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Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding in Switzerland

Downhill skiing and snowboarding remains some of the most popular activities for winter holidays, and the world-class resorts of the Swiss Alps are among the most popular places to enjoy these sports, soft powder and dramatic panoramas. While downhill skiing and snowboarding are carbon-intensive activities, one of the most effective choices you can take to really make a difference is to take the train to the slopes instead of flying, as many of the ski resorts in Switzerland are easily accessible by train.

Cost-wise there’s little difference to flying (once you’ve factored in transfers to and from airports) and travelling by train has many advantages: the check-in times are far shorter, there’s free baggage allowance for your gear and the journey has a much smaller carbon footprint.

In addition, the overnight service that leaves Paris on Friday evening and arrives early Saturday morning (returning the following Saturday evening) enables you to fit in two extra days’ skiing on the relatively quieter Saturday changeover days – without having to pay for extra nights’ accommodation.

See our Guide to the Ski Train, and below we've listed some of the best holidays for downhill skiing and snowboarding in Switzerland:

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Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

This is a deservedly popular hotel in a village with cross-country skiing for all levels, fun downhill skiing, winter walking and much more.
From £1045 per person (including rail) based on two people...

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Skiing in Switzerland, Castle Hotel, Blitzingen

Choose this truly hospitable hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels.

From £1180pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
22 December 2016 to 19 March 2017

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Edelweiss, Engelberg

Engelberg offers excellent pistes – and delightful cross-country trails – but what really makes the place is its refreshingly laid-back atmosphere – this is the quiet side of skiing. The 3-star Edelweiss is every bit as relaxed as the village.

From £920pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
22 December 2016 to 2 April 2017

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

For relaxing but first-rate downhill skiing, the majestic and undiscovered Val d’Anniviers is unbeatable. Here, the 4-star Hotel Bella Tola offers fittingly elegant accommodation, wonderful cuisine and spa facilities.

From £1374 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 22 December 2016 to 2 April 2017; start Saturday/Sunday
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Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Victoria, Kandersteg

This is a deservedly popular hotel in a village with cross-country skiing for all levels, fun downhill skiing, winter walking and much more.

From £1045 per person (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
22 December 2016 to 12 March 2017

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Engiadina, Zuoz

Excellent cross-country and downhill skiing for all levels, plenty of winter walking, glorious scenery…romantic Zuoz has it all.

From £1195 per person (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 7 Janury 2017 to 12 March 2017; Start any day by air; any day except Sunday by rail
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Skiing in Switzerland, Grand Chalet Favre, St-Luc

For the classic downhill skiing experience from a Swiss chalet on the ‘quiet side of the mountain’, look no further than Le Grand Chalet Favre in the delightful village of St-Luc.

From £1125 per person (including rail from UK)

6 days, 7 nights
From 22 Decmber 2016 to 2 April 2017