For a more sophisticated venue, why not try Cuckoo Club, with its fabulous cigar lounge, decorated with the genteel paraphernalia of a bygone era, and some stonking tunes by the in house DJ. Vernissage is designed by our local artist and architect, Heinz Julen, and doubles as a cinema earlier in the evening. The vast chandeliers slide mechanically back to sparkle over the clubbers underneath, and the cocktail staff are legendary. So don’t hold back. Most places close at 4am, but that still gives you three hours of sleep before first tracks next morning…
Each season brings forth unique Zermatt delicacies. We have wild asparagus, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, lamb in Spring. In summer there are lake fish, wild berries matured in the sunshine, fresh cheese, long evenings with al fresco dining, often after the hard work of hay making. Autumn is very special with an abundance of wild game, venison, chamois, Ibex, various wild fowl and rabbits, as well as juniper, wild nuts, mushrooms, jams and preserves (to keep us through the cold winter months). Winter evokes the more filling dishes of cured meats, pork belly, matured cheeses, fondues made with the lovely local wine from the Rhone valley, root vegetables roasted in the wood burning stove whilst we spin tales by the fire. It’s not just food, but tradition, culture and history. Something Zermatt has plenty of.
An addendum to this is that we have easy access to Italy via the ski lift system, so if you are an Italian food lover, you are not far from the genuine article. Cervinia and Valtournenche are again traditionally rural farming communities, and the local produce comprises of homemade cheeses, cured meats, polenta, fresh egg pastas, gnocchi and risottos as well as great schnapps and grappas.
There is something for everyone, and the off piste is phenomenal. Heliskiing is permitted on the Monte Rosa glacier, among others, which gives you a challenging ski from above 4000m down to Furi at 1800, through crevassed areas, deep powder, past the Monte Rosa refuge and on to a well deserved lunch. Even without taking a helicopter, there is plenty of off piste for everyone, but it is recommended to take a guide.
A perfect place to refresh and revive with a long relaxing stay. There is even more to do here in the summer than in the winter. Hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, yoga, walking, rafting, dirt scooter, shopping in town, wonderful gourmet restaurants on the mountain, and of course you can still ski. The highest and most snow sure glacier in Europe means that in Zermatt we can ski all year round, usually in the sunshine.
You may come thinking to ski, but the gentle pace of life and the summer activities may cause you to change your plans. Sunbathe by a mountain lake with a Matterhorn view, rope up your harness to the Via Ferrata or the Forest Fun Park. Go extreme rock climbing, or climb your first 4000m peak. Take a Helicopter tour to view the Alpine peaks… then relax on your balcony as the sun sets behind the Matterhorn