Guide to Ski Resorts in Switzerland
What we love about Ski Resorts in Switzerland
Well let’s start with the mountains themselves. It’s as if Switzerland was tailor made for luxury ski holidays. Almost the whole country is covered with high peaks, making the perfect playground in both summer and winter. In summer the warm, sunny climate attracts walkers, hikers, mountaineers, road cyclists and mountain bikers to get out there and explore the Swiss mountains.
In winter, Switzerland gets a dusting of snow and comes alive as a winter sports paradise. There are ski resorts dotted all over the country and our collection of properties includes the very best ski resorts in Switzerland.
And then there are the ski chalets. Swiss luxury ski chalets to rent set the standard for beautiful ‘chocolate-box’ wooden chalet architectural style. The original and still the best, luxury ski chalets in Switzerland just look the part and ooze alpine charm. Old or new, Swiss ski chalets possess a certain look which just fits perfectly into the pristine alpine environment.
My personal favourite are the ancient old chalets which have been standing against the elements forever with gathered gnarled timbers, but have been fully renovated on the inside to make a luxury ski chalet to die for.
Best time to visit Switzerland
The ski season in Switzerland varies by resort but normally runs from early/mid December to late April. The higher ski resorts open earlier and close later in the season, with some, such as Zermatt which has a glacier, actually offering year round skiing. Out of the main ski season, however, this is only on Zermatt’s glacier, and does not cover the whole ski resort. The main ski resort is normally operational from early December to late April.
Switzerland is truly a fantastic destination almost all year round. The temperatures in the summer can reach the mid to late 20s with plentiful blue skies. Crans-Montana claims 300 days of sunshine on the Haut Plateau.
Summer ski chalet rentals in Switzerland are popular during the warmer months, with long sunny days offering the perfect climate for a variety of outdoor activities.
The best times to visit Switzerland are winter and summer, with spring time a close second.
Best places to eat and drink in Switzerland
Combining, French, German and northern Italian influences, Swiss cuisine is hearty and flavoursome. World renowned for their cheese, a stay in a luxury ski chalet or villa in Switzerland would not be complete without trying Swiss fondue, great for a large group of friends or family to share.
Gastronomy is celebrated here and you will find upscale restaurants in all the major cities as well as the premier ski resorts such as Verbier and Zermatt, where there are also a handful of Michelin starred establishments to enjoy, particularly on chefs night off at your luxury ski chalet.
Our cherry-picked collection of luxury ski chalets to rent in Switzerland include some of the world’s finest chalets. The holiday chalets can be found in many of Switzerland’s top resorts including Zermatt, Verbier and Crans Montana.
If you are not sure where to start with your search, you can browse our ski chalet collection by theme: our Switzerland luxury ski chalets portfolio includes chalets with swimming pools, chalets hot tubs, chalets with cinema rooms and ski-in/ski out chalets.
Alternatively you can browse properties by service level. Perhaps you are looking for a catered luxury ski chalet with a private chef to take care of breakfast and dinner, or do you prefer the flexibility of a self-catered luxury chalet or apartment in Switzerland.