Despite what Harry Lime had to say, somewhat dismissively, in The Third Man, we at Original Travel think there's a good deal more to Switzerland than cuckoo clocks. The Confederation Helvetique (the CH of car stickers - one for the pub quiz) is no less than a mountain playground in both winter and summer.

Nick and Dave are here to help give you the inside track.

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Tackling Verbier's infamous Tortin run after a big dump of fresh powder

Dave, Original Traveller

A note on price

A luxurious family ski holiday in Zermatt can be yours for about £10,000 or so. The Cresta Run experience should be something to tick off everyone’s bucket list: three friends staying in separate accommodation can experience the thrill for less than £2,000 each. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for Switzerland

Engadin Ski Marathon

Engadin Ski Marathon

St Moritz

The Engadin Ski Marathon has become a major international sporting event, attracting participants from more than 35 nations every year. While the idea of 26 miles of cross country skiing might not appeal to all, one of the Original Travel gang did it a few years ago and he has been virtually the first to apply every year since. Once you get over the fact that it’s strange to be in the mountains and not be going downhill it’s the most wonderful sport, a great challenge and a brilliant event in stunning surrounds.

What to do

Engadin Ski Marathon
The Kulm

The Kulm

St Moritz

Situated right next to the famous Cresta Run, the Kulm enjoys stunning views over the lake and the majestic mountain landscape.

Where to stay

The Kulm
Zermatt

Zermatt

Switzerland

The prettiest town in the Alps, and some of the best skiing.

Where to go

Zermatt
St Moritz

St Moritz

Switzerland

St. Moritz is the oldest winter sports resort in the world, and has been host to two Winter Olympics and three Alpine Ski World Championships. The resort enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Alps, situated on the Upper Engadine lakes.

Where to go

St Moritz
Cresta Run

Cresta Run

St Moritz

St Moritz is famous for the thrilling Cresta Run, descending the ¾ mile long run at speeds in excess of 60 mph (the best riders approach 80 mph), your face just inches above the surface of the ice, is the ultimate in adrenaline fixes.

What to do

Cresta Run
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

St Moritz

Set at the eastern entrance to St. Moritz, the hotel has fine views of the Engadine valley.

Where to stay

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

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