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Continue the list of beautiful and picturesque ski resorts with nice wide slopes in Switzerland that are must see.
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Old 04.01.2021, 17:58
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Davos-Klosters, St. Luc-Chandolin, Engelberg, Glacier 3000
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Davos-Klosters, St. Luc-Chandolin, Engelberg, Glacier 3000
Davos. Love it. (forgot to add to the list)
Engelberg. Not love it so much, but go there regular because is the nearest.
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Old 04.01.2021, 18:04
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Famous as it is St Moritz (where I have often skied over the last 35 years) is a great disappointment. It’s wide valley, local architecture that boasts concrete and flat roofs are unattractive.

Wengen...
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Davos. Love it. (forgot to add to the list)
Engelberg. Not love it so much, but go there regular because is the nearest.
Engelberg is also the closest to my home, cheap and simple parking, opens in October and closes in April.
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How long is a piece of string? Seriously, there are far too many to try to list every one here.

Engelberg's been mentioned, but picturesque as it may be, "nice wide slopes" are not its forte. The closest to that description would be red run down from Jochpass, with some narrow, steep and frequently icy parts, and parts of the blue "standard" which has a few sections of "nice wide open" interspersed with narrower bits, quite a few flat sections and a road (yes, it carries road traffic in the summer) which eventually leads back to the village.

I love the place, spent ten years there, but don't be fooled by the piste map, it's quite a challenge and not ideal for novice skiers.
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Another vote for Wengen.

I still find Saas Fee very beautiful and more remote, personal preference, not everyone's cup of tea. Wide easy slopes, maybe not.
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Realistically, if it's long, wide, open and not-too-difficult slopes you're after Davos stands head and shoulders above anything else mentioned so far, and indeed pretty much anything you'll find in Switzerland, if not the whole world.

I've lead groups there on several different holidays of different standards, including relatively-inexperienced kids, and it's probably the easiest place of any that I've skied to keep everybody happy all of the time.

Perhaps the only other Swiss one that comes close, using that criteria, is Flims-Laax. Not so convenient, and more in the way of boring long connecting runs across the mountain, but perhaps coming second place to Davos.

Grindelwald/Wengen, sure, it's got a few slopes that fit the bill, but many that don't, so wouldn't really fulfil the requirement, IMO.

Shout-out for Adelboden, mind. Although again you need to know it well if you want to stick to the wide open cruisy runs.
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I've lead groups there on several different holidays of different standards, including relatively-inexperienced kids, and it's probably the easiest place of any that I've skied to keep everybody happy all of the time.

Perhaps the only other Swiss one that comes close, using that criteria, is Flims-Laax. Not so convenient, and more in the way of boring long connecting runs across the mountain, but perhaps coming second place to Davos.
Davos also offers 3 different Aubfahrts (ways down).

- To Davos - steep and can be icy.
- To Klosters - a great run through the trees with every other Tom, Dick and Fritz at 16.00 daily.
- To Kublis - a really long descent needing a train back to Klosters or Davos...
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Not in Switzerland, but skiable from (when open)..... Cervina.

I'd recommend staying on the Italian side though, as it's a real trek over from Zermatt.... and it's much cheaper to stay in Cervina. Super wide slopes, you get to see the Matterhorn from the other side (unrecognisable), good cheap restaurants and you can quite easily get to the Klein Matterhorn part of Zermatt.
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Davos also offers 3 different Aubfahrts (ways down).

- To Davos - steep and can be icy.
- To Klosters - a great run through the trees with every other Tom, Dick and Fritz at 16.00 daily.
- To Kublis - a really long descent needing a train back to Klosters or Davos...
I always enjoy the run down to Klosters, but it can be challenging, much more so than skiing back to Davos Dorf, which only has a few trickier-in-poor-conditions sections lower down. And the Funicular railway runs in both directions...

A personal favourite last run is a non-stop run down the black to Wolfgang and get the bus back from there, but that's not really part of this discussion.
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Would agree with respect to Corviglia for St. Moritz - it is more for the sun and the views, though you can have a good day there, as we did on opening day. My kids loved the speed run and the slalom course.

When the weather is right, Corvatsch and Diavolezza / Lagalb can offer great days out and the Diavolezza Morteratsch glacier run is special and different - especially when you get the timing of the return train right....

St. Moritz also has a lot of other activities to offer and the cross country skiing trails are probably the best in the country. (the wide valley helps!)

I have done a lot of skiing in Switzerland at many places and they all have their plus points and their negatives. There is nothing like the great North American ski resorts that were essentially purpose built for skiing, as opposed to what happened here is that skiing was just added to nice village locations...

If I had to choose a place to go that was reasonably convenient to Zurich for skiing and more, Arosa / Lenzerheide would be my choice - especially now that they are connected. Arosa is just a special village.

Best thing to do is make an effort to try a lot of different places - that is what I did with my wife. We just tried a different place every other weekend - went on Saturday morning early, spent one night and spent two days on the slopes:
-Davos
-Klosters
-Arosa
-Engelberg
-Wengen
-Andermatt
-St. Moritz
-Zermatt

We even went to Chamonix by train once - just for a different experience.

Now with kids and a different lifestyle, we have settled on the Engadin as our place for all around winter sports (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, sledding and ice hockey!)

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Wengen...
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Some of my favourite resorts never make it on 'expats' lists - perhaps best to keep it that way.
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Some of my favourite resorts never make it on 'expats' lists - perhaps best to keep it that way.
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Stoos was good for us when 2 daughters + wife learned to ski.
Nice views.
Not expensive.
Close by.
Not many, but good changeable slopes.
2 season tickets x circa 650 = 1300chf. (kids ski for free in 2018)
We had a good time.

P.S. I hate the cable / hold the rope puling system where you go from one section of the mountain to the other.

For the same reason, that same hold the rope puling system, after one visit, I dont like Melchsee-Frutt. I wish they pay for my ski gloves.

Last year we skied Andermatt 4-5 times. I like it personally. Especially when I do to Disentis side. Wife and kids doesn't like Andermatt it so much.

But with this thread I wanted to discover the best of Switzerland. Wide slopes. Beautiful scenery.
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Would personally take Lenzerheide over Davos or Films any day, particularly since it linked to Arosa.
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I should add Port du Soleil, Verbier , Villars
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not sure what it is about wide slopes that you particularly like. always found them rather boring.

my local preferred place is Cari. its quite sunny, less than an hour from me, has easy slopes for my kids, good food, usually no queues, season ticket is < 900 for whole family which includes Airolo and 50% off andermatt and nara.
also has some nice blacks and plenty of off piste easily accessible.

i'm absolutely not a fan of the big resort style ski places.
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Grindelwald. Gstaad. Saas... Nobody said Flims-LAAX yet? One of the best...
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