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This special feature is all about skiing!

Scroll to the bottom for some options closer to home

Zermatt:

  • Hands down, it's the best!
  • Great for kids/family-friendly
  • Great village/après ski, and incredibly beautiful.
  • Zermatt is expensive like all of Switzerland seems to be, but it's so worth it.
  • It is a carless town, so it's quiet and beautiful.
  • The Matterhorn is visible everywhere and is stunning. Better than the Matterhorn at Disneyland!
  • The food in Zermatt is incredible and the people are very nice.
  • We've visited other ski resorts and keep returning to Zermatt, including in the summer! Ask about Zermatt in the summer next time!

Where to Stay

  • La Vue - so beautiful
  • Focus - beautiful hotel with views of the Matterhorn
  • The Daniela - less expensive but still beautifully appointed
  • Nevada Apartments - 10 apartments of various sizes for rent. Beautiful and fully decked out and reasonable because it had just opened 2 years ago when we went.

Where to Eat

  • Chez Vrony - best food on the mountain and in Zermatt
  • The Whymper-Stubbe - classic fondue
  • Sonnmatten - innovative Swiss
  • Finderlerhof - such a satisfying ski meal
  • Stafelalp - another incredible restaurant. There is so much good food in Zermatt, and the atmosphere in these places is beyond gezellig.

Non-ski Options

  • Glacier Paradise is reachable without skiing, but it has an underground ice palace, snow tubing, and views.
  • In town, there are many restaurants and bars that are cozy and fun. There is shopping.
  • There's a great ice skating rink, and you can rent skates and hockey sticks and play around, even while other people are skating.
  • There is a beautiful hotel called the Backstage, we haven't stayed but passed by. It has a movie theatre and alternates nights between a current movie and a retro movie.
  • Because lodging and Airbnbs are so nice, we like staying in playing family games and watching movies.

Lech:

  • Great for kids/family-friendly; good ski school
  • Great village/après ski
  • Beautiful area and good quality accommodation, food, and lifts
  • Ski where the Dutch Royals go!
  • Recommended by Mascha Koopmans

Where to Stay

Where to Eat

Non-ski Options

  • Spa and pool at Gasthof Post and at Rote Wand

Serfaus, Austria:

  • Great for kids/family-friendly
  • Good ski school

Where to Stay

Where to Eat

  • The hotels have excellent restaurant service.

Non-ski Options

  • Kids play area/playground near ski lifts
  • Hiking
  • Sledding
  • In the recommended hotels there are extensive pool and kids’ entertainment areas.

Dolomites (Italy) - Val Gardena (Selva) & Corvara:

  • Great for kids/family-friendly
  • Good ski school
  • Great village/après ski
  • 1100km of connected ski runs - you can ski from village to village
  • Getting there: Driving distance is approx. 12 hours. Fly into Verona or Innsbruck and rent a car; can take train to Bolzano and taxi to resort; and there is a bus from Amsterdam during the ski season.
  • Recommended by Jennifer van Lent

Where to Stay

  • Hotel Condor
  • Many lovely places to stay at all price ranges and service levels

Where to Eat

Non-ski Options

  • Many charming towns in the region, many restaurants are accessible via gondolas for non-skiers.

Closer to Home: Winterberg and Willingen

  • Approximately 4 hours by car from Amsterdam
  • Great for beginners or to introduce kids to snow
  • Willingen can be slightly less crowded than Winterberg
  • Ski piste info Winterberg
  • Ski piste info Willingen

Where to Stay

Non-ski Options

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