Switzerland

“Switzerland works like the proverbial cuckoo clock, but amongst the organised sensibleness of the country lies some amazing resorts with a refreshing attitude on snowboarding and freeriding.”
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  • Best parks

The Swiss have gained their riches by shrewdness and getting in on the act early. So it's no wonder their resorts have been welcoming snowboarders for some time and providing them with a huge variety of services. It's never been a big deal for Swiss areas to build halfpipes and fun parks.

What you find in Switzerland is a decent mixture of the old and new. Many resorts are made up of old chalets that look the part, while others are sprawling modern affairs. Verbier is a huge and very impressive place, spoilt only by the fact that it’s damn expensive and that it attracts Royalty and idiots on Big Foot skis.

Travelling

Flying

Flying options are excellent in Switzerland, with most resorts reachable within a 3 hour transfer from the main gateway airports.

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Trains

For such a small country with so many high mountainous areas, it's amazing how good and how many direct train routes there are to resorts. Trains wind their way up to some of the smallest places, travelling up such steep inclines that you're left wondering just how good the brakes are! Few resorts don't have their own train station, or one more than 15 km from away. Visit SBB for the Swiss train timetable.

Bus services

Bus services are also good, especially from airports, but although they're cheaper than the trains, the buses are slower and less frequent.

Driving

Driving around the country is made easy with a good road network that links up well with the rest of Europe. To drive on Swiss motorways you need to buy a road tax called the Vignette, which costs around Sfr 30 and can be purchased from Automobile Associations or at border crossings. The tax disc must be shown in the window and fines are payable if you are caught without it.

Plan ahead

If you have a good idea of your travel plans and you are looking at using public transport, then it is very worthwhile booking your tickets in advace through the Switzerland Travel Centre. You can save up to 50% in some cases compared to the turn-up price and order multiple-day, discounted and a very useful transfer ticket which gets you a return from the airport to the resort. You pay a fixed price for these products so compare against the prices on the SBB website to see if you'll save money.

SBB offer a special Snow & Rail ticket which combines your rail journey with your rail ticket funnily enough. This works out very good value and you can buy it either from the ticket desks or machines in the train station. Not only do you get a discounted rail fair but also money off for all the days you buy a lift pass for. You get a coupon for the lift pass that you exchange at the lift station.

Visa requirements & Working

Switzerland is not a member of the EU, so all foreign nationals need a passport. However, visas are not required for many nationals, but you must obtain proper permits if you want to work, even as a kitchen porter. You can get cash in hand work with no questions asked, so long as you don't draw attention to yourself.

Costs

When it comes to money, Switzerland is costly - budget riders be warned nothing is cheap, and this is not a country where you can scam your way around easily, although thankfully a lot of resorts have bunk houses and youth hostels that help to keep costs down.

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All prices include accommodation and lift passes for all days of your stay

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Arosa,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 Arosa is a picture perfect Swiss town with varied pistes and excellent freeriding opportunities, the resort retains a homely feel and with the addition of a gondola link to nearby Lenzerheide this area should really take off!
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €669.00 - - €909.00 - More details
Sun 17 Dec - €559.00 €619.00 - €939.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €299.00 €689.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €509.00 - - - - - More details
Sat 23 Dec - - - - €1,589.00 - More details
Sun 24 Dec - - - - €1,659.00 - More details

Crans Montana,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 A big snowboarders resort offering something for everyone. Great carving and excellent freeriding areas. Lots of local services but cen get rather busy.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Wed 20 Dec €429.00 €569.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €509.00 - - - - - More details

Davos,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 The best overall resort in Switzerland offering something for everyone. Huge pisted area and excellent freeriding spread across 5 mountains, and not to mention the terrain park and 2 halpipes. Direct train services and good local services complete the package, but go mid-week to avoid the masses.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €333.00 - - €559.00 - More details
Sun 17 Dec - €330.00 €319.00 - €579.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €439.00 €619.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €469.00 - - - - - More details
Fri 22 Dec - €289.00 - - - - More details
Tue 26 Dec - - - - €1,199.00 - More details

