocolate are juxtaposed with international high finance in Geneva and hip Zurich start-ups. In the summer, the mountain backdrop with gigantic peaks, crystal-clear lakes and comfortably grazing cows ensure unforgettable moments. In winter the snow covers the landscape, heralding the start of the Swiss ski hotel season.
Where to stay in ski hotels in Switzerland? The most important regions at a glance:
Valais: Matterhorn romance & car-free mountain village
The Matterhorn is the landmark of Switzerland. The striking peak rises 4,478 metres and is therefore one of the highest mountains in the Alps. It remains covered in snow even during summer. The region around it transforms into a dreamlike winter landscape when snow falls. The snow on the perfectly groomed slopes glistens in the sun during the day. Snow-covered chalets stand in romantically lit villages and around them winter hiking trails lead through dense forests. The canton of Valais borders directly on France and Italy. Many ski hotels can be found in the Valais mountain village Zermatt. The car-free village is located directly at the foot of the Matterhorn and fascinates winter sports enthusiasts with the highest slopes in Switzerland – and plenty of them. With about 360 km of slopes, the Zermatt & Matterhorn Ski Paradise is one of the largest Swiss ski areas.
Grisons: Dazzling luxury & breathtaking nature
Graubünden](/graubuenden-hotels) borders on Italy and Austria. The canton is characterized by wild romantic nature and extravagant luxury. The latter can be found above all in St. Moritz, the dazzling ski resort stands for luxury par excellence. In a horse-drawn carriage you will pass jewellers and designer boutiques. Luxury cars queue up in front of the Swiss ski hotels, the annual horse race over the frozen St. Moritz lake is cult. Champagne is simply part of it. With so much glamour, you could almost forget skiing, but you shouldn’t: there are almost 350 kilometres of slopes around St. Moritz on the snow-covered mountains of the Engadine. Thanks to ultra-modern snow-making equipment, many of them guarantee snow throughout the winter. In the St. Moritz manner, the summits can of course be reached by helicopter for heliskiing. Davos presents itself as a family-friendly counterpart. Whole families jet down the slope with the Davos sledge and skaters compete secretly on the ice rinks. Visitors will also find varied downhill runs for skiing and snowboarding in the Davos Kloster ski area with its 300 kilometres of slopes.
Bern: Snowy alpine meadows & delightful chalet villages
The Bernese Oberland enchants with breathtaking nature: In summer, wildflowers transform the alpine meadows into a fragrant carpet that links peaks, spruce forests and lakes such as Lake Thun. In winter the Saanenland shines as a destination for skiers. Gstaad is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland. Its chalets with carved wooden balconies and green painted shutters are a real eye-catcher. When travelling to Gstaad, everything revolves around enjoyment. Pleasant cross-country skiing on the cross-country trails and then warming up your cold limbs at the spa in the ski hotels is simply part of it. Just like a gourmet dinner in the award-winning restaurants of Gstaad.