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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Do let us know how it goes! We've decided not to ski this year. It would probably be too stressful. We'll be missing out though if people say it was empty with no lift lines and free tables in restaurants. Somehow I don't think it'll be like that.



There are some cheap apartments in Zermatt but you have to book way in advance.
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Old 09.12.2020, 22:35
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Air B&Bs. Cran Montana is full of them, much cheaper than hotels.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

As said, for families and single parents- Youth Hostels are fabulous. Great price, and always company for the kids, and parents, + cooking facilities and fridges/storage, and also prepared meals. Not sure how it works currently with Covid though.




https://www.youthhostel.ch/en/landin...-snowboarding/




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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Don't go to Saas Fee until mid Febuary, thats when the sun comes out.
The real gem in Wallis is Belalp near Brig. Cheap, less crowds, great terrain, always in the sun and one of the longest "schlittelweg" in CH. The drunken Indy 500, good times.
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How hard is it to pack some sandwiches and tea, and have a proper hot meal afterwards?
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How hard is it to pack some sandwiches and tea, and have a proper hot meal afterwards?

Sometimes you need a break from the cold. Depends on the weather.
I lived in Zermatt my first winter here in CH and I agree that Zermatt and the Matterhorn are a must-see but I wouldn't stay there overnight. Mountain is great and the village is cute but at times can be an open air circus full of clowns that push poshness to levels of insanity. Beverly Hills ain't got nothing on Zermatt. It's both funny and sad. To each their own.


Grächen (St. Niklaus) is the place to take a family and not break the bank. It's right in the center and close to everything including Saas-Fee, Zermatt, Visp-Brig. Loads of kid-friendly activities including the largest kids park in CH. Plus they push the whole St. Niklaus theme for Christmas. If we didn't have free access to a couple of family vacation chalets in VS, and I wanted to buy one personally, it would be in Grächen. Stunning in every aspect. Belalp and Bellwald come in at number two and three respectively. IMHO, YMMV


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How hard is it to pack some sandwiches and tea, and have a proper hot meal afterwards?

The only way we could afford skiing for 2 weeks in top regions. Self-catering with pack meal and snacks.


Most resorts in Switzerland have got picnic rooms - not sure how that will work due to Covid.
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Good day all,
Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?
Family with 3 kids.
The idea is to visit as many different ski resort.
Nothing to do with "we must ski in Zermatt"
Looking for week of accommodation.
Keen all day skiers.
Booking.com showing high prices.
Any tips?
No. Not if you are a russian holigark!
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You get the occasional Rupert and Victoria skiing with mummy and daddy but I've never seen Zermatt as being posh. I guess it depends on what level of poshness you rank yourself at.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

We will definitely ski this winter, but keep away at week-ends and during school holidays- the joys of being retired. Only got 1 week booked, ski in, ski out, at Thyon 2000 end of Feb for my big BD.. but there will be plenty of amazing offers this year, I am sure.




Edit, just seen that Thyon are recruiting extra staff to help with Covid measures- including 2 people to supervise the heated picnic rooms provided. So I imagine other resorts will do the same, so people, families, can eat their packed lunches in comfort.

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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

At the moment Zermatt is showing possible snowing every day.
(with exception of Saturday, sunny when we arrive)
How will you play it?

1) 6 day ski pass buy today? (2 adults + 3 kids)
2) Or arrive there and decide there?

My kids (even me) will not enjoy skiing while snowing.
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At the moment Zermatt is showing possible snowing every day.
(with exception of Saturday, sunny when we arrive)
How will you play it?

1) 6 day ski pass buy today? (2 adults + 3 kids)
2) Or arrive there and decide there?

My kids (even me) will not enjoy skiing while snowing.
Well you won’t get a pass refund just because it’s snowing. Multiple day passes though will be much more expensive.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

I’ve just checked the weather on the Zermatt website & it looks fine next week, hardly any snow. This forecast is normally very accurate.

If you are that weather averse though... is going skiing when there will be no restaurants open for a hot chocolate warm up really a great idea?
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I’ve just checked the weather on the Zermatt website & it looks fine next week, hardly any snow. This forecast is normally very accurate.

If you are that weather averse though... is going skiing when there will be no restaurants open for a hot chocolate warm up really a great idea?
Thanks. All booked now. No regrets.
Living in Switzerland spoiled me a little bit.
I only ski on sunny weather. Day trips to Stoos, Engelberg or Andermatt as soon as I see sunny weather predictions.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Regarding the lift passes. Make sure you take the kids ID when you get them - you need it for the free/discounted passes - they are super strict on this!
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At the moment Zermatt is showing possible snowing every day.
(with exception of Saturday, sunny when we arrive)
How will you play it?

1) 6 day ski pass buy today? (2 adults + 3 kids)
2) Or arrive there and decide there?

My kids (even me) will not enjoy skiing while snowing.
Part of the fun is roughing it, though. Sorry Pants if the weather gods don't agree with your plan. Last year we went to crazy Diablerets, in a snow/rain/hail/wind storm. They closed it at midday because of the weather, there were only few of us there. But it was the best weird skiing ever, adventure!

The hot chocolate breaks are kinda for grandmas, innit. Warm sugary stuff puts me to sleep. Bourgeois skiing is no fun.

Love the mountains here.

But I am still waiting for our local station to have enough snow..No tourists, no new strain, empty slopes, cheap passes, bliss.

Post us some lux skiing pics, ok?
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The hot chocolate breaks are kinda for grandmas, innit. Warm sugary stuff puts me to sleep. Bourgeois skiing is no fun.
Or cold tired children!
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Or cold tired children!
Probably too. But then there are the opposite mini adventurers who too often disppear in the forest when nobody's lookin and who have hard time letting go off the lift when it's dark already..."One more last time"..."Where have you dropped your jacket?!" Kinda scenario.

Gimme bourgeois skiing once, then.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Agreed on the Findlerhof being worth the expense, and the walk to and from - Franz runs a superb kitchen. It’s also the single reason my wife deigns to ski when we’re in Zermatt 😂

We’ve normally stayed in apartments rather than hotels since we had the kids and a family friend spends most of the year there so a few local contacts can make it a little less eye watering. We’re in two minds about this season, but assuming we get vaccinated before end of the season we should be there for at least a week at Easter. And as someone else mentioned it’s worth using the Zermatt website for future trips unless you’ve got promo codes for booking.com or the others.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?
Answer is NO.
Fantastic holiday. Must see mountain. Skied super well, early morning to end of play. Kids improved a lot.
Kids under 10 years dont pay for skiing.
Cheaper than most resorts for a family of 5 ticket price total.
Rented 12 chf ski storage for 24h (fits 5 pairs of skies and shoes - Caution: you must close the door once. You open after 5 min, you pay again. Cheeky! ...and they say 24h storage) at Zermat rail station, very convenient.
Thank you for the tips in this thread. Made this trip possible. Happy new year, have a healthy 2021!
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