Top 5 Skiing Resorts in Switzerland

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Are you an experienced or expert skier looking for your next, new ski resort to hit this winter? Travel to Switzerland to experience the beauty of the country while enjoying some of the best and most beautiful slopes in the world. Here is a countdown of five of the country’s resorts to visit this winter if you’re still deciding your vacation (most are on the more expensive side, but they’re worth the price.):

1. Verbier

Though particularly popular with its French-speaking clientele, all are still welcomed to Verbier with its network of cable cars and gondolas giving you convenient access to more resorts including Veysonnaz and La Tzoumaz. After you day skiing, you can relax and enjoy some of the most creative and delicious cuisine. If you’re also a food connoisseur then this is your resort as the others serve simple and typical ski resort menus.

2. St. Moritz

Jack Ryger nycHaving more of an Austrian influence compared to the other resorts on this list, St. Mortiz showcases authentic medieval architecture including folkloric fixtures, hand-carved paneling, and local granite throughout. There are slopes for all levels here. The Corvigilia, located just above St. Moritz is the most suitable for new or beginner skiers. If you’re looking for more of a challenge then head over to Sils Maria (Corvatsh) or Pontresina (Diavolezza). Both feature difficult slopes that you will challenge you all day long. Intermediate-level skiers should take the one cable-care connection to Piz Corvatsch and ski all the way back to St. Moritz’s lake.

3. Arosa

Relatively new to the scene amongst the ski resorts, Arosa is one of the most isolated and quiet vacations spots you’ll find. If you’re a nature lover then escape here as you head in on the one the road that leads to town. Lined with alpine meadows as far as your eye can see, Arosa couldn’t been any more serene.

4. Zermatt

In the Southwest region of Switzerland, Zermatt is located on a high-altitude plateau. It’s known for its slopes just as much as its party scene with beer-drinking heading into the early hours of the morning. Primarily tailored to intermediate skiers, it also feature a difficult course with a drop of (3,280ft) from start to finish.

5. Gstaad

Located in Saaneland, Gstaad is a cool option with plenty of action off the slopes as much as there is on them. During your downtime, you can attend music festivals, shop till you drop, and people-watch. You can people watch there for hours or enjoy the view as the sun goes down.

Mountain Biking at Ski Resorts

As the snow melts and the sun stays out longer, many ski resorts from all of the nation open trails dedicated to summer mountain biking and hiking. Either taking a summer vacation to one of your favorite ski resorts or checking out a local ski resort that has hiking and mountain biking trails is a great way to spend some quality time in nature this summer.

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Mountain biking in particular is a very popular summer activity that ski resorts have increasingly been accommodating towards. Many ski resorts have been building and maintaining certain lift-accessed mountain biking trails throughout the summer, which is great news for skiers who crave the feeling of skiing all year long. Although there may not be any snow and you probably don’t have your skis strapped in, being outside and on the mountain is very satisfying.

In fact, downhill mountain biking is very similar to skiing. Not only do you get to start your day in a base area trying on different equipment that is best for your body type and skill level, but you also get to: hop on a chairlift or gondola, adjust your helmet and gloves, warm-up on a blue trail, experience nature through trees, meadows, and wildflowers, feel a cool mountain breeze against your cheeks, enjoy beautiful mountain views, and end your day back in the base area village with a satisfied smile stretched across your face. Sounds a lot like skiing, doesn’t it?

If you’re not sure where to find a mountain bike park, make sure you look online at various ski resort websites, especially if you’re fond of a particular resort. But, if you’re in the Northeast, Killington Mountain Bike Park in Vermont is a great New England resort to check out this summer. Not only is it surrounded by lush mountains, but the Park hosts several professional-level downhill races and provides lessons up until October.

If you’re out west, California’s Northstar Bike Park offers cross-country bikers and downhill mountain biking in Lake Tahoe. The instructors there are extremely friendly and offer two-hour beginner classes. Mt. Bachelor in Oregon is another mountain to think about visiting if you want to head west, equipped with a breath-taking bike park featuring both smooth turns and fun features. Plus, they just ordered a new shipment of Norco all-mountain and downhill rental bikes for you to enjoy.

For more information about mountain biking at ski resorts, and a more detailed list of resorts to visit this summer, check out Ski.com’s article here.

Ski Anytime of the Year

Yes, yes, it is time for the weather to hang its wintry cloak in the closet and don the springtime suit. But before those skis get stored for a whole summer, take a look into some great spots for summer skiing on this side of the globe. Whether in the southern hemisphere or in the more polar of northerly locations, there is always a place for the avid skier. Lose not all hope of getting back out on the slopes and feeling the rush of the wind against your goggled eyes. Here’s to five more months of winter!

The Andes of South America are quite a good choice as they offer the longest mountain range in the world, and some of the highest slopes. Throughout Argentina and Chile, there are more socially-oriented, family-friendly ski resorts, and more secluded backcountry zones. The qualities of snow are a mix of compact and dry powdery snow. The Ski Portillo resort remains an uncrowded favorite due to a visitor cap they set at 450. It is also the oldest ski spot in South America.

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For those located in the United States and wishing to stay within borders, the Pacific Northwest offers a wide range of locations along the Cascade Mountains, which span from Oregon and Washington to British Columbia. The Timberline Ski resort features Mt. Hood, the highest elevation in Oregon, the most reputable site in the state for high-speed downhill skiing. It is also the only site in the country open and offering lift service year-round. Fun fact, the Timberline Ski lodge is a national landmark and the locale featured in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. For one of the largest skiing areas in the state, visit Mount Bachelor’s ski resort with peak heights of 2600 feet.

 

Just North of the Pacific states is the Blackcomb slope in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. With surprisingly warm temperatures and some of the steepest slopes it remains a trusted resort for the skilled skier. Elevations soar up to 7,500 feet where panoramic views of the valleys below are something to marvel at.

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Among the Swiss Alps stand some of the historically most impressive (and intimidating) mountains, and the highest ski resort in all of Europe, including that of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. Even during the summer months, while most of Europe is down by the Mediterranean, the Alps stay open for the keen skiers with the highest snow certainty in the continent. One can also visit idyllic mountainside villages and lakes along the grassier knolls of Switzerland for a break in the all-white scenery.