One of the perks of living in Lucerne in Switzerland is the proximity of many great Alpine ski resorts. Previous Sunday I went to explore the slopes of one of those resorts Flumserberg.
Flumserberg is mid-sized resort located in the scenic mountains above Lake Walen (Walensee) between Zürich and Chur. Conveniently located app. 45 minutes from Zürich and easy accessible by car and public transport (train station is app. 200m from the cable car station) is very popular destination for skiing. On the busiest days of the year it can get really packed.
Our group arrived early enough to get the parking space at the Unterterzen parking space by the lower cable car station. The parking space there is limited and it filled soon after our arrival.
We changed to our ski gear and went to buy ski passes. There were only four windows open to sell tickets and a large group of people. No wonder, there was a long queue in front of all four windows. It took us app. 30 minutes to buy the tickets. I don’t know weather it was due to the slow service or due to slow costumers, it seemed like we had to wait for agres. Luckily, we didn’t have to to wait to get onboard of the gondola. We enjoyed the panoramic ride. Despite the cloudy weather were the views to the beautiful Lake Walen (Walensee) amazing.
After a short ride with relatively new 8-seat gondola we arrived to Tannboden, where we’ve took the other older and smaller gondola to get to the upper part of the ski area – Maschgenkamm at 2020 meters above sea level. This gondola was super slow, but at least it gave us more time to enjoy beautiful views to the ski area and the mountains.
Due to the high temperatures the snow conditions weren’t perfect. When we started skiing the slow spring snow was still ok, but later in the afternoon when the temperatures reached its hight, snow became slushy. At the some of the slopes it got piled at the certain places and packed down at others. With all the crowds on the piste it was rather challenging to ski.
The Flusmerberg ski area is interwoven with the well-linked network of slopes and lifts what I really liked. 65 kilometes of pistes stretching at the altitude from 1220 m to 2222m can be skied. Most of them are appropriate for intermediate skiers, but there is also a nice variety of blue slopes ideal for the beginners. We haven’t skied the whole area, but the pistes we did, were well prepared considering the high temperatures.
The infrastructure is a mix of modern and old lifts and gondolas. Likewise the selling points, it doesn’t really cope well with the masses of skiers. Some of the lifts were super slow and could only transfer a limited amount of skiers. At the busiest lift we had to wait for app. 20 minutes to get to the top of the mountain!
I didn’t expect Flumserberg to be the best ski resort I’d ever visit, but considering its popularity with the people living in Zürich I expected to be better. I thought it would have better infrastructure and would cope with the crowds better. The price of ski pass is a bit high for what this resort is offering – especially if you compare with other ski resorts in Switzerland. However, the slopes were nice to ski, the landscape was beautiful and I enjoyed the company of my skiing companions. All in all, it was a good day.
How to get to Flumserberg:
- By car: Take A3 in direction of Chur/Zürich.
For parking at Unterterzen, take the exit Walenstadt and follow the signs. For parking at Flums or Flumserberg, take the exit Flums.
- By public transport: Take the regional train from Ziegelbrücke to Unterterzen or post bus from Sargans to Flumserberg.
- Day ski pass: 62 CHF + 5 CHF refundable deposit for ski card
- Parking fee at Unterterzen: 6 CHF/day