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Davos JungfrauTopSkiKlosters
GraubündenGrindelwaldMatterhorn
Saas Fee St Moritz Verbier
Villars Wengen Zermatt

Swiss Ski Resorts

Davos

 

Davos is located in Graubünden and the Prättigau Valley connects Davos to Landquart. Davos is acknowledged as the birthplace of European downhill skiing and it hosts the annual World Economic Forum, where leaders from all over the world come to discuss world economics. Also, Davos has some of the best health and spa facilities in Europe and it attracts people from all over the world for their treatments.

With an elevation of over 2,800 meters and over 100 runs, Davos caters to all levels of skiers, but snowboarders from all over Europe come here for the boarder cross obstacle park, which is considered to be one of the best in Switzerland.  Away from the hill you should check out ice hockey rink at the Sports Centre, which is Europe’s largest natural rink at over 18,000 sq meters.

If you are looking for nightlife in Davos, go to the Davos Platz area, which is where you will find the majority of the pubs, bars and clubs. For more information on Davos go to www.davos.ch

 


JungfrauTopSki

 

With postcard –perfect villages, the Jungfrau Top Ski Region is the heart of the skiing in the Bernese Oberland, and its trio of resorts – Wengen (1274m), Mürren (1650m), and Grindelwald (1034 m) offer some of the best skiing to be had in the Alps.  With 213 km of prepared ski slopes, 100 km of hiking trails and 50 km of tobogganing trails await you in this unique ski and snowboard paradise. For more information on Jungfrau Top Ski Region go to www.wengen-muerren.ch

 

 

 

Klosters

 

Klosters is located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden and in the southern end of the Prättigau Valley. The elevation of Klosters is over 2,800 meters and the Parsenn area links Klosters with Davos, which is internationally known.  Klosters is considered to be one of Switzerland’s quieter resorts. Prince Charles comes here regularly because it’s his favorite resort and because of this it attracts a high profile clientele, but generally it’s a great resort for those beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

The nightlife in Klosters is centered around the resort centre of Platz, but generally the night there is pretty quite. For more information on Klosters go to www.klosters.ch

 

 

 

Graubünden

 

Graubünden is located in the eastern part of Switzerland and there are 150 valleys in this rugged mountainous region (known as ‘Grisons’ by French-speaking Swiss). It’s the largest, least populated canton of Switzerland, famous for glamorous ski centers, spa resorts and dramatic alpine landscapes. Graubünden also has the longest history of any region of Switzerland with countless castles, fortresses, churches and chapels. Many of the country’s top ski resorts are located in Graubünden including, Davos, Klosters and St. Moritz with excellent skiing facilities and renowned for its health and spa resorts, this is one of the most popular ski areas in Europe. For more information on Graubünden go to www.graubuenden.ch

 

 

 

Grindelwald

 

Grindelwald with a top elevation of over 2,500m it’s considered one the world’s best ski resorts. It’s located in the Jungfrau region and only 30 minutes from busy centre of Interlaken. It’s considered to be more of an intermediate ski hill, but it also has a few beginner runs for those just starting out. If you are a more advanced skier or snowboarder then you will enjoy the 15 black runs, with  piste 27, or better known as ‘Oh God’ being the most challenging run on the hill.

Besides the resorts fantastic downhill skiing you will also find some of the best hiking trails in the country and to go with the hiking is picturesque scenery.

The nightlife in Grindelwald is considered more low key compared to some of the other resorts in the country. However, there are a few places to have a drink and Grindelwald offers a full-on après-ski experience. Check on the main area for the best pubs and clubs. For more information on Grindelwald go to go to www.jungfrauwinter.ch or www.grindelwald.com

 

 

 

Matterhorn

 

This has the highest platform in Europe at over 3,825m and the Gondola allows for some spectacular pictures. This resort attracts visitors from all over the world for its fantastic facilities. For more information on Matterhorn go to www.kleinmatterhorn.com

 

 

 

Saas Fee

 

Saas-Fee has 13 snow covered peaks surrounding the resort that are over 4,000m and it’s the largest and highest village in the Saastal valley. Because of its high elevation it has excellent skiing year round. The resort is very traditional looking, but in recent years it’s been upgrading its resort to make it more modern run. Today, it has the world’s highest revolving restaurant at over 3,500 m.

The resort caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, but it has an extensive ski area that’s divided into three sections. These include: Längfluh, Plattjen and Felskinn, which all together offers more than 100km of runs.

The nightlife in Saas-Fee is considered to be quite good, as it has loads of hotel bars, lounges and clubs in and around the resort. One of the most popular is the Popcorn Bar, which is located at Hotel Dom and is considered to be one of the liveliest in the resort. A popular club that stays open till the early hours is ‘Poison’. For more information on Saas – Fee go to www.saas-fee.ch

 

 


St Moritz

 

In St. Moritz is for the rich and famous and you should expect to see plenty of cash being flaunted in some of the best ski restaurants in Europe. Located in the Engadin Valley in southeastern Switzerland, which close to the borders of Italy to the south and Austria to the east.

