Ski Switzerland for Less

Skiing in Switzerland is truly amazing, the scenery, the mountains, the villages-for many it is the epitome of what skiing is all about. But it does have  a reputation for being expensive. Read our guide to discover how to ski Switzerland without spending a fortune.

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Everyone is agreed that skiing in Switzerland is an amazing experience-scenic views, mountains, lakes and the most varied and extensive skiing terrain in Europe. But it isn’t cheap, in fact the guide ‘Where to Ski and Snowboard’ reported that costs in Swiss resorts have risen by an incredible 85% between 2007 -2011. Bulgaria this is not! But you can ski in Switzerland without breaking the bank and here’s how...

Package deals

Check out Inghams and Crystal, as they offer two for one deals on lift passes in some Swiss ski resorts. Inghams offer this in the resorts of Verbier and Zermatt. This can give you significant savings. Further savings can be made on equipment rental and ski school so do check these ski operators out.

Children Go free

Some Swiss resorts are offering great deals for children. Arosa for example is offering free ski and snowboard tuition to children under the age of 16. Other resorts in the Lake Geneva ski region are offering free lift passes to children when they stay in a hotel with two adults.

Youth Hostels

No, not the low end dormitory style youth hostels you may remember from your younger days! These are Swiss Youth Hostels, offering clean and comfortable ensuite two bed rooms and they can be found in high class resorts like Zermatt and Engelberg. Check out youthhostel.ch for more details. Nightly rates can be as little as £44 per night. And if you become a member of the Swiss Youth Hostel Association you also get discounts on your lift passes.

Free pre-Christmas skiing

High season doesn’t start in some resorts until December 22nd so skiing before this date can be quite reasonable. Davos and Klosters offer you free lift passes for every night’s accommodation booked there from 16th-23rd December.

Small Swiss Resorts

Rather than heading for the big, glitzy resorts that tend to attract the rich and famous why not look at some of the smaller satellite villages like Veysonnaz or Nendaz. Most of the larger better known Swiss resorts have smaller villages nearby that don’t charge the earth. Zermatt for example has Tasch. Why pay more when you can stay nearby and ski in?

Discover the Secret of Val d’Anniviers

A secret no longer ! Small quaint villages abound here and it works out much cheaper than the better known, more famous Swiss resorts. Here lift passes can be as much as 35% cheaper than in the larger resorts. Check out Rental Prestige for low cost accommodation for example in Grimentz.

By Will Smith

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