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Swiss Alps Snow Adventure

GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND - March 14-17 2024

On March 14 to 17 2024 (Thursday to Sunday), we'll bring 50 members of the VOYAGERS family for our third special weekend snow adventure in the Swiss Alps. We're running this weekend at cost, with a mission to build close friendships among VOYAGERS working across a diverse range of industries and geographies – startup founders, investors, researchers, activists and many more. To reserve your place, click on the "Join The Swiss Alps Snow Adventure" link near the bottom of this page.

WHAT WILL THE PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?

This three-day adventure will make the most of the mountainous Gstaad region of western Switzerland, easily reachable by one of Europe’s most stunning train journeys. Here’s a map of the extensive mountain runs — 200km of ski slopes nestled between 1,000 and 3,000 metres above sea level. We’ll conquer slopes together, share stories, play late-night games — all activities designed to build meaningful connections as you make significant new friends. And, of course, we’ll enjoy the best of local food and drink, in some very special locations.

See photos from our March 2023 Gstaad adventure

See photos from our March 2022 Gstaad adventure

•See feedback from our March 2022 Gstaad adventure

 

We love this location and hotel, and we are returning for the third time. Our official schedule starts on Thursday afternoon, with drinks and canapés on the terrace of our cosy base, the super-comfortable HUUS Hotel Gstaad, which has its own spa, pool, gym and ski shop. Later in the evening, we’ll gather for an official welcome dinner at the hotel, where we’ll get to know each other over some traditional Swiss delicacies. As part of every VOYAGERS gathering, we’ll conclude the day with some storytelling and late-evening group games such as Werewolf (which has become a VOYAGERS tradition).

On Friday, we’ll enjoy our first full day of skiing and snowboarding on the local mountains, including a group lunch with panoramic views. We’ll provide your ski pass as well as ski guides (at various skiing levels), who will take care of our group throughout the day. Our group will range from beginners who have never skied to accomplished off-piste experts. In the afternoon, we’ll return to our hotel for some well-deserved downtime, where you’ll be able to unwind at our hotel’s spa, sauna and pool. After some spa time, we’ll head to an organic farm in the nearby village of Château-d’Œx, operated by farmers of the fifth generation – all in a fully sustainable and regenerative way. You’ll learn how to make cheese, take care of the farm animals, have a chance to milk cows, and more. In the evening, we’ll get to know our new friends even better over dinner at a traditional fondue restaurant. We’re planning an after-dinner bowling tournament over drinks at a nearby alley.

Saturday is another full day of mountain sports followed by spa time. After dinner in a historic building in nearby Saanen, we’ll gather for a party featuring the informal VOYAGERS talent extravaganza (you’re welcome to share any skill, but no pressure if you’re shy).

Our formal agenda will end after our last morning of skiing and a farewell lunch on Sunday at HUUS. You can ski for the rest of the day, continue your adventure yourself, or begin your journey home.

The adventure will bring together VOYAGERS from our climate-tech and health-tech communities, as well as VOYAGERS working in unrelated fields where they’re delivering impact.

Here are some testimonials from our 2022 VOYAGERS adventure in Gstaad, including:

•You have blown my mind by how you curate and create magic between a group of strangers. Thank you for giving more than we could ever return. Everything was perfect. — JD

•A most wonderful trip — immediately useful for my business, personally endlessly rewarding. — AS

The group you brought together was incredibly inspiring, thought-provoking and generous. I’ve made many good friends who I’ll be in touch with for years to come and hopefully one or two investors. You guys are incredible

— SM, USA

WHAT’S INCLUDED

We will take care of you from the moment you arrive in Saanen, near Gstaad, on Thursday, until the moment we say farewell on Sunday. We provide:

  • Three nights’ accommodation in the HUUS Hotel in Saanen, near Gstaad

  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners for all three days

  • All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taken with the group

  • Mountain (ski) passes for three days

  • Ski guides/instructors for the group, from beginners to off-piste

  • All visits, entertainment and other scheduled activities

  • All transport for the duration of the scheduled adventure (you will need to arrange your own travel to and from Saanen: we recommend the spectacular train journey)

  • The VOYAGERS gift pack (save some luggage space to take it home)

  • The VOYAGERS production team‘s services

  • Advance curation by the VOYAGERS team, including two extended site visits

  • A few extra surprises we will announce nearer the event.

FITNESS LEVEL: We welcome skiers and snowboarders of any level. We will arrange ski guides for beginners, intermediate, advanced and off-piste groups. You will need a moderate level of fitness for the slopes.

Please note: We are limited to 50 places, and are likely to be oversubscribed. We will curate the group to ensure a diverse mix of lovely people. We welcome VOYAGERS’ partners who engage with the group as active participants.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

We will collect a €500 deposit to hold your place. You can cancel your place, for any reason with no questions asked, for a full refund until January 5 2024. Our refund policy is as follows:
UNTIL JANUARY 5, 2024 (Midnight GMT): Your deposit is refundable in full on your emailed request to david@voyagers.io, NO questions asked.
UNTIL FEBRUARY 20, 2024 (Midnight GMT): You’ll receive a refund of all fees paid, excluding your booking deposit, minus a 50% cancellation fee. If you find someone to take your place (subject to the VOYAGERS organisers’ approving this person), we will refund all fees you have paid once this person has paid the full fee for their participation.
AFTER FEBRUARY 20, 2024 (Midnight GMT): No refund will be payable to you; but until March 11 2024 if you find someone to take your place (subject to the VOYAGERS organisers’ approving this person), we will refund all fees you have paid once this person has paid the full fee for their participation.

What is your
Commitment?

Your Commitment

You must be available to be with us in Switzerland from the afternoon of Thursday March 14 until the afternoon of Sunday March 17 2024.


The Cost

We are offering places to this adventure at cost. Our goal is to build meaningful community, not to make money from these trips. Your fee covers what we estimate will be the costs to us (per person), which we share among the group. The shared cost will be €1,990 per person in shared rooms, or €2,200 for your own room. We are currently looking for sponsors and supporters who can subsidise your place and bring down the price. We don’t want to exclude good people on grounds of affordability and may be able to subsidise places where cost is a barrier. Contact david@voyagers.io if you are interested in partnering or sponsoring.


The Cost Breakdown


  1. ACCOMMODATION & TAXES: €820 for your own room for 3 nights (€610 if you share a room)01
  2. FOOD & DRINKS: €49002
  3. TRANSPORT BETWEEN LOCATIONS & VAN HIRE: €4503
  4. SKI PASSES (3 DAYS): €23004
  5. SKI GUIDES: €9005
  6. NON-SKI ACTIVITIES: €9006
  7. OPERATIONS: €6007
  8. PRIOR SITE VISITS: €3008
  9. PRODUCTION, STAFF, CURATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, GUEST BOOK & DELIVERY: €19009
  10. GIFT PACK: €4010
  11. STAFF ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL: €5011
  12. ROOM HIRE: €1512
  13. CONTINGENCY: €5013
  14. TOTAL: €1,990 for shared occupancy of rooms, €2,200 for single occupancy. 14