8 reasons why Zermatt is a great ski resort for families and beginners

Zermatt is frequently cited as one of the world’s must-ski resorts, making it into the top 10 lists of many publications. It is well known for its expansive glaciers, steep faces, and rocky terrain. Not, you might think, the ideal place for beginners or children. We disagree. While we think Zermatt deserves its spot on

Sledging in Grindelwald on your winter ski holiday

There’s more to sledging in Grindelwald than meets the eye… The next time you visit a mountain restaurant in the Alps you might notice a giant sledge lying around. In Switzerland these are called “Horischlitten” and were used for transporting heavy cargo, especially wood. During the summer, mountain farmers would fell trees, chop them into

Zermatt – heaven if you like chocolate

Switzerland is probably best known for its cheese, watches and last but by no means least its chocolate – something that’s very dear to my heart. What is it about Swiss chocolate that makes it taste so good? It’s so smooth and full of flavour. Probably due to the fact that it has a higher

Things to do in St Moritz

There is a statistic about the Winter tourists who visit St Moritz, and it’s a fairly surprising one. Of all those people spending two nights or more in this famous town, fewer than half of them purchase a lift pass! St Moritz has twice played host to the Winter Olympics. Famous for its 350km of

Ischgl’s smugglers’ routes to Switzerland

Become a modern day smuggler in Ischgl this winter…     Ischgl in Austria shares its mountain range with the neighbouring Swiss town of Samnaun – so it isn’t surprising to discover that this very spot used to be a popular smuggler’s region. During times of shortage, routes across the mountains were used by both

Davos – Sport, conferences and culture

Davos, the highest town in the Alps with a permanent population of around 10,000, is a complicated mixture of different, and sometimes competing, characteristics. Beginning as a small, agricultural district, it gained a reputation, in the 18th century, as a health resort, because of its high altitude. The town, at over 1500m above sea level,

Winter Walking in Zermatt

Zermatt is well known around the world for two things: The quality of its’ skiing and for luxury living. For those looking to conquer the towering peaks rather than the village spas and Michelin-starred restaurants, there are 200km (360km including Cervinia) of technical pistes of varying aspects, and off-piste terrain that in the past three

Ski touring: Not just for the elite

Zermatt has long been a home to serious mountaineers and, until fairly recently, ski-touring was considered to be a necessary skill of only the hardiest; those wishing to break speed and endurance records, summit new peaks or to reach previously un-skied faces. It was a sport of guts, endurance, determination, and Lycra.   The famous