The Swiss canton of Graubünden is home to five big-name ski resorts, each with its own unique appeal.

Laax: A winner for freestyle enthusiasts

Laax (1020-1100m), along with Flims and Falera, share one of Switzerland’s largest ski areas (220km). The extensive, varied slopes are ideal for intermediates and served by an efficient lift system. Laax is best known for having one of Europe’s best terrain parks and has invested heavily in half-pipes, indoor freestyle facilities and high-profile events like the British Freeski & Snowboard Championships. Lodgings can be far from the lifts so be sure to consult at a map when booking your accommodation. Getting to the slopes is not a problem: 1.5 hours from Zurich airport and two hours from Basel.

Arosa: Classic family-friendly winter resort

Arosa (1,800m) is a classic winter resort embodying all the clichés: ice skating on a frozen lake, horse-drawn sleighs, and fur-clad clientele. This family-friendly resort has a pretty wooded setting, good nursery slopes and plenty of ski-in/ski-out chalets. The 100km of terrain is best-suited to beginners and intermediates. There are few challenging pistes, but experts can stretch their legs off-piste. The village is somewhat spread-out but efficient ski buses link up with the ski lifts. Arosa is located 2.5 hours from Friedrichshafen Airport and 3 hours from Basel.

Davos-Klosters: Two very different resorts, one extensive ski area

Davos (1,560m) and Klosters (1,124m) share an extensive ski area mostly made up of long, intermediate runs and open cruising terrain. The 300km of combined pistes straddle five mountains – Parseen is the largest and busiest. Experts have plenty of easily accessible off-piste, particularly on Pischa. While the town of Davos is convenient for accessing the slopes – and offers plenty for non-skiers and après-enthusiasts – the quieter, prettier Klosters is easier to get your arms around and offers the traditional ski village appeal. The ski area is 2.5 hours from the airports of Basel and Zurich.

St. Moritz: The place to be seen for those with bling

The rich and famous love glitzy St. Moritz (1,822m) for its expensive boutiques, fine restaurants and Cartier snow polo event.  In fact the glamorous clientele can be so busy sipping Veuve Clicquot that it leaves the pistes empty for the rest of us (if we can afford it – St. Moritz is exceptionally expensive). It offers some extensive intermediate terrain as well as some epic off-piste and magnificent views. The resort boasts 322 days of sunshine a year, but at the same time is fairly snowsure thanks to its altitude. The nearest airports are Basel (3hrs) and Zurich (3.5hrs).

Samnaun: Relaxed skiing with duty-free shopping

The charming, duty-free village of Samnaun (1,840m) is the place to go for a quiet, relaxed ski holiday. But if you feel the need for a party midway through your break, Samnaun shares its ski area with Ischgl, just over the Austrian border, which is famous for its loud après-ski.  Samnaun’s high slopes have reliable snow, great views and an impressive, modern lift system which makes for a winning combo. The resort is 3.5 hours from Basel airport.