With its majestic mountains, superb skiing, high altitude resorts, picturesque Alpine villages and plenty of great mountain restaurants, Switzerland is an ideal destination for skiers. Amongst the many regions, Valais in particular is a winter fairytale.
A winter paradise between heaven and earth! Welcome to Valais, the land of 45 majestic 4000-metre peaks and 300 days of sun a year. Switzerland’s highest-altitude ski regions are located here: out of a total of over 2800 kilometres of pistes, virtually all are over 1500 metres above sea level. Some pistes even exceed the 3000-metre mark, which means snow cover is guaranteed. Even at the height of summer you can still have fun in the snow on our glaciers. You won’t get that anywhere else in Switzerland. From charming mountain villages to internationally renowned resorts, Valais destinations offer winter sports activities galore.
With skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowshoe trekking and cross-country skiing on offer, Valais has something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a superstar. And let's not forget the gourmets – Valais’s sunny climate produces a unique intensity of taste. Fabulous wines, marvellous fruit and exquisite meat and cheese specialities are some of the region’s specialities. Take a deep breath of pure mountain air, leave your tracks in the sparkling white powder snow and enjoy delicious traditional dishes in the first-class restaurants on or right by the slopes. Prepare to be enthralled by the unique Valais winter! visitvalais.ch
With the highest mountains in Switzerland, the most hours of sunshine in Europe, guaranteed snow on the slopes, the eternal ice of the glaciers, and breathtaking panoramic views, Saas-Fee is a winter sports resort that gives snow lovers of all ages all they want and more!
There is something for everyone in Saas-Fee –on the slopes, in the fantastic fun & freestyle parks, on the exciting sledging runs, enchanting winter hiking trails, and excellent cross-country ski trails. You are sure to find what you’re looking for in the Saas Valley, including wonderful hotels and holiday apartments to suit every taste.
The 3 skiing areas of the Val d’Anniviers (Grimentz-Zinal, St-Luc/ Chandolin and Vercorin) are suitable for families as well as winter-sports addicts. Their high altitude (between 1300 and 2900 metres) means that the Val d’Anniviers pistes enjoy some of the best snow conditions in the Alps. A single ski-pass gives access to the 220 km of pistes and 45 ski-lifts in these areas.
The winter sports offer also includes 3 snowparks, 5 snowgarden, freeride areas, the Avalanche Training Center at Zinal, 15 descents that exceed 1000 metres, snow-shoeing trails and a huge area for freeskiing and off-piste skiing.
Crystal-clear mountain air, crunchy snow, lots of sunshine and a clear view of the most beautiful 4,000-meter (13,000-foot) peaks. Welcome to Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch-Eggishorn - welcome to the Aletsch Arena situated along the Aletsch Glacier, in the heart of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Winter is alive on the sunny, snow guaranteed and car-free plateau located between 1,845 and 2,869 meters (6,053-9,412 feet) above sea level. From December to the end of April, snow sports enthusiasts can enjoy 104 kilometers (75 miles) of exquisitely of snow reliable slopes for every skier’s level.
Swiss International Air Lines offers more than 180 weekly flights from the UK and Ireland to Switzerland, plus they transport your set of ski or snowboard equipment for free in addition to the standard baggage allowance. NEW for winter 2016/17: London Gatwick to Zurich flights and during February, London Heathrow to Sion in the heart of the Valais. SWISS.COM
Swiss ski resorts are easily reached thanks to the excellent transport network, making it the ultimate destination for flexible ski travel. The Swiss Transfer Ticket covers travel from any Swiss airport to the chosen holiday destination – and back again at the end of the stay. And even better, children under 16 travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult holding a Swiss Transfer Ticket. MySwitzerland.com/rail