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End of the season in Switzerland

 Poster: A snowHead
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As had become my pre-covid routine, I booked a four-night trip to Saas-Fee for their last week of the season. Having skied in bitterly cold January and slushy mild March, I was not expecting much, to be honest, in terms of snow conditions. But I was pleasantly surprised and conditions were much better than at Nendaz/Verbier in the middle of March. Against a backdrop of reported horror stories of ski bags not making it onto flights at Terminal 5, I switched to an early Swiss flight from Terminal 2. Ironically, on the evening before travel, my flight was cancelled and rebooked onto a flight departing two hours later. This scuppered plans for skiing in the afternoon but otherwise was ok. Baggage reclaim at Geneva was far less hassle than in March and straight on to the train and to Saas-Fee via the connecting bus from Visp. I stayed at the Hotel Christiania in the main street - traditional, friendly and comfortable and decent value at just under 100CHF a night. Also fortunate to have the Magic Pass 2022/23 spring supplement which meant I could ski all week for just 99CHF - an exceptional saving on the normal lift pass prices. Inevitably, the resort was beginning to wind down for the end of season but there were plenty of bars and restaurants still doing good business. The Spieldboden ski area was closing but the rest of the mountain was open and uncrowded. The snow was typically spring-like, hard first thing, softening through the day, slushy later. But above 2,300m and up on the glacier conditions were excellent. Had an outstanding lesson with Ski Zenit's ski school director - perhaps the best instruction I've had in 50 years of skiing. The return trip was painless. Ski until 2.15pm, quick change and back on the 3.22pm post bus and the train straight into the airport with no dramas! Unlike March, the security/passports etc were busy but the lounges were open this time so took full advantage of the refreshments and food in the Swiss business lounge (felt they owed me a little bit for the cancellation!). Back in the UK at 9.30pm to conclude a most satisfactory 21/22 ski season! Very Happy
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
@LOTA, Well done ... I've never been to Saas Fee, 99Chf ..... wow that is the best bargain in Switzerland .
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@DrLawn, the Magic Pass, bought at pre-season prices, is magnificent value, even more so for Switzerland!
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Hi @LOTA, what area's are covered on the Magic Pass?
I'll probably look it up in a minute.

My daughter lives in Switzerland .. but they never mentioned it.
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@DrLawn, I got it for 399CHF - now gone up to 459 CHF.

Covers 53 areas - some big, some much smaller.

https://www.magicpass.ch/en/
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Magic Pass…

Look for day it launches…
Wait by computer for the moment it becomes available…
Press ‘buy’ immediately…panic that the website won’t work…heart in mouth
All works really smoothly…
Take the hit on that month’s credit card bill…
Get them at 399chf - hurrah!
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
The Magic Pass is a ridiculous bargin, so much so the first year it came out we had to check with Swiss locals to make sure it wasn't some sort of scam. I'm guessing that there is a finance arrangement with the Canton, otherwise it doesn't make financial sense for any of the resorts.

When skiing in Saas-Fee the 399CHF paid for itself in 9 days I believe, there have been odd exceptions though, one year Saas-Grund across the valley wasn't on it. If is makes financial sense for a holiday skier, it is a must have for locals reducing skiing costs by a huge margin as the biggest expense of the day has been removed.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@PowderAdict, agree with everything you say. Saas Grund is still not on the Magic Pass - apparently they wanted to be but were turned down! That's what I was told and it makes no sense whatsoever!
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Magic Pass - previously included Crans Montana our local manor. Now it doesn’t - complex politics. Grrr.

Get in car.
Where are we going?
Nax
Get out of car.
Walk back up 63 steps to chalet.
Grab Magic Passes and put Crans M passes in jar by the door.
Phew.
Arrive at Nax with the right passes.

Next day
Where are we going?
Barzettes.
Get out of car.
Walk back up 63 steps to chalet.
Grab Crans passes and put Magic Pass passes in jar by the door.

Must try to L E A R N
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valais2 wrote:


Must try to L E A R N

Hehe. With me it's usually the opposite problem - get half way down to the lift before remembering that the lift pass is in my other jacket, if I was teaching the previous day or vice versa. Couple of times I've had to buy a day pass, which is then fully refunded on presentation of the season pass, so it's not the end of the world.

As for the Magic Pass, yes, it's always looked great, but doesn't include the PdS (or Verbier, IIRC) so is of no use to us. There was a 'Flash Sale' of full PdS 22/23 season tickets for around 600 chuff/euros last month, limited to the first 5000 applicants, but there's a much better deal for proper residents ( we have C permits here) of the local commune if you buy before September, and I get mine (not for free) through the ski school of course. Full price season pass is an eye-watering amount, >1100 last year, so these deals are definitely significant.
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We finished the season in switzerland too, first time I have ever actually skied there and similar to you was not expecting a lot after a bit of a slushiest in Mayrhofen mid march. Arriving in the village it was so quiet briefly until thousands of just eat staff on a work p up arrived. To be honest though they kept the town and nightlife busy and buzzing while most didn't bother to hit the slopes really so they were almost empty. This was the weekend before the close down weekend and my little single room cost me 110chf for 3 nights and the lift pass was 99chf for 3 days. Snowed every night and bluebird days every day.....fell a bit in love with switzerland
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
@ollski2.0, where's that?
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
@telford_mike, Arosa is written on the gondola.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Arosa - one of my favourites. Must return soon...
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
HutToHut wrote:
@telford_mike, Arosa is written on the gondola.
well spotted! Went for a week 20+ years ago and enjoyed it. Nice mellow skiing.
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telford_mike wrote:
HutToHut wrote:
@telford_mike, Arosa is written on the gondola.
well spotted! Went for a week 20+ years ago and enjoyed it. Nice mellow skiing.


Not quite so mellow now it's linked with Lenzerheide!
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