Crans Montana - 4 vallees

  • April 1, 2011 · 4:45 PM
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Dear All,

THIS IS NOT AN APRIL JOKE!!!!

On the phone the landlord told me that this weekend his chalet is free, however I am awaiting written confirmation (!!!). The prices were those given to me for January 2011, so i assume in April 2011 they are the same however I have asked for confirmation.

The idea would be to go skiing in Crans Montana- which is part of the 4 Vallees and has some great skiing. I do not know the exact hours of the train (still waiting for SBB schedule), but we need to take a train to Sierre and then a public cable car to the hotel. The last cable car is around 9pm. Most likely we will leave zurich around 5/5.30 pm.

The chalet/lodge consists of 2 rooms with 2 beds, 2 rooms with 3 beds, 2 rooms with 8 beds. Total 26 beds. I have taken an option for 26 beds. Prices are 50 francs for room + breakfast and 80 swiss francs for half-pension.

Let me know if you are interested- I have taken an option on the whole chalet (26beds) for us. I would like to give feedback to the landlord on November 15, so please respond to me by november 13 at the latest. As always, it might be that after the reservation is made, the landlord wants downpayments- so please make sure when you say yes, you are able to come. When I sign a contract for 26 persons, and we take the option, I might need to pay penalties if several people do not show up.

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  • David P

    This was a great weekend! I really enjoyed hanging out, going out, and skiing with everyone. The snow was not the greatest, but we got in some really good skiing anyway.

    April 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    again great trip lots of nice people good organized. and till now the highest quality check was garanteed .. Best food, best accomedation, best apres ski till now!!! thx patrick

    April 4, 2011

  • Andre

    Thanks for great orga. Enjoyed the beautiful warm weather. Looking forward to personal end of ski season next week end. CU

    April 4, 2011

  • Hugo

    "View Map" link on the right shows the photos directly on a map. If you want to save a photo, use the "Download" menu above the photo to grab the original.

    April 4, 2011

  • Hugo

    Some photos:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/hugovdm/CransMontanaMeetup?authkey=Gv1sRgCK6pyOHL-6zB9AE#
    Currently you have to have that link to see my photos. This being a public page, that probably doesn't mean much. ;) The difference is my friends and family can't see the album on my list of albums. Please let me know if any photos should be removed. I'd like to change that setting later this week. (Not that my friends or family know any of you!)

    April 4, 2011

  • Michelle

    It was a pleasure spending the weekend with such a friendly group -- I'm looking forward to more. Thank you Patrick for the terrific organization!

    Best
    Michelle

    April 4, 2011

  • Juri A.

    I enjoyed the skiing a lot on this weekend.
    Will definitely come back to CM in the next winter season.

    Thanks Patrick and everybody for making this stay more fun.

    April 3, 2011

  • Patrick

    I have settled the bill for the whole group for accommodation+ dinner. For those fo you who have not yet paid me for dinner, i.e. transferred 50 francs instead of 80 francs, may I please ask you to transfer in due course the reaming amount to my bank account.

    April 3, 2011

  • Patrick

    Zurich->visp->sierre->cable car to montana.

    April 1, 2011

  • Adam W.

    I tried to purchase from a ticket machine, but there were too many options! All cost[masked] for a 2-day Snow 'n Rail. Anyone know which we're taking? (To access Crans Montana from the ticket machines choose "Valais" after choosing Snow 'n Rail.) 1 Olten-Bern-Lotschberg-Brig/Visp-Sierre
    2 Olten-Bern-Lotschberg-Brig/Visp-Sierre + bus
    3 Olten-Bern o Biel-Lausanne-Sierre

    March 31, 2011

  • Michelle

    Please include me for dinner as well. Thanks, michelle

    March 31, 2011

  • Tom H.

    Dinner for me on the Friday as well please Patrick

    March 31, 2011

  • Adam W.

    I would like to join the group for dinner on Friday night.

    March 31, 2011

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    i have been requested to pass on how many people would like to have dinner on friday night upon arrival. I have noted down david/dirk froberg/vanessa/hugo/alison/beate/judith
    /andre/marite/beatrix/margaret/houda/hans martin/john. If this is incorrect- please let me know.

