We are already halfway through the 2021/2022 winter season, but that doesn’t mean you have missed your opportunity to ski. There is still plenty of snow to come, which will top up the already snow sure Swiss ski resorts.
In this article, we will highlight some fantastic Swiss resorts, perfect for your Easter ski break. You will get lots of options for excellent spring skiing in Switzerland when the days are longer and the temperatures are milder.
Verbier has been voted as the best ski resort in the world six years in a row. The resort itself sits at 1,500m, but its ski area’s highest point stretches all the way up to 3,000m
Verbier’s high altitude makes it one of Switzerland’s most snow sure ski resorts. Combined with its charming traditional architecture, its proximity to Geneva airport, and range of slopes, Verbier is a popular choice for skiers and snowboarders.
Skiers have access to 400km of ski slopes from Verbier, as it is part of the Four Valleys ski area. But they can also enjoy some of the liveliest après ski in Switzerland.
With its average snow depth of 4m every winter, and high altitudes, Verbier is an excellent choice for Easter skiing. This winter, Verbier opened on 12th November 2021 and is estimated to close on 27th April 2022.
Les Portes du Soleil
Les Portes du Soleil isn’t a ski resort, but it is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It straddles the French-Swiss border and comprises of 12 ski resorts connected by the slopes and ski lift system.
Skiers and snowboarders staying in any of the Les Portes du Soleil resorts have access to 600km of groomed pistes. The Swiss resorts tend to be quieter than the French ones, especially during peak weeks such as Easter.
The ski resorts on the Swiss side of the border include Champéry, Morgins, Champoussin, and Les Crosets.
Champéry sits at just over 1,000m, but the Croix-de-Culet cable car takes you up to 1,936m. From here, you can explore the whole Portes du Soleil and ski under the incredible backdrop of the Dents du Midi.
Morgins is an idyllic mountain village with a traditional ambience at 1,333m. But once you jump on the chairlift, you are treated to some of the most incredible views in the Portes du Soleil.
Many visitors to Morgins like the authentic Swiss atmosphere, alpine restaurants and varied slopes. But, once the snow has melted, Morgins turns into one of the best mountain bike destinations. The mountain bike trails are not for the faint-hearted, so you need to be on top form to ride here.
Champoussin and Les Crosets are pretty mountain villages peppered with quaint ski chalets, some of which are ski-in-ski-out.
Les Crosets sits at 1,700m and is ideally positioned to enjoy slushy fun and sun-drenched afternoon drinks. There is an excellent snowpark, too, perfect for practising freestyle tricks in the soft spring snow.
If you want to explore the whole of the Portes du Soleil from Switzerland, Les Crosets is an ideal base, as you are just a chairlift ride from France.
The Portes du Soleil is so large that the resorts open and close at different times. The resorts opened in mid-December 2021 and are all due to close mid to late April, depending on your destination.
Zermatt is an iconic ski resort overlooked by the Matterhorn. The highest slope sits at 3,820m, so you can be sure of excellent snow conditions even as late as Easter.
You can expect a traditional atmosphere in Zermatt, thanks to its charming architecture and car-free centre. This creates a peaceful experience that you don’t get from other ski resorts.
Zermatt is such a great Easter ski break destination because it is surrounded by glaciers and is one of the highest ski resorts in Switzerland and Europe.
Its snowsure slopes, epic views, and selection of superb restaurants keep people returning to Zermatt every year.
Zermatt opened on 4th December 2021 and is due to close on 18th April 2022.
Saas-Fee is a stunning Swiss ski resort at 1,773m. It is set on a plateau surrounded by dramatic peaks, most of which are home to slopes above 2,000m.
This altitude, combined with the local geography, makes Sass Fee one of Switzerland’s most snowsure ski destinations. Saas-Fee’s higher slopes are commonly covered in 2 to 4m of snow, which stays in excellent condition right through until April.
The local ski area is vast and varied, so there are plenty of slopes to choose from to suit all skill levels.
Saas-Fee is an incredibly charming village, as it is an old farming community rather than a purpose-built ski resort. Its traditional wooden chalets add to the alpine charm, as do its car-free streets.
Visitors to Sass-Fee love the tranquil atmosphere and impressive ski area. This winter Saas-Fee opened on 30th October 2021 and is estimated to stay open until 20th April 2022.
Switzerland Isn’t All About the Winter
Switzerland’s ski resorts take on a whole new persona when the snow melts. The Swiss Alps transform into the ultimate summer playground, with an incredible range of sports and activities to enjoy.
You may not realise it, but under all that snow are world-class mountain bike trails. These criss-cross the pistes and snake all the way down the mountains, ensuring summer visitors can get their adrenaline fix.
The mountain bike trails can be accessed via the ski lifts, so you don’t have to spend all day pedalling for just a couple of runs.
But if you fancy a slower-paced summer Alpine visit, you can explore the many hiking trails. These are perfect for taking in the breathtaking scenery and spotting local wildlife.
Many ski resorts ensure that there are plenty of other activities too. For example, horse riding, climbing, Via Ferrata, canyoning, and white water rafting are all available.
You are never too far away from a lake in the Swiss Alps. Therefore, you can enjoy a whole host of watersports, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and open water swimming.
As you can see, the Swiss Alps have a lot to offer for an Easter ski break. Lots of people prefer late-season skiing, thanks to a more laid back atmosphere, milder temperatures, and soft snow. Swiss ski property also represents a fantastic investment opportunity. If you would like to learn more about how you can take advantage of the investment potential of Swiss ski apartments and chalets get in touch with AlpLifestyle today to speak to one of our expert advisors.