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Engadine and Crans-Montana offer skiers new services

EngadinCard holders jump to the front of the chairlift queue (swiss-image.ch)

The villages and resorts in the Upper Engadine, including St Moritz, have done away with the hassle of queuing to buy ski lift tickets or finding the right change to pay for parking.

It has been made possible with the "EngadinCard", which has been unveiled this winter and is being billed as a world first.

It is being marketed as a credit card, ski lift pass, bus, train and parking ticket in one.

Anyone planning a holiday in the Upper Engadine can order the card and services by phone or over the Internet.

For a first time fee of SFr45, cardholders can digitally load tickets and pay bills for services at all resorts in the region.

A chip and magnetic strip embedded into the card enable the holders to bypass queues at ticket counters, pay their hotel bills and avoid fishing for change to pay for parking.

The costs are charged to the credit card of the holder's choice.

Crans-Montana radio

The radio station Rhône FM Crans-Montana is providing for the first time this winter an information service in English.

The latest weather update, snow conditions and event listings are now being broadcast from 7.30am to 10.30am each morning in English on the local station.

The programme will also include a segment, "Daily Postcard" previewing places worth visiting in the area.

Rhône FM is located at 105.6 on the FM dial.

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