Southwest of Zurich and Birg, the Grachen ski area has 10 pistes totalling 42km that are served by seven lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,200m.
To reach the Grachen snowboarding by train, plan to take one of the many international connections to Birg or Visp, which is south of Zurich or southeast of Bern. From Birg or Visp, transfer to the narrow-gauge Matterhorn Gotthard railway leading towards Zermatt. Use the station for St Niklaus, and there is a bus from St Niklaus up to Grachen. The shuttle bus service links St Niklaus, Gasenried and Niedergrachen, and is free during ski lift hours with a valid ski pass. It runs about every 30 minutes.
Note: If you plan to head to Grachen for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Grachen is the 70th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 81 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Grachen including Zermatt and Cervinia-Valtournenche.
Local Contacts: Zermatt Tourism +41(0)27-966-8100; Avalanche Report +41(0)848-800-187; Weather Report +41(0)848-800-162
Best Season: Dec. - Apr.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hotel Gadi Grachen
Luxury Loding: Gracherhof
Reference Source: click here http://www.graechen.ch/
GPS: 46.196789, 7.841569
Date Published: 12/27/2015
Date Updated: 8/17/2016
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