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A compact, neatly formed resort in the Graubünden mountains (Weisshorn), a couple of hours south east of Zurich.It's set in a natural bowl, well above the tree line and surrounded by a spectacular series of high ridges. The Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort persuades with 225 kilometre of prepared slopes, many authentic alpine huts, and a record-breaking number of sunny days. Arosa and Lenzerheide is connected with the spectacular aerial tramway «Urdenbahn», which floats over the Urden valley and takes you in5 minutes from the Urdenfürggli in Lenzerheide to the Hörnli in Arosa.
At 1,560mDavos Klosters is one of the highest Alpine resorts in Europe; a vast network of ski slopes stretching from the Rinerhorn south west of Davos to Pischa inthe north east with more than 320km of well-groomed slopes including Klosters’ski areas of Gotschna and Madrisa and some of the best off-piste skiing in theAlps. This is why Davos has been very popular with the Royals and Princes Harry and William regularly Ski there.
Switzerland's most famous resort brings together every Alpine cliché,from its views of the world's most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn, to its narrow streets lined with wonky, weathered chalets. As a ski destination, especially for families, intermediates, experts and ski tourers, Zermatt sits up with the best. It has snow sure slopes from late November to the end of April, several high altitude top stations (Matterhorn glacier paradise at 3,883m is the highest station accessible by cable car in Europe), and 350km of pistes. A slick lift system that improves every year, extensive off piste, outstanding mountain restaurants and a buzzing, cosmopolitan town.
Laax and neighbouring Flims share a ski area that is one of Switzerland’s biggest,whether you look at overall dimensions or piste km. The mountain has other powerful attractions too, including altitude, but the sunny orientation is a bit of a liability when competing in the premier league. Which may be why, some years back, the resort decided to appeal to different markets by investing heavily in terrain parks, half-pipes, indoor freestyle facilities and high-profile events – and by adopting a new brand. Flims and Laax used to be marketed as Flims, and still are in the summer, when they continue to appeal totheir traditional market of well-heeled Swiss and Germans.
The picturesque village ofGrindelwald, and its neighbours, Wengen and Murren, come closer to the fairytale image of an alpine ski idyll than perhaps anywhere else in Europe.It’s not the extensive skiing, quaint cog railways or rustic ambience but the imposing north faces of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau that make the biggest impression, whether you’re there to ski or just to soak up the atmosphere.