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Plane tickets to Switzerland are cheapest during winter -- but the same isn't necessarily true when it comes to accommodations. If you're planning a ski trip, you can expect to pay top euro for most ski resort lodging during colder months. However, prices for hotels in non-ski destinations, especially smaller towns and places in the Swiss countryside, are generally less expensive during winter and shoulder season. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, and the local currency is the Swiss franc -- not the euro.