Get Natural. Get Going.
Their tourism board has a Get Natural campaign which pictures a half-naked bronzed Adonis, standing next to his skis at the top of a mountain, with the sun bouncing off pecks, peaks and pure white powder. This lone skier staunchly stands, seemingly to contemplate his naked navel and the untouched, heavenly surrounds.
I know. I thought chocolate, cheese and yodeling were the dream trifecta for Swiss marketing. Turns out, it's the Alps.
There are 57 hostels in Switzerland, with several located in fantastic skiing areas like Zermatt, Grindelwald, Davos, St. Moritz and Scuol. Swiss YHSA have great winter deals, including 3-course dinners and staying in the exclusive St. Moritz. If that hasn't sold you, this is the country with a knife that has a handy toothpick and is responsible for notoriously good-looking backpackers.
What are you waiting for? Get Natural. Get Going.
The newly built Scuol Youth Hostel is located near the train station and next to the mountain cableways. The winter package deal is offered for 6-, 4- and 2-bed dorms (some with private bathroom) and comes with a breakfast buffet and 3-course evening meal. There is also a lobby complete with ski lodge bar and an open fire - perfect aprés ski.
From CHF 299 including acommodation, lift pass, breakfast buffet and 3-course evening meal.
What else is there to say apart from this hostel is located in the exclusive St. Moritz, one of the oldest and most famous winter resorts in the world? Well, there are over 300 days of sun each year; the highest summit in the Eastern Alps (Piz Bernina), lies a few kilometres south of the town; the year-round population is 5600 and there is over 3000 seasonal employees; and there are sports activities right outside the hostel door year-round, as it's located at the edge of the forest, not far from a lake, and a short drive from ski resorts. During winter, there is a local ski bus which which takes you to the nearest mountain railways.
From CHF 201, including accommodation, lift pass (57 lifts, 350 km ski slopes), local ski bus, breakfast buffet and 4-course evening meal.
Gstaad Mountain Rides is renowned for the skiing, snowboarding, hiking, 61 trails, 250 km of slopes, sled & toboggan runs, snow parks and panoramic winter hiking trails! The Saanen-Gstaad YHA, is a cosy chalet with 2- to 8-bed rooms and many have an amazing view.
From CHF 440, including accommodation, lift pass, breakfast buffet and 3-course evening meal.
For more information on any of these winter packages or other winter deals at more Swiss YHA hostels, visit www.youthhostel.ch/winter