Switzerland is quite literally a paradise for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, winter hikes or whatever activity you can imagine in the gorgeous Alps in winter.
This Switzerland Ski Guide will give you an introduction into the country as a destination for skiers and snowboarders, we’ll share some of the most awesome regions with you and give you some tips on how to get around and save money.
Switzerland is the perfect location for all your winter sports desires. It’s landscape is not just visually breath-taking but a gift for anyone seeking adventure and extreme activities. Situated dead-center in the European Alps, Switzerland is gifted with gigantic mountains, deep valleys, waterfalls, forests, lakes and if that was not enough, beautiful cities and copious amounts of fondue and the world’s best chocolate!
And on top of that, it lends itself absolutely perfectly to any type of winter sport.
From personal experience, I would call it the gold standard for ski resorts and regions.
Getting around with a full set of ski or snowboard equipment can be a struggle. All the layers of thick clothing plus the skis or board, the helmet, ski sticks, all kinds of cameras, take up a lot of space! Most people choose to either go with their own car or rent a car to get to their destination.
The upsides of having a car is that you get to your destination on your own terms, you can get to the ski area and you can run errands wherever you are with your car. But usually there is enough infrastructure in place that taking public transportation should not be a problem.
Most hotels or B&Bs have a shuttle service or a bus stop nearby and the buses are prepared to carry your equipment with you. You can get weekend or week passes and you might also get public transportation included in your ski pass. In almost all situations, you will have everything you need in your accommodation or around the ski area and running to a shop nearby is usually never a problem. So going from your hotel to the area is the only thing you have to worry about and this is where public transport comes in!
Make sure to ask your accommodation beforehand on how the situation is like in the area.
SBB – Swiss Train Company Find everything you need to know about how to get to your destination!
Swiss Pass The Swiss Pass can store tickets, ski cards, car sharing information and more! You can easily get your week or month passes on there and just use one card. Very handy.
Snow’n’Rail Combine your love for skiing with a discounted transport ticket. Lot’s of perks are involved here for winter sports enthusiasts.
Interrail Ticket The interrail ticket gives you access to a variety of SBB and private trains around the country. This is very handy if you plan on traveling around a bit.
Local Transport SBB can get you to your destination, but they can also serve as a provider of local tickets. But mostly, you will buy your ticket locally before boarding any public transportation.Read more about the Swiss public transportation here.