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Traveling to Zermatt for the first time - Help needed [booked for March 2017]

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My wife, brother-in-law, 2 in-laws, and I (5 of us) are traveling to Switzerland for the first time in early March of 2017 (booked flights yesterday). We are planning to spend 5 days in Zermatt, skiing 4 of the days. We are all intermediate-expert skiers. I have been doing research online for lift tickets (what and when to buy), renting skis, etc. but am having a hard time with it.

Any advice on planning, lift tickets, where to rent skis, transportation to and from Zermatt, etc, would be extremely beneficial. Below is my itinerary:

Wednesday, Mar 1 - Travel US to Zurich

Thursday, Mar 2 - Arrive in Zurich early evening, train to Lucerne

Friday, Mar 3 - Lucerne

Saturday, Mar 4 - Lucerne

Sunday, Mar 5 - Half day Lucerne, then train to Zurich, train to Zermatt (Can we take a train form Lucerne, or would it be better/cheaper to go back to Zurich and take a train from Zermatt?)

Monday, Mar 6 - Zermatt - Ski

Tuesday, Mar 7 - Zermatt - Ski

Wednesday, Mar 8 - Zermatt - Ski

Thursday, Mar 9 - Zermatt - Ski

Friday, Mar 10 - Early train Zermatt to Zurich

Saturday, Mar 11 - Zurich

Sunday, Mar 11 - Zurich to US


Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 5
What's so cool about Lucerne? Yeah you can have a wander round the bridges but you can do that in the evening after skiing Engelberg. And taking a train from Zurich through to Brig you may as well stop at Andermatt as well.

Anyway Seat61 for rail planning. Look into Swiss transfer ticket usually a good deal for ski resort transfer for a fixed fare.
post #3 of 5

Swiss Transfer Ticket is great, I've used it a couple times, but not for this trip. It is for travel from an airport/border station to a destination and return to an airport/border station only, no stop offs. It's perfect for Zurich to Zermatt and return, but not for stopping in Lucerne.

 

FAIK, there's only one place to get lift tickets, on zermatt.ch or in Zermatt. I don't think there's any difference in price in getting them in advance, just one less thing to do when you get there.

 

There are a number of places to rent, list at <http://www.zermatt.ch/en/Skiing/Skimiete-Snowpark-Skischulen/Ski-rentals>. It seems to be very competitive (or regulated) and prices don't differ much. I've used Stoked and Bayard and both were fine.

post #4 of 5

You can take a train from Lucerne to Zermatt without going through Zurich. According to the official Swiss rail site (http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html), you'll have to change trains in Bern and Visp, and it will take you around 3:15 or 3:45 in total, depending on the time of day.

post #5 of 5

Getting lift tickets, renting skis.. it's really not that hard. About the same as in the US, Canada or anywhere in the Alps. in Zermatt, just go to the ticket office or get your tickets online - same price, and (depending on the line), getting tickets at the office takes about 5 minutes too.

 

As for skis: the same applies. Make a reservation online (all rental shops have a website, just check http://www.zermatt.ch/en/Skiing/Skimiete-Snowpark-Skischulen/Ski-rentals), but you have to pick them up anyway...

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