To stay active also in winter, we should go to Switzerland where the mountains are higher than here.
The hostel is reserved. It is in the valley, from where we can do different activities (as you prefer):
Hiking on prepared winter trails
Downhill by sledge
Visiting the city of Interlaken
(refer to www.grindelwald.ch)
Ski buses take us up into the mountains.
The guest card includes gratis the ski bus and indoor swimming pool!
We will sleep in 6-bed or 4-bed bedrooms in the "Mountain Hostel" in Grindelwald:
We can get breakfast there and dinner in a hotel connected to the hostel.
INFO ON SKIING:
Best option Skipass: First/Kleine Scheidegg/Maennlichen: large area, directly accesible from Grindelwald; see map below; red area; Grindelwald is at bottom, 1/3 from left.
Best option rental: Intersport, because they have multiple locations, both at the bottom and halfway up the mountain, so easy and no hassle in case you need to swap gear; no significant price difference with other options.
The trip by car takes 5 hours via Basel / Bern / Interlaken.
We should start on Friday morning. Maybe we could organise a car going later on Friday.
(1 CHF = 0,83 Euro,[masked])
Trip by car: 50 Euro (approx.)
Swiss motorway vignette: 33 Euro per car
Bed for 2 nights: 70 Euro (84 CHF) including breakfast (+ 5,80 Euro per night if you need a sleeping bag).
2 dinners in hotel (facultative): 45 Euro (54 CHF)
Sauna: 17 Euro (20 CHF)
The accommodation must be booked for at least two nights.
We get a special price for the dinner. I would recommend to take it!
All the cable cabins, trains, etc. are VERY expensive!
For skiing, you need a ski pass.
For hiking and sledging there are two options:
Or pay 75 Euro for 2 days or pay the sledge pists separately (the hiking trails are free).
You should pay the sum of 70 Euro (plus 2.40 paypay fee) for the accommodation until 13 January 2013.
It is possible to cancel your reservation until 21 January 2013 without loosing money.
Afterwards: 50% refunding until 1 week before; no refunding on the last 7 days before 22 February.
Payment can be made through meetup via paypal when you RSVP (after 13th Jan this will be mandatory) - or in person to Rachel (before 13th of January only). Please note the strict cancellation policy above (imposed by the hostel) and only go through with the RSVP if you are sure you can attend.
Questions about payments should go to Rachel.