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Switzerland appears to be following the North America model with discounted season passes and new joint lift passes.

It has often been the case in North America that it is cheaper to buy a season pass if you are planning to ski in a resort for more than a week or so.  

Now some Swiss resorts are looking at similar models. 

A lift pass revolution is quietly taking place that could be introduced elsewhere across the Alps.

Saas-Fee offered a season pass for CHF222 (£171) as long as 77,777 were sold.  

They were.  

New for this year on the Saas-Fee pass is the addition of the Saas-Grund ski area adding 40 additional ski runs to the existing 150 km of slopes in the Saas-Fee and Saas-Almagell areas.  

The new season tickets are valid from November 2017 to April 2018. 

Elsewhere the so-called 'Magic Pass' is being introduced across 25 resorts in the west of Switzerland this winter. 

The resorts include Les Diablerets, Grimentz-Zinal and Crans-Montana.  

See here as PlanetSKI visited some of the resorts covered by the Magic Pass last winter: 
The pass initially cost CHF399 instead of CHF1,299 as it was released and will now increase based on demand.

The 25 ski resorts are: Anzère, Bugnenets-Savagnières, Charmey, Crans-Montana Aminona, Crêt-du-Puy, Grimentz-Zinal, Jaun, La Berra, La Lécherette, Les Diablerets, Les Marécottes, Les Mosses, Les Paccots, Leysin, Mayens de Conthey, Moléson, Nax - Mt-Noble, Ovronnaz, Rathvel, Schwarzsee, St-Luc/Chandolin, Tramelan, Vercorin & Villars-Gryon.

Here at PlanetSKI we are planning a trip round some of the lesser-known resorts on the Magic Pass next winter so look out for those reports.

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There are many other lift pass deals available across resorts in Switzerland:
  • People staying more than one night in the Engadin St. Moritz region can purchase a Hotel Ski Pass for just 38CHF (£29) per person/day for the duration of their stay.
  • The largest four ski resorts in the Bernese Oberland are launching a joint season ski pass. For 666CHF (£513)  guests can ski the Jungfrau Region, Adelboden-Lenk, Meiringen-Hasliberg and Gstaad.   
  • The 4 Vallees has cut the price of a season pass for under-25s from 1,402CHF (£1,124) to 400CHF (£320). 
And another development taking place in the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun will be based on supply and demand.

In a similar way to airline and hotel prices, sales prices vary every day and depend on a large number of factors such as the season, the day of the week, the booking date and the weather. 

Those who book early can benefit from lower prices.

If they decide late than they pay a higher price. 

 "Our solution differs from other pricing models in the market as it offers benefits to all parties involved - skiers can benefit from lower prices, while ski lift operators enjoy an increase in demand on peak days," says Ticketcorner CEO, Andreas Angehrn.  

Daily prices for adults starting at 37CHF (£28), for adolescents at 25CHF (£19), children at 13CHF (£10) and students/senior citizens at 34CHF (£26).

It will be watched very closely by other resorts across the Alps.

There have of course always been deals and offers but we detect a sharp increase in recent years, especially in Switzerland.

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