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Old 12.01.2010, 14:53
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Best ski mountain for beginners

Hello English forum!!

I know there have probably been a few Threads like this but i searched a couple and could not find what i was looking for. So sorry

We are 2 21 yr old females planning a ski weekend somewhere in switzerland. Ideally we would leave friday night and return sunday night both after 7pm as we have Gleis 7 card. So we are looking for a ski slope that is easy for beginners is easy to get to via public transport and is fun and has great views and weather. Also must have rent station and be reasonably priced!! Hahahaha
Accommodation would be a backpackers or staying with someone.but that is not the issue We can sort that out easy.

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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

What do you mean by easy by public transport? Many in CH are close. Are you looking for no train changes, within X hours, etc? But for really close

Flumserberg
Hoch-y-brig

Farther out
Davos
Laax-Flims
Grindelwald

All are accessible by train/bus in 2.5 hours or less. All have beginner areas as well as blue slopes. The bottom 3 are bigger and would probably be better for a weekend.
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

We just spent a week in Chamonix (France) and we had three complete beginners with us. The ski school and beginner slopes at La Tour were excellent. These slopes are on the Chamonix ski bus line which is included with your lift ticket.
http://www.ecole-ski-vallorcine.com/ecole-de-ski.php
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

Amden (Arvenbuehl)

There is a rent station in Amden itself, and then you can get the bus up to Arvenbuehl. Nice views of Wallensee, brilliant pistes for learning. Its a very small area and not much in the way of night life if thats what you are looking for, but you can do it on the cheap with your Gleis 7 really easily by day tripping it.
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

Hey thanks for your posts

I will explain myself a bit better.
I will have all my ski things with me and my friend must rent so to change trains more than twice is going to be a hassle
Since we are doing a weekend away we were thinking something further away so we could also see a new area of switzerland.
We are not interested in the night life but would enjoy being in a place that has good atmosphere so we could meet new people.
I spent 3 months in the engadin and loved it!! But do not want to go there as i tried it all and found the slopes a bit hard for me.
We are extreme beginners as in i only had 1st lesson last year and fell over all the time and my friend has not skied in 5 years.

I like the look of Amden
And its close and cheap its just we could do that in a daytrip more and we have a whole weekend!! Hahahahaha want to make the most of it
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

I've heard some good things about Elm: http://www.bergfex.ch/elm/
(haven't been there myself though, so I cannot promise anything).
15km easy slopes out of 40km in total (with only 5km hard) sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
And, like Amden/Flumserberg, you ski on a nice south (ok, south east)facing slope.

Have fun!
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

I would suggest Davos then. There is decent night life and you can always find beginner slopes on all mountains. The train ride is not bad but it could be tough finding a place to sleep
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

We had a super weekend in Braunwald last year. There is some easy skiing and has some cheap places to stay
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

In process of learning I tried once Bennau slopes nearby Zurich: http://www.myslopes.com/switzerland/...einsiedeln.php

Also close to Einsiedeln, Brunni slope on one side is not very steep and ideal for adults beginners and kids to practice: http://www.bergfex.com/brunni-alpthal/panorama/
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

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Amden (Arvenbuehl)

There is a rent station in Amden itself, and then you can get the bus up to Arvenbuehl. Nice views of Wallensee, brilliant pistes for learning. Its a very small area and not much in the way of night life if thats what you are looking for, but you can do it on the cheap with your Gleis 7 really easily by day tripping it.
I second this one. Arvenbuehl also has some very nice walking routes
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

Hi Sherrylady if want something nice go to madrisa in klosters because there slow this week an it good for beginners. And for the train you get on in zurich to landquart thin get off get the to klosters there a bus to madrisa every 30 min. an to fine place all awalk in 5 to 10 min.ok
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

I recommend Arosa. I think there is enough beginning skiing for a weekend and the views are spectactular. Not a huge night life however. Train to Chur and from there take a train to Arosa....leaves from outside the station. Maybe accomodation is expensive.
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I've heard some good things about Elm: http://www.bergfex.ch/elm/
(haven't been there myself though, so I cannot promise anything).
15km easy slopes out of 40km in total (with only 5km hard) sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
And, like Amden/Flumserberg, you ski on a nice south (ok, south east)facing slope.

Have fun!
Elm is actually a bit steeper then the map suggests. One of the blues is the narrow and icy valley run, and the pistes up in the resort are mostly about the same steepness regardless of their colour. Its a great resort if you are comfortable on ski's but not necessarily somewhere I would recommend if someone is a beginner.
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

Being a beginner myself this season. I highly recommend the following places

Villars - great ski school, great learners slopes not sure white the night life is like as we have never stayed there. If you are travelling from Lausanne you will only need to change trains once

Verbier - Also a great spot to learn with great teachers. Verbier has a great night life for young people. If you are travelling from Lausanne you will need to change trains once and then take a bus from the train station at the bottome of verbier (this whole trip takes 1 1/2hrs)

Saas Fe - is good for learning and the teacher i had there was excellent the is a little cheaper for leasons, the night life is great. You will need to check out the transport there though

good luck and enjoy your ski-ing
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We had a super weekend in Braunwald last year. There is some easy skiing and has some cheap places to stay
Braunwald: not for beginners.
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Hey thanks for your posts

I will explain myself a bit better.
I will have all my ski things with me and my friend must rent so to change trains more than twice is going to be a hassle
Since we are doing a weekend away we were thinking something further away so we could also see a new area of switzerland.
We are not interested in the night life but would enjoy being in a place that has good atmosphere so we could meet new people.
I spent 3 months in the engadin and loved it!! But do not want to go there as i tried it all and found the slopes a bit hard for me.
We are extreme beginners as in i only had 1st lesson last year and fell over all the time and my friend has not skied in 5 years.

I like the look of Amden
And its close and cheap its just we could do that in a daytrip more and we have a whole weekend!! Hahahahaha want to make the most of it
Amden is the correct answer.
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Re: Best ski mountain for beginners

Runner-up: Hoch Ybrig
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Amden is the correct answer.
Except right now Amden is a bit short of snow (only 3 of 6 lifts open, only 10cm on the lower slopes). Despite what they claim, I could also imagine it's rather icy right now (all ski resorts lie about snow conditions). Wait for some new snow before you go there!
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Except right now Amden is a bit short of snow (only 3 of 6 lifts open, only 10cm on the lower slopes). Despite what they claim, I could also imagine it's rather icy right now (all ski resorts lie about snow conditions). Wait for some new snow before you go there!
Use the my Switzerland snow reports, these reports are given directly by the resorts through Swiss Tourism. Apparently there was some trouble a few years back with the resorts misrepresenting. I heard that Swiss Tourism got a lot of complaints and threatened to remove resorts from this site if they had more complaints. I've found the reports to be fairly reliable with this lately. Remember that some resorts will measure upper snow depth on glaciers, and hard essentially means icy, but in general the reports on this site are accurate.
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