    March 31, 2011

  • Dirk

    Who is leaving earlier on friday like early afternoon? Is it worth to bring my guitar?

    March 31, 2011

  • Michelle

    Hi Patrick,
    I wanted to confirm that we meet under the angel at 4:45 Friday. Is that correct? Looking forward to meeting everyone, Michelle

    March 30, 2011

  • Patrick

    The chalet owner just responded to my email that one can ski into the valley. I am doubtful about that, however at 2400 m there is 70 cm snow and at glacier 3000 meter there is 210 cm according to the station's website. Conditions of snow: powder.

    1 · March 30, 2011

  • Adam D

    Hi Guys looks like the weather is too good this year so I am backing out. Have fun in the lodge. Adam

    March 22, 2011

  • Michelle

    Hi Patrick, I'm glad there is space! Should I transfer 160 or 80 CHF or should I make arrangements with the Hotel du Lac directly? I am fine with having a room by myself at Hotel du Lac if the chalet is full.

    March 22, 2011

  • Michelle

    I would like to go, is there still space?

    March 21, 2011

  • Nadia

    Patrick, will there be snow to ski?

    March 16, 2011

  • Adam D

    If there is anymore snow I would defiantly be interested

    March 12, 2011

  • Patrick

    I have been told that the 17.32 train can't be reserved for a group anymore since full, so the idea is to take the 5.02 PM train departing zurich HB arriving visp 7.02 PM-departing visp at 7.07pm arriving sierre 7.21pm. We then take cable car at 7.45pm to arrive at Montana gare at 7.57 PM.

    March 9, 2011

  • Ellen

    Sorry guys, I just decided not to go. The spring is calling and I feel it's time to get back on my racing bike again. Have fun!

    March 8, 2011

  • Patrick

    Adam/Guillaume/Ellen and possibly others, would be nice to let us know which hotel you finally choose. As such Rob can stay with you guys as well.

    March 6, 2011

  • Adam W.

    I hope you'll join us Ellen -- the more the merrier! I agree that we latecomers should try to all stay in the same hotel. EIther one is fine with me.

    March 5, 2011

  • Ellen

    I am actually still a kind of reconsidering what to do; go/ not to go. I guess it doesn't really matter a lot that we are not sleeping where all the others do sleep. But it might be nice to stay at least in the same hotel in that case....which hotel that is doesn't really matter for me.

    March 3, 2011

  • Adam W.

    Where is the rest of the group staying? Eldorado's about 200m from Hotel du Lac. I tend to stay put once I've made a reservation, but I could be persuaded to move.

    March 3, 2011

  • Guillaume

    Hi, I was recommended the Eldorado, where it is nicer and cheaper than in Hotel du lac.

    March 3, 2011

  • Adam W.

    I made a reservation at Hotel du Lac. It was about CHF 82 per night for a single room, which includes breakfast. If anyone wants to share just let the hotel know and they'll move me to a double, at either 70 or 75 per person per night.

    March 1, 2011

  • Patrick

    Can I please ask all others who would still like to join (Adam, Ellen etc.) to make appointments with the hotel directly. The current landlord has passed the above prices on to me by phone, but I have nothing in writing. Tell them that you are part of the Group (Meetup/Wellens) staying at lago lodge which is full.

    February 27, 2011

  • Patrick

    Since Fiona and Sunrise Traveller can't join anymore, I have registered spots for david, dirk f, noelia(2), mariette, vanessa, hugo, cesar, martin, martin, alison, beate, juri, nicolas, sandra, judith, andre(2), dirk l, indre, valya, evelyne(2), beatrix, john, patrick, maggie, houda. total 28 spots.

    February 27, 2011

  • Ellen

    And indeed the same question for me as well.

    February 27, 2011

  • Adam W.

    Same question from me. I'd love to join in. Patrick, shall I send funds to you or make arrangements directly with Hotel du Lac?

    February 27, 2011

  • Ehsan S.

