Day tripping in Eastern Switzerland with Synergy Snowsports

Posted on Wednesday 16th February, 2011 Times Viewed: 3573
Holidays in the hills are expensive. There is no getting away from it. Whether you go on a ‘budget’ snow holiday to Bulgaria and find out the price of Milk is £5 a litre or head to Andorra for a cheap lift pass to discover they’ve hiked the price by 200% there is very little available truly offering great value for money. This is especially true when you consider that you’re staying in one place for the week doing very little different than what everybody else does week-in and week-out.
Well hold the phone! The exchange to the Euro and the Swiss Franc these days is not great, in fact it’s pretty terrible but that’s not Frances (well maybe a little) or Switzerland fault. Switzerland in particular is trying hard to remain competitive in hard times for those pound earners but they needn’t try really, you just need to look a little harder!

When you consider what’s available in Switzerland, particularly in the east, past those places you know like Zermatt, Verbier and Andermatt, it’s amazing why so many of us choose to stick to just one place in a week when there are so many ‘not-so-hidden’ gems just a hop and a skip away from your resort.

Take Davos for example. The home of Synergy Snowsports! It’s a huge resort generally unfrequented by the Brits and only ever remotely busy on a Saturday afternoon. It’s made up of not 3 or 4 but 6 mountains up and down the valley. In a week there you would not even scratch the surface of what the place has to offer. Steve Dowle, who writes and publishes the world Snowboard guide, recently listed Davos in the top 5 European resorts to shred in January 2011 Whitelines magazine. But what is failed to be mentioned is its proximity to some otherworldly riding just around the corner. The sort of riding that would keep you busy for a life time not just a few days. I’m not talking about party towns, although some would surprise you, I’m talking about backend resorts at the end of the Swiss train line.

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Davos Park 2011

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Davos up-butterbox 2011

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Davos Kickers 2011

We frequently run day trips out to these places but in March we run the Synergy Park Tour and go to the best 4 to hit up their individual parks. Each has its own plethora of kickers and other features but all of them are built with your progression in mind. Our aim is to take the entry level to intermediate park rider to a whole new level and see some awesome places on the way.

These resorts include:

Scuol (squ-oll): Due East of Davos high in the Engadine valley it’s said this place is on average 3 degrees colder than anywhere else in Switzerland. But when you consider this place has an ultra modern lift system with a brand new 8 person Gondola from the resort and a bubbled high speed 6 man chair lift lapping the sensational 2km terrain park there’s no real need to worry about it! For a small, quiet, enchanting, spectacularly well set resort it is a wonder why this place remains undiscovered – yet it does. With a respectable vertical drop from its peak at 2783m to 1200m there are pistes here for everyone (100km) and off piste routes for the bravest of souls. Off the hill you should check out the impressive Roman-Irish spa – you read it right!

Only a 1 hour train trip from Davos a lift pass here for the day will cost you 1 Swiss Franc (about 60p!) Who said Switzerland was expensive? The Swiss train network is extensive and they want everybody to see just how impressive it is so when you buy your return ticket for 50 CHF they throw in a Ski pass!

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Crew waiting for the Train to Scuol

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In Scuol 2011

Lenzerheide (len-zerr-hidey): South West of Davos Lenzerheide is is a much bigger resort than you would think. With 155Km of piste it’s a well spread out resort meaning people tend to stick to one side or the other (The East being the better free ride area and the West has 2 very impressive parks – particulary the smaller of the two)

Lenzerheide is broken up into smaller towns each with a different feel. Chur Walden is the smallest and has very oldie-worldly feel. The 3 man chair lift struggles up from 1230m to 1850m but a good look beneath you in the trees means you’ll be happy lapping this lift all day – and again tomorrow! As it’s only a few Kms up the road from Chur (One of Switzerland’s bigger cities) it can get a little busier on the weekends like Davos but with so many smaller unconnected areas the room to explore here is immense.

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Group in Lenzerheide

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Lenzerheide 2011

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Lenzerheide wall stall 2011

Tschiertschen (Cherch-in): With 27km of piste this is not somewhere to find yourself if you’re looking to spend a great deal of time carving all day! However, if you’ve packed your Avalanche gear and timed it right with some fresh snow then this place will blow your mind! Set in what could be a scene from the wild west this town doesn’t see many ‘outsiders’ but they are more than welcoming and ready to point you in the right direction ti get the best out of the mountain. However, don’t expect to be able to converse in German here as local ‘Switzer-Dutch’ here is on another level (a kin to Londoner talking to an old Scot from Aberdeen!)

Better still, if you’re in Davos then why not ride to Tschiertschen? You’ll need a guide and a good size day sack but this Tour is nothing short of Epic. From the Weissflugipfel on Parsenn in Davos you descend over to Arosa and then down into Tschiertschen – a serious days shredding! A bus back to Chur puts you a little over an hour away from Davos Platz on the train.

Other resorts under an hour and a half away include:

St Moritz (Saint-Mor-itz): This has to be the most glitz and glam resort of them all and has to be seen to be believed! But forget the Ferraris on the high street go check out the mountain. Better still get yourself on a chopper with the Synergy Snowsports crew and get some fantastic off piste riding in for a really surprising deal.

The park here is also very unique and built using the natural contours of the mountain. Things look very strange until you get an idea of where landings and take-offs are!

Laax (Larx): The mighty Laax is only a 50min drive from Davos and is most famous for it;s freestyle terrain parks and pipes. Yes, they are amazing and host some of the biggest competitions in the world. Nicolas Muller has an apartment there though and when’s the last time you saw him hit a park? This tells us that the opportunity to get steep and deep here is in abundance! Check it out- all of it – it will rock you world!

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Laax 2011

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Laax mini rainbow 2011


If you’re a frequent snow-shredder and fancy spending some time out this way then look up www.synergysnowsnowsports.com and we’d be happy to show you around. Better still, there is one pass available that get you access to ALL of the above resorts: The Graubünden Card! Tempted? We would not be without ours, EVER!!

Check out Synergy Snowsports camps and courses page for more info or join there facebook page


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