Although Fluelapass and Val d’Anniviers and all those places are fantastic, it makes sense to look for fun stuff closer to Zürich as well. I spent the weekend in the mountains above the Lidernenhütte, which is located not too far up the road from Lake Lucerne’s eastern shore. A comfortable 60-minute drive from downtown Zürich. There is a small gondola up to the area, the type that holds 4 persons (maybe 5) and has no windows. Try to pay by credit card and you’ll be laughed at. That kind of place.
Anyway, the mountains are fantastic. Lots and lots of microterrain, and an impressive amount of, well, mountain-ness crammed into a relatively small area. My friends in Luzern simply call it “the playground” – and I guess I do too.