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A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

Have you ever visited the car free mountain resort of Braunwald in Switzerland? Tucked away in the mountains in Glarus, it’s just around an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half from Zurich by car. You can also get there by train from Zurich HB.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

It’s a charming, car free hamlet where you can enjoy all sorts of mountain pursuits. In Summer you can hike, go climbing and enjoy the scenic views and in Winter you can ski and snowboard, go tobogganing or for Winter hikes and maybe try snow-shoeing. We went for an excellent day out snow-shoeing (led by our wonderful friend Rhoda) and had an amazing day on the Panoramawanderung from Grotzenbüel to Gumen!

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

We arrived on a mid-January Winter’s morning and were greeted by beautiful sunshine and cloudless blue skies. After parking in the car park, we walked up to the funicular station where we purchased our ticket for the first part of the journey up. We then walked ten minutes up to Hüttenberg gondola which took us up to Grotzenbüel where we began our hike. If you have a HalbTax card do bring it along as it is valid on the lift system.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

Although there hadn’t been much recent snow and there was none at the base station in the valley, once we had ascended a little there was a beautiful blanket of snow.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

On The Trail

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

We followed the Panoramawanderung which was fairly steep in places. Do keep your wits about you though as some parts of the trail at the very beginning are actually part of a red skiing piste and toboggan run!

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

As you can see from the photos, it is amazingly beautiful and very scenic. In our group some people used snow shoes and poles and others just Winter hiking boots. The advantage of the snow shoes is that it is a little easier and you can go up steeper paths much easier. It also gave better grip when we descended.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald SwitzerlandA Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

At one part of the trail we went through a covered tunnel section where there were some beautiful icicles growing.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

As well as the icicles there was a beautiful mural on the wall inside the tunnel.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

We stopped for lunch at the Grumen mountain restaurant and sat outside in the sunshine admiring the views.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

Ideally, we would have continued the circuit for another hour and a half two hours, but due to time constraints we needed to get back so we took the gondola from Grumen back down to Burstberg. This gondola also accepted the Halb Tax card but was a little more expensive than the earlier two. We then walked little further downhill to catch the funicular en route to the car park at the bottom.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

If you’ve never tried Snow Shoeing before I highly recommend giving it a go. It’s a great way to enjoy the scenic mountain views and great exercise! Do wear layers as you can get quite hot and may want to peel off a little.

A Wonderful Day Out Snow Shoeing in Braunwald Switzerland

Hiring Or Buying Snow Shoes

If you’re considering Snowshoeing but not sure it’s for you, why not hire Snow Shoes from Sport Shop Time Out in Uster? Not only can they help advise you (in English) but if you do decide you want to continue they also give you the option to buy. Plus they can also give you advice on how to use properly.

For more information contact Sport Shop Time Out:

Address: Pfäffikerstr. 30, 8610 Uster

Tel: 044 942 06 16

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 6.30pm closed lunchtimes 12.30 -1.30pm and Saturday it’s open without a break from 9am till 4pm.

Visit the Sport Shop Time Out website here.

For details on Braunwald see below.

Braunwald

Dorfstrasse 2
8784 Braunwald

Phone +41 55 653 65 65

Braunwald website

For more information on hiking & snowshoeing in Braunwald click here.

See the Google Maps coordinates here.

See Braunwald (the red pin) on Google Maps below:

Google maps Braunwald Galrus

 

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What To Pack For a Weekend Ski Trip

Skiing in Arosa Lenzerheide

What To Pack For a Weekend Ski Trip

WHAT TO PACK FOR A SKIING WEEKEND

We’ve recently been away for several ski weekends (or midweek breaks) over the past couple of months and one of the biggest headaches has been knowing what to pack! However, after such a lot of practice I’ve now got it down to a fine art – so if you’re planning a short ski weekend and want some tips, read on! If you’re going for a week or longer – just add extra quantities as required.

Skiing in Arosa Lenzerheide

Ski Equipment – To Take Or To Rent?

The first thing to get clear is whether you will be renting or taking your own ski equipment. Skis are bulky and I’d advise renting them if you’re going by public transport or flying. It’s always interesting to try out new skis and personally I enjoy comparing different makes and types. However, if you’re travelling by car and you have space it’s cheaper to take your own and of course you know them too.

Ski Helmets and Goggles

Ski helmets, however, are fairly personal – so whenever I can, I will take my own – and of course my own goggles. However, with some of the newer helmets like the Alpina, which come with a built in visor, you may not need goggles.

What To Pack For a Weekend Ski Trip

In any case do pack your favourite sunglasses – as you’ll probably need these whilst you’re enjoying a sunny mountain top lunch or après ski!

