Valais SkiCard

This item appears on page 76 of the February 2012 issue.

In Switzerland, the Valais SkiCard (phone +41 [0] 27 775 25 82) offers guests the ability to skip ticket lines at the 54 ski areas and four thermal baths covered by the pass.

In increments of 100, points are added to the card at a rate of one point per Swiss franc, with discounts of up to 10 percent for adding larger balances. Points are valid for two years and can be extended with a deposit of CHF100 ($106).

Points are automatically deducted from the card as the pass holder enters turnstiles, with the correct entry fee debited for the person’s age and the time of day the card is used.