A week on the slopes: a guide to the best ski resorts near Basel

Nestled in the north of Switzerland, Basel is the ideal location for your next family ski break. With thirteen ski areas, just a one-hour drive outside of the city, you can tailor your choice of resort to satisfy your every need. Choosing the right location is a big task and with so many options you could be there till next Christmas. Check out our round-up of the top 5 family-friendly ski resorts near Basel.

1. Grindelwald

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As the largest resort in the Jungfrau region with 20 lifts and over 200 km of piste, the terrain in Grindelwald is suitable for all levels. Take the cable car or mountain railway from the village to the top of the mountain and breathe in the breathtakingly crisp air. Boasting a spectacular view of Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch peaks, the size of the resort means minimum queues and non-crowded slopes. This resort is great for families with small children. Head to the Bodmi nursey slopes and book into Swiss Ski and Snowboard School to get the little ones up on their feet in a perfectly safe environment. The inviting village dusted in magical snow makes for the ultimate backdrop to your family ski holiday in Basel.


Where to stay? Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel

2. Engelberg

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Home to one of the longest slopes in the region, Engelberg – Titlis is another great family-friendly location to consider. Engelberg is the biggest ski resort in central Switzerland and so has tons of slopes making it accessible to all ski levels. This resort has a number of different activities both on and off the slopes centred around creating a family orientated atmosphere. Finish off an action-packed day by sledding down the valley to dinner or a skate on the ice rink. Beginner skiers rejoice as Engelberg has got you covered. Venture over to Gerschnialp, the nursery slopes at the foot of the Titlis where you will find three ski lifts and gentle slopes. Also make sure to find Globis Winterland and Snowli Village, an open flat stretch for skiing and sledding.


Where to stay? Hotel Terrace

3. Andermatt

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One of Switzerland’s oldest and most idyllic villages, locals have been skiing in Andermatt for over 100 years. SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun provides the perfect atmosphere for a family ski break because of its quiet ambiance, well-prepared pistes and guarantee of snow. A real selling point of this place is the ski pass as it includes the neighbouring area of Oberlap/Sedrun where beginner slopes are around every corner. As well as a gateway to gentler skiing, the pass offers free transport on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn – a train offering stunning views of the area, for when your legs want a break from the snow.  


Where to stay? Hotel Badus 

4. Wengen

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Located above the dramatic Lauterbrunnen Valley, Wengen is a small, car-free village accessible only by a 15 minute train ride. Ideally suited to intermediate skiers, Wengen also has a lot to offer beginners with nursery slopes and great ski schools. Another plus to this resort is that it is a bit on the cheaper side and is linked with Grindelwald offering some of the best scenic Swiss skiing at a lower fare. With not much chance of risky situations occurring on the slopes and a favoured spot by British tourists, this should be a real contender for your ski holiday in Basel this year.  


Where to stay? Wengener Hof Hotel


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5. Adelboden

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The ski area of Adelboden – Lenk is high enough to ensure lots of good snowfall making for very pleasurable relaxed skiing. With 72 lifts, 170km of trails, good blue runs and nursery slopes you will be spoilt with a different experience each day. Perfect for families with younger children, the resort offers children under six a free Snowli gift card meaning young skiers get ski passes and mini-lift tickets for free across the region. There is also a great deal on family passes for you to take advantage of. When you’re finished on the slopes, stroll around the picturesque village, swap out ski boots for ice skates or race down the valley on toboggans.


Where to stay? The Cambrian

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- Lucy Norris