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Ski Boots

Ski boots pose a different dilemma – and people seem to be divided into two camps. I have a very comfortable pair of boots which I bought some while ago. However, they are so comfortable that I really recommend taking your own boots whenever you can. If you have feet (and legs) that easily fit most boots, this is not such a huge problem. However, after having two painful ski rental experiences on consecutive weekends I’m now switching back to taking my own boots whenever I can. Boots which don’t suit your foot (or in my case my calves) can be seriously uncomfortable and ruin not just your skiing but sometimes the whole day!

Ski Bags for Transportation

You can buy some really nice zip up ski boot bags which have a separate compartment for your helmet and goggles and a few bits and bobs too. These are really useful when travelling and also great if you’re going for a day ski trip with friends as you’ve got everything in one place.

If I’m taking skis with me I will take them in a long ski bag with carrying handle which makes them easier to carry.

Smaller Items of Clothing

I always stow my ski socks and ski gloves in with my helmet so that I have them all in one place. Another thing I never ski without is a neck fleece or tube which can extend to cover most of my face in harsh, windy or snowy conditions. Being a bit a sissy I tend not to venture out when it’s blowing a gale or raining or snowing. However, in the mountains conditions can change very quickly and a fleecy warm, extendable neck scarf can be a lifesaver. Not only can it keep your face warmer but it will also protect your skin from the ravages of wind, sleet, snow and rain.

Ski Jacket, Ski Pants and Base Layers

Layering is the key to ski wear as your body temperature will depend on many factors – how cold it is, the wind chill factor, how much exercise you’re doing and how long you’re stading round (waiting for your friends etc ) or sitting on chair lifts.

I always make sure to wear a good quality base layer, like for example the Columbia omni-heat base layers which comes in both long armed tops and as “long johns” too.

Testing Out Columbia Ski Wear In A Fridge in Zurich!

 

Base Layers

Testing Out Columbia Ski Wear In A Fridge in Zurich!

Next, a good quality mid layer such as a long armed ski top, or a turtle neck or a fleece is a comfortable choice. I prefer something which has a zip if at all possible so that if you get really hot whilst you’re in a restaurant or bar you have a bit of flexibility.

Columbia Ski jacket

Buy a quality ski jacket. There are plenty on the market to choose from but a good one will last you several seasons and keep you warm and dry in the harshest of conditions. It goes without saying that it needs to be waterproof and you’ll want one with plenty of zip pockets and a zip up cuff pocket ideally to fit your ski pass. There are so many models to choose from but the proper ski ones should always come with a  I have a Columbia Ski Jacket and ski pants which both have a wonderful reflective lining. The technology is called Omnia 3D heat (you can read more about it here) and these jackets really keep you warm.

Socks and Gloves

Don’t forget your extremities as this is where you will feel the cold first. Invest in good quality ski socks. Not only will they keep your feet warm and toasty but they will last a long time too.

The same goes for gloves. Good quality gloves are soo important! If like me you get cold hands, you can do one of three things – or a combination of them all: get an inner liner glove (preferably silk if you can find one), wear mittens in instead of gloves (together with the liners) and you can also buy individual one-use hand warmers which cost just a few francs and really do warm you up.

Sun Tan Lotion

The sun’s rays are very strong in the mountains and the reflected light magnifies their strength so whatever you do don’t forget to pack a high factor Sun Tan Lotion to protect your skin.

Whilst you’re at it, do make sure to take lip balm too. Another accessory which could prove useful in an emergency is a pocket Foil blanket. These foil blankets take no space at all and could keep you warm in an emergency whilst waiting for medical help. You can buy them at all good ski stores.

Après Ski

The easiest thing to do is to wear your ski jacket to travel and try to ring the changes to your travel outfit to avoid carrying too much luggage. For women packing a dress doesn’t take too much space if you’re travelling somewhere elegant and want to dress up. Scarves and accessories can change the look. However, shoes, and particularly heels do take up a lot of room – so decide in advance on what you need and plan your outfits.

Winter Snow Boots

A pair of Snow Boots with a good grip are the perfect Après Ski shoe. The best ones I have found are the Columbia Bangor Omni-Heath Michelin Boot. Not only do they look good and keep you warm but they have excellent grip in icy conditions. It is so important to have good grip whilst walking in the snow and ice in Winter – not just on the slopes but on the streets too – and these are supremely practical.

Columbia Winter Snow Boot

Wellness

Don’t forget your swimming costume as there is nothing better than relaxing in a swimming pool after a hard day’s skiing.

