Crans-Montana is the largest ski resort in Switzerland. It is laid at an altitude of 1500 m above sea level on a plateau framed by coniferous forests. The ski area has a pyramidal structure, classic for the Alps: at the bottom along the line of settlements there are lifts that converge at several summit centers – Cry d’Err, Chetzeron, Les Violettes. A little aside, there is a lift system of the same structure on the slopes of Petit Bonvin above Aminona. In general, all slopes have a southern exposure, which, in fact, is not very good for skiing. Only one piste “Piste Nationale” has a mostly eastern exposure. The slopes, mostly of medium difficulty, are varied, there are few difficult slopes. The lower sections of the trails are very picturesque, as they pass through forests. These resort towns have a full range of not only après-ski, but also the whole variety of urban recreation and entertainment. AT Crans-Montana has a well-developed hotel and commercial infrastructure.
The village of Saas- Fee is surrounded by four-thousander mountains. The elevation difference in its vicinity is from 1800 m to 3600 m. In Saas-Fee, both a beginner and a professional athlete will find a track to their liking. Difficult areas are located along the edges of the glacier. This is the steep black descent of Langflu-Spielboden, a hilly training ground on the slopes of Egginerjoch. In the Plattien area, several steep slopes make up one long descent. Gentle slopes for beginners are also located directly at the resort.
In addition to 100 km of ski trails, there are cross-country ski trails, toboggan runs, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, and a fitness center. And after skiing, you can relax in one of the 60 restaurants. For its merits, this ski resort has earned the name “Pearl of the Alps”.
St. Moritz (Switzerland)
According to ACT-TEST-CENTERS, San Moritz is located at an altitude of 1850 m. The total length of the slopes of this resort is 350 km, most of which are red. There are 58 lifts in operation. Skiing takes place in 5 areas – Lagalb (good for trained skiers.); Val Minor (suitable for lovers of extreme skiing); the slopes of Diavolesa (2978 m), lying under the powerful peaks of Palu (3905 m) and Bernina (4049 m) (an area for calm skiing); Mount Korvash (it has both smoothed calm trails and virgin descents); Mount Corviglia (there is a lot of sun and always good snow).
San Moritz is a “cosmopolitan” resort with great hotels and a wide choice of restaurants. In winter, more than 150 different interesting events are held here. In addition to traditional winter events (polo and cricket competitions on the ice of a frozen lake, the famous Engandina ski marathon, etc.), for example, the classical music festival “Snow and Symphony” is held.
Zermatt is located in the southwest of Switzerland. The highest point within this ski resort is the Klein Materhorn (3885 m). Zermatt is one of the top 10 Alpine resorts in terms of the quality of slopes and snow.
This is a great place for “advanced” and expert skiing. At the same time, there are excellent conditions for beginners, the best skiing areas for which are Gornergrat and Sunnega – Blauchheard-Rothorn. There are slopes of varying difficulty – 11 blue, 17 red and 11 black. The most difficult area for skiing – Trifti – has bumpy black slopes. Perhaps this is generally one of the most difficult skiing regions in the Alps. Lifts: 2 funiculars, 10 cabins, 4 gondola, 4 chairlifts and 17 tows. Skiing in Zermatt can be both winter and summer.
The resort completely prohibits the movement of motor vehicles and therefore the air is absolutely clean. In addition, Zermatt is famous for some of the best mountain restaurants in the world.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its population is 360 thousand people, and with the suburbs – about a million. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Zurich.
The Limmat River divides it into two parts. Left bank – modern busy neighborhoods and shopping centers. The right one is the historical center with numerous architectural monuments, narrow streets and old houses. There is a lot of banking in Zurich, and it is in this city that one of the largest banks in Switzerland, Gnomen von Zurich, is located.
The main attraction of the city is the Romanesque-Gothic Grossmünster Cathedral. Its construction dates back to the 12th century. Two more monuments of architecture attract attention. These are the church of St. Peter, on which the largest clock was installed in 1538, and the Fraumunster church, the stained glass windows of which were made by Marc Chagall. The business center of the city is the Bahnhofstrasse street, where banks and the best shops are concentrated.
The most famous museums are the Historical, Artistic, Rietberg Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Zurich Architectural Archives, the Salvador Dali Museum.
In the evening, you can climb Polyterrasse, which offers a wonderful view of the city engulfed in lights. Many bars, nightclubs and discos are at the service of tourists.