Crystal Ski, the UK’s largest ski tour operator, has announced that from the coming ski season, transfers to all of its Swiss ski resorts will be by train instead of coach.
“This change is due to the excellent existing Swiss transport system and encouragement from smart customers who were concerned about the carbon footprint. The positive side effect is that transfer times will also be shorter by train,” said a company spokesperson.
As an additional incentive, all customers who book before 15 December 2016 will receive a first class upgrade.
“The Swiss train transfer is the ideal solution for skiing holidays as the integrated timetables between interregional and regional services on the Swiss network are programmed to meet in the hub of the station, mostly sharing the same platform, to minimise further transfer times,” said Sara Roloff, Switzerland Tourism Manager Media and Communications.
Crystal offer holidays to five of the top Swiss resorts: Engelberg, Grindelwald, Saas Fee, Wengen and Zermatt. All have stations in resort except Saas fee which has a short inclusive coach transfer from the nearest station. Crystal representatives will meet customers when they arrive at the airport and be assisting them on their train transfer, if needed. Ski holiday prices will remain the same as before.
An example Swiss holiday deal currently offered by the company is a week’s half board at the four-star Hotel Derby in Grindelwald priced from £677 per person (based on two sharing) including flights from Luton to Geneva and first class rail transfers, based on a departure on 7 January 2017. Direct flights available from all major UK airports.