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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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Hotel le Grand Chalet Favre - dining room

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. Perfect for the whole family

From £1125 per person (including rail from UK)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from December to April
Downhill skiing above the chalets

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 £1055pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December April
Valais vista

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

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

From £1375 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from DecemberApril Saturday/Sunday
Cross country skiing

Skiing in Switzerland, Castle Hotel, Blitzingen

Choose this truly hospitable and tranquil 4-star hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country and downhill skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels. Fully catered, perfect for families.

From £1285pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December-March