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Switzerland & Austria:
Winter Resort Reports

Switzerland

  • Andermatt
    This quiet resort caters to serious skiers, has a long snow season, and is only two hours from Zürich by train.

  • Arosa
    You don't have to be a skier to enjoy this classic resort in Graubünden, which had its first winter season in 1886.

  • Champèry
    The most picturesque ski resort in French Switzerland is about two hours by train from Geneva Airport. It's the leading Swiss resort in the international Portes du Soleil ski area, which claims to be the largest in Europe.

  • Davos
    Graubünden's largest ski resort may not be long on alpine charm, but it has fabulous skiing on some 315 km (200 miles) of high-altitude runs.

  • Mürren
    There are no cars here--just plenty of great skiing near Interlaken and the Jungfrau, including the world's longest downhill race for amateur skiers.

  • St. Moritz
    You don't need a fortune or a title to enjoy Switzerland's oldest ski resort; a platinum card will do.

  • Scuol-Tarasp-Vulpera
    Soak up the sun, soak in the baths, and take lessons from a ski/snowboarding school with 100 instructors.

  • Verbier
    This resort in French Switzerland offers 400 km of slopes, 100 lifts, and plenty of thrills (or spills) for advanced skiers.

  • Zermatt
    Zermatt's lifts include a cogwheel railroad, a subway inside an Alp, and the highest aerial cablecar in Europe--yet the resort manages to retain a village atmosphere.

Austria

  • Hintertux
    Glacier skiing is a year-round activity at this popular ski and snowboarding resort in the Tyrol.

  • Radstadt and Altenmarkt/Zauchensee
    Austrians and Germans flock to these neighboring towns in the Pongau, an hour south of Salzburg, for excellent downhill and superb cross-country skiing.

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