It’s world's original ski resort and it has long been the most famous. St Moritz made world headlines as a winter resort for the first time in 1864 when several intrepid British tourists accept a wager from an inspired St Moritz hotelier who bet them a free stay that, if they stayed through the snowy months, they'd enjoy it.

Today, its downhill slope is on the Men’s World Cup circuit and it’s thought to one of the most challenging. The mountain has a top of elevation of over 3,300 meters and with over 55 lifts and 85 runs it has something for every level of skier or snowboarder.

The nightlife in St. Moritz is one of the best of any ski resort in Europe, with loads of great pubs, bars and clubs to choice from and the majority stays open till the early hours of the morning. Unlike other resorts in Europe, St. Moritz has several exclusive bars and clubs where you will find the rich and famous hanging out. For more information on St. Moritz go to www.bergbahnenengadin.ch or www.stmoritz.ch

 

 

 

Verbier

 

The Four Valleys of Verbier are often compared to the Three Valleys but the curious thing here is nobody has ever heard of the alternative resort bases, whereas Méribel, Courcheval and Val Thorens are household names.  Intermediates expecting the same well-linked extensive network of slopes as the Three Valleys are liable to be disappointed.  The intermediate slopes above the village comprise a small area and are heavily populated with most of the resort’s skiers. The rest of the slopes, including access to the famous Mont Fort glacier, are quite disconnected.  There is however another base which gives you better access to the whole area, the little-known but highly regarded Siviez.

Siviez is an isolated high-altitude mountain village built on the valley floor where the slopes of Verbier, Nendaz and Veysonnaz/Thyon meet.  Three major lifts have recently been added and with an altitude of 1730m it’s starting to bring in a few more people.

This mountain doesn’t compare to Verbier for nightlife and an eye-catching historical mountain village. These mountains chief attractions are price and location. For more information on Verbier go to www.verbier.ch or www.televerbier.ch

 

 

 

Villars

 

Villars is located in the Les Alpes Vaudoises region of the French area of Switzerland and incorporates views stretching from Mt Blanc, to Les Diablerets glacier, all the way down to the eastern end of Lake Geneva. It’s only a short drive from Geneva and Lausanne for those wanting a day trip away from the city.

The ski area has been around for years when a train line was installed from Bretaye in 1913 and from here it started to become increasing popular. In 1936 the resorts ski lift was built and after this the resort starting attracting people from all over the region.

With a top elevation of over 3,000 meters and over 65 runs this resort caters to everybody. Of the resorts in Switzerland this Villars is considered to be on e of the best family resorts, as there are loads of beginner runs for the kids.

The nightlife around Villars are scattered around the resort. You will find loads of great pubs, sports bars and nightclubs. Three of the most popular bars are the Le Mini Pub, Murphy’s Bar and Charlie’s Bar, which shows all the big sports games. For more information on Villars go to www.tele-villars-gyron.ch or www.villars.ch

 

 

 

Wengen

 

Wengen located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland it provides you with breathtaking scenery. With a top elevation of over 2,300m and some of the most amazing scenery, Wengen is one of the world’s earliest purpose-designed mountain villages, with hotels and railroads being built to the resort in the late 1880s, which links Wengen’s ski area with Grindelwald and Mürren.

The resort of Wengen caters to all skiers and snowboarders, but for those more experienced people out there you might want to try Lauberhorn race course, which is an international favorite.

The nightlife in Wengen isn’t too bad, with a few pubs, bars and clubs scattered around the resort. Two of the most popular bars in the resort are Pickel-Bar and Tiffany Music Bar, which is a good after hours hang out. For more information on Wengen go to www.jungfrauwinter.ch or www.wengen-muerren.ch

 

 

 

Zermatt

 

Zermatt is a car-free resort and it’s located in the German-speaking part of the Valais canton in the southern Swiss Alps, on the Italian border. Zermatt is considered to be one of the world’s top resorts. The resorts top elevation is over 3,900 meters and the ski lifts are Europe’s highest and the two top T-bars are among the highest lifts in the world. With Zermatt being so high it enables Zermatt to stay open 365 days a year and its only one of nine ski resorts in the world that have top to bottom skiing or snowboarding in excess of 2,200 meters. Like many other ski resorts in Europe, Zermatt and Cervinia are linked by a chairlift, which actually offers the skier a unique chance to enter another country.

Zermatt offers skiing and snowboarder for every level, but with its huge sizeable vertical and extensive off-piste terrains, with heli-skiing it’s a dream resort for those more advanced skiers or boarders.

If you have come looking for a bit of nightlife, then you have come to the right spot. Zermatt’s nightlife goes on all night long and lasts till the early hours of the morning. The resort has several nightclubs that cater to ever type of visitor. For more information on Zermatt go to www.zermatt.ch


 



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