Oct 22, 2010 - 1:31 PM
Hi LeeAnn, and welcome to the forum! If snow is very important, you should look for places at higher altitudes. Some examples are Wengen and Mürren in the Bernese Oberland
, and Zermatt and Saas-Fee in Wallis
. However, these are quite popular and touristy towns. A small town in the Engadine valley
may be exactly what you're looking for. The Engadine is situated at high altitude, which guarantees great chances of snow in the valley. There are popular tourist towns, such as St. Moritz and Pontresina, which will offer Christmas celebrations and lots of (family) activities. But you can also choose from several smaller, authentic towns, such as La Punt, Zuoz or Zernez.
You'll find beautiful scenery surrounding all towns I mentioned above. And apart from skiing, there are many other possiblities in all regions as well. Winter hiking paths are available and viewing points can be visited by mountain train or cable car.
This topic on Christmas markets
may be interesting for you as well.
I hope this helps a bit in deciding where you want to go. Of course you could go for a round trip as well, which would enable you to visit several towns and regions. Good luck on your preparation and feel free to post further questions here as well!