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I have had a search on here about Magic Pass and found several post indicating people have been using it but couldn’t find one to explain the ins and outs.

Can anybody help me? When does it go on sale? Has anybody got a good link to somewhere listing resorts etc?

I was thinking idly about 2019/2020 season about feasibility of combing purchasing 3 sets of return flights to Geneva under the Flightpass, getting a Magic Pass then finding places to stay for a break at Christmas schools holiday, Feb half term and one at Easter and that cost wise it could end up being less that TO Feb halfterm trip?

Any thoughts? Appreciate people’s experiences.

Thanks
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https://www.magicpass.ch/en/

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@BobinCH, when I googled it the first only came back with a Telegraph article, and all the rest was about Disneyland obviously didint get the right phrase! Thanks
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Ok so reading that the best time to buy one is just before / at the opening of the summer season? As the prices on that link are higher than those I saw quoted on here, so does it get higher or am I looking at people quoting previous season prices and it has gone up?
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It gets more expensive as the season gets closer. I think it’s been starting at chf299 for the early birds
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@BobinCH, thanks, that was the other reason for posting to get the intelligence from this wonderful community Happy
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I think it started at CHF359 last year then stepped up 20 francs every 3 months until late autumn when it went up significantly. This year it cost more to begin with (CHF399?) because of extra resorts and the newly included summer passes.

You could travel by train from Geneva to at least 5 resorts; Leysin, Les Diablerets, Villars, Gryon and Crans-Montana (Funicular).
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Check out Top 4........Gstaad, Adelboden, Jungfrau region and Meiringen. 666km 666swiss francs.
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Grimentz/Zinal is also worth a look. Probably only there and Crans big enough for a week. Perhaps also Villars/Diablerets.
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@BoardieK, thanks!

@BobinCH, good to know.

@Rogerdodger, will take a look.
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When considering Grimentz don’t forget St Luc/ Chandolin is a post bus away adding another set of lifts , 1200ms plus vertical and one of the best runs in the Alps , The Preile .
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@NickyJ, ....we bought ours a few hours after the offer for this year came up. The Magic Pass is VERY useful. We do DH and climbing in the Summer so we have already used it loads - saving about 600 gbp already. And that’s before the Winter season starts. Last year we used it loads - 2 weeks at Christmas - in five resorts. We have a car when we are in Valais. 1 week at Feb half term - 4 resorts. One long weekend - Crans Montana. And then 2 weeks at Easter - 5 reports with the most amazing being Nax - incredible conditions. Saved around 1000 gbp last season.
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@NickyJ, this year the early bird price went on sale on the 21st of March and ended on the 9th of April so you have to be pretty quick although I think that it only increased in price a bit after that. Early bird price was 399CHF this year.

I can't tell from your plans if you will have a car with you or not. I spent three weeks visiting the Valais Magic Pass resorts this winter and loved it but they are all quite small compared to the big French areas and I wouldn't want to spend a full week at any single one of them (Grimentz and Zinal in good conditions would be good for off piste for a whole week but as you're going in school holidays I'm guessing that isn't your main aim). Nax, Les Marecottes and Grimentz and Zinal were my personal favourites, Crans gets too much sun, although it has some fun and long runs and it is the biggest. Base yourselves somewhere near Sion with a car and you won't get bored
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The Magic Pass went up to 499 Swissies from 459 Swissies yesterday. The next price hike is 10th October. It is still excellent value if you plan to roam around The Southern Swiss Alps, or take in several weeks/weekends.
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@rambotion, getting a car is optional, we could hire at Geneva. Though what first started me thinking was looking at places easily accessible via train which gave me Villars when I started looking to see what that ski area was like as I hadn’t heard of it before I then stumbled across the magic pass.

At this point I am looking at feasibility and total cost of this.

Some of the comments are making me think it may not be quite suitable but some pointers to research further.

Any recommendations on places to look at for accommodation- my initial thoughts being 2bed apartments self catered, but if anybody knows any good value hotels / catered places also interested.
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The train from GVA airport to Sion and Sierre runs frequently and within two hours of landing you can be in The Rhone Valley with ski areas either side. Anzerre, Crans Montana on one side, Vercorin and Val 'Anniviers on the other. Personally, I prefer Val d'Anniviers as there is sunny side skiing in St Luc/Chandolin as well as more extensive on and off piste in more snow sure Grimentz/Zinal. The post bus links the two areas and it is much cheaper than say Zermatt or Verbier, less crowds and beautiful, traditional Swiss Alpine villages. It is a real 'find' of an area...some people say the big tour operators don't use it as the road up is quite scary, but it isn't really...the busses are up and down the valley all day! There are a number of local, small tour agents based all around that area who look after apartments/chalets, typically Brits who live there, easily found on the Google.

Does anybody know if there will be flights from UK directly to Sion this season?
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Has anyone used the discounted ski service offer that you get with the Magic Pass? We bought ours back in March so we are eligible, I was wondering exactly what service you have to pay for and whether it is worth it.
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@Goliard, Have you managed to find what areas are accessible by train?
I am looking to spend the month of March in the 'Magic Pass' areas a few days in each. and would really like to avoid having a car.
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The trains in the Rhône valley are easy and accessible. Buses will take you up to the resorts. I would base myself a week at a time in an area and explore. Val d’Anniviers, for example, is fairly easy to get around by bus, so would probably make sense to be up in one of the mountain resorts rather than down in the Rhône valley.
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The trains in the Rhône valley are easy and accessible. Buses will take you up to the resorts. I would base myself a week at a time in an area and explore. Val d’Anniviers, for example, is fairly easy to get around by bus, so would probably make sense to be up in one of the mountain resorts rather than down in the Rhône valley.
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@Goliard, Thank you so much.

I got a large map of the area and will start planing next week. Will make sure I upload a copy for some addition scrutiny Shocked
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Resurrecting an old topic... how much is the Swiss Magic Pass (at the earliest booking rate) these days?
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currently it's a mystery - 899 chf if you buy it now …. but a window will be announced soon … we have them and use them all year (5-6 trips to CH)
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denfinella wrote:
Resurrecting an old topic... how much is the Swiss Magic Pass (at the earliest booking rate) these days?


Believe cheapest is 399chf with some optional extras
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It will be VERY VERY expensive…oh yes.
Definitely.
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