Ski Holidays In The Swiss Alps
Basel Airport, also known as Euro Airport, is one of the few airports in the world operated jointly by two countries - France and Switzerland. The airport is located on the territory of France, but it has a Swiss customs area connected to Basel by a customs road. Serving three neighboring countries - Switzerland, Germany and France, Basel Airport offers perfect gateway for skiers wishing to ski in the French, Bavarian and Swiss Alps. Swiss ski resorts vary in size and skiing ability, apres ski activities, distance to the slopes and, of course, price. With the winter holiday season approaching, people are searching for the perfect family vacation spot that fit all family members. The Swiss mountains can be a great place to treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas.
So, what’s so special about the Swiss Alps?
Swiss ski resorts have always been considered as the finest in the world - a beautiful paradise for skiers and snowborders - from amateurs to professionals. The choice of Alpine ski resorts is so vast that everyone can find his perfect slope or ski trail. We have classified most popular Swiss ski resorts according to the following criteria: snow-sure, apres-ski and family-oriented resorts.
Davos - Family-oriented ski resort
Davos is the highest city in Europe and one of the first spots in the Alps to be used as a skiing venue and also a “health” spa. Situated 3 hours from Basel Airport, Davos gives access to 325 km of pistes and is linked to Klosters. As a whole, there is something for every type of skier, although beginners don't fare as well. Intermediates have lots of long blues and reds to exploit, while advanced skiers have some good off-piste. The snow is generally good at the higher levels and some fantastic off-piste. In addition there are many other things to do apart from skiing. You can take a scenic train ride, use the largest natural ice rink in Europe, visit the winter sport museum, or watch an ice hockey match. On top of that are the great shops and excellent restaurants (on and off mountain). Here, in Davos, you can enjoy sun, stunning snowy landscapes, laughter, joy and good food - what else is needed to be full of Christmas spirit? With fairy lights lining the streets and a huge Christmas tree in the middle of town make the atmosphere in Davos Christmassy and truly magical!
Saas Fee - Snow-sure ski resort
Saas Fee, also called “the pearl of the Alps”, is a snow-sure ski resort, surrounded by mountains with huge glaciers spilling down towards the valley. Divided into three areas, the slopes in Saas Fee collectively offer over 100 km of pistes that are suitable for all levels of experience. Apart from being renowned of its sure first-class snow conditions, Saas Fee is also a great family-friendly ski destination with plenty of flat slopes for beginners and supervised activities for children of different age. If you are not a skier or border, you will still find lots of activities - walking, sledding, shopping, spa treatments, restaurants, pubs and bars. You can also visit The Ice Pavilion, a glacier exhibition, which will be interesting for children. If you believe that Christmas is all about traditions, Saas Fee is the place, where Christmas is celebrated in a truly traditional way - cattle a-lowing in the stables beneath the old chalets, brass bands, carols, night-time sleigh rides and fondue parties. Getting to Saas Fee by private transfer is easy from Basel Airport - a convenient 3 hours throughout the beauty of Swiss Alps is the only thing that separates you from the slopes.
St. Moritz - Best For Après-ski
St. Moritz is a widely known and respected ski area in the stunning Swiss Alps, only a 3 and half hour drive from Basel Airport. St Moritz, a large ski resort with a total of 24 lifts and over 1160 metres of impressive vertical descents, attracts skiers of all skill sets. From the ski schools to get beginners started, there are four ski schools and snow sports academies. Non-skiing holidaymakers are warmly welcomed to St. Moritz - it’s the ideal place for family holidays - sledge runs, ice-skating, horse-drawn carriage drive, snowkiting, snowshoe tracks and paragliding. The number of luxury shops is just unbelievable. St Moritz has a wide range of apres-ski activities - well-known classic bars, new lounge bars and clubs that can be found within walking distance of each other. You won’t find any better place to spend the Christmas that in St. Moritz. You can enjoy an unforgettable Christmas meal at one of the resort’s outstanding restaurants. Most restaurants and hotels will put on special festive menus, and many hold galas and dances. Previous years have seen torch lit processions through the town and up the mountain, as well as a traditional Swiss Christmas market with stalls selling glühwein and local specialities.