Switzerland is an increasingly popular destination for discerning skiers and snowboarders in search of authentic Alpine atmosphere and challenging, still-unspoilt mountainsides.
One reason for Switzerland's continuing charm is that environmental pressure has largely prevented the over-development of Swiss ski villages. Almost all Swiss ski resorts can be reached by train from Geneva and Zurich airports.
Swiss International Airlines Saturday flights to Sion in the Rhône Valley give speedy access to Crans Montana, Verbier and Zermatt.
Arosa is one of the truly all-round ski resorts in the Alps.
This traditional Swiss village is set in dramatic surroundings within easy skiing distance of Avoriaz.
Sunny in December and January afternoons and views to die for, making it a perfect family destination or for a ski weekend.
Davos, in the canton of Grisons, is the European birthplace of downhill skiing.
It means Angel Mountain - so welcome to heaven.
Flims/Laax is a year-round destination in the heart of the Graubunden on the route of the famous Glacier Express train.
The Jungfrau region is one of the most popular in the Alps.
Skiing is only a decorative accessory to the charm of this low-lying resort.
Klosters shares the slopes of the Parsenn with Davos.
Les Diablerets is a quiet village whose skiing is linked to the larger Edwardian town of Villars.
Mürren has few rivals as Switzerland's prettiest and most unspoilt ski village.
Saas-Fee is a delightfully unspoilt and picturesque resort set against one of the most dramatic glacial backdrops in the Alps.
An all-round winter sports resort located on two levels, above and along the shores of a lake in the scenic Engadine valley.
Verbier ranks alongside St Anton, Val d'Isère, Chamonix, Zermatt and Whistler in the international skiing hall of fame.
Villars, situated on a sunny balcony above the Ollon Valley, is reached either by a winding road or a quaint Edwardian mountain railway.
Ski tourism started in Wengen with the Downhill Only ski club, a pioneer band of British skiers formed in February 1925 to race against their Kandahar Club rivals in Mürren.
If you take your skiing with sugar and cream, Zermatt is the resort in which to stay - provided, of course, you have both the wherewithal and the luck to find a vacant room in a tourist centre that has no low season at all.
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