Skiing in the Swiss Alps Is Getting Cheaper
It’s getting surprisingly more affordable to jet away on a ski trip to Switzerland.
Earlier this year, 25 ski resorts in the Swiss Alps partnered to create a “Magic Pass,” giving skiers access to more than 600 miles of slopes for one all-inclusive price.
For $1,317 (1,299 Swiss Francs), skiers can have “free and unrestricted access to all the ski lifts in these resorts” through April 30, 2018.
The 25 resorts don’t include many of Switzerland’s top slopes, however there are some honorable contenders like Crans-Montana and Ovronnaz in Valais, Leysin and Les Diablerets in Vaud and Le Berra in Fribourg. The pass also includes access to 14 terrain parks and an Olympic-sized halfpipe.
Travelers who want to ski down some of Switzerland’s more famous slopes can opt for the Top4 Ski Pass, which includes access to Gstaad, Jungfrau, Adelboden-Lenk and Meiringen-Hasliberg. The season pass costs $963 (950 Swiss Francs) for adults.
“There is a small revolution underway when it comes to subscriptions,” Veronique Kanel, spokeswoman of Switzerland Tourism, told The Local Swiss.
Flights to Zurich is also relatively affordable this winter. For example, round-trip flights from New York City start in the $400s. (Flying into Bern, however, will cost you significantly more.)
The subscription-based ski service comes as the Swiss Alps are trying to rebrand as a more affordable ski destination. Over the past 10 years, visits to Swiss ski stations have dropped 25% while admission became 15% to 20% more expensive than stations in other countries.
During last year’s season, Swiss ski stations only sold 21.2 million day passes, which lift operators say is the lowest number in more than 25 years.