The best mountain resorts to stay, ski or simply relax and take in the view are the four-season alpine locations that offer more than just snowy slopes. Hikers, bikers and golfers all enjoy these world renowned ski resorts nestled in picturesque villages in stunning mountain ranges. Switzerland is one of the alpine countries that offer world famous pistes, exquisite views and unforgettable landscape.
The largest alpine resort in Switzerland and one of the highest ranges in Europe, Davos is made up of five world-class resorts that are equally stunning. The mountain lakes are an attraction in themselves and the ski areas are so vast that the Rega stretches across to the equally up-market Kloisters region. A quick look at a piste map may give the impression that Davos is aimed primarily at intermediate skiers and snowboarders, but the off-piste potential of the Davos-Kloisters area ensures that this is most definitely a region for experts.
The quaint village of Grindelwald has often been hailed as a location that is closest to the fairytale image of a Swiss alpine resort. The dominant force in this region is not the beautiful cog railways, the extensive skiing or the rustic ambience; it is actually the north faces of the brooding Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. World Cup downhill skiers take on the infamous Lauberhorn course each year and there is a regular moonlit race to the valley where you will be met with fondue at the finish line.
St Moritz is the epitome of glamour. The wealthy elite fly direct into its tiny air strip; polo matches are held on the frozen lake and there is an abundance of five star hotels to choose from. St Moritz puts on an extensive year-round itinerary of alpine events in a terrain revered the world over. The area has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, in 1928 and 1948 and has held the Alpine Ski World Championships on four occasions. The high elevation of St. Moritz almost guarantees snow and the area’s credentials make it a pedigree alpine resort to be sought after.
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