Switzerland in September


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    Dec 09, 2015 8:33 AM GMT
    I want to go to Geneva for maybe about 4-5 days next September. I want to try to do a ski day and I found the Zermatt Resort is one of the few places open around that time. I am curious as to what the snow is like there? I also would like to do some hiking in the mountains and if there are any suggestions anyone could give? Also, how does one get around Switzerland in terms of travel. If I want to go to the mountains or the resort, is there an unlimited pass I could purchase?
  • tj85016

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    Dec 10, 2015 5:04 PM GMT
    take the trains, they're pretty easy to navigate and are very skier friendly

    definitely go to Interlaken and take the cog wheel train up and through the Eiger (and then go to the weather station up at the glacier)
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 10, 2015 5:47 PM GMT
    I was there last September and it was actually quite warm. A light jacket was enough. Didn't go to Zermatt but did go to Mont Blanc. No skiing there then. We rented a car and bought a $100 GPS because we didn't have an international data plan. Wifi in all the hotels. I really enjoyed exploring in the car. You might consider it.
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    Dec 10, 2015 7:48 PM GMT
    Best way to get around Switzerland is by train. Fast, frequent, always on time. I don't know about skiing in September, but the best September hiking is in the Berner (Bernese) Oberland. Lots of hiking trials in the mountains. Ideally one would pick a place to be based at, like Gimmelwald by the Lauterbrunnen valley. then take short train trips to other hiking and sightseeing areas.

    Many rail pass options are available from the Swiss Pass to the Bernese Oberland Pass - requires investigation for the best combination for you particular trip.
  • Whipmagic

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    Dec 11, 2015 5:41 AM GMT
    September is really top time for hiking, not skiing, although there may be some glacier runs available, if they haven't molten by now. And for getting around, I second using the train - and post busses. The Swiss post office operates an amazing bus system that gets you to every remote village, reliably on time.