Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Activities > Travel/day trips/free time  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05.02.2011, 22:25
MysteryMachine's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Prangins
Posts: 185
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 82 Times in 42 Posts
MysteryMachine has no particular reputation at present
ski trips from Nyon?

Just moved here a week ago, and we have our first guest visiting who wants to go skiing (boarding actually) sometime in the next week...and seems the ski conditions are horrible in the Lac Leman region. Any day trips, via public transport, from Nyon that have decent snow? I saw on the website for les gets that the forecast for tomorrow was 10C!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05.02.2011, 22:31
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: ski trips from Nyon?

This year is the worst I can remember. You need to head up high! You can take the train to Martigny, then change for the little train to Le Chable- where you will have the telecabin/gondolas to go up to Verbier resort - then keep going to the very top. The area around La Chaux/Col des Gentianes is ideal for snowboarders as you can avoid poma lifts or chairs- and just use gondolas. Off piste is rubbish at the mo, but up there the snow is hard packed but NOT icy. Anything lower is icy. It's a great train journey, all along the lake then in a lovely valley. For timetable look at www.sbb.ch you can click on English then ask for an itineray Nyon-Le Chable.

If he needs to hire equipment, stop at the Verbier station- there is a shop to the right, and one just opposite gondola- then back again to the top.
Col des Gentianes is at 2950m, La Chaux about 2500. anything below 2000 is dodgy at the moment.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 06.02.2011, 10:52
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: ski trips from Nyon?

BTW most Swiss resorts all along the Rhone valley from Aigle, Sion, Sierre and beyond are served by the same train, with an integrated bus service. If you do a search for any of those resorts (like: Villars, Torgon, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Ovronnaz, Leukerbad (last 2 with great spas, so great if some skiers/boarders, some not) Crans-Montana, etc, on the sbb website, they will give you integrated timetables and prices with train + bus.

Also, at your local station you can pick up a booklet with all the current train+ski (including ski passes and or - accommodation) for this season with great savings.

Last edited by Odile; 06.02.2011 at 15:30.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07.02.2011, 12:04
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: la cote
Posts: 3,660
Groaned at 22 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 3,309 Times in 1,741 Posts
runningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond reputerunningdeer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: ski trips from Nyon?

Yeah, go up high for the best snow. Verbier or Les Diablerets come to mind. Of course, some the recommendations would depend on the ability of the skier too.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 13.02.2011, 21:19
MysteryMachine's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Prangins
Posts: 185
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 82 Times in 42 Posts
MysteryMachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: ski trips from Nyon?

Thanks for all the tips. I think we will try Verbier as many people have mentioned that both on EF and in person.

We did plan a multi-day mid-week trip to Zermatt and then take the Glacier express to St. Moritz (might as well, I have the GA and he the swiss pass so its almost free). Will be doing 2 days of skiing (me) and boarding (my friend) in Zermatt. We were hoping to do some in St. Moritz as well but hotels are CRAZY expensive there even mid-week. For example our 3 nights in Zermatt were only about the same as one night in St. Moritz.

After that we are going to try one of the local recommendations ... I'm hoping for snow, forecasters are saying snow local on Tues and Wed, but then I have already seen in just a couple weeks of being here how off the forecasts are here

Oh for skill.. I don't know how it equates in switzerland. I usually ski single black diamonds or more interesting blue runs in the US but stay away from chutes and I'll do moguls only once in a while cause I'm "old" now and not so good at them so I get tired (use them more of an excuse to justify fondue AND dessert). My friend is hard to judge, he has 4 yrs or so experience but he is very fearful of getting hurt so no matter the terrain he goes very slow. He prefers off-piste but defined runs or days when the piste runs have powder on top (I know, a rare combo and probably not going to find good stuff like that this year).

See you on the slopes!
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ski Day Trips From Basel? Anyone recommend anything? Andie1 Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 14 10.11.2012 12:07
Ski Virgin-Group novice ski lesson- MON 8th Feb. deutschmaad Social events 20 22.03.2010 19:43
Ski Virgin-Group novice ski lesson, Flumserberg deutschmaad Social events 6 07.02.2010 18:34
Ski-Virgin-group ski novice learning-the update: deutschmaad Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 24 28.12.2009 21:35


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 16:43.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0