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1. Posted by reinoldg (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hey there guys,
I bought tickets to go to switzerland with a friend in three weeks time. We want to go on a skiing trip (though we're both beginners).
Problem: I dont know where to go skiing!!! i have been doing alot of searching and grindewald seems nice? any ideas on where to go skiing in switzerland
Also i dont know where to stay, Im thinking somewhere near wherever we're skiing but also near to the trainstations etc as well.
ANY help is greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Interlaken, St. Moritz, and so on and so on. There are so many places in Switzerland to ski it's sickening ;)

There are literally train tracks leading to every part of the country so a train station is never far away. No matter where you go, you'll have plenty of history and culture to discover. Yes, I know I'm being vague but since this is your first time to Switzerland you can't really go wrong no matter where you go. I'd guess that Interlaken would be the most popular choice for tourists.

3. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 8y

Hey There,

I would goto Berner Oberland, where Grindelwald is.

I think if you are a beginner you should goto Adelboden. There is much more terrain for noveice skiers there. You could take the train to Frutigen and find a cheaper place to stay. Its a quick ride up to the lifts from there. Alot of people get on the train in Bern or Zurich at like 7am totally decked out in their ski stuff and make a day trip out of it. If you dont want to stay at the resort and pay those prices then this is an alternative. Also Thun/Speiz is close if you want a small city by the lake. Gawd I wish I could go skiing..... Good luck have fun.

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4. Posted by reinoldg (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks guys! I looked up Grindelwald and it seems perfect! its also got easy access (i think, i'm not sure) to a few different skiing options so thats good!
I don't have a ski jacket at the moment, do you guys recommend buying one now or while im up there? everything else can be rented right?

5. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 8y

I would recommend buying a ski jacket before you get to the ski field. Mercandise is notoriously expensive at the ski hills. It's worth investing in a good hat, gloves and goggles.
If you are feeling more adventurous, try the ski fields in eastern Switzerland, Graubunden (I don't know the Kanton's name in English, sorry!). Obersachsen is pretty nice and not too touristy. There are some good spa towns there too.

6. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

While we're on this topic, I'd like to know how long the ski season is - possible all year round?

I'll be able to go to Switzerland sometime between May and October just wondering which time is best for snowboarding!

Erik

7. Posted by Daipayan (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Grindelwald is a lovely place for Skiing. You can go to Grindelwald First (taking the gondola) and Ski from there. There are also other places like Kleine Scheidegg(by train). I visited there recently(end December). You can rent everything from there but if you plan to buy anything, better buy and go as things are expensive there.

Also, do try to book your hotel/hostel before you reach.

8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Quoting Erik85

While we're on this topic, I'd like to know how long the ski season is - possible all year round?

I'll be able to go to Switzerland sometime between May and October just wondering which time is best for snowboarding!

Erik

Not really. There may be snow in the highest peaks. Even so, not enough to go skiing. It's rare enough for it to snow in the middle of your time frame. You'll have to wait till another time or just go during the colder months.

9. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Quoting NantesFC

Not really. There may be snow in the highest peaks. Even so, not enough to go skiing. It's rare enough for it to snow in the middle of your time frame. You'll have to wait till another time or just go during the colder months.

Doh! Though that might be the case, I may have to head far north for it :/

Thanks for the response!