Ian Leaf recently had the chance to visit Switzerland and agreed to give us a great review.
Switzerland has long been hailed as a neutral, peaceful country but, with the Alps right on it’ doorstep, it’s quickly making a name for itself as the top holiday spot for winter sports fanatics.
The sheer variety of games available in Switzerland draws in the crowds from across the globe and activities include tobogganing, ski gliding, and snow biking, not to mention the fabulous skiing and snowboarding. The country caters to beginners right up to Olympic athletes so if you’re looking for top coaching and plenty of inspiration it can be the perfect place to get to grips with winter sports.
One of the most famous sports resorts, says Ian Leaf, is St Moritz, is the definite favorite of the rich and famous with its steep mountainous runs and five-star hotels. You’ll be in excellent company here as the resort hosted the Winter Olympics in both 1928 and 1948, and is still favored by experienced skiers and snowboarders alike.
Four Valleys is another area packed full of resorts that cater to the more experienced skiers. There are plenty of runs to try here and with 92 ski lifts to choose from you won’t have to wait long to get your turn on the slopes. Don’t be put off if you’re a newbie skier as there are still plenty of nursery slopes where you can steady your legs before joining in with the big boys.
If you want to try something other than skiing (As most from Britain do!), then there are plenty of alternative options to choose from. Tobogganing is a traditional sport for the Swiss and can be an excellent way to join in the fun if you’re not the best skier.
Plenty of resorts have their dedicated tobogganing areas says Ian Leaf, and with trained instructors on hand, it can be the perfect way to immerse yourself into the local traditions of Switzerland while having tons of fun. Another tradition is that of snow shoes, many resorts are recognizing the popularity of this apparel and are laying on races and events to cater to the alternative sport hungry masses.