If you’re planning an Alpine ski break but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Use our quick quiz and you’ll soon be heading for your very own snowy nirvana.
Just answer the questions and count up how many times you answered A, B, C etc. Then check your answers at the bottom of the page. No prizes, it’s just for fun.
And here are the questions …
1. Where are you happiest?
A. Cross-country and off-piste
B. Black runs
C. In the bar
D. Nursery slopes
E. In the breakfast bar, admiring the scenery
2. Who are you taking with you?
A. My ski buddies – no one else can keep up
B. Going solo – nobody can keep up with me
C. Some work colleagues with great taste
D. The family – it’s so cute watching the kids learn to ski
E. My other half – the mountains are so romantic
3. All that skiing has given you an appetite. What’s on the menu?
A. Fondue and schnapps
B. Whatever’s available at the mountain hut
C. Five courses at the poshest place in town
D. Cheese and wine
E. Big Mac and fries
4. You’re taking a day off the slopes. What do you do?
A. Take the train deep into the mountains
B. A day off? You’re joking, right?
C. Stroll along the main drag looking stylish
D. Skating, kids’ club and riding the carousel
E. Shopping and a spot of lunch
5. How do you like to get around the resort?
A. Mountain railway
B. By skiing. Obviously
C. On foot, so people can check out my fancy skiwear
D. Tourist road train
E. Electric taxi. Or a horse-drawn carriage
6. Be honest. How’s your skiing?
A. I’m pretty good. I can manage a black run. Probably.
B. Olympic standard.
C. I get by, but it’s all about the après, really
D. Non-existent but I’d like to learn
E. OK, though I’m as happy hiking or admiring the view
How did you do?
You should give Wengen a try. It’s a picturesque, unspoilt resort with traditional Swiss architecture and spectacular views over the mighty Eiger. Cars aren’t allowed so you get there via a charming mountain railway. The surrounding Jungfrau ski region has 132 miles of pistes, offering everything from relaxing beginner’s runs to more testing routes for intermediates. An excellent and arguably less touristy choice, only 1 hour 45 minutes from Zürich airport.
Also consider: Chamonix, Feldberg, Zermatt.
You’re a hardened expert skier and you don’t really need our help, do you? It has to be Garmisch-Partenkirchen, location for the 1936 Winter Olympics and sited at the base of Germany’s tallest mountain, the 2,962-metre Zugspitze. This Bavarian resort boasts some of Germany’s best – and most challenging – skiing. They still hold the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and there’s a ski jumping contest every New Year’s Day. The resort has two main ski areas, one at low altitude for those expert-level black runs and another on a glacier for a slightly gentler run. Coupled with its short transfer time from Munich airport, Garmisch makes an excellent choice for a short break.
Also consider: Chamonix, Verbier, Andermatt.
You’re a reasonably confident skier, but relaxing in style is just as important. That can only mean Verbier in Switzerland’s largest ski area, the Four Valleys. Although best suited to adventurous skiers and snowboarders it has slopes to suit all levels. And with sunshine, amazing scenery and lively après, there’s something for everyone – even non-skiers. Verbier’s many bars have given it a reputation as a posh party town, and be warned – it can be pricey. But it is always fun! Get there from Heathrow via Geneva.
Also consider: Gstaad, Klosters, Courchevel, Zermatt.
Maybe you’re a novice skier or travelling with young children. Maybe you just want to go to a real town with a life beyond skiing, that’s simply fun without too many airs and graces. Either way, we suggest Morzine in France’s Portes du Soleil ski area. It has easily accessible nursery slopes as well as beginner and intermediate pistes, and a long season. Morzine has plenty for families to do away from the slopes – tobogganing, sledging, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skating. There’s a great après scene, with restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. And if you’re in the mood for family fun, there’s a tourist ‘train’ linking the main lifts. Nearest airport is Geneva.
Also consider: Wengen, Avoriaz, La Clusaz.
You want it all – breathtaking scenery, horse-drawn sleighs, electric buses, world-class skiing, picturesque chalets and a mountain railway. Oh, and a McDonald’s. You want Zermatt, then. It’s car-free, with 225 miles of pistes and spectacular views of the shapely Matterhorn. Intermediate and advanced skiers will love the Swiss resort’s wide choice of red and black runs and famously cosy mountain restaurants. Get there from Heathrow via Geneva or Zurich.
Get to Switzerland with SWISS
SWISS operates more than 80 flights a week from London Heathrow to Geneva and Zürich.
There is a reason SWISS is the Skier’s Airline of Choice. SWISS will transport your first set of ski or snowboard equipment and boots free of charge on flights, in addition to your standard free baggage allowance.
Fly to Geneva and easily access resorts including Les Crosets, Villars, Les Diablerets, Verbier and Crans-Montana. This is what makes Geneva one of the major hubs for skiing!
If you fly into Zürich, within two hours you can reach well-known resorts such as Andermatt, Interlaken, Wengen, Lenzerheide, Mürren and Klosters.
So when it comes to skiing in Switzerland, you really are spoilt for choice!