The region of Schwyz lies in the heart-warming centre of Switzerland. With less than one hour of travel time from Lucerne, Zurich or Aargau to the slopes, the region is a surprisingly nearby destination. All major ski outlets are accessible by either car, train or bus. This season get out and about, and explore your very own wintry backyard.
Traditionally known for its rich cultural and historic foundations, the region of Schwyz offers a diverse range of winter experiences for all ages and tastes. Whether it is an action-packed day on the slopes or down below on ground, this winter, feel the fire of freedom in the region of Schwyz. And don't forget, all of the ski schools across the region even offer classes in English!
Winter snow sports
There is nearly no winter sport which you'd not find within the region of Schwyz. Skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice, with four central mountain slope park ranges. The car-free resort of Stoos is a leisure lovers' playground. Once visitors reach the top with the cable car, endless opportunities wait to be experienced. Whether it is in the snow sport schools, on a winter hiking trail or sledging down the airboard run, Stoos has it all. There is even something for cross-country skiers. This winter season Stoos is offering free use of its 15 km cross-country ski run. While you're up there, don't forget to drop in to either the newly built Stoos Hüttä (mountain hotel), Caschu Alp boutique hotel or the Seminar-and Wellness Hotel.
Meanwhile, the Mythen Region is a delightful, cosy and family friendly destination, nestled in the middle of the Schwyz. Be inspired by the diversity of the nature park with a number of ski runs, sunny snowshoe tours, hiking trails and even direct access to the Hoch-Ybrig. Lose yourself as you venture down the south-facing slope overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains. The Mythen Region's Freestyle Park is a pilgrimage for adrenalin junkies with countless obstacles and experiences. For those that prefer the slow lane, take in the serenity on one of the region's snowshoe or hiking trails.
Families can also enjoy the diversity of Sattel-Hochstuckli. Mountain moments are sure to be had with manageable runs overlooking the pristine lakes. Children can entertain themselves in the "Kinderland" or be accompanied by parents when venturing out to ski or snowboard. For those wishing to learn the ABCs of skiing, the Sattel Hochstuckli's snow sports school is also available onsite. Otherwise, for a change of pace, why not enjoy the slopes by sled. Take a thrilling sled ride down to the valley with over 3.5 km of toboggan fun. This season take advantage of Sattel Hochstuckli's winter specials. On Mondays, adults can ride for the same price as children.
The Hoch-Ybrig welcomes sport enthusiasts with its thrill seeking runs across the legendary ski and snowboard area. With dreamy panorama views, surprising runs, and even separate ski and snowboard freestyle parks, it is easy to see why it is a sport enthusiasts' resort. Beginners fear not — you'll be in good hands with the dedicated ski and snowboard instructors.
Winter sports are also possible on the Rigi — Queen of the mountains. Enjoy a misty ride towards the sky on Europe's first cogwheel railway. Hikers and snowshoe goers won't be disappointed with 7 km of panoramic lake mountain views between Rigi Kaltbad and Rigi Scheidegg. After a long day out in the snow, why not warm up at the Rigi's Mineralbad and Spa? This wellness centre is located on the Rigi Mountain, and is a great way to unwind with a variety of indoor and outdoor pools that can be enjoyed all year round.
Go cross-country skiing
For those that wish to stay down low, the region of Schwyz also offers a variety of snow valley experiences. Cross-country skiers can admire the winter wonderland as they ski across the Moorland in Rothenthurm. The runs vary for all endurance levels, starting from 7 km to up to 20 km. For something a little less strenuous, the 3.3 km night run is also worth undertaking.
Next to the spiritual and cultural sights of Einsiedeln, the town's surroundings in winter are a heaven for leisure activities. The Schwedentritt is one of the longest and most impressive cross-country trails in Switzerland, with the start and finish points right next to the imposing monastery complex. Otherwise, relax and escape your winter worries with one of the nearby winter hiking tracks or marked snowshoe trails around the Sihlsee. In cold winters, the Sihlsee turns into a natural ice-skating playground.
Special winter experiences
For those wishing to escape the city with a loved one, why not experience a unique night in an igloo? Couples can enjoy a romantic evening together at the Muotathal's Erlebniswelt. Guests can enjoy the ambience of nature as they spend a heartfelt night in the lodge's igloo accommodation. Visitors can take advantage of the hot sauna area and taste local cuisine, such as the Muotathaler Most fondue.
For more information about the region's winter offers and experiences this season, visit www.schwyz-tourismus.ch/winter
Photos: © Schwyz Tourismus