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Driving to Switzerland

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After many trips to France, I am looking for suggestions for a drivable Swiss resort for the ‘authentic’, Swiss experience… Any ideas?
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As my parents often drive down past Lausanne, through Valais and over the Grand St. Bernard to visit Courmayeur (they used to go through the MB tunnel until it closed), I would say Zermatt and any of the Valais resorts are reachable. If you use the Swiss Auto-routes you need an annual pass which lasts a year and is comparable to the MB tunnel toll(s).
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If you are planning to use the car during the holiday, Les Diablerets and Villars are good options. At the nearer end of Switzerland (from UK p.o.v.), attractive villages, a decent sized linked ski area, and all the following within an hour's drive: Leysin, Verbier, Champery (Portes du Soleil), Les Mosses, Gstaad ski area
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joskin, welcome to snowHeads snowHead Isn't there a stretch of water that would stop you from driving very far in any direction wink

Okay, okay...I'll go and mind my own business somewhere quiet rolling eyes
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Courmayeur, I never thought of that I'll check it out thanks
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joskin, it's in Italy though, not Switzerland.
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Mind you Champery looks pretty and links to a huge ski area...
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joskin, sorry, just making sure. snowHead
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The tunnel has been open for a time now and the Grand St Bernard is such a long way round.
If you are thinking Courmayuer you might think for an extra 90mins try Cervinia which is very high and backs
into Zermatt which is the most beautiful resort. Expect 10 hours from Calais to Courmayuer if you don't hang about with lunches too much. Our best to Cham is 6 hrs 15...!!! obviously did not hang about at all...and we won't do that again..!!

I have been to the Aosta region a lot these last few years and it is easily drivable with the tunnel. Both the tunnel and the pass cost about £25.00 if I am not mistaken. Get the return option.
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Yeah, the tunnel option is shorter. I'd not particularly recommend the Grand St Bernard route to Courmayeur. Not sure why my parents still use that route, but as they stop overnight anyway, I think it's just because they prefer it as a journey (they tend not to use the Autoroutes much, either).

Once you've got your car with you though, you can easily get to any of the Aostan resorts for a day from any of the others (though you'd have to get up early for one or two of them).
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JT,

I normally belt down to VD or Meribel in around 7 or 8 hours but not a lot of time to smell the roses.

I will get the morning ferry and like to hit the resort that evening, so one of the Aosta resorts might fit the bill, I will have a look.
Have you a favorite?
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joskin,

Hi

I like the Aosta in general. Not sure whether I would spend the week skiing in Courmayeur but would like to be based there. I think Cervinia is good all round, very high and has a good link to Zermatt. The Italians by and large leave the off-piste alone and there is plenty to keep you occupied. Village not too big but not too lively either. I have been to Gressoney a few times and it is a huge area with lots of wild trips, heliskiing etc. Champoluc is nearer but the same as Gressoney La trinite for nightlife, ie Zip..!!

I would choose Gressoney La trinite for the trips and Cervinia as second.
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Some people find Cervinia not demanding enough on piste (not me) but it does have Ventina (run 7), which is one my favourite ever pistes.
Also La Thuile and Pila are worth visiting. Pila is reachable by gondola from Aosta, and La Thuile is not far from Courmayeur. Not stayed in either but skied in both and they are both worth a visit.

There's plenty of info. on various resorts in the Valle d'Aosta in the Resorts fourm, as there's been plenty of people who've been there. If you're still after info. I recommend a new thread in there with a relevant title as some people won't be interested in this thread.
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Many thanks for all your input on this, I will get down to some research

John S Madeye-Smiley
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Well I've driven to italy and gone through switzerland, not too bad exellent roads, very long tunnles. plus you get the added bonus of driving past some of the best glaciers in europe. Awsome scenerie.
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Has snowHeads got some sort of anti-Swiss bias?
This thread is called Driving to Switzerland and joskin asks for "a drivable Swiss resort for the ‘authentic’, Swiss experience". In repsonse he gets a whole lot of stuff about Italy (pace Julian T).
If you are driving, for best value, I would recommend Nendaz. It sits in the middle of the 4-Valleys. It has access to all the excellent skiing without the prices or posers of Verbier. It is "authentic". I went there for Easter four times in the 90s. I would happily go back again.
You can also drive to Verbier. Great fun. Sloan spotting. Celebrity spotting. Even skiing. We drove back via Chamonix.
A number of friends have been to Villars. They liked it.
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Jonpim wrote:
..... or posers of Verbier....

Hey! I'm going to Verbier Embarassed snowHead
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Alternatively the Jungfrau Region is easy enogh to get to, Wengen and Murren are car free but there are carparks in Lauterbrunnen including a multistory one right by the station, whilst Grindelwald is a drive in Resort, definately an area for the authentic Swiss experience and about 210km of pistes to ski on
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Hi D G Orf, I was wondering how long before you turned up. snowHead
And don't worry Nick, you'll have a great time.
And try a bit of posing yourself. Or even synchronised posing - a family that poses together, stays together! Cool
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Anybody see Top Gear tonight? Great!
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But they didn't show how you carry the skis in the Ferrari.
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Perhaps Clarkson is a blader? (thinks of the physics)... No, he'd sink.
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I saw Top Gear, it seemed to me that the plane won basically Very Happy

I presume he came in via the Jura and into the Vaud, in which case they missed some footage, even in a Ferrari he'd have been passed by a bloke in a 205 and had a van 20cm from his rear bumper.

It wouldn't have been my choice of car either, I'd have had an RS4 personally Very Happy Fast, 4wd and plently of room for skis.
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Hi

Where did you stay in Nendaz?
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& I'd be interested how "English" that part of the 4V is as well, we're toying with buying a place there.
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joskin, we always stayed in one of the chalets and self catered. Two families, four children, shared child-care, lots of skiing. Chalets hired through Interhome. There are hundreds of them.
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I think I've said before but Interhome are a rip-off, they take nearly 50% commission on their rental rates. I can't believe it's not reflected in their prices. Contacting the local tourist office or agencies will almost certainly be cheaper.
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I normally go to Switzerland from a crossing to Amsterdam. A 100 miles of busy Holland traffic and I shall be in Autobahn all the way to Basel. From that side one can hit Junfrau region via the Interlaken route. Going straight to Geneva Lake will see Villar, Gstaad on the left and Swiss side of Porte Du Soleil (Champery, Chatel) on the right. Verbier is on the left side if one goes up the Grand St. Bernard. The motorway go through Sion with the large Cran Montana resort on the left. Driving to Simpon pass will pass Zermat and Saas Fee on the left.

Thus the opportunity is enormous. This in the side linked with France only. Driving a bit more UK skiers can access the bigger Swiss/Italian area too.

Due to the number of resorts available I find more rewarding to hoop from place to place during a skiing trip. This allows a better coverage of the vast opporunity available.
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