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At least one Switzerland ski experience is a must in the life of a winter sports lover. If you do it right, a ski trip to Switzerland can be so much more than just skiing. Take for example Zermatt, St Moritz, Gstaad – top three alpine resorts that are synonymous with skiing in Austria. And for good reason – they offer some of most impressive ski slopes, dramatic scenery, an eclectic range of accommodation options with impeccable service and exquisite après ski and fine dining places.
Whether it’s the glamour of St. Moritz, the stunning view of the Matterhorn towering above Zermatt’s classic chalets, or skiing on the Wasserngrat – the most challenging in the area because of the infamous Tiger Run – every skier has dreams of skiing the Swiss Alps.
Leading in hospitality since 1856 the Kulm Hotel exudes traditional elegance paired with modern-day comfort. Luxuries are in no short supply at the Kulm, featuring a 2,000 square-meter spa, five restaurants and three bars.
Every room faces the impressive mountainscape, the south-facing ones the Lake St. Moritz and those facing north, the spectacular south flanks of Piz Nair and other enticing parts of the Corviglia region.
The restaurant is located in the hills above Lake Maggiore in the luxury Hotel Giardino Mountain. Its chef, Rolf Fliegauf was awarded two Michelin star for Ristorante Ecco on Snow located in Saint-Moritz.
The menu is a dazzling display of culinary aptitude in a romantic setting: a mix of modern style and classic comfort – with large, well-stoked fires and glimmering bars and club chairs.
Lace up the boots, grab the boards, and get to know Corviglia, it’s the main ski area residing above town. Lakes frozen over in the negative temps provide a perfect base for flat-land adventures.
This lounge is one of the picturesque spots in the world complete with a candelabra on the open-air bar, sheepskin-covered benches, and a montage of magnums of Champagne on the terrace. The views of Engadine Valley are not to be missed.
Situated at the foot of the famous Matterhorn, the hotel is well known for its airy and light-flooded suites. Here you can experience a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Sit back and relax after a hard day’s skiing in the hotel’s bar and lounge area or enjoy the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and extensive SPA facilities.
Zermatt is the foodie capital of the Alps. For sophisticated cuisine try After Seven in the Backstage hotel. Here you will find a creative mix of locally inspired and worldly dishes, sometimes exotically infused, but always market fresh and seasonal.
The open concept kitchen is a great attraction and focal point in this fine dining restaurant with personal charm.
Beginners can practice on the gentle slopes of the Klein Matterhorn glacier or Gornergrat peak.
Advanced skiers can enjoy expert terrain in the Sunnegga and Gornergrat areas as well as the moguls on Stockhorn and Rote Nasse.
A sun-burnt wooden farmhouse, situated 15 minutes downhill from Vrony. The place is well known for traditional Swiss cuisine, exceptional wine and a sun-blazed terrace staring at you know what is pure gold. Findlerhof is all about ambiance and the charm of old Zermatt.
The hotel has incredible views of the Swiss Alps. It is one of the only family-owned and operated hotels in Switzerland, and guests are treated like extended members of the family. The Palace, like Gstaad itself, is opulent but never ostentatious.
There are so many opportunities for fine dining in this resort that foodies will be spoiled for choice; in total there are 15 eateries with Gault & Millau points or Michelin stars, which is a high proportion by any standard!
Avenue Montagnue has an elegant yet comfortable interior with a lovely balcony terrace. The cuisine is seasonal and Mediterranean with traditional Swiss influences and ranges from panzerotti with raclette cheese to spinach and tomatoes, rack of Scaletta Pass lamb in a wild garlic crust and rösti.
Skiing on the Wasserngrat is the most challenging in the area because of the infamous Tiger Run. The snappiest piste in or near Gstaad is located on the Wasserngrat. Marked in black, the Tiger Run is the region’s steepest slope and has a huge average gradient of 45 degrees.
Gstaad is not known as a party hotspot, but there are many bars on the slopes where you can relax after skiing. Gstaad has a wide offer of mountain huts with great sun terraces and good music in the background. After a long day in the snow, on the final descent, connoisseurs stop off at the Euter Bar or Horny Bar for refreshments. Put your feet up, revitalise your body and soul and enjoy same bread smothered in delicious raclette cheese with a glass of champagne.
Can you think of a better antidote to cold weather blues than heading off to the mountains? Neither can we.
If you're like us, you'll know that après-ski is the opportunity to wear your best cashmere and statement sunglasses when the sun is out.
So, whether you're grabbing a drink at your resort's bar or dancing until dawn, we put together a handpicked selection of après-ski frames that will have you looking fashionable and fun no matter personality.
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