According to an interview on cash.ch it is good news for Swiss skiers. The majority of the 520 lift companies will not hike the price of day passes this winter. Peter Vollmer, Director of the Swiss Ski Lift Association told Cash that growing summer receipts had enabled ski lift operators to hold winter prices.
The normal pre-season price rise is of the order of 1 to 2 Francs but the last 12 months has seen deflation in the Swiss economy. A lift pass costs on average a little over CHF 54 (35.6EUR, 33.2 GBP, 53.3 USD).
Of course there are exceptions. Zermatt will hike tickets by 2 France to CHF 73 for Adults. Zermatt is both the largest and most expensive ski area in the Swiss Alps. Christian Baumann says the resort basis its increase on the 3% inflation rate to October 2007. “Prices are set a year in advance”. St. Moritz, Lenzerheide and Toggenburg also have 2 CHF rises while Laax and Gstaad are content with just a 1 CHF rise.
The second company Davos-Klosters has kept the price of a lift pass the same at CHF 67 as have Grindelwald, Sörenberg has even reduced prices by CHF 1.