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Ski Maria
Ski Maria
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Jun 4, 2020 - 7:01 PM

I'm going to be traveling in January 2021 from Vouvry to Geneva and wanted to go to Chateau de Chillon for a few hours. We would need to store our luggage (skis, etc. Any suggestions?

Ildiko
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Jun 4, 2020 - 8:52 PM in reply to Ski Maria

Hi Ski Maria and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Great that you are planning a ski holiday in the Swiss Alps.

There are lockers at the train station in Montreux. If your ski does not fit (it won't as the biggest locker is 44.7 x 61.5 x 88.0 ), you can leave it at the left luggage office. Notice, that they are not open 24/7. Their current opening times: Mon.–Fri. 7:30–19:00, Sat. 8:00–17:30, Sun. 8:30–12:00 and 13:30–17:30.

You can use the luggage service of SBB, read more about it here: www.myswissalps.com/train/practical/luggage.

I hope this helps,

Ildiko

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Ski Maria
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Jun 4, 2020 - 9:51 PM in reply to Ildiko

Yes- We're excited. It's been on my list for years. We're going to visit for 10 days. We are both skiers and very much interested in the heritage sites. Right now our plans are: 4 days of skiing in the Portes du Soleil (I skied the Dolomites so this was a must), day at Zermatt , stop off at Château de Chillon on our way to Geneva where we plan to spend 2 days, 1 day in Lucerne then it's back to Zurich to visit some of the museums (Kunsthaus, and their wonderful modern buildings). One member of our small group wants to hike UNESCO Biosphere while we're in Lucerne but I don't see this happening in late January. The CULINARY WINTER HIKING might be interesting to do. They look like their in the same area- or close to it. We did make a list of the heritage sites and hope to see several.

We plan to travel by train for the most part. Only problem we see so far is getting to Zermatt from Torgon. The travel to Zermatt seems to get us there around 11:30 AM and we must be on last train at 3:30PM, to hook up with bus back to our hotel or it's an 80-120 CH taxi fare. We were thinking of renting a car in Aigle- driving to Tasch , parking at station then train in and out of Zermatt.

We were debating about hiring a guide for first 2 days while skiing the Portes du Soleil to make sure we catch necessary free buses that link the mountains together - Do you think this is necessary?

Anna
Anna
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Jun 5, 2020 - 8:56 AM in reply to Ski Maria

Hi Ski Maria,

That sounds exciting! Les Porteil du Soleil is a huge ski region and hiring a guide for the first 2 days would be a good idea. Alternatively, you could just pick a different resort to ski every day.

In comparison Zermatt is slightly smaller in terms of size but offers long runs on varied terrains for all difficulty levels. The view is amazing too. If you just have 1 day to ski in Zermatt, stay within the Glacier Matterhorn Paradise area. Here you have the option to ski over to Italy from an elevation of 3000m.

Regards,

Anna

1960man
1960man
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Jun 5, 2020 - 11:16 PM in reply to Ski Maria

Only problem we see so far is getting to Zermatt from Torgon. The travel to Zermatt seems to get us there around 11:30 AM and we must be on last train at 3:30PM, to hook up with bus back to our hotel or it's an 80-120 CH taxi fare. We were thinking of renting a car in Aigle- driving to Tasch , parking at station then train in and out of Zermatt.

The blunt truth is that Torgon is quite a 'remote' place, and thus not a good place to start day trips to other places, especially Zermatt as you are travelling between two places 'in the mountains' which necessarily takes more time than a lowland journey.

It is a bit of a myth that every last little place in Switzerland is 'perfectly' connected by public transport. Torgon - little more than a few hay barns until the late 1970s - is like other similar places across the Swiss Alps - too small to justify a late evening bus service.

Having said that, there is an early morning bus that would get you to Zermatt by about 10.00.

I would not recommend car hire for the following reasons:

extra cost of hire

time 'wasted' in Aigle collecting the vehicle

driving Visp - Täsch then (pricey) parking - then taking the shuttle train is not as convenient or relaxing as train Aigle - Visp - Zermatt

Last modified on Jun 5, 2020 - 11:21 PM by 1960man
1960man
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Jun 5, 2020 - 11:17 PM in reply to Ski Maria

Was there are specific reason for choosing Torgon?

Champéry is much better connected as it has a railway which is much straighter than the winding road up to Torgon.

Last arrival into Champéry from Aigle is at 22.24

Last modified on Jun 5, 2020 - 11:26 PM by 1960man

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