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Ski, bike, walk, eat, fun, extreme sports...these are the Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps luxury chalets

The Alps span some 200 kilometres (125 miles), at an average altitude of 1700 m (5576 ft), and cover nearly two thirds of Switzerland's total surface area. The snow line begins at 2,500-2,800 meters (8,200-9186 feet). There are 48 mountains which are 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) or higher and about 1,800 glaciers.

The jagged borders of Switzerland contain dozens of worthwhile ski resorts. Probably the best ski resort are St Moritz and Verbier.

St Moritz
Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance, St. Moritzit is located at 1,856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Upper Engadin lake landscape. The dry, sparkling “champagne climate” is legendary and the celebrated St. Moritz sun shines for an average of 322 days a year.

At 1,856m, St. Moritz is one of the highest resorts in the Alps. Set on the shores of the lake of the same name, it lacks anything approaching conventional alpine charm beyond the cobbled central square. Nondescript architecture from the mid 1900's is the order of the day with street level facades dominated by high-end boutiques such as Prada, Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. When you come to a ski shop or bar, it tends to be in the same flavour, making the streets less than cosy after dark.

The town of St. Moritz consists of 'Dorf' (village) and 'Bad' (spa). Upmarket Dorf, with its five-star hotels and plush restaurants, is on the hill above the lake while a short walk away is Bad, set on the flat ground by the lakeside. It might not have the cachet of Dorf, but it still has the impressive Kempinski Grand, with its casino. There's not much in it for slope access. Walking to the cable car from Bad is easy on the flat and anywhere central in Dorf is close to the funicular, though the hill is steep, while for the other ski areas there are bus stops within range of most accommodation; for nightlife, Dorf is the prime location.

Three different cultural regions converge in St. Moritz thanks to the Romansch language, the proximity to Italy and the fact that the majority of the local population are German speaking. The resort owes its original fame to its therapeutic springs, which have been known for over 3,000 years. As well as its superb location above and on the lake shore, St. Moritz offers an attractive mixture of nature, cuture, sport, activity and tranquility.

St. Moritz was the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (1864) and sport (1884), the venue for two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) as well as for numerous skiing and bob World Championships. The summer season is perhaps a little less glamorous but actually attracts more international visitors than winter. St. Moritz offers an all-year-round guarantee of exceptional leisure and sporting attractions, cultural highlights, chic shopping and world-class events.

Verbier
At an altitude of 1500 meters, Verbier, known as one of the world's best skiing resorts, is also a delightful summer destination offering superb walks, mountain biking, horse riding and a magnificent 18-hole golf course.

Optional Winter Activities:
400 km of pisted slopes for skiing, snowboarding & a range of other winter activities
High altitude & back country off piste skiing in Verbier & the Valais
Alpine skiing, back country skinning, and hiking in snow shoes
Paragliding
Husky dog sledging, between Les Ruinettes and La Chaux
Ice Karting
Haute route adventures in the back country 
Patrouilles de Glacier (Zermatt to Verbier race, April)
Heli skiing

Optional Summer Activities:
Mountain biking
Paragliding
Elementary pilot 5 - 6 day paragliding course
Vertical adrenalin. Rappel, Bridge Swing & giant rock or tree zip line, day rock climbing, day via ferata.
Canyoning. 

See
  • Visit the local's favourite restaurant Le Lapin Bleu in the Hotel Steffani – St Moritz
  • Taste the handmade chocolate truffles sweet pastries and cakes at Hauser's Confectionery – St Moritz
Experience
  • Enjoy the views travelling by funicular between the summit Corviglia (2486m) and St. Moritz-Dorf (1856m) – St Moritz
  • Take a walk on the frozen lake Lej da San Murezzan nestled between St Moritz Dorf and St Moritz Bad – St Moritz
  • Majestic Mont Blanc - Verbier
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Chalet Sagittaire

Chalet Sagittaire

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 31
  • From 99,800 CHF
Chalet Norte

Chalet Norte

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 16
  • From 99,000 CHF
Chalet White Ace

Chalet White Ace

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Gstaad
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 85,000 CHF
Chalet Truffe Blanche

Chalet Truffe Blanche

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 18
  • From 85,000 CHF
Chalet Enge

Chalet Enge

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Gstaad
  • Guest up to 14
  • From 82,000 CHF
Chalet Makini

Chalet Makini

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 75,000 CHF
The Lodge

The Lodge

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 18
  • From 61,425 CHF
Chalet Etesian

Chalet Etesian

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Gstaad
  • Guest up to 16
  • From 60,000 CHF
Chalet Mon Izba

Chalet Mon Izba

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 12
  • From 59,500 CHF
Chalet L’Arole

Chalet L’Arole

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Villars
  • Guest up to 16
  • From 57,500 CHF
Chalet Peak

Chalet Peak

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Zermatt
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 55,000 CHF
Chalet Dent Blanche

Chalet Dent Blanche

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 14
  • From 52,500 CHF
Chalet Chesetta

Chalet Chesetta

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, St Moritz
  • Guest up to 12
  • From 50,000 CHF
Chalet Lottie

Chalet Lottie

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Gstaad
  • Guest up to 14
  • From 50,000 CHF
Chalet Georgia

Chalet Georgia

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Gstaad
  • Guest up to 10
  • From 42,500 CHF
Chalet No 14

Chalet No 14

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 26
  • From 41,600 GBP
Chalet Les Anges

Chalet Les Anges

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Zermatt
  • Guest up to 14
  • From 38,000 CHF
Chalet Penthouse Gentianes

Chalet Penthouse Gentianes

  • Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Verbier
  • Guest up to 12
  • From 38,000 CHF
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