Selecting the most fabulous ski resort within the Alps is kind of like picking the best insurance.
Pristine peaks along with sparkling snow do make for quite an attractive package even with the addition of some of our human-made “creations” helping to make their beauty just a little bit better.
Below are some of the treasures that we think are super awesome!
This popular Valais village is a world-class skiing, rich mountaineering history, iconic pointy peak. From its sneaky peaks at first light to its pre-bedtime “goodnights,” the highly mesmeric Matterhorn turns heads from the moment travelers arrive at Zermatt.
Zermatt is just the one part cultural throwback to another part Swiss sophistication, where beautiful century-old barns are perched upon stone stilts to help keep out mice.
A cog railway chugs up to the slopes around Gornergrat and gives breathtaking views of the beautiful Monte Rosa range, while the cableways up to the steep Klein Matterhorn provides us with some close-up views of the icon itself, plus additional access to Cervinia in Italy.
Chez Vrony is on the Sunnegga slopes and offers a quintessential mountain table with the Matterhorn as the backdrop. In the town, the Museum of Mountaineering taps into its rich history of farming as well as climbing.
Chocolate-box chalets, with an unspoiled valley, geraniums make the small Valais village of Grimentz the total package. Alleys of flank old-school chalets, along with rustic granaries, as well as sun-blackened barns, with balconies drowning in 34 different varieties of geranium in summer. The setting is lovely lush, too.
Grimentz is located within the Val d’Anniviers and is a side shot of the great Rhone Valley. At its southern end, this destination sits the “Great Crown” of four-thousand (over 4,000m above sea level), which includes the Weisshorn, Bishorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Matterhorn, as well as the Dent Blanche.
You can enjoy a drink in Gimenez’s heritage with a tasting of its legendary Vin du Glacier, which is a unique Anniviers wine that’s topped up year-on-year. The Bishop’s Barrel in the cellar of the Maison Bourgeoise dates from 1886.
Some high summits range this traditional Swiss village. The infamous north face of the Eiger casts a fearsome shadow over this neck of the Bernese Oberland. Not, though, as Wengen lies on a sunny spur down the hill from the “more and,” or wall of death.
The village, which can only be reached via a cog railway or cable car, gazes out and across the deep Lauterbrunnen valley as well as up to the well-known 4,000-meter peaks of the Eiger.
Wengen, with all the grand old chalets as well as the kids sledding to school, is the home to the famous Lauberhorn downhill race on the World Cup circuit. This run passes into a tunnel of another cog train up to Kleine Scheidegg at a high 2,061 meters, where you can see climbers on the Eiger’s north face from your lunch table.
A train coming from the Kleine Scheidegg connects up through the Eiger, stopping to allow riders see out a window in the rock onto the north face before it reaches the Jungfraujoch (3,454 meters) at the end of the vast Aletsch glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for skiing and climbing.