A Late Ski Winter Escape to Switzerland 11
By Iwan Fuchs, Guest Columnist
Formerly the Ski School Director at Pennsylvania's Hidden Valley Resort, Iwan Fuchs is back in his native Switzerland.
Formerly the Ski School Director at Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort, Iwan Fuchs is back in his native Switzerland.

There are always great deals around this time of the ski season. A great Swiss ski trip should give you memories to last at least until … the next one. As a local Swiss ski dude, I have worked at about five different ski schools in Switzerland and over the past two years I’ve skied for Swiss snowsports (Swiss ski instructor org) at about 11 different ski resorts such as Sass-Fee (Matterhorn), Andermatt, St. Moritz, Klosters, Davos, Cran-Montana, Gstaad, etc. I also qualified for the Swiss ski instructor championship in formation skiing and GS in Leukerbad, Switzerland. I thought I would give you this important information before I am in the apres skiing mood. Here are some pointers and tips.

As a basic rule, late season trips are most likely bargains especially when lower altitude ski resorts receive some needed snow for Easter vacation time. Most Europeans are not in the winter fun mood anymore. So take the opportunity and make a Swiss ski trip. Switzerland is a very expensive country but over the last few years the prices for skiing trips have been getting cheaper due to competition from EU member states such as Austria and France. I also believe every skier needs to know the Swiss resort setup and layout. Eastern US ski resorts are different in many ways even though most resorts are built by Europeans.

In most cases US ski resorts are owned by one organization which controls the entire mountain. In Europe, ski resorts are owned by many organizations and/or by the entire community. A variety of enormous deals are around these days at Swiss ski resorts.

Here are some of my favorite super deals. [Editor’s note: deals are always subject to change; visit the following web sites for the latest.]

The main website for Swiss tourism is www.myswitzerland.ch. There are many great deals regarding spring skiing and some summer skiing areas.

Engelberg, Switzerland: Year round skiing. “All-Inclusive” for CHF 89.00 (75 dollars) per night, hotel, ski pass etc. It’s good from 15. April - 27. Mai 2007. Visit Engelberg’s official web site for more details. www.engelberg.ch

Saas-Fee Switzerland: 4 nights with breakfast including a 3 day ski pass for $380 (www.sass-fee.ch, to@sass-fee.ch)

Hohsaas Switzerland: 2 nights with a 2 day ski pass plus 1 entrees into the Schneegaudi for $180 (www.saastal.ch, info@saas-grund.ch)

St.Anton Austria: 6 day ski pass, plus 7 nights in four star for 680 Euro. (www.stantonamarlberg.com, info@stantonamarlberg.com)

Engelberg, Switzerland, in 2007. Photo provided by Iwan F. Fuchs.

If you do it yourself you can and will save a lot of money. Many smaller hotels and ski resorts are trying to get as many people into their resorts as possible. In general many bigger ski resorts have better all in one packages. But be careful, in Switzerland the ski resorts belong to only ONE skiing company. Therefore, you need to make sure the hotel works with the “Seilbahnen” lift company. Everything on and off the slopes belongs to different organizations. Regarding transportation: You don’t need a rental car. Almost every ski resort is connected to the public transportation system.

If you have more questions regarding a ski trip to Switzerland, please write them in the “Reader’s Comments” section below. I am more than happy to help and give you pointers.

About the Author

Iwan F. Fuchs is a certified Swiss ski instructor and the former Ski and Snowboard School Director of Hidden Valley Resort. He has over 17 years of experience teaching, and has also served as a USSA racing coach.

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Reader Comments

KevR
April 4, 2007
How is the tree skiing there?
Iwan Fuchs
April 4, 2007
Hi Kevin

Tree skiing is normaly good due to some restrictions from the wild life org is tree skiing limited. Europe has even restriction on where and when heli skiing is premited. People do not tree ski very much especially in the spring due to snow concerns. Tree blating is in most cases a save on in Switzerland because farmers clean out the forest very well every fall.

Have fun
KevR
April 5, 2007
How long does the season last, think they'll be open in LATE JUNE?
Iwan Fuchs
April 5, 2007
Usually until the end of May for ski resort above 6,000ft. In some ski resorts you will find a year round ski season. Engelberg, Saas-Fee etc have year round ski operation with a little break between the winter session and the sumer one.
KevR
April 6, 2007
The chances of this happening are low but -- if i were coming down from Brussels, what would I do -- this would be june.
Iwan Fuchs
April 11, 2007
The winter season goes until the and of May. The summer session starts around June 15th. But you need to check with the www.engelberg.ch web site to make sure. Around this time you also will find even cheaper deals.
Steven
September 11, 2007
When does the ski season typically start in Switzerland and what is it like around January.
kyle
December 29, 2009
Lookin to take a honeymoon in Switzerland in Mid sept. What is the sking like than? Any suggestions?
Saas Fee ski resort
June 16, 2010
Wav! how long tree skiing there? the winter season go until end of may.When does the ski season typically start in Switzerland ? but i know that a Christmas ski holiday in Switzerland offers delightful towns and villages and a wealth of cosy chalets and upscale hotels.In some ski resorts you will find a year round ski season. Engelberg, Saas-Fee etc have year round ski operation with a little break between the winter session and the sumer one.
http://www.wintersports360.net/saas-fee-ski-resort-switzerland.html
Marcelle
October 7, 2010
My fiance and I are planning to go to switzerland for our honeymoon,but he says the ski season only starts on th 19th december and I really don't want to spend christmas in a foreign country. Now we can't decide on a wedding date,when will be the best time to go? If one wants to get married in December but don't want to be there over christmas?
Chris
March 22, 2013
hey there,
i have 2 days (travelling alone) ill be in Brussels april 26 and free for a days afterwards - what & where could you reccomend?

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