How I did it: In the summer of 2010, I went to Europe for two weeks with my German class. Switzerland was the second country we visited, and is now my favorite country.
We stayed in the small village of Engelberg - the population is less than 4,000. The village is completely surrounded by mountains and the locals are so friendly and cheerful.
We didn't go skiing, but I've heard that the skiing there is pretty advanced, so beginner skiiers should probably look elsewhere. However, the hiking is amazing and varies from easy to nearly impossible. You can also ride gondolas to the top and hike back down, to make things even easier.
The water in Switzerland tastes amazing and is clean enough that people fill their waterbottles up straight from the streams in the mountains - which I did.
And, if you want to get in touch with your inner child, there are some really fun playgrounds around Engelberg with four-person teeter-totters and swings shaped like turtle shells that you lay in.
Engelberg is also pretty close to Lucerne, another truly beautiful part of Switzerland, and has a lot of cool places to shop and eat.
Lessons & tips: -Stay as long as you can, not because you'll be busy, but because it's the most peaceful, picturesque place in the world (in my opinion).