    Hello Patrick, I would like to come as well, If I would like to stay at Hotel du Lac shall I transfer the money to you? or shall I arrange it personally?

    February 18, 2011

  • Guillaume

    So be it

    February 15, 2011

  • Patrick

    Dear Guillaume,

    Thanks for the money transfer, however as explained above, the Lago Lodge is already full. In fact as Hans Martin pointed out both Hans Martin and Martin are coming along (error from my side due to combined money transfer for several trips), so we have 28 spots already after Sunrise T gave up her spot. if you like to come along and stay in Hotel du Lac, that's possible. Are you Ok with that?

    February 15, 2011

  • Guillaume

    Hello, Patrick. Thanks again for the efforts. I've transferred 160 for the 2 nights. Cheers, Guillaume

    February 15, 2011

  • Patrick

    Can I please ask everyone to transfer the remaining 50% deposit by february 25 on my bank account. Thanks in advance. If for whatever reason you can't come along or make transfer please advise accordingly so that houda and/or denise can come along and I will refund the initial downpayment.

    February 15, 2011

  • Patrick

    I have registered spots for david, fiona, dirk f, noelia(2), mariette, vanessa, hugo, cesar, martin, alison, sunrise T, beate, juri, nicolas, sandra, judith, andre(2), dirk l, indre, valya, evelyne(2), beatrix, john, patrick and maggie. total 28 spots. First on waiting list for lago lodge- Houda.

    February 15, 2011

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    Just spoken to hotel owner. In lago lodge they could put additional beds in the room up to a maximum of 28 persons; putting more people in would be probablematic. In case persons still want to sign up, the hotel du lac is only 200 meters away from lago lodge. Since the rooms there are 2 persons whereas some of the rooms are 8 persons in lago lodge, prices are more expensive.

    February 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I will pay this day, will I garentee a spot ;-)? Just, joking, I understand that we have to wait.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Greetz.

    February 14, 2011

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    Can I please ask everyone to update their status. As I said before (see Dec 17 comment)- registration will be done on the basis of first date of payment. The fact that you clicked YES does not mean you have a reserved spot.

    Currently several people have status YES however have not indicated whether they will be coming neither have they made a bank transfer to my account. As respect for other people who would like to come, can I ask you to update your status "not going" etc.

    February 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Patrick,

    I really like to come that weekend, to met some people and to get better with snowboarding. I am on the waiting list. Do you know if there are more possibilities?

    Thnx anyway.

    Greetz, DeNiSe.

    February 13, 2011

  • Maggie

    Hi Patrick! Sorry for being so late with the payment... I'm under the impression that it was still possible, so I just transferred 80 chf to you.

    February 12, 2011

  • Patrick

    Dear All, for some reason I can't change the status from some members from yes into waiting list- so can I please ask all those persons who are not part of the just above mentioned names to update their status accordingly. Please note that in hotel du lac additional spaces are available- when you would like to stay there, please advise accordingly.

    February 8, 2011

  • Patrick

    I have obtained payments from david P, fiona, dirk froberg, mariette,noelia (x2), vanessa, hugo, cesar, alison, juri, sunrise traveller, beate, juri, nicolas s, houda, judith, andre/marite, dirk l, indre, valya, evelyn(2), hm neumann, john. total 27 persons so chalet is full.

    February 8, 2011

  • Maggie

    Hi Patrick, are there still spots available? Also, are we staying one night or two?

    February 6, 2011

  • David P

    Hi Patrick, I transferred CHF 80 to your account. Really looking forward to the trip!

    February 3, 2011

  • Patrick

    I will update the number of payments received after the weekend. In case we would need more than 26 places, the owner of current spot came up with following offer:

    staying in Hôtel du Lac,

    5 double rooms (Doppelzimmer mit französischen Bett (1m40) with bath- mit Badezimmer, Dusche und W.C, Radio, Fernseher und Telefon for the price of sfr 70 per person and per night.


    Frühstück inbegriffen.

    Kurtaxe = Frs.2.50 pro Person, pro Nacht.

    February 3, 2011

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