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Old 23.04.2018, 14:50
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Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

Hi everyone,
We arrived too late for skiing this season... or did we? Both of us would need a refresher and we'll be willing to go next weekend or so anywhere where:
- we can rent equipment,
- have a reasonable weekend pass rate (2adults)
- easy/bunny slopes for taking it nice and slow (ie: no hard core slopes for now, thx)

We are willing to rent a car in zurich and drive anywhere on friday night with the aim of coming back on sunday evening.

Does this sound doable?


(And yes, i have heard that you can't drive a rented CH car out of Switerland so unfort no Chamonix and Monoprix for us).

Many thanks to everyone in advance
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Old 23.04.2018, 15:41
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

Yes, you're a bit late this year. You might find some scraps left, but not a lot. There's always (and I mean always) the glaciers, though.

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And yes, i have heard that you can't drive a rented CH car out of Switerland so unfort no Chamonix and Monoprix for us
No, that's not true, if you are resident in Switzerland. I think you've got yourself confused.
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

There are definitely still some of the high places open like Engelberg, Saas Fee and Zermatt. Engelberg is close to Zurich by car or train but not sure it will have the easy slopes open. Zurich and Saas Fee should have something suitable though.
Check out this list for the top 20 piste conditions there might be others open.
https://www.snow-forecast.com/countr.../resorts/piste
But do check that the resort you choose is definitely open.
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Old 23.04.2018, 15:53
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

Local resorts are mostly closed. You would need to investigate what may be open, but Zermatt might be your best bet,

You are most likely going to have to head to glaciers or big resorts.

I would suggest starting with Zermatt, but I also know that Ischgl in Austria is not closed yet.
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

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There are definitely still some of the high places open like Engelberg, Saas Fee and Zermatt. Engelberg is close to Zurich by car or train but not sure it will have the easy slopes open.
No. Even the reds at Jochpass, which are by no means 'easy', will be closing this coming weekend, apparently (was there last night), leaving just the glacier runs and those from Stand to Truebsee, which really don't fit the OP's stated requirements.

There's still a lot of stuff planned to open in the Portes du Soleil for next weekend, although that's clearly too far away.
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

Personally I would write off this season. You'll go to great expense and effort for negligable return.

And you can drive a rented CH car outside of CH as you're Swiss residents.
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Personally I would write off this season. You'll go to great expense and effort for negligable return.
Agreed.
Also, normally the higher you go, which you will have to this time of year to find snow and pistes that are still open, the harder the pistes are. If there are any "bunny" slopes as you call them at altitude, they are invariably very short and perhaps not worth the money it would cost you to ski them.


Then there's the quality of the spring snow to consider. By stating you would prefer to start on easy pistes to get back into it seems to signal a basic to mediocre level, and with spring snow being heavy, wet and slushy which turns to ice at the end of the day, these are ideal conditions for accidents. This spring snow will almost certainly kill any enjoyment you are hoping for.


Now, these are of course the negatives you should consider, if you are ok with them then there may still be 1 or 2 places left open, worst case scenario you go, you decide it's no fun and spend a nice afternoon sunning yourselves on the restaurant terrace enjoying a view of the alps.
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

Regarding driving a rented or hired car outside of Switzerland - I was curious, so I searched (via Google) and found information that indicates that the rule just applies to EU citizens.... Therefore (for example) if you're an American it seems not to apply.... Perhaps then it's simpler to say: It's not allowed to "hire" a car in CH and drive it outside of Switzerland, but it's fine to "rent" a car and do the same
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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

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Regarding driving a rented or hired car outside of Switzerland - I was curious, so I searched (via Google) and found information that indicates that the rule just applies to EU citizens.... Therefore (for example) if you're an American it seems not to apply.... Perhaps then it's simpler to say: It's not allowed to "hire" a car in CH and drive it outside of Switzerland, but it's fine to "rent" a car and do the same
Correct. There is a lot of misinformation out there about this simple situation.

If you are resident in Switzerland (regardless of your nationality, citizenship or sexual orientation), you may hire a car in Switzerland and drive it wherever the hire car company lets you go—which is usually anywhere in the EU plus the normal nearly-EU countries and sometimes some eastern European or northern African countries.

If you are resident in the EU and hire a car in Switzerland, you may not drive it across the border into the EU.

Similarly, as a resident of Switzerland, I am not permitted to rent a truck in France (EU) and drive it into Switzerland. I was told this in no uncertain terms by a Swiss border guard (who then let me in anyway, telling me that if someone else stopped me later I was "on my own"...).

One tiny sliver of a silver lining for post-Brexit UK, perhaps.

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Re: Late season skiing? (End of April/early May?)

Zermatt-Cervinia have some slopes open all year round.
Les Diablerets I think still have some Glacier3000 slopes open.
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Correct. There is a lot of misinformation out there about this simple situation.

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Similarly, as a resident of Switzerland, I am not permitted to rent a truck in France (EU) and drive it into Switzerland.
You can but you have to 'import/do the paperwork' it at the Zoll (for free) for a maximum of 8 days.

I rented a car from the Basel airport, French side, for a 2 week holiday in France.
Drove it to the Zoll, told the guys what I was up to, I needed to overnight in Basel, then the 2 weeks in France, then bring it back over the border for dropping off the luggage.

They said they're not doing the paperwork for that, carry on.

€440 for 15 days estate car rental (Hertz Euroairport)
I couldn't find anything near that price in Basel.
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