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Hello:

I'm new here in Switzerland and I'm really excited for the winter season. I want to know if you can help, where is the cheapest place where I can rent the whole equipment (snowboard, boats) for the whole season. I heard that in SportXX is really cheap, but I don't know if that's the cheapest. Also besides that, there's like a swiss winter pass for the lifts for the whole season? I'm planning to go every Saturday so I don't know which is the best option. I've the Half fare card and the gleis 7 so maybe the train can be really cheap, the problem is the lift.

Thank you really much for your help, I know we are still in September but I really want to save money for the season.

Thks!
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where is the cheapest place where I can rent the whole equipment (snowboard, boats) for the whole season.
In the one resort that you want to go to. Walk in, negotiate.

Alternatively, purchase equipment abroad.

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Also besides that, there's like a swiss winter pass for the lifts for the whole season?
No. Only for well-defined regions. Pick your region, sign up.

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I've the Half fare card and the gleis 7 so maybe the train can be really cheap, the problem is the lift.
The "lift" will not be helped by anything during winter season, except by residency (locals get discounts, no one else does). The best you can hope for is an account with Raiffeisen Bank and http://www.sbb.ch/freizeit-ferien/ta...eTripItem=snow

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I really want to save money for the season.
Enjoy the winter in places other than Switzerland, if that really is your primary motivation.

Disclaimer / for the groaners: For the past seasons, I have only been using Swiss locations for winter sports. I was spoilt by reasonably empty slopes, great snow, short distances to resorts. My motivation to actually drive all the way to St. Anton or Ischgl (or even Samnaun) is very, very limited given world class resorts 90 minutes (at most) down the road.
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Re: Ski and Snowboard

Many people take a trip and rent equipment here.
http://www.sportshopkarrer.ch/servic...ski-miete.html even if you decide not to go here it gives you an idea of target prices.

Stockli do rental options too which you can check out http://www.stoeckli.ch/ch-fr/rental - a little more but may mean you do not have to carry back and forwards as in Engelberg there are lockers next to the Stoeckli shop for storage.

For the cheapest way to get to resort and combine with lift pass then try the the combined train and ski pass allowing you to explore different resorts for less than 40chf per day train and lift pass. This might work out better value than season pass if you are only planning 1 day per week.
http://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holiday...snownrail.html

Season lift passes work out somewhere bewteen 2 and 3 consecutive weeks for a lift pass so are good value if you are able to go to the same resort and combine with some weeks of skiing, not the best option if you plan to visit different resorts. Some ski passes e.g. Ski pass central schweiz covers multiple resorts in central switzerland http://www.luzern.com/it/central-swi...d-snow-pass-en and could be a good option.

As the previous OP has said - if you are looking for cheap then go elsewhere, Feldberg in Germany, or Alsace French resorts - but if you are a confident skier then you will be soon bored of these.
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Hello:

I'm new here in Switzerland and I'm really excited for the winter season. I want to know if you can help, where is the cheapest place where I can rent the whole equipment (snowboard, boats) for the whole season. I heard that in SportXX is really cheap, but I don't know if that's the cheapest. Also besides that, there's like a swiss winter pass for the lifts for the whole season? I'm planning to go every Saturday so I don't know which is the best option. I've the Half fare card and the gleis 7 so maybe the train can be really cheap, the problem is the lift.

Thank you really much for your help, I know we are still in September but I really want to save money for the season.

Thks!
Living in Biel the closest resorts will be in the Bernese Oberland ie Jungfrau (made up of Murren, Grindelwald and Wengen), Adelboden and Gstaad. These are all excellent areas to ski in and reachable by train.
Adelboden is probably best value. Jungfrau is excellent but more expensive.

There are some other smaller and even cheaper resorts that are also good such has Sorenberg, Meiringen, and Saanenmöser (also part of Gstaad).
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There are also smaller ski areas on the Jura mountains. The nearest to Biel is 'Les Bugnenets-Savagnières' and also Les Rasses near St Croix (not easy by public transport) and La Robella in Buttes, 2 mins walk from the railway station.
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