Relax, rejuventate, return to Switzerland
Whether you're a regular or a first-timer in Switzerland, a visit to the Swiss Alps is the relaxing way to enjoy winter - at as gentle a pace as you please.
This winter, in a bid to promote relaxation and rest, the world's most on-time country puts away the clocks and dedicates itself to helping visitors unplug and recharge. Time stands still with stunning views over 48 sparkling four-thousanders, a stroll through the calm and tranquility of 11 car-free winter resorts, guaranteed snow at 29 ski areas above 2800m, stress-free travel by public transportation, and 3500km of peaceful winter hiking trails?
To get you started we've made getting there as relaxing as being there. This winter, we are thrilled to unveil the new Swiss Alps Ski Train from London to Switzerland! Operating each Saturday from December 22 to April 13, the Eurostar service pulls out of London, changes in Lille for the TGV and then zooms direct to Switzerland. With stops at Aigle, Martigny, Sierre, Visp and Brig, the Swiss Alps Ski Train is the most relaxing way to reach the best mountain addresses this winter. Leave London at 7am, enjoy lunch on the train as you roll across France, and be in Switzerland in time for a pre-dinner aperitif. What could be more civilised?
Step into a true winter fairytale on 3500km winter walking paths stretching across the finest sunny scenery in Switzerland. There is tour for all ages and levels, in fact there are hundreds! From walking the groomed snow paths amidst the UNESCO Heritage scenery of the Aletsch glacier area, to a delicious fondue-fuelled hike above Gstaad, to a planetary stroll complete with astronomical sculptures through the wild and rugged Val d'Anniviers... choose from the easy-peasy to the truly adventurous. Winter walking is something all generations can enjoy together and it`s also a great way to get out on your own. It's also becoming quite trendy if we do say so ourselves.
Choose where to go, find out how long it takes, and see detailed maps and route guides with the new Winter Walking App. You can also check out fun family activities, hotels, huts and more in our new winter magazine. Download the winter e-brochure on a new iPad app MySwitzerland.com/mobile
Have a peak at just how hard we`re preparing for your ultimate relaxing holiday. Our two favourite bearded Swiss men are at it again this season on a new winter TV spot, making sure even the cuckoo clocks don't interfere with the quiet relaxation of our guests. Get a preview of how hard we're working so you can have a good lie in youtube.com/MySwitzerland
And watch the snow pile up at all your favourite Swiss resorts with our flashy redesigned snow report. The new version will go live in November, so keep an eye out on MySwitzerland.com/winter
A few highlights from our Tour Operator friends:
Visit Lenzerheide, a new destination for Powder Byrne, and Nendaz, also new for the Ski Club Freshtracks programme. There's free skiing for beginners with Crystal Ski, includes free tuition, free equipment rental and free lift pass. Also from Crystal, free lift passes at Veysonnaz in the Swiss Four Valleys. Inghams teams up with super-coach Warren Smith to host Ski Academies at three Inghams properties in Verbier. Also from Inghams, 2 for 1 lift passes or 2 for 1 ski/board hire for all guests staying in chalets and chalet hotels in Switzerland when booked with charter flights. In St Moritz, free lift pass included for all guests.