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Sweet Swiss

Switzerland skiing must be on the bucket-list for skiers the world over, but with so many amazing resorts, where to start? GRACE WYE has summed up the sweetest slopes for families.

When it comes to embarking upon a ski trip to Switzerland, the biggest hurdle is ploughing through the multitude of high quality ski resorts Switzerland has to offer. Situated in the heart of Europe, Switzerland has managed to preserve its unique culture, resulting in endless activities families can enjoy off the snow. On the slopes however is where this winter wonderland comes alive, providing some of the best experiences for families to enjoy.

Nestled in the Jungfrau region in central Switzerland, Wengen ensures fun for every family all year round. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all levels of experience, both privately and in groups, giving families the opportunity to learn together at the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Wengen. If your family wants a break from skiing, Wengen offers other winter activities like ice skating, tobogganing and curling to keep every member of your family entertained. Playhouse Wengen offers entertainment for children aged one month to eight years, leaving mum and dad free to enjoy the slops without having to worry about their youngsters. Off the slopes families can choose from a plethora of cultural activities and museums, which are sure to make Wengen an unforgettable experience.  

Families at Saas-Fee have their every need catered for, so it’s no wonder they were voted Top Destination for Families 2012/2013. The day care provides fun for the kids and peace of mind for the adults, while the kids enjoy a range of off the snow fun including dance parties and craft activities. Sledging and snowboarding also provide opportunities for thrill seeking children and adults alike. The Sass-fee Ski and Snowboard School ensures that every skill level is looked after and offers both group and private lessons. The variety of activities set amongst the picturesque Saas Valley makes Saas-fee a family destination that cannot be missed.  

Les Crosets
Located just off the French border, the small size of this resort makes it the perfect setting for a family ski holiday. Centred in the Portes du Soleil, Les Crosets acts as the ideal launch pad for exploring the surrounding areas in both France and Switzerland. Families looking for their first ski adventure or more experienced families looking for thrills will not be disappointed with what Les Crosets has to offer. Boasting some of the best snow in the Swiss Alps and a well-established ski school, Les Crosets provides fun for all families. After a day of skiing, shopping areas and the many restaurants provide relief from a busy day on the snow.

The family focused and luxurious Gstaad resort boasts that it is one of the safest ski and snowboard resorts in Switzerland, making it the dream skiing destination for families from around the world. Beginners can choose from a range of learners’ parks as well as specialised family mountains, but if its adrenaline you’re after rest assured that Gstaad also offers a ski cross course riddled with jumps and banked curves to satisfy your need for adventure. When off the slopes families have the chance to enjoy a family husky tour, or relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the fairytale scenery. With a wide range of indoor activities from a swimming pool through to a bowling alley and childcare facilities, Gstaad is guaranteed to suit families of all ages.  

Not only do the slopes of Grindelwald provide superb skiing, but the view of surrounding mountains Eiger, Mönch and Joungfrau make the experience even more spectacular. With ski schools available to get you up and running on your skis, Grindelwald is destined make this a long lasting memory for your family. The chance to ride a ‘velogemel’ is one not to be missed. These wooden snow bikes, originating from Grindelwald, are still made by hand in accordance with traditions established in 1911. Aside from the ‘velogemel’, families can experience unique cultural activities like traditional costume dances, flag waving and enjoying the local folk music.

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