Swiss cheese without holes (or "eyes") is known as blind.
The first ascent of the Matterhorn was in 1865.
The highest chairlift in Switzerland is at Zermatt, reaching 3899m/12792ft.
Switzerland might be world famous for making quality chocolate and cheese, but it’s for the chocolate box charm of the villages connected to spectacular ski resorts that many of us really love the place. The chocolate and cheese is a bonus. Skiing in Switzerland has a traditional European feel. Villages filled with rustic chalets and churches nestle deep in valleys or perch on the side of mountains. And from there soar some of the most breathtaking snow-covered mountains and glaciers providing some of the best skiing in the world. Due to the high altitude and abundance of glaciers, there are almost always good conditions to be found. There’s some serious vertical in Switzerland, lots of amazing backcountry terrain and yet still plenty of friendly beginner and intermediate areas.
The villages range from huge destinations such as St Moritz with all its glitz and glamour to the car-free and quaint Zermatt, with the sensational Matterhorn looming behind. Mixed in with those and other well-known resorts are plenty of hidden secrets off the beaten track such as Saas Fee. Andermatt and Engelberg are a free skiers' paradise. There’s a lot of variety, so depending on the style of resort you’re after you’ll be able to find it.
A ski vacation in Switzerland is generally not going to be cheap. Meals and accommodation can reach astronomical prices, but there are usually some reasonable options to be found.
But don’t let the expense put you off, since the skiing is amazing and the hospitality at most restaurants and hotels is authentic and, in true Swiss fashion, efficient. Many hotels have been owned by the same family for generations, and it’s not uncommon for one surname to dominate a village as family members branched out over the years with their own lodging.
For more general information about skiing in Europe see our Introduction to Europe page.
Switzerland Ski Resorts
Verbier is part of Switzerland’s largest ski area, 4 Vallees, and it goes big on just about everything; big skiing, big scenery, big après… and big prices.
Set against the iconic Matterhorn, Switzerland’s Zermatt is one of the best ski resorts in the world combined with a picture perfect, happening village.
This wonderfully quaint and charming village is home to a ski resort with some great terrain and epic mountain views.
Wengen is the perfect destination for those wanting to experience a historic, charming ski village in the Swiss Alps.
Saas-Fee in the Swiss Alps features high-altitude slopes for snow sureity, a charming village, great pistes for all standards, no crowds, convenient lodging and spectacular scenery.
Engelberg is small Swiss town tucked at the end of a valley and surrounded by spectacular mountains that house some of the best off-piste skiing in Europe.
Andermatt has the perfect combination of an attractive little village with extensive ski slopes including lots of great off-piste terrain for advanced skiers.