If you’ve been following my Instagram account, you’ll know that I’ve just spent a week skiing in the beautiful alpine village of Zermatt in Switzerland. This was not my first time in Zermatt, having skied here before in 2012 and loving it, and thus deciding to return. It had been 3 years since my last visit, but I instantly felt at home upon getting off the train and breathing in a good lungful of fresh mountain air. It has been a long day of travel from London but we had arrived at last!
Most of this blog post will comprise of my pictures from the 6 days I spent skiing – there’s really not much to report on when all one has to do all day is go up and down a mountain! Expect to see lots of photos of snow, clouds and mountain ranges. Oh and food, lots of food. Zermatt, if you didn’t know, is truly an alpine village for gourmets.
But first, let me just write a bit about how to get from London to Zermatt. If you’re taking a plane from the UK to Switzerland, you can choose to either land in Geneva or Zurich (although Zurich is about 30 minutes closer to Zermatt). Also depending on where you’re coming from in London, you might want to consider flying from City Airport as it’s possible to head straight to Zurich from there, which is super easy and preferable to Heathrow. If you’ve got skis to take with you, Swiss Airlines, who we flew with, offers free transportation of skis as part of their standard tickets.
Upon arriving in Zurich airport, we took a train to Visp. Trains are pretty frequent but you may have to change once as not all are direct trains. Upon arriving at Visp, you’ll need to make a quick change to the smaller regional train that’ll take you up to the mountains. It took us about an hour to get to Zermatt from Visp. Total train travel time was 3.5 hours from Zurich to Zermatt. Switzerland is well-known for its quick and efficient train network and we can attest to this. We had no problems whatsoever and transits were well-organised (right down to the distance between platforms!).
Switzerland is not known for being a cheap destination, and skiing itself is not the cheapest sport. That being said, there are good deals to be had if you shop around early and are willing to bargain. We were able to get, for instance, a great package which included our accommodation, full breakfast and dinners, ski passes, 1 day of massage and return train tickets between Zurich and Zermatt.
Saving that wee bit on our ski package allowed us to splurge a little on our lunches. 😉 With world-famous mountain restaurants on offer, we had a hard time choosing which restaurants to visit, but our final list was truly spectacular. If you ever find yourself in Zermatt, summer or winter, these are the restaurants I’d definitely recommend you try (in no particular order).
– Chez Vrony
– Chalet Etoile (located on the Italian side)
– Zum See (do not miss the desserts!)
And with that, there’s not much else for me to say except to enjoy the photos below! Looking through them again is making me miss the daily skiing routine – waking for breakfast at 7.20am, on the slopes by 8.30am, lunch at 12pm and off the slopes at 4.30pm. All in all, it has been a truly superb week of skiing, eating and de-stressing. 🙂