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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    138” sounds low


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    Zermatt itself does not get that much snow, but they do get a lot more at higher elevation. I've ski toured above zermat and my 2.8m avi probe would not touch the ground (or solid ice) in most places I've checked. A 2.8m snowpack transfers to roughly 25-30 feet of snow at 10:1 ratio. Despite being at 1600m elevation, Zermatt is at the lowest point on the ski domain. Lift can take you up to 3800m elevation where it is a whole different world.


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    I have skied at Zermatt the past four seasons. If anyone wants beta I know Zermatt and Switzerland very well.

    I encourage people to go. It is an amazing experience. It is cheaper than you think, especially with families.
    2017/2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    I have skied at Zermatt the past four seasons. If anyone wants beta I know Zermatt and Switzerland very well.

    I encourage people to go. It is an amazing experience. It is cheaper than you think, especially with families.
    Fur shure! Give us the low down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpilot View Post
    Fur shure! Give us the low down.
    For starters, if you are thinking of going get your plane tickets now. They don't typically get any cheaper as you get closer.

    Zurich is best and closest by train. Geneva is fine, but tends to be more than ZRH and the train ride is a bit longer. Last choice is Milan, but you pretty much have to drive (rent a car, drive over Simplon Pass, park in Tasch, take train 10 minutes to Zermatt).

    Late January is a good mix of low crowds, better snow and longer days. When you get into February you start to line up with UK Half Term breaks for a two week peak period of very high crowds and higher hotel prices.

    If we go back I'd like to see what March and April are like. I never want to go during UK Half Term again. Trails were wall to wall packed with people. Where as late January we had the mountains to ourselves in 2018.
    2017/2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    For starters, if you are thinking of going get your plane tickets now. They don't typically get any cheaper as you get closer.
    I used to ski in Europe every other years. Zurich was my preferred gateway airport. \

    While ticket price don't go down much, it also doesn't go up much either. So there's no big rush.

    I don't know if things has changed the last few years. I haven't gone lately. (I chose Ikon/MCP, which didn't have European components)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    I have skied at Zermatt the past four seasons. If anyone wants beta I know Zermatt and Switzerland very well.

    I encourage people to go. It is an amazing experience. It is cheaper than you think, especially with families.
    Might have an opportunity to head up to Alps December 16th-ish. Wondering if enough snow during a typical year? Given comments on the higher elevations surrounding Zermatt I'd expect it to be ok. Thoughts?
    2018/19 = 36
    2017/18 = 37
    2016/17 = 31
    2015/16 = Depressing
    2014/15 = 28
    2013/14 = 27

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    Gotta admit I was tinkering around with what a week in zermatt would cost and its not as bad as I thought. Round trip flight from Boston to Zurich is around $500. Hotels in Zermatt are around $150 per night. Not sure how much the train is from Zurich to Zermatt but it can't be that bad.

    Probably not a plausible trip for me this year but seems like if you budgeted 1500-2000 its doable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billo View Post
    It is cheaper than you think
    Obviously you are joking. Was in Zermatt last year between ski and summer seasons (most lifts not running), to hike & see the Matterhorn. Unless you have a helicopter, there is only one way in or out- the train from Tasch, since Zermatt is an auto free town. Parking at Tasch is approximately 16 Swiss Francs per day. RT train to Zermatt is then 18 francs per person. Lodging varies- I think our hotel was about 150 per night- not high end and not low end, but remember this was off-season & no food was included. Food cost is outrageous. Since 75% of the village was closed for repairs in the off season, the few open restaurants pretty much all served the same thing. One option was McDonalds, and as an example, the cost of 2 value meals was approximately $35 (yes, US dollars after the conversion).
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    I mean considering 2 value meals in the states probably pushes $20 that's not too bad a markup to be honest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkSnow View Post
    Lodging varies- I think our hotel was about 150 per night- not high end and not low end, but remember this was off-season & no food was included.
    $150 is pretty average in many ski destination in the northeast! See Zand's post above for "in season" pricing.

    Parking at Tasch is approximately 16 Swiss Francs per day. RT train to Zermatt is then 18 francs per person.
    That's another mistake. Take the train all the way from Zurich. No parking cost! (no rental car cost either)

    Food cost is outrageous. Since 75% of the village was closed for repairs in the off season, the few open restaurants pretty much all served the same thing. One option was McDonalds, and as an example, the cost of 2 value meals was approximately $35 (yes, US dollars after the conversion).
    In season, you'll have the option of "Half Board", which includes breakfast and dinner.

    All in all, it's a flawed deduction that just because your cost during off season, renting a car, eating American food, is expensive, cost for ski season will be "outrageous".

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