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Zurich - plan my life please

Discussion in 'Europe' started by XTREMO, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wifey is negotiating a job offer in Zurich. I can work from anywhere with internet.

    Which mountains are about to become my playground every weekend during winter?

    Anyone lived/worked in Zurich? Any hints/tips/suggestions/cautions appreciated.
     
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  4. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    haha yes that map was actually the first thing I googled after I got off the phone with wifey yesterday but the sheer number of nearby resorts was a bit overwhelming, hence me posting a thread to get some personal feedback. I think I read that St Anton's only 1hr 45mins drive, which I guess means that Lech, Zurs, Ischgl will all be around the same.

    Thanks CM. You ridden Engelberg?
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    jeez, too much choice - what a bummer
     
  6. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah not ideal.
     
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    All of them!! Why limit yourself, with the short travel times in that part of Europe. Can't go wrong with the Voralberg & Tyrol glaciers.

    I've ridden at Engelberg, it was during a foehn, but to be honest with some big cliffs & then lots of flat spots, I much preferred a lot of the Austrian terrain. The 'Laub' on it's day is an epic run with an amazing fall line & exposure for an in bounds run though.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thats the spirit!
     
  9. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Davos is only 1.5 hrs or so.

    I used to hit that up when I went to Zurich for work. Did the odd conference in Davos too.
     
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    Ralph_implement A Local

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    Davos is a pretty cool place.
     
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    Nah. Nothing decent anywhere near you.
     
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    Gee some people really have to suffer! Swiss rail system leaves you a smorgasbord of choice.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What's Paedde doing these days?
     
  15. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Catch a train in Switzerland on any winter Saturday or Sunday morning. They are full of skiers getting on and off the train to a myriad of resorts.
     
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    Spent 2014 xmas at Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort, was spectacular
    Train from Zurich right into the resort, train ride up the mountain was magic
     
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    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Make sure you stock up on chocolate and luxemburerli on the way through
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This indicates you have a huge amount of choice. The obvious big name resorts 2-3 hours away would be Engelberg, Davos, Laax, Arosa etc. They would be best for when you have a few days.

    There are a bunch of smaller places much closer so you could spend a whole season day tripping to different places. If you are flexible and can get time off mid week rather than just weekends then I would imagine some of the local hills should be great.

    Then you also have Vorarlberg & Tirol not too far away either.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks for feedback guys. So they're flying us out in a couple of weeks (I'm in Val D'Isere this week so had to delay it).

    Will tack a day 'boarding on to the end of this recon trip.

    Heinz - any idea which would be the closest/easiest small resort to get to from Zurich centre using public transport? Dicki?
     
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    Stuck in Val D ? That's awefull
     
  22. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I fly tomorrow mate. Can't wait!
     
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    3 months in Hakuba.....
    some time in Alaska.
    18 hour days the rest of the time.
     
  24. Heinz

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    Sorry, no idea. Not skied any of local hills and haven't day tripped from Zürich. Did day trip to Engelberg from Luzern - that is easy as. You could try checking the various homepages and look for anfahrt(access) details. Otherwise I'm sure it would be easy to find out once you are in Zürich. The tourist office in the railway station would be a good start. And if you can contact @paedde, he may have some ideas, although I got the impression he doesn't worry too much with the local hills.
     
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    I'll direct his attention to this thread... was just having a chat before.
     
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    Surely the solution is that there are, beyond doubt, lots of resorts within an hour or so by train from Zurich. You could spend a happy few winters exploring them.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is precisely what I plan to do. Just wanting some pointers from people who've been there done that. With so many to choose from, there's probably a priority list of say the best 20 day trip resorts and I value the feedback from this forum's members rather than just going off random "best resorts near Zurich" google searches
     
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    Plenty of skiing within 3 hours of Zurich, looks like you are going to have to 'work hard'and become the resident expert on this region.

    https://www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Airports/Zurich.html
     
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    Friends lived in Zurich for 5 years... I'll ask them :)
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not a climber unfort! Don't think I'll ever be one either!
     
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    My friends said they their regular ski spot when they lived their was Flumsberg.
     
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    Yeah Davos!! i just got home shit faced with 600 francs more than what i went to the casino with!!
     
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    That's like a million bucks now!
     
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    Its paid for zermatt next week!!
     
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    arrived in klosters last night and woke up to a nice snowfall

    place is beautiful

    the access to massive resorts with short drives here is out of control
     
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    Wasnt raining down that low?? Still snowing pretty well up here in Davos.
     
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    whatever you do - don't go back tomorrow night and lose it...
     
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    Nope was snowing just stoped now

    Hopefully doesnt get as warm as they anticipate there is some great snow up on the alpine
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Zurich is an interesting city. My first time here. I still get a bit of a kick out of seeing people in full ski getup riding public transport in a city. Likewise I find it really cool walking into department stores and having full winter sports departments with a full breadth line of gear. Some really good end of season prices on gear too.

    Have been struck by how many residents here DON'T ski/board. Has come up in conversation quite a few times and lots of people just aren't into it! Go figure.

    Costs aren't quite as mammoth as I was expecting. Definitely a little higher than London and some supermarket items are 2-3x the cost but by and large it's not too horrendous.

    Wifey isn't impressed with the language. She says she's gonna start speaking English to the locals, as they don't seem to understand her "HochDeutsch". In addition, there seems to be an element of truth to the rumours that the Swiss really quite dislike/resent Germans. Still early days but she's not convinced that she's gonna feel comfortable here. Fingers crossed it works out. I'd love to give it a shot, if only for a year or two.
     
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    The Swiss like that the Germans cant understand them, listening to a High German speaker vs a Swiss German speaker is kind of like a listening to the Queens English vs a Aussie farmer at the pub. High German sounds very proper and Swiss is slang that changes from valley to valley. You really need to make the effort to be friendly and go out of your way to get to know people, the Swiss are quite reserved and cant take a little while to accept you.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another article describes the perpetrators as being well dressed and speaking "broken German"

    Wife's comment: "so they're Swiss"
     
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    The Swiss are just miserable on general imo.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm finding them ok. Had a few good chats with restauranteurs, retail staff, hotel staff. Ok, so they're in a position where they're paid to be courteous. I get that, but still they seem generally friendly and happy to help. My wife has found that in similar retail/service situations they were noticeably unfriendly. In one instance, I was using my iPhone to pay for our shopping in the supermarket. The cashier was (according to my wife) openly rude to me in German, using an informal "du" instead of the more respectful "Sie" when telling me that I can't pay that way. Lucky for me, I was completely oblivious, didn't understand a word of it, and used the iPhone anyway and left her aghast that the transaction was paid without any sight of a card or cash.

    Wifey's interpretation seems a bit over the top to me, but she's adamant that it was a sign of disrespect and a definitive no-no in German culture.
     
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    Umm arr any check out chicks polite?!
     
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    at least you dont have to self check out

    having conductors in the trams is also cool

    they are reserved but professional, austrians are way more friendly
     
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    I remember some serious 'tude from the local non-service industry folk at interlaken