Oct 13, 2014 - 5:21 PM
Welcome to MySwissAlps.com, mbrown44883! It's great that you get to spend this special time of the year in Switzerland.
Let's take a look at your wishes. First of all, you should explore regions and towns and find out what appeals to you most: www.myswissalps.com/wheretogo. Since you want to explore as much as you can, I suggest you pick one or two central towns that allow you to travel in several directions. Please see www.myswissalps.com/centraltownsalps for centrally located towns and www.myswissalps.com/cities for the most important cities. If you like to spend some days in the mountains too, consider to add a town like Wengen, Mürren, Zermatt or St. Moritz.
You should realize you're traveling in high season, so whatever town(s) you choose, it's wise not to wait too long searching for hotels and arranging for your bookings. Cheap lodging is listed at www.myswissalps.com/hotels/budget.
Depending on your exact itinerary, a rail pass will help you save money. Here's how to decide which one is best: www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass .
Please find tips for day trips here: www.myswissalps.com/activities. Note that not all are available in Winter. You can still visit quite some mountain tops though and make beautiful scenic train journeys. Beginners' ski classes are possible too, including rental gear. For more information on this subject you can best visit the tourist website of the town(s) or region(s) you've picked.
Further guidance on how to create your itinerary is at www.myswissalps.com/plantrip/doityourself.
I hope this gets you started!