If you have a valid ski pass, you may be able to use public transport for free this winter–whether for snow sports, work or school. In addition to public sector participation, the BDG will also contribute to the costs.
The good news isn’t final yet, as the decision is subject to an optional financial referendum.
The MOB and PostBus services were scheduled to no longer be included in the ski pass this winter. Due to cost, the BDG has terminated the agreements with the two transport companies. Now the municipality of Saanen is taking a role, and started negotiations with the two public transport companies; after consideration, the MOB and PostBus have made fair offers for the winter season 2017/18.
“If you have a valid ski pass - season pass, day pass, etc. - you can travel by public transport on the route from Rossinière to Matten and on the PostBus routes in the Saanenland, whether for skiing, or commuting from work or school.”
This is the first year the ski passes will be valid for travel other than skiing, other than the fact that travellers could ride with the pass on designated ski busses in years past.
The total cost of the programme will be CHF 450,000. The BDG will participate with CHF 172,000, which has already been transferred. The remaining cost of CHF 280,520 will likely be shared among the affected communities in the Saanenland, Obersimmental and Pays d'Enhaut.
If all municipalities participate in the costs, the amount due by the municipality of Saanen will reduced to 140,146 francs. The final decision will be announced by the local council at the community meeting of 8 December.”