the Swiss Alps

Exploring the Swiss Alps

The Alps takes living the high life to a whole new level. Once the playground of Bardot and Burton, a Swiss ski chalet combines the European sophistication with the incredible, raw beauty of nature.

Experience Swiss Alps ski chalets

For those who truly love to ski, a Swiss Alps chalet is a dream come true. The location of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn (and its iconic, near perfect pyramid shape) makes it one of the world’s most attractive vacation villages — numerous national ski teams train here in the summer. The ski region encompasses 63 mountain railways and 360 kilometers of pistes.

A stay in a Swiss ski chalet means accessing several snowparks and numerous toboggan runs, as well as 165-km of trails for cross-country skiing. There are over 400 kilometers of hiking trails lead through and out of the Matter Valley, including the mule traders’ trails, which date back to the 13th century.

Alpine Après-ski nightlife is lively. Start it off with an artisanal ale in a cozy pub, then enjoy a leisurely meal of classic raclette and gooey Gruyere cheese fondue. Return to your Swiss chalet or dine at one of local top-notch restaurants before hitting a nightclub, which stays open until 3 or 4 a.m. in peak season. For some downtime, take in the unique experience of Switzerland’s thermal baths, from Yverdon-les-Bains to Scuol.

With authentic touches such as fireplaces and traditional wooden construction, vacationing in a luxury Swiss chalet can mean a romantic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, trying your hand at Bavarian curling in the center of Gstaad, or glacier- and heli-skiing for the more daring. In any season, Swiss chalets and the magnificent natural awe that the Alps inspires deliver a storybook vacation experience.

By: Katherine Scott

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Gemini Swiss Alps

Gemini

Zermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • , 5 Bathrooms
NIGHTLY RATE
$2,504 - $7,667/NIGHT
Pollux Swiss Alps

Pollux

Zermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • , 4 Bathrooms
NIGHTLY RATE
$1,858 - $5,940/NIGHT
The Zermatt Lodge Swiss Alps

The Zermatt Lodge

Zermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • , 5 Bathrooms
NIGHTLY RATE
$2,666 - $7,943/NIGHT
Chalet Carmen Swiss Alps

Chalet Carmen

Zermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • , 3 Bathrooms
NIGHTLY RATE
$1,292 - $5,387/NIGHT
Le Grand Deux Chalet Swiss Alps

Le Grand Deux Chalet

Saas Fee, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • , 5 Bathrooms
NIGHTLY RATE
$623 - $2,610/NIGHT
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