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Renting apartment for the ski season

With this year's skiing just about dead.. Thinking about next year. Any pointers about renting a place for the season, how it works etc, so that I have some idea of what to look for.

Do you actually rent the place for the whole season, as in you could actually live there.. Or is it just weekends.. Or can you choose? What happens there during the week if you only go on weekends?

Ballpark price for a place big enough to sleep 2 families of 4 would be nice. We would probably only go some weekends, not every one so not even sure it would be economical. But we'd be more likely to get out there if we had a place ready.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

Did you receive any feedback or tips on this? We are looking for the same information.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

Also looking for information on rental in the mountains, preferably only for the winter months. This year we're going to travel around since we are having guests, but from next year we'd really like a rental, as we are spending insane amounts on hotels and restaurants.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

Pick a resort and then
1) contact the tourist bureau for information about long term rentals.
2) Google
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Pick a resort and then
1) contact the tourist bureau for information about long term rentals.
2) Google
Thanks.

Haven't done nr 1, but have both googled and been on Homegate to look at what's available. But before we jump in, we'd like to know about other people's experience, as we don't know anyone who's done it before.

Mostly I'd like to know how much hassle it is, how difficult it is to rent only for a few months of the year vs. an entire year, whether the premium for seasonal rental is so high that it's worth renting for 12 months anyway, if Homegate is the best source or if there are better places to find rentals, which areas give you more value for your CHFs while offering good skiing, good experiences, bad experiences and so forth...
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Mostly I'd like to know how much hassle it is, how difficult it is to rent only for a few months of the year vs. an entire year, whether the premium for seasonal rental is so high that it's worth renting for 12 months anyway
that varies from apartment to apartment. so perhaps if you would post the specific apartment you are interested in, others would be able to provide any experience they have of dealing with that one.
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that varies from apartment to apartment. so perhaps if you would post the specific apartment you are interested in, others would be able to provide any experience they have of dealing with that one.
Still at the the planning and information gathering stage I'm afraid, this would be for the 2016-17 season, plans are already made for the coming season. We've been mostly travelling around and staying in hotels so far, but I'm seeing the time when the Troll will want to ski with friends rather than with his parents and I'm also getting a bit fed up with lugging gear around. I love Flims-Laax-Falera, but I'm afraid it could prove extremely expensive to be in the station, on the other hand it would be the most practical since we are thinking of ditching the car if we stay here for good.

Anywhere within 3 hours by public transportation and with good snow and interesting skiing for advance skiers would do for me. No after-ski required.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

I offer no other info or advise other than:


I have a colleague who rented an apartment for the winter months. Her family is sharing with another family and they take turns using the apartment on the weekends, and split the school holidays 1 week each. Apparently the kids are in different schools so the school holiday overlap is only 1 week.


Sounds like a good way to keep the costs low.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

Great idea- we would choose a resort which is not so international and expensive, like Leukerbad- which has great skiing and also excellent spas for those aching muscles after a good day on the slopes (easy access via Lötschenberg Tunnel for Bern and Zurich) or smaller places like Bruson or Veysonnaz, for Verbier 4 Valleys, or lovely Zinal or even Les Marécottes really close to Lausanne, or Torgon for the Portes du Soleil, again very quick access from Lausanne.

What about you, where would you be looking?
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

Distance from home is an element which shouldn't be left out of the equation. Especially so if there are children which have to be at school early on a Monday morning. Teachers are not too keen on seeing a classful of sleepy children who've been away all the weekend and returned home late on a Sunday evening! ( Even more so if they themselves have also been away skiing all the weekend and returned home late on a Sunday evening. )
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Anywhere within 3 hours by public transportation and with good snow and interesting skiing for advance skiers would do for me. No after-ski required.
Well I can't promise you no apres-ski, but season-rentals are often used by ski instructors in Engleberg, often with a number of them sharing a larger house, bringing down the per-capita cost, rather than each looking for their own apartment.

