Top 5 Tips for Preparing For Winter in Switzerland
1. Winter Tyres
If you haven’t changed your tyres over from Summer to Winter now is the time to do this. Typically in Switzerland the time to change your tyres is in October and then back again to Summer tyres in March. Swiss Autumn weather can be deceptive, changing quickly from sunshine to snow – so it’s always good to be prepared. Make an appointment with your garage to have your tyres changed – they may be getting booked up by now – so don’t leave it too late. Most garages will also store your tyres for you till the Spring. If you need to order tyres www.reifendirekt.ch are a cost effective option.
If you live in a house and have pathways or need to clear the drive then it’s a good idea to get some salt in and a shovel. You can get these in any DIY store or even at the supermarket. If you live in a house heated by oil fired central heating it’s a good idea to check the gauge now and pre-order your next delivery if necessary. Also if you park your car outside do make sure you have insurance which protects you from Martens chewing your brake pads!!! This is more likely to happen in Spring time – but do check you have insurance if you park your car outside.
3. Ski Gear
Now is a good time to check if you or your children have “outgrown” their ski gear or skis. Most of the new season’s stock will be hitting the stores now – so if your kids have grown taller and their ski jackets and pants don’t fit any longer, or if you’d like to progress to newer or more advanced skis this is the time to check out the new ranges. It’s also wise to go early to choose your rental skis – it will be quieter and there will be more choice. Sport Shop Timeout in Uster all speak English. They celebrated their Winter opening on 5th & 6th November and are all geared up to help you with your skiing and snowboarding requirements for the snow season. They stock all the top skis brands including Stöckli and they also offer annual ski servicing. Address: Pfäffikerstrasse 30, 8610 Uster Tel: 044 942 06 16 Visit the website here.
4. REGA insurance
If you’re not a member of REGA already do think of joining. REGA is a charity dedicated to rescuing people from mountains and slopes. Not only do they help in ski accident situations but the cover is all year long (their year runs May – May) if you’re hiking or walking too. Family membership of REGA is just CHF 80 per year and individual membership is only CHF 40. For more information and to become a member click here .
Photo courtesy of REGA
5. Book ahead for your Ski holiday
If you’re planning a ski holiday in Switzerland for the February ski week or indeed over Christmas now is the time to book. In fact many Swiss people, book their next ski holiday straight after returning from their last one. It is always good to check the local tourist office in the resort you are planning on staying in if you get stuck as they are often able to help with last minute bookings too.
Wherever you go have a great Winter in Switzerland and enjoy the snow!
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