A hugely popular winter destination thanks to its vibrant Christmas markets and dazzling New Year’s celebrations, Zurich‘s unbeatable transport connections make it a great base for checking out Switzerland’s legendary ski resorts, many of which are reachable by train. Here’s a run down of the best options.
One of the closest resorts to Zurich at less than an hour by train, Flumserberg is a popular – and therefore busy – choice for city dwellers wanting to spend a day on the slopes. 17 ski lifts run up to heights of 2,200 meters (7,217 feet) and there’s over 20km of cross-country trails to challenge more experienced skiers.
Around an hour and a half from Zurich and once celebrated as Queen Victoria’s favorite resort, Engelberg’s 4-star ski and snowboard resort features 23 ski lifts, 41km of cross county trails and over 80 km over piste, reaching heights of up to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet). Spend a night or two in the idyllic village at 1,050 meters (3,444 feet), where you can bed down in a cozy mountain hut, explore the mountaintop Benedictine monastery and marvel at the panoramic views of the vast Titlis glacier from Europe’s only revolving cable car.
Adventurous skiers flock to Andermatt’s small resorts, where scaling the towering Gemsstock Mountain, at 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) offers a medley of challenging runs, including the legendary glacier run. Less than 2 hours by train from Zurich, Andermatt offers 20 km of cross-country trails and 56km of downhill runs, as well as plenty of options for going off-piste – but beginners beware, the slopes here are rated intermediate and above.
A little further affield, the Graubünden resort village of Davos, takes around 3 hours by train, but as one of Switzerland’s oldest and most beloved resorts, it’s worth the trek. The sprawling mountain city belies its urban façade with some of the most picturesque snowfields in the country, harboring an incredible 320km of piste, covering all abilities.