When it comes to ski holidays on a budget, Switzerland doesn’t often come to mind. If you’re looking for the ultimate ski holiday experience, then you should definitely consider staying at Ski Hostel in the Swiss mountains. Ski Hostel offers a unique way to experience the country, and they’re also a great way to meet other like-minded travelers.
This cozy hostel is located in the Swiss Alps, just a short drive from some of the best ski resorts in the country like Verbier.
During your stay at Ski Hostel, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, many activities and meeting other travelers. The hostel is also perfectly located for exploring the surrounding area – in addition to being a great base for skiing, it’s also close to hiking trails, lakes, and mountains.
So if you’re looking for a place to stay during your ski holiday, make sure to check out the Ski Hostel in the mountains of Switzerland!
In this blog post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Ski Hostel in Switzerland, what to expect when you stay there and all the activities you can do in the area.
1. Why staying at the Ski Hostel is the best way to enjoy your ski holidays
Every year, people from all over the world come to the ski slopes of Switzerland. And it’s no wonder why – the scenery is breathtaking, the snow is pristine, and the skiing is some of the best in the world.
By staying at Ski Hostel, you can enjoy all that Switzerland has to offer without breaking the bank.
So, whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery, a holiday in Switzerland on a budget is definitely possible!
Ski Hostel doesn’t only offer a budget friendly place to sleep, it’s also the place where you can connect with other like minded people from all ages. Every evening you can join for dinner, just let the host Stefan know in the morning. Ski hostel also offers many activities like a night out in Verbier, night skiing (quite an unique experience), BBQ party, go to a thermal spa and you can play pool and ping pong at the hostel itself. Oh and they also have a sauna! One thing is for sure: you’ll never get bored.
2. Cheap Ski Pass Area
A ski holiday in Switzerland doesn’t have to be expensive. . You can also purchase a ski pass that gives you access to multiple resorts. When you stay at Ski Hostel in Liddes you can buy the Saint Bernard Ski Pass that gives you access to 3 ski resorts for only 139 Swiss Francs ($160). And the ski resorts are VERY good!
Just the thought that you pay 139 Swiss Francs for a DAY pass in most resorts in Switzerland is insane. Here you get a pass for the whole year!
With the Saint Bernard Ski Pass you can enter the following ski resorts: Vichères-Liddes, La Fouly, and Champex-Lac.
The ski pass in the Pays su St-Bernard area consist of:
- 39% blue ski runs
- 44% red ski runs
- 17% black ski runs
- From 1 103 m to 2 267 m above sea level
- 17 ski lifts
- 113 km of ski runs
The slopes are only 10-40 min away from Liddes and are good for beginners and for experienced skiers/ snowboarders.
3. The Ski Resorts explained
Vichère-Liddes: This ski resort is only 8 min. drive from the Ski Hostel and has a lot to offer.
With its large ski runs and a spectacular panorama, ski enthusiasts will love Vichères-Liddes. Located between the Mont-Blanc and the Grand- Combin massif, this area will delight both children and grown-ups with a burst of healthy fresh air.
The views are incredible and what I liked most was the restaurant at the top. On weekends there is even a band playing (I guess they ski with their instruments to get there?).
From 1 595 m to 2 267 m above sea level.
4 ski lifts
15 km of runs
– 45% blue ski runs
– 35% red ski runs
– 20% black ski runs
La Fouly: Mesmerizing view to the beginning of the Mont Blanc and only 30 min drive from Ski Hostel.
Very lovely and long blue slope between the trees. The black ones are intense and you can also go off track. It’s also possible to do night skiing at La Fouly. They say that La Fouly is perfect for beginners but as a beginner I enjoyed Vichère-Liddes more. I do agree that La Fouly is a good place to learn how to ski due to it’s ‘training slope’.
– 30% blue ski runs
– 20% red ski runs
– 50% black ski runs
Champex-Lac: A beautiful gem surounded by big forests with its frozen lake in the winter. Champex-Lac is stunning and quite a thrill to experience. It has a lot of blue slopes, very beginner friendly and only 20-30 min drive away from Liddes.
I was with people who often take the black slopes and they loved the blue slopes here. That’s the beauty of skiing, you don’t always have to take the challenging risky slopes to have fun.
What I liked most about this ski resort was the terrace of the restaurant at the top. The sun was shinning and it was so warm. I even got a tan! Next to that, it was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the winter season and winter sport.
From 1 486 m to 2 200 m above sea level.
15 km of runs
– 70% blue ski runs
– 20% red ski runs
– 10% black ski runs
4. Explore The Surroundings
The ski area of St Bernard Pass isn’t very big compared to ski areas in Verbier or Zermatt. Many people don’t know about it because it’s a more used by locals.
There are a lot of perks to it though: less crowd, no lines and enough time to explore the area around Liddes.
Ski in the morning and explore in the afternoon, or the other way around.
Did you know that Liddes is only 30 min. away from Verbier? You can also take the tunnel and drive 1 hour to Aosta in Italy. We did both and loved it.
You can also combine a ski getaway with a getaway to Italy. In 2 hours you’re in Turin and in only 3 hours you’re in Milan.
5. Coliving and Remote Work
When we stayed at the Ski Hostel we met people who were there for a weekend, a week (like us) and people that have been there for months.
I recommend getting the package deal that includes accomodation, ski gear, meals, transfer from/to the airport and ski Pass St Bernard for €800 for a week.
The reason why it’s so affordable is because the rooms are shared rooms with bunk beds. For a week this is totally fine. If you’re planning to stay longer, I recommend staying at Coliving at Bourg St Pierre.
Most digital nomads and remote workers that stay at Coliving Bourg St Pierre stay for at least a month there.
Coliving and remote work can go hand in hand, as coliving spaces can provide an ideal environment for remote workers who are looking for a more affordable and social living situation. Coliving spaces can also offer remote workers the opportunity to network and collaborate with like-minded individuals, as well as access to amenities such as high-speed internet and coworking spaces.
6. Go to Nomad Fest
This summer, connect, learn, and experience the great outdoors in the picturesque Swiss Alps together with up to 80 digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and freedom seekers.
Join the 1st ever Nomad Fest Switzerland in August 2023 in Saint Bernard to celebrate the freedom lifestyle, disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and connect with nature and other like-minded individuals. Nomad Fest Switzerland takes place from 20th-27th of August and it’s the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries, learn new skills, and make lifelong friends.
Get your early bird ticket for only €100 (regular price is €150). This ticket gives you access to the full program of Nomad Fest, as well as a St. Bernard Pass that provides complimentary in- and outdoor activities for exploring the St. Bernard region. This ticket does not include food and accomodation.
There are different options for this. You can cook your own food for free or get a half board that includes breakfast and dinner for €175.
7. Join a Workation
Have you ever wanted to wake up in the Swiss Alps with stunning views, go for a hike from your doorstep and swim in the waterfalls? Then the 2 week workation in Liddes & Bourg St. Pierre Switzerland is for you.
A workation is exactly how it sounds — working while on vacation (work + vacation = workation). It is also called a ‘workoliday’ or ‘woliday’.
It’s a combination of business and leisure: sending emails and hitting targets in the middle of the mountains, while stunning hikes can make you feel rejuvenated.
The Summer Workation takes place from 27th of August until the 10th of September. It offers hiking and exploring nature everyday, a community of likeminded individuals while getting things done.
Prices for a 2 week stay starts at €250.
Definetly check their agenda because there are many workations coming up and it’s quite an unique experience.