In the Norwegian region of Telemark, skiing was invented and developed as a sport. However, there are records showing that some peasants from Krain in Austria back in the 17th century took advantage of down hill skiing. The Norwegians however started the massive spreading of skiing as a sport throughout Europe and North America. Especially in the late 19th century, a boom of skiing as a sport evolved explosively.
Despite the fact that skiing was not invented in Switzerland, it became quickly popular. It is mainly due to the many English tourists at the end of the 19th century who visited Switzerland.
Skiing in Zermatt and Sass-Fee
In the beginning, winter tourists preferred St. Moritz which therefore established the first ski school in 1929. The characteristic of skiing in Switzerland is that it is mainly carried out in the alpine region. However, it is not only in winter that people go skiing. You can also go skiing in the summer in the glacier areas of Zermatt and Sass-Fee.
Skiing in Switzerland
Switzerland is a popular destination for vacation and skiing, although not cheap. Despite this, more and more people spend their skiing holiday in the alpine country. Canton Wallis has the most ski areas and the highest mountains in the Alps. This especially applies to the spectacular area around Matterhorn.
The largest ski areas in Switzerland
Wallis: Les Portes du Soleil (650 km), Verbier (410 km) and Matterhorn Zermatt (360 km).
Berner Oberland: Gstaad (250 km), Jungfrauregion (210 km) and Adelboden-Lenk (210 km).
Graubünden: Engadin-St.Moritz (350 km), Davos-Klosters (270 km) and Laax (220 km)
Eastern Switzerland: Flumserberg (65 km), Toggenburg (60 km) and Pizol (40 km)