Switzerland has more traditional resorts with the focus on high quality accommodation and fine food. Lift systems are efficient with mountain trains and cable cars linking town centres with high altitude slopes. Local prices can be high but you do get what you pay for here.

Engelberg

Resort size: 82km (Blue 33%, Red 57%, Black 10%)
Lifts: 26; Vertical: 1,050m-3,030m; Transfer from Zurich 1h30
Engelberg Piste Map: http://www.engelberg.ch/

Engelberg offers almost 2,000m vertical down from the Titlis Glacier which is served by a scenic rotating cable car. The area best suits intermediate and advanced levels with a reputation for good off piste itineraries. The town has a good variety of bars and restaurants.

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Our favourite deal in Engelberg

3 Star Hotel Terrace
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Nearest Lift: Titlis Express 1

Grindelwald

Resort size: 213km (Blue 33%, Red 49%, Black 18%)
Lifts: 45; Vertical: 1,100m-3,020m; Transfer from Zurich 2h55 (Rail)
Grindelwald Piste Map: http://sismedia.mit.ch/

Grindelwald is part of the large Jungfrau area at the foot of the mighty Eiger. The runs are generally long and cruising to suit intermediates. The resort connects with Wengen and Mürren for those keen to clock up distance. The village has a number of reasonable bars and restaurants.

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Our favourite deal in Grindelwald

4 Star Hotel Spinne
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Guide Price from £479pp with Breakfast
Nearest Lift: Grindelwald-First Gondola