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

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

Try getting accommodation in Täsch and take the train up and down every day. Täsch has the most trains, but also try one of the other villages between Zermatt and Visp. Even Visp is only 1 hour (and 8 minutes) away.

Edited to add: Some of the Täsch hotels offer a van shuttle Service from their front door to the Zermatt station (a block away) for their guests. Unlike you, they have a permit to drive the road.

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

There's a range of accommodation in Zermatt but I guess during high holidays it won't be cheap as it reflects demand. Maybe try Saas Fee. Right next door with less pomp.
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Maybe try Saas Fee. Right next door with less pomp.

And wayyyy less sun. Went there for the first time last week and the snow was great, but it was quite weird to be completely in the shade for the entire afternoon. Even with the blue skies above the atmosphere was still quite gloomy. Am not sure I'd head back until the sun is significantly higher in the sky. It's hard to beat Zermatt for the views, I think everyone should ski it at least once.
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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?
Maybe a daft question, but have you tried their website? In my experience in Switzerland the better offers for resort accommodation tend to be found on the resort website rather than screenscrapers.
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Good day all,
Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?
Booking.com showing high prices.
Any tips?
Don't use booking.com or any other middleman. At least 5% discount.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Saas Fe, although next door doesn’t have access to Zermatt (other than a bus to St. Nicholas and then train to Zermatt). I got the impression the OP wanted to Ski Zermatt.

Saas Fe is another great Ski destination though.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Honestly, I don't know that many people who can afford to ski in a family of 5 the entire week. Yes, it is that expensive, Zermatt just is. We tend to do 1-2 days in smaller resorts, I enjoy smaller local stations (no hotels) since there aren't huge lines and crowds. Anyways - good skiing and enjoy anywhere you end up.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

I have stayed at some dumps of Hotels in Zermatt, I am sure you can find for below 100 a night in low season.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

We‘ve only ever skied there for long weekends, rather than full weeks, but generally at the beginning of the season i.e. from the end of November to before Christmas or end of the season we have managed to find ok priced accommodation by Swiss standards.

Looking back through booking.com and admittedly a few years ago (I didn‘t bother with a couple of early season stays in 2011/2012, but similar prices)

March 3-6 2016 double room x 2 CHF 720 hotel CIMA
April 1-6 2015 double room CHF 640 Haus Darioli (cancelled)
Nov 29-Dec 1 2013 double room CHF 240 Le petit Charme-inn
Apr 5-7 2013 double room CHF 266 hotel butterfly
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

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

Never stayed there. But is has a Youth Hostel with family rooms- so I'd say that would be your best bet. Our kids used to love Youth Hostelling as there were always other kids from all nationalities there to play with in the evening.


https://www.youthhostel.ch/en/hostels/zermatt/
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Never stayed there. But is has a Youth Hostel with family rooms- so I'd say that would be your best bet. Our kids used to love Youth Hostelling as there were always other kids from all nationalities there to play with in the evening.


https://www.youthhostel.ch/en/hostels/zermatt/
No idea about Zermatt YH but I agree it's a good option, we love the one in St Moritz.

But do check the location, we tried the one in Davos and it's nowhere near the lifts with a choice of walking a steep path or a very long road.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Thank you all for your messages.
Some fantastic advice and ideas.
Hostel is fully booked. I liked this idea.
I managed to book an apartment in Randa.
Not Zermatt but also not Zermatt price.
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Thank you all for your messages.
Some fantastic advice and ideas.
Hostel is fully booked. I liked this idea.
I managed to book an apartment in Randa.
Not Zermatt but also not Zermatt price.
Good choice. 20 mins by train to/from Zermatt. Two trains an hour.

From Zermatt the Gornerrgrat bahn is across the street, e-bus to the Klein Matterhorn also there and it’s a 10 minute walk to the Sonnegar u-bahn.

At the very top of Sunnegar, Rothorn, there is a great Italian Restaurant. Highly recommend and a variety of routes down.

2nd edit. In a normal year you need to book your Lunch place a couple of days in advance. Chez Ronni, a very popular (but very good) place might need booking a week or so in advance. No worries everyone speaks English.

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

“Chez Vrony” is not exactly compatible with the budget holiday plan. It’s also not the best mountain restaurant in Zermatt (just the most famous), try its neighbour Findlerhof, or Zum See (still not budget - but better in my humble opinion).
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

But if you want to eat on the mountains you do need to book ahead. Their Menus are on their websites.
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But if you want to eat on the mountains you do need to book ahead. Their Menus are on their websites.
Unless you want to eat in the self service restaurants. Then it’s not necessary. Not sure how busy restaurants will be with no international guests this year... that said no restaurants are open here at all at the moment - ski & starve!
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Unless you want to eat in the self service restaurants. Then it’s not necessary. Not sure how busy restaurants will be with no international guests this year... that said no restaurants are open here at all at the moment - ski & starve!
Self-service will not be allowed under coronavirus rules.
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Re: Skiing in Zermatt. Does it have to break the bank?

Worth keeping Youth Hostels in mind for another trip- as they are so reasonable and family rooms are lockable and usually have their own WC/shower these days.


As for eating in restaurants- many of us survived without with the family. We always used to take our home made pack-lunches with us and drinks + snacks and then cooked a family meal at home after skiing. Doing this meant we could ski for almost 2 weeks instead of one. Restaurants will be open until 19.00, so if you want to eat out, will have to go straight after skiing.
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