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Where to ski in Switzerland for a weekend

post #1 of 17
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I'm going to be on a business trip next week in Europe, and will have to spend a weekend there. If I can get to Zurich, what is the most easily accessible (relatively close & easy transportation) ski destination? I hear there is a train that runs directly to Davos. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help.
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by PerSwede
I'm going to be on a business trip next week in Europe, and will have to spend a weekend there. If I can get to Zurich, what is the most easily accessible (relatively close & easy transportation) ski destination? I hear there is a train that runs directly to Davos. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help.
"Resort" or just a place to ski? There are some smaller "family" areas fairly close around Lucerne/Hergiswil where I've been. Easy train ride.

Further out are the larger areas: Wengen, Grindelwald, Engelberg, and Davos, but you'll spend 2-3 hours travel time to get there- still easy to do by train and transfer. There is also easy rail access (~3 hours) to Lake Interlaken - 3 ski areas.

I have a business associate in Zurich that I could ask for best current conditions if you're interested.
post #3 of 17
Davos/Klosters would be good bet. Here are approx travel times from Zurich to some major ski areas in Switz:
1.5 hrs: Klosters/Davos, Engelberg, Flim Laax, Andermatt
2 hrs: Jungfrau (wengen/murren/grindelwald), Arosa
For more on each see:
http://www.ski-europe.com/resorts/resorts.html
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by PerSwede
I'm going to be on a business trip next week in Europe, and will have to spend a weekend there. If I can get to Zurich, what is the most easily accessible (relatively close & easy transportation) ski destination? I hear there is a train that runs directly to Davos. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help.
Train runs to Davos. Takes 3 hours with a change. Add another hour for St Moritz, but it is a very pleasant trip and you can get fly/rail tickets where your luggage is sent on separately and arrives at your hotel room. You don't have to carry it with you. Rail station is right on the airport. 3 hours is a fairly standard time 2 and 1/2 to Engelberg.

If you were going to Geneva instead you could get to French ski resorts like Flaine or La Clusaz in about an hour - but not by rail.

I will be in Switzerland myself next week. Snow reports are very good at the moment. I kept looking at Reno and Salt Lake City flights - but no need for that now.
post #5 of 17
St. Anton. Austria. It should no more than 3.5 hrs from zurich. I believe there are
direct trains and buses from Zurich airport to the lifts.

they are having a great snow year.
post #6 of 17
As Marty suggested, if you can get to St Anton in 3.5 hours that would be my recommendation, a great area
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
medmarkco,

I think I'd want to go to a larger area, like Davos or Wengen. 2-3 hours travel is ok, as long as I can easily take a train from Zurich.

If you could check with your associate, that would be great. If I'm going, it would be the weekend after this one (in about 8 days).
post #8 of 17

Arosa

Arosa might be another option. Spectacular small track train ride from Chur. In Arosa, walk up to the ticket counter right from the train station.
post #9 of 17
Go to Wengen so you can sled down with all the locals at night!

Man that looked like so much fun to live in a village integrated into the alps like that!
post #10 of 17
PerSwede,

Reports back from Switzerland are that all areas have a large base, and have had a lot of fresh snow in the past couple of weeks. So, looks like you don't have to take your rock skis!

Davos was suggested for easy access, but the World Economic Fourm is there next week. Davos will be overun with a few thousand "high-profile" people- not only politicians, but business leaders, rock stars, and hob nobbers.

Top alternate suggestions were Arosa (near Davos) and Engelberg (near Lucerne). Both are primarily intermediate areas, but have challenging terrain also. I think Wengen would also be a good alternative, but not suggested by friends in Zurich (not sure why- my guess is crowds). If you want to keep your travel time down, they suggested Ibergeregg and Hoch Yibrig- both very close to Zurich, but small.

Have a great time!
post #11 of 17
Flims/Laax is my choice.

The areas are joined, easy to get to.

Laax is the nicer place.

Plenty of skiing for a long weekend.
Snow is mega at the moment.
post #12 of 17
PerSwede
St Anton is only two hours away from Zurich. It is Austria, but you have a direct link by train and it is a fantastic resort.
If you feel that you must remain in Swizerland, then i second Wengen. unbeatable scenery and tons of character.
good luck
post #13 of 17
Right now go to St. Anton or Engelberg, they got more snow than all other resorts mentioned here. You will have a blast.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Alas, I think the ball & chain of business will keep me from the slopes! Now it looks like I only have a day to spare, so I'll probably be spending the weekend in one of 2 famously flat places......Dublin or Amsterdam. Could be worse, I suppose! I'll be back in Europe for St. Patty's Day, so maybe I'll try to tack on a few days then.

On another note, any Bears in London? I'm here until Thursday, I think. The ale is good, but a tad too warm.
post #15 of 17
Check out Verbier.
post #16 of 17
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Check out Verbier.
Good call if the drive from Z├╝rich would not be so long and inconvenient....
post #17 of 17
from zurich, you need to change train in landquart. get off the train in klosters platz. the gotschna gondola is just a few meters away, which gives access to parsenn resort shared with davos. great skiing there.
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