Wellness area and children's pool at The Radisson Blu Reussen Andermatt

PACKING LIST – FOR THE SLOPES

  • Skis / Snowboard
  • Poles
  • Ski boots / Snowboard boots
  • Ski Socks
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Thermal Base Layer (top)
  • Thermal Mid Layer (top)
  • Ski Jacket
  • Ski Pants
  • Thermal Ski bottoms
  • Ski Gloves
  • Ski Glove Liners
  • Hand warmers
  • Neck fleece
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Pocket Foil blanket – these foldable blankets take no space and could keep you warm in an emergency

PACKING LIST – FOR APRES SKI

  • Jeans or smart trousers and shirt or top to travel
  • Winter Ski Boots
  • Light dress & heels. Alternately a couple of blouses to go with trousers
  • For men a couple of smart shirts or polo shirts
  • Underwear, nightwear, jewellery, makeup, toiletries, hair styler
  • Throw, scarf to accessorize
  • Swimsuit / Trunks
  • Mobile phones, tablets, chargers, plug adaptors if necessary,

Pack For The Car Too

If driving to your destination don’t forget to pack water and snacks for the journey, cash and change for any tolls or parking, a shovel (in case of heavy snow en route or getting snowed in at destination) and some blankets just in case. Also make sure you have your phone chargers / adaptors and cables too.

Ensure your is equipped with Winter tyres and or snow chains.

Get Quality Equipment Appropriate For Your Ability

It’s important to get good quality equipment which will suit your skiing ability and which will last. My whole family have been going to Sport Shop Time Out in Uster for years as not only do they give advice and help in English – but they are also extremely helpful and patient too!

Sport Shop Time Out

Address: Pfäffikerstrasse 30, 8610 Uster (closed Mondays) 

Tel: 044 942 06 16

REGA

Another useful thing is to take out family membership of REGA mountain air rescue, which at time of going to press costs just CHF 70 per annum for a whole family. Hopefully you will never need to use them, but if you ever need to be helicoptered off a mountain, REGA come to your rescue. Everyone I know who has used them speaks very highly of them indeed. For details please click here.

Whatever you do have fun in the mountains!

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Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort

South Tyrol Italy

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

Whilst staying at the beautiful Gourmethotel Tenne Lodges in Ratschings, we had the opportunity to explore and discover the Ratchings-Jaufen Ski Resort. Also known as “Racines”, it is one of the most beautiful areas in Alto Adige region. This part of the Tyrol used to belong to Austria until 1918 when it became part of Italy. Hence you will find almost everything marked in two languages, both German and Italian.

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

We were lucky enough to explore the resort in the company of experienced Ski Instructor and Ski Guide, Günther. Günther has been working in Ratschings-Jaufen Ski Resort for many years and knows it like the back of his hand.

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

The Runs

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

It’s a small ski resort comprising just 25km of pistes but when we were there the snow was great and the runs were all beautifully prepared – although the weather was a bit changeable!

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

The valley is fortunate to benefit from good snow from early December onwards and the ski resort usually closes each year just after Easter. Another great plus is its solid infrastructure of modern and up to date lifts. There are 8 ski lifts in total – one telecabine, 7 chair lifts and one small drag lift on the nursery slope.

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

There are 5 blue (easy) runs and 12 red (intermediate) runs in total and the ski area is beautiful with lots of large open spaces and a great atmosphere. One of the most modern resorts in South Tyrol, the Ratschings-Jaufen goes from 1300 m – 2150 m and attracts skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

Ideal For Families

There is also a funpark, a funslope and a toboggan run offering plenty of options. There are also 4 “magic carpets” to transport children and those learning to ski. In fact children are extremely well catered for here with their own play area and lots of activities and the resort is ideal for families.

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

Mountain Restaurants

The food in this region is particularly to be recommended as it is a combination of the best cuisine of both Italy and Austria. The dishes we enjoyed in the Bergrestaurant Rinneralm 1900 mountain restaurant (below) were excellent and also very reasonably priced.

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

Opening Hours

During the season the lifts operate daily from 08.30 a.m. until 16.15 p.m. and Skipass office is open daily from 08.00 a.m. until 17.00 p.m.

Skiing in the Ratchings-Jaufen Resort South Tyrol Italy

For more information about the Ratschings-Jaufen Ski area please visit the website here.

For more information about the Ratschings-Jaufen Ski School please visit the website here.

For more information about the Gourmethotel Tenne Lodges please see here

With thanks to Günther and the Ratschings-Jaufen Ski School for taking us round this beautiful resort.

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Photos by Christina Fryer and courtesy of Ratschings-Jaufen Ski Resort

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Skiing St Luc – Chandolin Val d’Anniviers Switzerland

 Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Skiing St Luc – Chandolin 

Val d’Anniviers Switzerland

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

St Luc – Chandolin Val d’Anniviers

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

The charming ski resort of St Luc – Chandolin is located in the Val d’Anniviers region of Switzerland.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

We discovered it whilst we were staying at the Chandolin Boutique Hotel and enjoyed a fabulous couple of days exploring the natural beauty of this area.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Boasting fabulous views and stunning scenery, St Luc – Chandolin is the biggest ski resort in the Val d’Anniviers area.

