Anticipation grows among skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts for the opening dates of Switzerland’s renowned ski resorts. The 2023 season promises exhilarating adventures, stunning alpine landscapes, and world-class facilities. Here’s a glimpse of the latest updates on the opening dates for some of Switzerland’s top ski destinations in November and December 2023:
November 15 – Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Situated astride the border between Switzerland and Italy, Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise kicks off the season. Standing at almost 4000 meters of altitude, it claims the title of the highest winter sports area in the Alps, providing an international skiing experience against the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic Matterhorn.
November 18 – Grimentz-Zinal. Nestled within the Val d’Anniviers valley, Grimentz-Zinal opens its slopes, offering a charming winter haven with two distinct villages. With 115 kilometers of slopes and 21 lifts, it caters to skiers and snowboarders of various skill levels, promising an Alpine experience of unparalleled beauty.
November 23 – Samnaun-Silvretta Arena. Located near the Austrian border, Samnaun-Silvretta Arena joins the winter festivities. With 239 kilometers of slopes and 45 modern lifts, it forms the Silvretta Arena, the third-largest ski resort in Tyrol, Austria, in collaboration with the Swiss town of Ischgl.
November 25 – St. Moritz-Corviglia. Engadin St. Moritz, the oldest tourist ski region globally, opens its historic slopes. Dating back to 1864, St. Moritz boasts a unique sporting legacy, having hosted two Winter Olympics and five World Ski Championships.
December 2 – Laax Flims Falera. Laax Flims Falera, one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts, welcomes winter enthusiasts. With 224 kilometers of ski slopes, five snow parks, and five valley descents, it promises an expansive playground for skiers and snowboarders.
December 8 – Aletsch Arena, Grindelwald-Wengen. Aletsch Arena, a family-friendly destination with UNESCO World Natural Heritage status, opens its slopes. Grindelwald-Wengen, beneath the majestic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks, unfolds its winter wonderland, catering to skiers of all levels with efficient ski lifts.
December 16 – Les Portes du Soleil, Crans Montana. The international allure of Les Portes du Soleil comes to life as 12 alpine resorts linked between France and Switzerland welcome winter sports enthusiasts. Crans Montana, with its generous 140-kilometer slopes, promises a diverse terrain for skiing and snowboarding.
While these resorts are gearing up for a winter wonderland, some have already opened their slopes to eager visitors. Corvatsch/Furtschellas kicked off the season on October 20, followed by Saas-Fee on November 1, 4 Vallées on November 10, and Arosa Lenzerheide on November 12.
As snow blankets the Swiss Alps, these ski resorts are set to provide unforgettable winter experiences, combining natural beauty, thrilling slopes, and renowned Swiss hospitality. Skiers and snowboarders from around the world eagerly await the opportunity to carve their paths on these iconic Swiss mountains.
Ski resort opening dates are estimated and may be subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the official website of the resort.