Verbier is one of the top ski resorts in the world, especially popular among the youthful and sporty clientele. It’s part of the largest ski area in Switzerland, the 4 Valleys, which offers more than 400 km of runs and is famous for its off-piste skiing opportunities. Verbier boasts a perfect combination of a sunny location, beautiful scenery, well-groomed ski pistes and energetic nightlife. It’s preferred by the advanced skiers as the ski runs are perfect for them. After a long day of skiing or snowboarding, there are many bars that welcome skiers with warm tea or something stronger.
Gstaad is a world-class ski resort in Switzerland and if you choose to travel to Gstaad this winter, you won’t regret it. The prestige and luxury perfectly blend in the alpine authenticity of the village. Although you will see perfectly dressed people and many sports cars on the streets, you will still feel like you’re in a fairy-tale snow paradise. Forget about a budget holiday and cheap accommodation, as here you will only find upscale hotel facilities and chalets.
Surrounded by the high mountains of the Pennine Alps, Zermatt lies at the southern end of the Matter Valley in Switzerland. Monte Rosa is the highest peak (4, 634 metres) and it is followed by the Dom, Lyskamm, Weisshorn and Matterhorn. Although all of them have their own distinguishable features, it is maybe Matterhorn (Toblerone Mountain) that has become the symbol of Zermatt. Its conical shape attracts people from all over the world, making Zermatt to be visited in every part of the year: in winter for its outstanding ski runs and in summer for its hiking opportunities. Geographically small, Zermatt has around three main streets around the river Matter Vispa. However, this small village is densely populated, especially during the winter season.
Davos is a Swiss town with an international flavour and the highest town in the Alps at 1560 metres altitude. Though it may lack the genuine alpine beauty, the true fans of winter sports will be captivated by the ski areas and what they have to offer. This ski metropolis offers different slopes at an altitude up to 2844 metres and is pretty exciting for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.
In the past Davos was known as a health resort due to the fresh air with healing powers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was instantly drawn into winter sports in Davos while his wife was having treatment for tuberculosis, and he popularized this town as a ski destination. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, one of the greatest German artists, came to Davos to seek treatment and stayed there until his death. The beautiful mountain scenery was an inspiration for many of his works and can be found in the Kirchner Museum in Davos.
St Moritz has been the birthplace of Alpine tourism and Switzerland’s prime winter destination since 1864. This renowned ski resort first became famous for its mineral springs discovered 3000 years ago and it was established as a summer spa destination. Today, St Moritz is a synonym for a glamorous, vibrant and chic town, second home to the celebrities and millionaires during the winter season.
What truly makes St Moritz a winter wonderland are the outdoors. The extensive and perfectly groomed slopes are dream paradise for skiers and snowboarders, so there’s no wonder that alpine skiing history started here. St Moritz hosted two Winter Olympics (in 1928 and 1948) and the first Snowboard World Championship in Europe took place here in 1987.