A Season of Wishes Fulfilled! – Grachen/St. Niklaus Ski Resort
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”- Edith Sitwell. Indeed the great British poet has perfectly summarized what the season of winter means for most of us folks and how we anticipate its arrival. Comfort, delicious food (a lot of weight gain!) and a good time amongst friends and family are some of the things which we familiarize our winters with. It’s no wonder that the world’s greatest poets and notable personalities of literature have spent bottles of ink personifying this beautiful season. Winter means differently for different people. Some of us like to spend our winters indoors, sitting by the fireplace and reading our favorite mystery novel and some of us prefer outdoor activities such as skiing, sledding, tobogganing, hiking and so much more.
Winter also means giving yourself a well-deserved break from the monotony of busy, corporate life and pampering yourself with a weekend getaway or a long trip to the hills in a faraway country with your family and friends. As it is we have a string of holidays during this season, so why not create happy memories and travel a distant country to admire closely what nature has for us to see! Located at 3925 Grächen, Switzerland, the Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort is situated in the heart of a mesmerizing country which has a lot to offer for all its tourists and visitors. It is precisely based in the Matter Valley in the Lemanic region and as a curvy, narrow road branches off from St. Niklaus towards Grachen, this sunny village creates a beautiful aura-like atmosphere which makes you feel closer to heaven.
Know your Resort
The Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort is perched at an elevation of 1619 meters (5311 feet) at the base level and 2864 meters (9396 feet) at the summit level. So essentially, there is a difference of 1245 meters (4085 feet) between the two altitudes. A winter paradise for skiing and snowboarding is the perfect word to describe this resort in the midst of the Valais Mountains. And come on, it’s Switzerland after all!
Skiing and Snowboarding Statistics
Base Elevation: 1619 m
Summit Elevation: 2864 m
Vertical Drop: 1245 m
Spread across 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) of skiable terrain, the Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort proffers a majestic view of the surrounding region of Switzerland. Perfectly groomed slopes and well-maintained pistes are definitely one of the highlights of this spectacular part of the world. If you love the season of winter, you will love the unbridled beauty of the Valais Mountains!
For Beginners: Out of a total of 42 kilometers (26 miles) of pistes, 9 kilometers (approx. 6 miles) or 21 percent are allocated for the efficient use of novices and amateurs. Such trails and slopes involve relatively easy twists and curves and the sole purpose of these pistes is, to deeply educate first-timers about this fun-filled winter sport.
For Intermediates: From the total 42 kilometers, a staggering 31 kilometers (19 miles) or 74 percent is reserved for the intermediate skiers and snowboarders. These ski runs and slopes involve moderately difficult bends and curves for the sole purpose of entertainment of intermediate winter sports enthusiasts. Of course, such trails and slopes are also utilized to brush up their skills in skiing and snowboarding.
For Experts: A total of 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) or 5 percent out of the total 42 kilometers is awarded to the expert skiers and snowboarders. Experts and professionals will encounter challenging twists and curves while practicing on these pistes and would find them extremely beneficial and useful for advancing to a higher level of skiing and snowboarding.
NOTE: All safety precautions and concerns are abided by the staff and personnel of Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort and the well-being of guests and tourists is their pinnacle priority.
Things to Remember:
• As you must understand, the temperature around this region of Switzerland falls down to minus temperatures as you go further towards the mountain region. So carry enough warm and woolen clothes to keep you warm.
• Make sure to bring umbrellas or raincoats to shield yourself from sudden rainfall which is a common in these parts or maybe simple cover yourself from blizzards and incessant snowfall.
• Pack extra pairs of gloves and socks as you might need them in case one gets wet when you are climbing up the mountain sifting through the snow.
• Maintain all the safety regulations as laid down by the resort and make sure to be completely aware of them which are of course beneficial for your own safety and well-being.
• Lastly, the flora and fauna of this region surrounding the Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort is completely untouched and undisturbed and so it would be advisable to keep it that way.
Ever heard of that before? Well, here it is, glacier skiing, a unique form of winter sport available at the Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort and is, in fact, open all throughout the year. Surprisingly, even during very warm days in Switzerland, glacier skiing is intact and well-preserved at over 3500 meters (11483 feet) above sea level. There is also the provision of summer training grounds for beginners as well as expert skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy the blissful experience of whisking through the palatial ice palace and feel yourself taking elegant turns at every nook and cranny of this splendid area of glacier skiing adventure.
The beauty of sledding and tobogganing is that anyone in the whole wide world can do it! All you have to do is prop yourself on a wooden sled and feel yourself swishing down the slopes of the Valais Mountains as you make your descent. Children, parents, family or friends, everyone can take part in this joyous winter activity. And if you fall down from your sled, do not worry, as you will find yourself playing in the powdery snow and lying down on the ground, making snow angels. After you reach the end, you will be running back wanting to sled down the slopes all the more!
Now, this is a place where everyone comes into play! Whether you are an expert skier or a first-timer, freestyle area is open for all to explore and have unlimited fun throughout their stay at the Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort. Gaps, rails, kickers, quarter pipes and half pipes, slides, jumps, boxes and slope-style lines are all the things you would find in this immaculately prepared slopes and trails. And if you get tired of all the fun, just sit back and watch as the actions unfold when you see an expert and professional skiers and snowboarders showcase their tricks and signature moves amidst a crowd of onlookers. The freestyle park also hosts several competitions and regional shows featuring the maestros of skiing and snowboarding.
Lift Tickets and Prices
There is a total of twelve ski lifts available at the Grachen-St. Niklaus ski resort, among which one is circulating ropeway or a gondola lift, five chairlifts, five T-bar lifts or platter or button lift and one rope tow or beginner lift. Together they form the primary means of transport from one spot to another while you wish to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. The total area covered by the lifts is around 10 kilometers (approx. 6 miles) and a total of 13,560 passengers per hour. Day ticket prices during the main season for adults is Swiss Francs 55 (52 Euros), tickets for youths cost Swiss Francs 44 (41 Euros) and tickets for children cost Swiss Francs 32 (30 Euros). So once you get these you get to enjoy uninterrupted skiing and snowboarding fun!
Since you have all the information you need to explore the Valais Mountains, do not linger a moment longer and start packing! Fulfill that dream of yours of visiting the panoramic beauty of a foreign country and create long-lasting happy memories!