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A week in Chalet Louise

By Bee Haywood, Marketing Manager

I’ve just come back from a week in Zermatt. 10 of us stayed in Chalet Louise and had a fantastic time. We ate like kings, drank far too much in the Hennu Stall, enjoyed 6 days of glorious sunshine and some great skiing.

Our chalet staff were lovely, helpful and looked after us beautifully. We enjoyed log fires and relaxed weary limbs in our wellness area that included a sauna, steam room and hot tub. Rupert the chef was amazing – from perfect scrambled eggs, arriving back to warm cookies, then being treated to stunning canapés and a 5 course gourmet supper – I am now looking at my chicken and stuffing sandwich with dismay (I also need to get his goats cheese and beetroot soup recipe – wow!)

It’s unbelievable how effective the early season work that went into building a base and maintaining the pistes has been. Now the Alps are moving into spring the conditions on the pistes are still fantastic. The beautifully pisted, well packed snow lasts right into the afternoon despite everyone striping down to t-shirts for lunch on a sunny terrace.

Zermatt is one of the more beautiful resorts in the world, with dramatic valleys, lots of trees and the imposing Matterhorn visible from a lot of the mountain restaurants and holding court over the village. There are photo calls to be had on every bend with breathtaking backdrops behind. The restaurants on the mountain for lunch are also exceptional; the chalet staff gave us some great advice and booked for us each morning. I strongly recommend Franz and Heidi at Findeln and if you ski right down to Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche on the Italy side then Hotel Rascard is a fab spot (make sure you book ahead, as a driver will meet you and drive you the 10 minutes to the restaurant).

Après Ski! The boys certainly enjoyed the Hennu Stall and Olympistube on the mountain. The Papperla Pub in the village has a great band that kept us dancing for hours.

I write this with a bad case of vacation blues but if you are still thinking of going skiing this season Zermatt, as a high altitude resort, has some fantastic skiing – and there is so much on offer.

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