5 Best Easter Skiing Areas in Switzerland
The Easter holiday presents a perfect opportunity to reflect on the first quarter of the year. While you may have been busy chasing your New Year resolutions since January, you can now kick back, recharge and prepare to take on the challenges that the rest of the year presents. A ski trip in Switzerland is a perfect way to spend the break as it keeps you entirely busy. A skiing holiday in Switzerland gives you a chance to breathe in some fresh air and stay active. Here are some of the top Swiss ski areas that we would recommend for you to visit this Easter holiday.
1. Thyon, Valais
Thyon is the eastern gate to Les 4 Vallees, which is one of the largest connected ski areas in the Swiss Alps. Thyon is a gateway to a continuous skiing area in the Alps, with resorts such as Veysonnaz, Nendaz, Verbier and La Tzoumaz. Thyon lies at the height of 2,095 metres above sea level on the ridge descending from Mont Rouge. From the very first snowflakes, Thyon is perfect for a wide range of outdoor winter activities including snowboarding, downhill skiing, monoskiing, and telemark.
The Swiss ski resort has slopes of all levels, with snow guaranteed all winter long. The skiing season in the Thyon region is at its peak between mid-December and end of April. Adventurers get to discover alpine scenery as they ski over the region’s 90 lifts and 400 kilometers of pistes. This area alone has over ten (10) lifts and is often considered the ultimate beginner-friendly ski resort in the country.
During the Easter break, 59 out of 82 lifts will be open. 272 out of 412 kilometers of the slope are open for skiing activity. The snow is currently at a depth of 20 centimeters while mountain depth is at 265 centimeters. The snow report shows that there will be good piste conditions throughout the weekend.
You may also enjoy walks on several kilometers of cleared winter footpaths as well as exploring snow-shoe walking routes and dog sledge rides. A few days in Thyon are guaranteed to reset your body and mind this Easter holiday. The region has a wide range of accommodation including hotels and apartments.
2. Arosa/ Lenzerheide, Graubunden
The Arosa ski resort is a perfect place to enjoy skiing in Switzerland. It sits in Schanfigg Valley in Grisons, the easternmost canton of Switzerland. Access to the pistes is available through 13 lifts from various spots in town and along the mountain. The trails have a mix of blue and red levels. Thrill-seekers can fulfill their craving for adventure as the ski trails have plenty of blacks. The area is perfect for all skiers regardless of the level of expertise. The resort is located next to the Lenzerheide Urdenfürggli slopes.
Together, the Arosa-Lenzerheide region has 225 kilometers of ski trails, making the combined ski region the largest in Grisons. The ski resort is set in a natural bowl, well above the tree line and is surrounded by a spectacular series of high ridges. The area has a lot of open snow between the pistes, which makes for excellent powder after an overnight fall. The resort is perfect for newcomers to try off-piste skiing and to learn how to handle deep powder, all with the help of an instructor.
According to the snow forecast predictions, there will be snow depth of 50 centimeters during the Easter weekend. There will be powder snow and partially spring snow. Snow on the mountain will be of a depth of 130 centimeters. 11 out 43 lifts along with 57 kilometers of the slope will be open during the holiday. Good piste conditions are expected. However, the Fun Park, half-pipe, and toboggan run will be closed.
Adventurers tired of skiing can explore 30 miles of rambling winter routes in the area. The area has several restaurants such as Hörnli Hütte located at the top of the Hörnli lift, which has fantastic views and a big terrace, serving traditional dishes and salads. Accommodation here includes hotels and apartments, which you can book for as low as 60 CHF per night.
3. Andermatt, Graubünden
Andermatt is a mountain village located in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. It is located at the center of north-south and east-west traverses of Switzerland and only 28 kilometers South of Altdorf. This Swiss ski resort is located in the Urseren Valley and is surrounded by the Adula Alps. The area has two main ski areas in the winter namely Nätschen and Gemsstock which are located to the North-East and Southern side of Andermatt respectively. The region is popular for off-piste, deep snow characteristics.
Trails along the valley floor from Andermatt to Realp via Hospental are considered ideal for classic and skating techniques. The area offers 28 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails. The trails vary in difficulty, with the 4 kilometer stretch between Zumdorf and Realp being the most difficult. The rest of the trails are easy to ski and are considered perfect for beginners. The area stands out as cross country skiers can have a ski adventure under the stars as the 2-kilometer night trail in Realp is lit every night.
Outdoor adventurers can book their Easter holiday at the resort and enjoy skiing along 59 kilometers of open slopes and the four open lifts that are currently available. The snow is only 10 centimeters deep, making it safe for beginners. You, however, have to stay cautious as the snow conditions include areas with partially wet snow. There is a wide range of accommodation in Andermatt with panoramic views of Ursental.
4. Davos, Graubünden
At 1,560 metres above sea level, Davos is one of the highest towns in Europe. Together with the more village-like Klosters, it shares a large ski area with big verticals and 320 kilometers of mostly intermediate-friendly runs. Davos is easily reachable by road or rail from Zunich. The area offers epic off-piste itineraries that are best suited for experienced skiers.
The area boasts of over 200 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. During the skiing season, official pistes and itineraries can be well over 10km long as they wind their way from the top of Weissfluhgipfel across the high open bowls and down through the trees to Klosters, Serneus or Kublis. Learners can join ski schools in the area to improve their technique.
The area has not experienced snowfall since 14th April. There are currently snow depths of 64 centimeters and 257 centimeters on the summit. Most of the valley lifts in Parsenn Davos, Parsenn Klosters and Jakobshorn are open for the holiday.
After an adventurous morning of exploring ski trails, you can spend the afternoon exploring the town of Davos. The two main centers of Davos Platz and Davos Dorf are about a mile apart with a jumble of expensive shops, theatres, museums, and exhibitions. Adventurers seeking an escape from city life may opt to stay in small satellite villages of Davos Monstein and Davos Clavadel. Whatever option you choose, there is no shortage of accommodation, as there are plenty of hotels and apartments available.
5. Aletsch Arena, Valais
Located on a plateau above the Rhone Valley, the Aletsch Arena is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. The arena has 104 kilometers of excellent pistes with slopes between Riederalp, Bettmeralp, and Fiesch-Eggishorn waiting to be discovered. This Swiss ski resort is perfect for family getaways primarily because of the Blätz family ski lift in Fieschertal which is ideal for families with children taking their very first steps on skis.
Ski schools in the area offer not only ski lessons but also highly qualified ski guides. Taking a guide with you as you scale the Alpine peaks ensures that you don’t miss out on any skiing sweet spots while also avoiding areas that are prone to skiing accidents. Adventurers can enjoy night skiing under the floodlights of Bettmeralp, Riederalp, and Fieschertal.
The Aletsch Arena is perfect for an Easter getaway with your friends as they offer group packages which involve exploring the Eggishorn trail for as low as 45 CHF per person. During the Easter break, the arena will have 30 out of 36 open lifts, about 77 kilometers of open slopes and good piste conditions. The snow is powder and partially hard with a depth of 81 centimeters. The wide variety of accommodation in Aletsch caters for all kinds of preferences, from those seeking a luxurious resort to those who would prefer a simple cottage in the middle of nowhere.
It is worthwhile noting that this Easter holiday coincides with the end of the skiing season in Switzerland. It is, therefore, the best opportunity for lovers of outdoor sports to indulge, as most skiing areas are not currently experiencing snow. However, you have to keep an eye out for areas with melting snow, as these areas are prone to accidents. It is advisable to hire a ski guide so that you can make the most out of your ski holiday. Do not be left out this season; book your spot at a top Swiss ski resort today!
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