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St Moritz

St Moritz © Engadin St Moritz/Christof Sonderegger
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The 5 best spots to ski in Switzerland

Georgia Burns discovers the home of winter tourism is a snowy hotspot.

1. St Moritz

St Moritz consists of four incredible skiing and boarding areas: Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz. The most family-friendly terrain is found at Samedan and Pontresina. While the resort boasts beautiful ski slopes, there are other ways to see the scenery, whether it’s via horse-drawn carriage, sledding, ice skating or cross-country skiing. There really is something for everyone.

Zermatt

Zermatt © Switzerland Tourism/Ivo Scholz

2. Zermatt

Zermatt is the highest ski resort in Europe, reaching an atltitude of 3883 metres beside the Matterhorn. Zermatt caters for every skill level and offers a comprehensive ski school. Children under nine ski for free and a Swiss Family Card is available for easy travel. Off the slopes, enjoy the postcard-pretty village of Zermatt, with its charming, vehicle-free streets.

Verbier

Verbier © Valais/Wallis Promotion/Christian Perret

3. Verbier

Covering 410 kilometres and offering 93 lifts, Verbier is just one resort of the six that make up Les 4 Vallées. Verbier, perhaps the best known, offers ski school for young adventurers, and kids under eight ski for free. There is also a snow park, snow gardens for toddlers, snow carousel, baby ski lifts and sledding on the lower nursery slopes for kids over seven.

Arosa

Arosa © Rhaetische Bahn/Mattias Nutt

4. Arosa

This first-timer-friendly resort dedicates 49 per cent of its runs to beginners. Little adventurers can enjoy the toboggan run and ‘Bärenhöhle’ indoor playground. Arosa has plenty of options for family-friendly restaurants and child care.

Madrisa

Madrisa © Destination Davos Klosters/Stefan Schlumpf

5. Madrisa

As the sun-soaked family mountain of Davos-Klosters, Madrisa is a must for little ones. Madrisa-Land is a huge adventure park boasting tubing, a giant slalom and children’s lifts. A ski kindergarten, ski school and nursery are also offered.

This article appeared in volume 10 of Ski & Snowboard with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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