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Which one wöuld be the best option for:

- a beginner-middle level
- who lives in Zurich
- who doesn't want to spend too much

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Well, seeing as someone else said Flumserberg was great for beginners and intermediates, and is close to Zurich then thats 2 out of your 3 criteria.

So just check out the prices there online and decide if it passes the third criteria of not spending too much.

Simples.
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Old 28.11.2012, 16:35
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Well, seeing as someone else said Flumserberg was great for beginners and intermediates, and is close to Zurich then thats 2 out of your 3 criteria.

So just check out the prices there online and decide if it passes the third criteria of not spending too much.

Simples.
You might find the night life a bit dull though. Especially over Christmas! Flims/Laaxs is better. Val d'Isere, Tignes or Chamonix is where your good night life is..
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Which one wöuld be the best option for:

- a beginner-middle level
- who lives in Zurich
- who doesn't want to spend too much

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Are you prepared to drive/ take a train? Is cost the absolute criteria? Do you want/ are you prepared to travel home every day to save on accommodation?

The cheaper stuff tends to be in Austria, Flumserberg is close and you could travel every day, not a lot of nightlife and not a big resort but one very easy blue and some not so hard reds. Lenzerheide is further but still close to Zurich probably have to stay overnights but has more slopes than Flumserberg, about the right level, and much better night life.

You can contact the resort tourist centers through their websites. I have found them all very helpful and friendly.
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Sorry, I don't have access to any more info than you. Someone recently posted this link to myswizerland.com which is probably the best single source of such information.

Engelberg should be good, as it was already in half-decent shape and there has been/will be lots of fresh snow this week. But (mostly) not in the Berner Oberland, although easier from Basel than most that are.
Do you think they might be opening the Jochpass area next week?
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Old 28.11.2012, 17:50
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Re: Ski Season

I was in the Jungfrau last weekend and there was nothing skiable at all - I was taking a niece up to see Jungfraujoch. This weekend might be better - the temperatures are set to drop to below zero by Friday, with new snow expected over the next day or two and sunshine forecast for Saturday. Whether the Jungfrau will open, I guess you need to just check the resort reports, but the official opening date seems to be the 8th December and I will be surprised if they bring that forward. For now, Saas-Fee looks the best bet for early season piste-bashing.

Regarding places near to Zurich that are cheap and cheerful, as well as Flumserberg, I recommend Braunwald, Pizol and Hoch-Ybrig. They are all on the Snow'n'Rail scheme so you get a 20% discount on the combined rail and lift passes. If you are going for more than a day, St Anton in Austria is pretty easy to get to, good night life and plenty for intermediates. The pass is not so cheap, but Austria is generally cheaper than Switzerland.
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Flumserberg is close and you could travel every day, not a lot of nightlife and not a big resort but one very easy blue and some not so hard reds.
I agree for a long vacation its too limited, but I think you are being a bit mean on the skiing... do the descent from Leist to Unterterzen a couple of times and you will have earnt a jaegertee. Plus there's a surprising amount offpiste if you take a guide.
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Do you think they might be opening the Jochpass area next week?
I hope so, thats the only thing that will sway it for me. I am planning to head there Sunday if all goes well
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I agree for a long vacation its too limited, but I think you are being a bit mean on the skiing... do the descent from Leist to Unterterzen a couple of times and you will have earnt a jaegertee. Plus there's a surprising amount offpiste if you take a guide.
I wasn't trying to be mean. I meant its good for beginners/ intermediates. I actually think that blue run is the best chair lift run for someone just getting off the bunny slopes Ive seen in Switzerland (not that I've been that many places).

