Switzerland: More than Just Skiing

Aerial View on Zermatt Valley and Matterhorn Peak at Dawn, Switzerland

Switzerland is famous for its fine snow and glorious slopes, but this little nation offers a lot more than skiing. It is a place of beauty where nature’s grandeur is highlighted, and there are several activities that immerse you in its beauty.

Hike to the Heavens

Still close to the slopes but with different gear, hiking in the Alps is slowly becoming one of the most popular extreme activities in the country. The climb requires a certain degree of fitness. If you’re skiing two hours a day, you probably have what it takes. The hike can be difficult, but you will be mesmerized by majestic views almost every step of the journey. Don’t even dare to wear skiing gear on the alpine trek. You’ll need proper hiking boots, or you might as well not even start. Purchase sturdy ankle-high waterproof hiking boots, preferably ones that can be used with walking crampons. These boots may be a bit heavier than the ones you’re used to, but they provide protection and traction to conquer the steeper parts of the journey. Switch those ski poles for trekking poles. Although you can use your ski poles as makeshift trekking poles, actual trekking poles have shock absorption, telescoping features, and ergonomic designs specifically for hiking. You might need a helmet for more difficult routes, but these are readily available in most shops.

Drive the Curves

If you’re a fan of the racing game, Gran Turismo, don’t bother to look for the actual Swiss Alps circuit. Swiss roads are a lot smoother than that virtual racetrack, and the views are far more beautiful. Whether it’s snow-capped mountains, tranquil lakes, or verdant greenery, you can tailor your route to make the most of the dazzling scenery. Head off to the Stelvio Pass and see why Top Gear named this road as the best driving road in all of Europe. The twisting roads will keep you on your toes, and the majestic views of the mountains meeting the sky will take your breath away. The St. Gotthard Pass has similar snaking roads, but the craftsmanship and aesthetics of the road itself are something to take notice of. Tourists will more often take photos of the winding road, instead of the natural scenery. Just make sure to drive safely, and don’t go Gran Turismo on the Swiss roads.

Ride the Waves

Docks in Switzerland

From the mountains to the sea—or in this case, lakes or cable parks—wakeboarding is another extreme activity that you can experience in New Zealand. Brush up on your wakeboarding skills in several cable parks or head straight to the lake. The views of the lake, the mountains, and the sky immerse you in the absolute beauty of nature as you traverse the tranquil lake. Get a few friends to tag along and share the experience. Boats can hold a lot of people, so there’s plenty of room for everybody.

You might have come for the slopes, but Switzerland has a lot more to offer than just skiing. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature through various activities. Make the most of your Swiss adventure.