Normal estate agents would be the normal route to finding them - cheaper ones normally to be found in the NeuSchwandli part which is a (free) busride from the Titlis lifts or the less-accessible (i.e. a bit of a walk/climb uphill to get home) streets above the village on the Brunni side, e.g. Scwandstrasse.

Alternatively, there are quite a few rental apartments in our building and neighbouring ones quite close to the Titlis Talstation, some of which might be available for a season rental even if that's not what's normally done - just ask the agent to enquire with the owners.
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Well I can't promise you no apres-ski, but season-rentals are often used by ski instructors in Engleberg, often with a number of them sharing a larger house, bringing down the per-capita cost, rather than each looking for their own apartment.

Normal estate agents would be the normal route to finding them - cheaper ones normally to be found in the NeuSchwandli part which is a (free) busride from the Titlis lifts or the less-accessible (i.e. a bit of a walk/climb uphill to get home) streets above the village on the Brunni side, e.g. Scwandstrasse.

Alternatively, there are quite a few rental apartments in our building and neighbouring ones quite close to the Titlis Talstation, some of which might be available for a season rental even if that's not what's normally done - just ask the agent to enquire with the owners.
Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to check Engelberg during the coming winter. Since we live on the right side of Zürich it's been easier to go to Arosa, Flumserberg and Flims, but we're likely to move to or closer to Zug next year and that would make Engelberg a good choice.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

http://www.warmesbett.ch/ Here you find some ski resorts houses.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

Just resurrecting this for more current info.... how do you go about renting for the season (French speaking part or France)?
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Just resurrecting this for more current info.... how do you go about renting for the season (French speaking part or France)?
There are tonnes of chalets for rent on websites, immoscout, anibis etc etc. great fun for a season, totally changes the skiing experience.
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Just resurrecting this for more current info.... how do you go about renting for the season (French speaking part or France)?
In the end, we didn't do it.. We are 20mins for the nearest ski station and less than 2 hours from some of the really good stations - verbier, chamonix, leysin, les gets, 4 valleys, gstad etc etc..

Ball park base figure to rent a small apartment for the season is 12k, but sky's the limit. I couldn't justify it, sure it would be fun, it would be convenient to leave stuff there, one could even sublet it..

But realistically it just wasn't worth it for us.. Most weekends we went somewhere different and the few times we stayed over night, it cost a couple of hundred CHF.
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In the end, we didn't do it.. We are 20mins for the nearest ski station and less than 2 hours from some of the really good stations - verbier, chamonix, leysin, les gets, 4 valleys, gstad etc etc..

Ball park base figure to rent a small apartment for the season is 12k, but sky's the limit. I couldn't justify it, sure it would be fun, it would be convenient to leave stuff there, one could even sublet it..

But realistically it just wasn't worth it for us.. Most weekends we went somewhere different and the few times we stayed over night, it cost a couple of hundred CHF.
You can rent in Chamonix for a year for well under 12k.....
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You can rent in Chamonix for a year for well under 12k.....
Well of course sure you can find something..

A quick two minute search on one site shows me a small one room apt for 5900 gbp ..


However I have kids and i would probably have friends and their kids stay some weekends. Something suitable for me would cost a lot more.
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Re: Renting apartment for the ski season

I found some on Anibis last night. LOVE the idea of it, but also wondered about visiting different areas too as I suspect we'll want to explore a bit.


We will be less than 2 hours from the places you mention too John H. Exciting times ahead!
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Great idea- we would choose a resort which is not so international and expensive, like Leukerbad- which has great skiing and also excellent spas for those aching muscles after a good day on the slopes (easy access via Lötschenberg Tunnel for Bern and Zurich) or smaller places like Bruson or Veysonnaz, for Verbier 4 Valleys, or lovely Zinal or even Les Marécottes really close to Lausanne, or Torgon for the Portes du Soleil, again very quick access from Lausanne.

What about you, where would you be looking?
Hi, we were looking to rent in Leukerbad having been there in Feb of this year it was great for the kids. Do you have any recommendation for a chalet in Leukerbad?

We also heard Charmey is good with kids and also has the thermal baths which is good for the adults. Anyone been?
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