I ski Flumserberg 8 to 10 times a year but always midweek (to avoid the weekend crowds) and I take my foreign beginner skiers there. I haven't skied the harder parts there. I don`t think Im good enough to ski Unterterzen, correction, I know Im not good enough.
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I think you are being a bit mean on the skiing... do the descent from Leist to Unterterzen a couple of times and you will have earnt a jaegertee. Plus there's a surprising amount offpiste if you take a guide.
I agree. I like Flumserberg a lot. Crazy at weekends, but an absolute delight mid-week.
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Re: Ski Season

I am looking to organise a group of skiers called the kangaroo ski club on 15/16 December and in process of organising locaton. Flumserberg is a good chance so if anyone interested could look to join up
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I agree for a long vacation its too limited, but I think you are being a bit mean on the skiing... do the descent from Leist to Unterterzen a couple of times and you will have earnt a jaegertee. Plus there's a surprising amount offpiste if you take a guide.
Or if you can just read a map...

I like Flumsergberg a lot, as it happens, for its off-piste as much as its on.

Although I did manage to lose a ski there some years back after getting into an area with a 4 metre vertical drop the only way back on to piste... I was young and foolish... well young_er_ and foolish, at least

The ski turned up in the summer and I got a call from the Tourist Office to say they'd found it, and I used it and its mate for another two seasons, if memory serves. I do so love Switzerland sometimes
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Do you think they might be opening the Jochpass area next week?
I honestly don't know, although the webcams show lots of snow there and the same height on the Stand side was open last weekend and indeed has been skiable for a month or more now.

Too late now, but you could try clicking the online chat icon on titlis.ch and just asking them...
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I honestly don't know, although the webcams show lots of snow there and the same height on the Stand side was open last weekend and indeed has been skiable for a month or more now.

Too late now, but you could try clicking the online chat icon on titlis.ch and just asking them...
Thanks. Id seen the webcams and thought the same thing although Im no expert and not sure if they have any other rules other than it snows, we open.

Ill ask the online chat person. I normally just look at the piste map online but it shows everything closed.
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Thanks. Id seen the webcams and thought the same thing although Im no expert and not sure if they have any other rules other than it snows, we open.

Ill ask the online chat person. I normally just look at the piste map online but it shows everything closed.
Thing with Jochpass is that it needs to be skiable all the way down to the Truebsee level before they can open it. Last weekend the snow at that height was certainly not sufficient, in that it wasn't possible to ski all the way down from Stand to Truebsee. Unless you had roller skis, of course. No snow at all for the last couple of hundred metres of the piste.
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Re: Ski Season

Flumserberg is the closesest and easiest or höch ybrig
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Re: Ski Season

FYI Engelberg will make their decision tomorrow on the Jochstock/Jochpass and Stand pistes.

Certainly they have had a huge dump yesterday and today its still falling so I hope so.
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- who doesn't want to spend too much
I tried Braunwald with my previous landlord last season. He said it's "for kids", but was good enough for me. It's only 65 km away from Wadenswil. Daily skipass is CHF48. I'm going to come there again with my family.
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Re: Ski Season

Engelberg update:

Bad news peeps, still no opening of the Jochstock/Jochpass this weekend.

The glacier open as usual however, and an indication that the runs under stand-trubsee will be open this weekend, although they are not today.

If they do in fact open Stand-Trubsee runs, I will be there on Sunday. Going to have to hire though as just put my skis in for service, and my new powder skis for new bindings.

Let me know if anyone else is planning a trip this weekend.
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Re: Ski Season

Hi all. It looks like Stand – Trübsee will be open this weekend... Cut and Paste from the website with link below:

This weekend 1 and 2 December 2012 are the following slopes open..

- Glacier slopes, Ice Flyer

- Stand – Trübsee, chairlifts Laubersgrat and Rindertitlis

- all Titlis restaurants: Titlis, Stand, Trübsee, Linie 8, Chalet

http://www.engelberg.ch/index.php?id...$en/news//795$
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Hi all. It looks like Stand – Trübsee will be open this weekend... Cut and Paste from the website with link below:

This weekend 1 and 2 December 2012 are the following slopes open..

- Glacier slopes, Ice Flyer

- Stand – Trübsee, chairlifts Laubersgrat and Rindertitlis

- all Titlis restaurants: Titlis, Stand, Trübsee, Linie 8, Chalet

http://www.engelberg.ch/index.php?id...$en/news//795$
I'll be teaching a group from here around the moving carpet at Truebsee, so anyone passing by feel free to wave or come say hello.
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