Switzerland offers breath taking Alpine scenery, world famous ski resorts and, all year round skiing. The country boasts spectacular mountains, such as the Eiger, the Monch and the Juungfrau, all of which reach heights of almost 4,000m.
Think Switzerland and you definitely think high flying finance, time precise watches, Toberlones, Heidi and the spiritual home of skiing.
Switzerland is a landlocked Central European country. As a result, all of its borders are mountains. The Eastern and Southern borders of Switzerland run through the high, snow capped mountains of the European Alps. All its ski resorts can thus be found along its borders with Austria, Italy and France.
Overview of Switzerland.
- Capital: Bern.
- Area: 41,300km2.
- Population: 8.6million.
- Telephone: The international dialing code is +41.
- Mobile/Data: Check your service provider because Switzerland is not in the EU roaming zone.
- Time: Central European Time Zone (CET), 1 or 2 hours ahead of GMT/UTC.
- Languages: The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. English is also widely spoken.
- Driving: On the right.
- Visas: Switzerland is not a member of the EU but is part of Schengen, however, most tourists get a visa on entry.
- Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF), although credit and debit cards are as widely accepted as in any other European country.
- Tipping: Service is always included, so a tip is not expected. As in any Country if you feel the service at the restaurant, coffee shop or by the taxi driver was exceptional, a tip is always appreciated.
Skiing in Switzerland.
One of the most popular Swiss ski resorts is Zermatt which nestles under the iconic Matterhorn mountain. Alternative bests, for different reasons, are Verbier with over 400km of pistes, or glamorous St Moritz, or Davos Klosters famous for its annual World Economic Forum summit, or Andermatt attracting back country specialists.
Skiing in Switzerland is often expensive, however, Skiing in Switzerland can cross borders. So when considering skiing in Switzerland, you should check out these ski domains:
- Valais Ski Card. With access to over 40 ski resorts across the region.
- Matterhorn Ski Paradise. 360km of perfect pistes which straddle the Swiss-Italian border.
- Portes du Soleil. Twelve linked Alpine resorts across the border of France and Switzerland.
- Les Quatre Vallées. The largest Swiss ski area with 410km of pistes, includes Verbier.
- Jungfrau. Two valleys, three ski resorts and around 206km of perfectly prepared pistes.
- Aletsch Arena. Allowing you to discover dream slopes between 1,845m and 2,869m.
- Free Republik of Holidays. 150km ski slopes and a panorama of eighteen 4,000m peaks.
- Graubünden. Over 40 ski areas with 2,200km ski runs extending into Austria.