We are in the early stages of planning a ski vacation in Switzerland February 2022. We booked flights in/out of Zurich back to USA, with 10 nights available to explore. Our family of five (kids 14, 12, 10) are all strong skiers and we love traveling in Europe. We are struggling to decide between Berner Oberland and Zermatt.
Affordable Airbnb accommodations for four-ish nights (vs a full week minimum rental) seem to be easier to secure in Lauterbrunnen vs Zermatt. Does anyone have any tips for traveling with a larger family in either of these two cities? Is one better for families with teens (Zermatt seems "fancier" than what we prefer?!?) and just overall easier to enjoy?
Plus - we are considering adding Chamonix as our second ski destination instead of doing Berner Oberland AND Zermatt. The train seems much easier from Zermatt (darn) but my gut tells me that Berner Oberland may be more our style and we can spend a few extra hours on the train if needed. Chamonix has so many Airbnb condos that can fit five which makes it appealing for us and the varied ski terrain with fun activities at night for families looks fun. Would love any advice people could offer on this somewhat unusual itinerary idea we have.
p.s. my husband is 6'5" and older son is 5'11" so tiny hotel rooms are tricky for our family, and we love to self cater at least three of our four meals as they eat a ton! We travel extensively and are very comfortable flexing on the road with creative itineraries ....but lots of sleeping space at a cheap(er) price is our vibe.