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Winter activities in Switzerland


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Must knows about Swiss winter activities

  • Winter in Switzerland has attractions for everyone. Skiing, snow fun and non-snow activities: it's all possible.
  • It's no problem if members of the same travel group have different preferences. Pick the right base town and you'll all have a great winter vacation!
  • Learn which months are best for your winter activities and which clothes to pack.
Jungfrau with family in ski lift

Ski lift against the backdrop of the snowy Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland.

Winter attractions in Switzerland

In winter, the snow in the Swiss Alps is perfect for skiers and snowboarders. But there are many more things to do. Non-skiers will have a great winter vacation too.

Examples of snow activities are sledding, snowtubing, ice skating and toboganning. There are groomed winter hiking trails and special snowshoe trails.

Many famous Swiss mountains can be visited by cable car during the snow season and offer beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps. Winter train rides are scenic too.

Swiss cities are an attractive destination, especially during the holiday season when lots of Christmas markets are available.

Landwasser viaduct in winter

WINTER TRAINS

Travel across Switzerland with this 8-day itinerary full of scenic snow trains. Customize our sample itinerary however you like.

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Piz Bernina and skis

BEGINNER SKIING

Enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Switzerland, even without experience. About classes, costs, gear and easy ski runs.

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Horse-drawn sleigh in Val Roseg

NON-SKI HOLIDAYS

Don’t want to ski, even if others in your travel party do? No problem: this is how to have a great winter vacation.

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Sled on a snowy hill

SNOW FUN

Go sledding, snowtubing, ice-skating and cross-country skiing in the snowy Alps. Or make husky and horse-sleigh rides.

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Motta Naluns trail footprints 1

WINTER HIKING

Winter hiking is the best way to admire the snowy Alps in peace and quiet.

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The "Peak Walk" suspension bridge at Glacier 3000

WINTER MOUNTAINS

The best winter mountains for snow fun and panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps.

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Basel Christmas market

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Visit Swiss towns in November and December to enjoy the famous Christmas markets.

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DAY TRIPS TO HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW

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Snow fun at the Grindelwald BodmiArena

The BodmiArena is close to Grindelwald and easy to reach: a good place for sledding and snow tubing. Beginner equipment is included.

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Ski rental for experienced skiers in the Jungfrau region

An offer for experienced skiers or snow boarders: rent top equipment for 1, 2 or 3 days. You can browse a large selection of gear. Equipment insurance is included.

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Summer skiing in Zermatt with a private instructor

A morning of snow fun at the high alpine ski slopes of Zermatt. Your instructor makes sure you're safe and can learn the basics.

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COVID-19 Clean & SafeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety. Swiss "Clean & Safe" label or similar. Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Beginner ski experience at Mount Titlis from Zurich

First board the bus to Lucerne for a guided tour in town. You'll then be taken to the Mount Titlis Snow Park. There is a guide, but not a ski instructor, so this is perfect for some first-time skiing fun. A ticket to the top of the mountain and ski gear are included.

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COVID-19 Clean & SafeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety. Swiss "Clean & Safe" label or similar. Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Ski day trip to Chamonix from Geneva

You'll get a coach ride to Chamonix, and get to choose from a full day of skiing, or half a day of skiing plus a cableway ride to Aiguille du Midi to enjoy the views. A ski pass and use of ski equipment are included. Note: ski lessons are not included, this is a trip for experienced skiers.

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COVID-19 Clean & SafeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety. Swiss "Clean & Safe" label or similar. Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Beginner ski day trip to the Jungfrau Region from Zurich

Learn skiing techniques during a 2.5-hour beginners' class on the slopes above Grindelwald. Afterwards there's time to explore the town. The bus ride from Zurich to Grindelwald and back is included. So are ski equipment, clothes and a ticket for the ski lift.

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3-hour private ski lesson near Zermatt

Let a professional ski instructor help you with your first ski experience at the snowy Sunnegga slopes above Zermatt. You can book this for a group of up to 10 people. Ski passes and equipment are not included.

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  • Attraction type: Sport, Winter sports
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
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1-day snowshoe tour from Lausanne

Enjoy a fully organized day of snowshoe hiking from Lausanne. You'll be picked up and brought back to your hotel or holiday home. The tour is highly customizable. The guide can arrange for lunch or high tea and plan city visits along the way, just as you like.

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5-hour private ski lesson near Zermatt

Enjoy a full day with a professional ski instructor at the snowy slopes above Zermatt. You'll be picked up from your hotel or apartment. You can book this for a group of up to 8 people. Ski passes and equipment are not included.

Details & prices
  • Attraction type: Sport, Winter sports
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zermatt (Valais)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

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