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A good inexpensive resort with loads of off-piste

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@mike1993, because the week after is start of school holidays...

£40 return ZRH-St Anton sounds remarkably cheap, but there is some sort of holiday train pass. Which I can’t benefit from as a resident...


Book it on oebb rather than sbb and you can get sparschein fares from €19 each way
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This is what I see on oebb website for early December, train fares wouldn't rise for February surely?



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SAT, 1. DEC 2018
12:18
15:01


Zürich Flughafen
St.Anton am Arlberg Bahnhof
Who is going?
1 × adult

One-way journey
€ 22,00
Price valid for 6 minutes.

SAT, 8. DEC 2018
12:57
15:42

St.Anton am Arlberg Bahnhof
Zürich Flughafen
Who is going?
1 × adult

One-way journey
€ 29,00
Price valid for 9 minutes.

Total amount

€ 51,00
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I've not taken a train to resort before, how are they for taking snowboard bags onboard?
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@Dave of the Marmottes, there’s a special fare for tourists arriving ex-CH
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@mike1993, there's also an express coach "Arlberg Express" that runs between Zurich and St Anton. I've never used it but I'd guess it'd be a few quid cheaper than the train.
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The special fare I mentioned (Swiss Transfer Ticket) isn’t cheaper and only works in CH.

The Arlberg Express is more expensive (than the reduced price at €80 return but cheaper than full price) and takes an hour longer. (Switzerland, innit).

SBB showing 63CHF which is the same as OEBB which is not surprising (although every day is a school day) given that afaik both run off DB’s HAFAS timetabling and ticketing engine. And the Swiss really don’t like furriners discounting their stuff!

But that’s an advance purchase price, normal price around double, so book as soon as the tickets are released!


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mike1993 wrote:
I've not taken a train to resort before, how are they for taking snowboard bags onboard?


Entirely normal
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mike1993 wrote:
@Whitegold, My question wasn't deluded, just trying to find value for money for what we want to do.

And guess what St. Anton seems to be cheapest so far, which seems really odd.

Firstly i was looking for air bnb accommodation as I used it last year and assumed it would be cheapest way. Turns out accommodation on tourist website is way cheaper Puzzled.

How does this sound...

Self catered acc £225 7nights (one downside 10 min walk into town, if that's what it takes Very Happy)

Skipass £260

Love the direct train seems as though it would cost around £40 return from zurich (this sound correct)?

Flight with BA for £125 inc snowboard bag

So around 650 not bad...


@Mike Pow, tiny wet flakes Puzzled

@Tom Doc, haven't been austria before so looking most likely for this trip. But would definitely consider this season after and especially travelling alone instead a ucpa

@T Bar, you were right about tourist acc, cheers does vary a lot as you say


what about food & drink? OP did ask for cheap lively resort.
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Based on the TO criteria, there's loads of resorts I would prefer over St Anton, Verbier etc etc.
Just take a look at the resort list on wepowder. Georgia and Macedonia of course. And if you don't need to book in the middle of high season, just postpone booking till 3-4 weeks before you leave. And then go to Queyras (FR), La Thuile (IT), Monterosa (IT), Bardonecchia (IT, Montgenevre (FR), or the spanish pyrenees (Baqueira)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/Baqueira-Beret-Spain-is-this-the-worlds-best-ski-resort/
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@Onnem, Monterosa is great for off piste, not so much for powder...
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