Engelberg,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 Long runs with a good vertical descent, long season, pretty compact town all add up to a good place to play for a week.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec €369.00 €379.00 €389.00 - €519.00 - More details
Sun 17 Dec €289.00 - €389.00 - €579.00 - More details
Mon 18 Dec €289.00 - €389.00 - €579.00 - More details
Tue 19 Dec €289.00 - €389.00 - €579.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €289.00 €669.00 €389.00 - €579.00 - More details
Thu 21 Dec €289.00 - €389.00 - €579.00 - More details
Fri 22 Dec €289.00 - €389.00 - - - More details
Sat 23 Dec €349.00 - €419.00 - €669.00 €1,809.00 More details
Sun 24 Dec €349.00 €559.00 €689.00 - €1,079.00 - More details
Mon 25 Dec €349.00 - - - - - More details

Grindelwald,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 5 out of 10 Grindelwald has wide-open groomers and some good freeride potential. It is fairly exposed to the elements meaning the weather can change quickly together with the quality of snow.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Thu 21 Dec €369.00 - - - - - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €590.00 - - €1,047.00 €1,716.00 More details
Sun 17 Dec - €590.00 €766.00 - €1,067.00 - More details
Tue 19 Dec - - - - €1,299.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €445.00 €610.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €485.00 - - - - €2,307.00 More details
Sat 23 Dec - €959.00 - - €1,784.00 €1,859.00 More details
Sun 24 Dec - €1,065.00 €1,357.00 - €1,880.00 - More details
Tue 26 Dec - - - - €1,350.00 - More details

Laax,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 Excellent snowsure resort with a good long season. The slopes are great for freestylers and freeriders alike, as well as suiting beginners. The resort can be slack at opening lifts and the off-piste gets tracked out within hours of a dump.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €479.00 - - €799.00 - More details
Sun 17 Dec - €309.00 €619.00 - €599.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €379.00 - - - - - More details
Sun 24 Dec - - - - €839.00 - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Wed 20 Dec €281.00 €378.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €291.00 - - - - - More details
Sat 23 Dec - €499.00 - - - - More details

Nendaz,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 Not as smart as Verbier, but you can ride the 4 Vallees for a lot less
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - - - - €339.00 - More details
Sat 23 Dec - - - - €419.00 - More details

Saas Fee,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 Sass-Fee is a great summer snowboard destination, but because of it's extremely high altitude it can be sketchy in winter. Local services are great with a really good vibe in the town.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €529.00 - - €1,009.00 - More details
Sun 17 Dec - €449.00 €679.00 - - - More details
Wed 20 Dec €321.00 €451.00 - - €753.00 - More details
Thu 21 Dec €331.00 - - - - - More details
Sat 23 Dec - €481.00 - - - - More details
Sun 24 Dec - €519.00 - - €1,109.00 - More details
Wed 27 Dec - - - - €1,169.00 - More details
Thu 28 Dec €459.00 - - - - - More details

St Moritz,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 A bit posh in town but fantastic snowboarding. Best to avoid Corviglia and head to nearby Corvatsch or Diavolezza where the Freeriding is awesome.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Wed 20 Dec €509.00 €709.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €519.00 - - - - - More details
Sat 23 Dec - €889.00 - - - - More details
Sun 24 Dec - €949.00 €1,269.00 - - - More details
Wed 27 Dec - €1,069.00 - - - - More details
Thu 28 Dec - - - - - €2,669.00 More details

Wengen,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 Amazing Scenery with 3 large ride areas!
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €699.00 - - €1,069.00 €1,599.00 More details
Sun 17 Dec - €699.00 €879.00 - €1,079.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €509.00 - - - - - More details

Zermatt,Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 Zermatt is an extremely good resort with some excellent freering terrain set in an incredible location. Nightlife is decent but you need to bring yours and someone elses wallet with you.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 16 Dec - €527.00 €823.00 - €829.00 €1,232.00 More details
Sun 17 Dec - €463.00 €672.00 - €899.00 - More details
Wed 20 Dec €373.00 €529.00 - - - - More details
Thu 21 Dec €411.00 - - - - €1,699.00 More details
Sat 23 Dec - €651.00 €1,209.00 - €1,103.00 €1,748.00 More details
Sun 24 Dec - €651.00 €889.00 - €1,269.00 - More details
Wed 27 Dec €699.00 €759.00 - - - - More details
Thu 28 Dec - - - - - €1,779.00 More details

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