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post #31 of 39
Originally Posted by prickly View Post

"There are a few direct trains (one in the morning and three in the afternoon/evening) that take about 2:15 in total. In the middle of the day, there are two options that include changes and take about 3:15. The Swiss Rail site has all the details, but you'll need to use the Austrian Rail site to see the timetable for the return trip."

Finally, someone with real information rather than the usual spouting off with no firm facts. Oh, right, that was me. 


It looks like Swiss/Austrian rail have opened up more direct trains between Zurich and St. Anton for the winter. I just checked for January 5, and there are direct trains running all day long starting at 10:40. (That's means no more triple-change journeys for me if my flight is late and I miss the 10:40 train.)

post #32 of 39

I think St Anton should be good around that time of year and not too busy, but if it's a bit dubious snow-wise, the Kaunertaler Gletcher is not too far from there depending on where you're staying (no train though, but there are buses from Landeck). There's good snow there most of the year thanks to the glacier, however this does mean a stomach-turning trip through all those hairpins on the ski bus. It's a small resort and not a lot of really tough skiing, but it's a lot of fun and if you get up there early in the day, there are huge expanses of powder to roam between all the slopes.


Another option would be Engelberg (although I'm wary of suggesting it, it's such a hidden gem!). It's a really sporty resort, it doesn't seem to attract flashy posers like some other Swiss resorts and there's something good for all levels...though I generally would say it's intermediate upwards and would suit you based on your description of your ability. I usually go late March and I've always had excellent snow conditions there. It's a really nice resort, a good mixture of old Alpine style architecture with a very modern lift system, and honestly I've never seen it busy. Oh, and there's a 2-hour direct train from Zurich that passes though some breathtaking scenery and stops right in the centre of the village. 

post #33 of 39
Thread Starter 

thanks!  Thats some great information!

post #34 of 39

Too late to buy it now, but if you happen to have a Vail Resorts Epic Pass, it includes 3 days lift tickets at Verbier.

post #35 of 39
Thread Starter 

thanks.  I saw that right after I bought the mountain collective for aspen, alta etc.  If it came up a little earlier I would have done that instead.

post #36 of 39

I didn't see this thread before.  For the past week I've been researching the Arlberg, finally settled on Lech for Jan. 19-26.  But I'm not returning from Zurich until Feb. 4, so looking for something interesting in eastern Switzerland for the second week.  Anyone been to Andermatt?  Klosters is another option.


Arlberg reputation is high snowfall but sunny exposure and not the highest altitude. Thus I'm going just before the February high season rather than after.  Zermatt is probably better for the later time frame.  I've had a day at Verbier. While the runs rising out of the resort hav sunny exposure, there's a massive amount of high north facing terrain on the backside which could easily consume several days of my time.

post #37 of 39

Disentus adds a bit more terrain to what's available in Andermatt, and the two are just a short train ride away from each other. Engelberg is another option fairly close to Zurich. But Davos/Klosters probably has the most terrain in the region you're looking at.

post #38 of 39

Wow, Tony Crocker asking me for advice! Tony, Andermatt has about the best reputation possible for snowfall, allegedly gets hit from three sides as sits on top of pass. I like the hill a lot but it's small. It would be my absolute first choice to frequent as a regular if I didn't already have a home in the Italian Alps, also easy, easy access by road from here. 

post #39 of 39
Thread Starter 
Hi all. My daughter and I are in verbier now. We had snow and fog for a few days. But the sun came out today with some fresh powder. It was simply amazing. I have skied all over the west and verbier is now my favorite. Ill post pictures later.
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