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Why You Should Visit Zermatt This Winter

Catherine September 6th, 2022

The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt has always been on my bucket list and my recent trip there was a long time coming. Originally scheduled for late March 2020, two years later I finally boarded the plane to Geneva…

Zermatt is a place I’d heard amazing things about before visiting, but could it really be as good as people make it out to be? The answer to that is a resounding yes! Stunning views of the Matterhorn, a huge ski area with endless runs, amazing hospitality and a warm welcome awaits.

Here are 6 reasons why Zermatt is well worth a visit this winter.

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10 Ski Bucket List Experiences in Europe

Catherine July 21st, 2022

The last couple of years have taught us just how important travel is for the soul. We all need a break from the everyday. The delight in being somewhere new, admiring spectacular scenery, sampling new food and exploring different terrain on your skis shouldn’t be underestimated.

With this is mind, we’ve put together a bucket list of top ski experiences in our European programme.

1. Marvel at the Mighty Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Zermatt (credit: @victorhwn725)

You’ve seen photos of this iconic mountain but have you seen it in the flesh? It really is as spectacular as it looks. Zermatt is a picture perfect resort and works well for skiers and non-skiers alike. The best views are from the top of the Gornergrat mountain railway at 3100m.

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New in Zermatt for 2018/19 Ski Holidays

Lucy November 5th, 2018

Zermatt offers snow-sure, unique skiing in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn. Surrounded by mighty summits, on offer is over 350km of pistes, with easy connections between Zermatt and the neighbouring Italian resort of Cervinia. As well as awesome skiing, the car-free village of Zermatt has a lively après-ski scene with plenty of restaurants serving everything from traditional Swiss cuisine to Italian pizza and several bars to enjoy live sports or dance until the early hours. Add in a handful of four and five-star luxury hotels, and Zermatt has all the ingredients for a great getaway.

So what’s new in Zermatt in 2018/19? While the resort offers the same quality experience year after year, we’ve put together a list of some of the exciting new additions for the upcoming season.

new in zermatt

© Pascal Gertschen

Lifts & Access

The world’s highest 3S (three cable) Cableway, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride, will start operating in Zermatt in December and will transport passengers from Zermatt up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise. Enjoy the glorious panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range as you travel in luxury cable cars – a handful of which have been encrusted with Swarovski crystals and even feature a floor that becomes translucent three minutes into the journey!

new in zermatt

The Matterhorn Glacier Ride (copyright Zermatt Bergbahnen)

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Skiing in September…in Switzerland!

Claire October 6th, 2015

European Product Manager, Claire, has just returned from Switzerland with all the latest news and tales of skiing in Saas Fee!

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Top 5 Mountain Restaurants – Europe

The Team March 19th, 2015

Most snowsports enthusiasts will agree that there is rarely a sight as beautiful as blue skies over the Alps. Dramatic snowy peaks drenched in bright, warm sunshine – these are the days when you ski hard in the morning and take a late lunch on a panoramic terrace and relax well into the afternoon. Here are Ski Independence top 5 mountain restaurants for a self-indulgent late lunch this spring.

Chez Vrony, Zermatt

Few mountain restaurants can boast the reputation or rich history of Chez Vrony. From its humble beginnings as a spartan farmhouse, to its current position as #1 restaurant in Zermatt on Tripadvisor – one trip to Chez Vrony will have you reminiscing for quite some time, especially if you visit under clear blue skies.

Chez Vrony, Zermatt

Chez Vrony, Zermatt

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Snow Update 14 January 2014

Vicky January 14th, 2014

With reports of vast amounts of snow in Canada, the USA and Europe, we wanted to share the good news with you! Here’s a short snow update for some of our featured ski resorts in the USA, Canada, France and Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry »

Brand New Swiss Alps Ski Train

The Team January 16th, 2013

No longer are the French resorts the only place in the Alps easily accessible by train.

If in the past you’ve been put off travelling to the Swiss Alps by train due to the horrible prospect of lugging your skis across Paris to change trains, then things are about to change. A new Swiss train service has been introduced, The Swiss Alps Ski Train, which leaves London St Pancras (with a stop in Ashford) every Saturday during the winter season. After a short and easy change in Lille you are on your way to some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Arrive in Switzerland in style and comfort

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Laugh, Ski and Dance

Vicky February 22nd, 2012

Snowy mountains, fresh air, blue skies, an A-list line up of comedians and an exhilarating week long party with some of the world’s best known bands and DJ’s…it looks like Mayrhofen is the place to be this spring.  Kick starting the party and being dubbed the ‘funniest week in the Alps ever’ is the Altitude Comedy Festival, followed 10 days later by the well known music festival Snowbombing.

Set in the beautiful Zillertal Valley, Mayrhofen has the reputation as one of the best ski resorts in Austria.  Located just over an hour from Innsbruck, the resort offers a vast 638km of ski runs.  Renowned for its lively après ski scene every March and April the boundaries are pushed, resulting in 2 of the best mountain parties on the European ski calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Ski Independence go skiing!

The Team January 27th, 2012

On Wednesday we lose 2 members of the Ski Independence team as they pack up their bags and make their way to Utah to lead the Daily Mail Ski and Snowboard Magazine reader trip.  Starting in Park City and visiting Deer Valley, Snowbird and Canyons along the way, Annika our Groups Manager and Eve one of our Reservation Consultants, along with  Henry Druce and Dave Watts, editors of the magazine and British Ex-Olympic skier Martin Bell, will spend 8 days skiing 6 of Utah’s 14 resorts.

Following on from yesterday’s blog ‘Where do Ski Independence Staff Ski’ below you will find the rest of the team’s ski plans this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Snow, sun and fun in the Swiss Alps

Karen November 7th, 2011

I’ve blogged about the delights of rail travel in Switzerland here before… so the opportunity for Cathy and I to take a 4 day trip to the Swiss Alps, travelling entirely by public transport sounded like a great way to test exactly how easy it is. Now let me begin by saying that I’m not a train geek, but it’s such an easy way to travel and what could be better than sitting in comfort watching the Swiss Alps roll past your window.

Our journey began early.  Turns out it was the beginning of the school half term holidays and Edinburgh Airport was busier than I’ve ever seen it.. a queue is bad any time, but at 6am it seems so much worse so it was a relief to arrive into Geneva Airport.  By 10.45 we were on our train, just 20 minutes after landing! Read the rest of this entry »

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