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Rock climbing and
mountaineering equipment shop.
sales for scrambling, bouldering, walking, outdoor sports clothing and training
manufacturers of down, goretex, fleece and other outdoor
clothing. Also a full range of synthetic and down
sleeping bags. Mountain Equipment gear
Training for the Matterhorn!
Hotel Schoenblick, Saas Grund
Hotel Roby, Saas Grund
The Swiss Tourist Office, general information & events
Swiss railways, book tickets & check prices & times
showing views all over Switzerland; look at the 'Gornergrat' for the Matterhorn
Views of the town &
onto the Matterhorn
& Saas Fee livecams
from the Hotel Dom looking at the main street in Saas Grund
Railways - book your train ticket & 'Swiss Card' online.
A 'Swiss Card' allows you a return train ticket from a border
crossing - Geneva Airport for example - to your resort. As well as this it gives
you half price on all railways, buses, and mountain railways & lifts in
Switzerland. The Pass lasts for a month, and can booked online valid for 6
months. The cost is £84 per person. So for example this pays for a return rail
ticket from Geneva Airport to Visp, the nearest railway station to Saas Grund,
then half price on all the mountain lifts for the rest of your holiday. This
just about makes it cheaper for a 5 day stay, but definitely worth it for any
A 'Half Fare' card does what it
says on the tin - provides half fare on all trains, buses, boats & mountain
lifts for one month, at a cost of £44. More details on both these offers can be
found on the website below.
Swiss Card & Half Fare
www.ferienhaus-schoenblick.ch the Hotel I use for clients in Saas Grund.
Switzerland: As a result of an
agreement with the EU, which came into force on 1 June 2002, the E111
arrangements also cover Switzerland.
Healthcare arrangements for UK visitors in Switzerland. A Card (EHIC) must be
produced whenever any treatment or service is requested. You will normally
have to pay the full costs and claim a refund afterwards. You will have to pay
a fixed charge for each 30-day period of treatment. This is known as the
‘excess charge’ or ‘franchise’ and is not refunded. You can normally claim
back 90% of the treatment costs exceeding the excess charge. It is recommended
that all visitors take out adequate private travel insurance. More details can
be found at (below), then navigate through 'Policy and Advice' & 'Getting
Treatment inside the EAA' to the page covering Switzerland
Please ensure you have one of the new
European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC)!
Alpine Mountaineering Insurance
then click on 'weather'!
official Swiss weather site.
for Zermatt & other resorts in
Switzerland, in German but with good graphics.
gives good forecast for Zermatt valley.
for Oberwallis (the Valais Alps) in
german again but with good graphics.
good three day forecast for Saas Grund & the
Swiss national broadcaster, bit like the BBC forecast, good graphics.
Maps of Switzerland
The Federal Office of Topography, an
Full range of Swiss maps.
Alpine clubs, associations & huts
www.sac-cas.ch the Swiss Alpine Club, details on huts etc.
www.clubalpin.com the French Alpine Club.
very comprehensive & informative
site, with lots of information & links to other climbing & Alpine sites all over
the world. In English, so very usefull!
Training for the Matterhorn!
training in the UK for the sort of terrain found on the Matterhorn Hornli Ridge,
is to be found on the Cuillin of Skye.