One of the most popular destinations for skiers in Europe, the Swiss Alps hold some of the finest – and most expensive – ski resorts. The area is especially popular with British skiers; every season, thousands book flights to the Swiss Alps to try out the snow.
The choice of resort is extensive and impressive. Klosters has the royal seal of approval, the most popular resort for Prince Charles and his sons, as well as aristocratic families. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most expensive places to stay, so those seeking a cheaper holiday often choose to stay in nearby Davos. Beautiful Zermatt is a picture-postcard village, with pedestrianised streets that are well-stocked with the traditional wooden chalets. From here skiers head up to the imposing Matterhorn to try their skills on the many pistes. Verbier is the king of off-piste skiing, and at the heart of one of the largest ski areas, in the middle of the “Four Valleys”. And St Moritz, possibly the most famous resort of all, is said to be the oldest winter resort in Europe. The illustrious town has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and is the location for the famous Cresta Run for tobogganing. All Swiss Alps flights arrive in Geneva – the primary airport for skiing in the Alps.
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- Visit some of the famous passes through breathtaking scenery. The four pass tour with postbus takes you through the Gotthard, Furka, Susten and Nufenen passes, but there are alternative routes such as the Romantic Route Express which goes where cars are not permitted.
- In the summer there are a host of activities as alternatives to skiing. You can go hang-gliding, canoeing, white water rafting, horse trekking, and tandem paragliding.
- In spring walking and hiking come into their own with alpine flowers underfoot including the iconic edelweiss. (You cannot not sing it, honestly.)
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