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

60 Km of Beautiful Pistes

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

It has something to offer for everyone from the beginner through to the advanced skier.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Its 60 km of well prepared pistes consist of 30 km of blue (easy) pistes, 20km of medium (red) pistes and 10 km of difficult (black pistes).

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Stunning Scenery

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

The scenery is stunning and when we were there in late January the runs were not busy at all so we enjoyed amazing skiing without any danger of bumping into crowds or queuing for lifts.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

In fact we didn’t have to queue for a single lift whilst we were there. At times, it felt as if we had been helicoptered onto a remote far flung mountain and it was liberating to enjoy the wonderful views without hardly seeing a soul.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Lift System

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

The resort has 3 chair lifts, 11 drag lifts and one funicular. For those of you not so keen on drags, (like myself), the drags do take a bit of getting used to – but despite this I still had a fabulous time and by the end of the two days I was definitely getting the hang of them.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Restaurants

There are for mountain restaurants to choose from – Restaurant de Tigousa, Cabane Bella-Tola, Restaurant Le Tsapé and Cabane Tsigère La Cohà. Our favuorite, where we had the most unbelievably good Boeuf Bouginon was the Restaurant de Tigousa.

Skiing St-Luc Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

For Non Skiers

If you don’t ski you can still have a lot of fun on the mountain in Chandolin. There are plenty of marked walking paths as well some great toboggan runs.

So next time you’re in this region of Switzerland during the ski season, why not take the opportunity to explore this wonderful ski area surrounded by such breathtaking scenery?

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Season Opening Dates

The opening dates for the 2018-2019 Winter Season are from 22.12.2018 to 22.04.2019.

Tel: +41 (0)27 4761550

Snow telephone: +41 (0)27 4761550

For more information visit the St Luc – Chandolin website here.

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

Skiing St Luc - Chandolin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland

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Crans-Montana One of The Top 5 Ski Destinations in Europe

Crans-Montana, the sunny ski region located above the Rhone Valley has just been named the fifth best ski destination in Europe for 2019 by “European Best Destinations”. In fact Crans-Montana was the top Swiss Ski Resort in the survey. Around 125,000 people from 103 countries participated in the poll to find the best ski resorts in Europe. In total 16 ski resorts in Europe were nominated and approximately 125,000 people took part in the survey. Crans-Montana achieved fifth place overall.

Crans-Montana One of The Top 5 Ski Destinations in Europe

The award is extremely important for Crans-Montana and reflects the quality and versatility of this unique ski holiday destination. In fact this year also marks the 125th anniversary of Crans-Montana as a holiday destination – so it’s a double celebration for the resort.

Crans-Montana One of The Top 5 Ski Destinations in Europe

Crans-Montana offers over 140 kilometres of ski slopes, as well as countless other opportunities for Winter sports, living up to its claim: “Crans-Montana Absolutely – nature, sport, culture and Carpe Diem”. Alp d’Huez achieved first place in the polls, followed by Livigno, Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental and Kitzbühel.

Crans-Montana One of The Top 5 Ski Destinations in Europe

The first hotel opened in Crans-Montana in 1893 and this small farming village located on a high plateau above Sion with breathtaking views from the Matterhorn to the Mont Blanc and the Rhône valley deep below, soon became established as a  prominent Winter Sports Centre in Switzerland. This year’s Winter Season opened on 7th December 2018.

Crans-Montana One of The Top 5 Ski Destinations in Europe

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The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

 

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

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The Chedi Andermatt:

Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

 

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

Photo credit Chris Garside

As a multi award winning hotel and a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World” and “Swiss Deluxe Hotels” group, we knew that The Chedi Andermatt was going to be very special. However, what we didn’t expect is to feel so wonderfully at home. The hotel is warm and welcoming yet discreet, with the air of a cosy chalet and a touch of Asian zen; a remarkable mix of local and international, of warmth and unadulterated luxury.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

Luxurious Yet Cosy

The 123 room hotel built in 2013 was designed by Kuala Lumpur-based designer Jean-Michel Gathy and it certainly takes centre stage in the small Alpine village of Andermatt in the heart of the beautiful Swiss countryside of Canton Uri. Located directly opposite the train station, it is just a two hour (extremely scenic) journey from Zurich, and slightly less by car.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The interior is a mix of traditional chalet features and modern touches. It’s very spacious, with lots of wood, plenty of glass and local stone. The foyer has high ceilings, and is decorated with an abundance of fireplaces (there are more than 200 in the hotel altogether), comfy cushions and beautiful alcoves. It’s luxurious and plush, yet cosy at the same time and a world away from those anonymously large echoey hotel lobbies you sometimes find in top hotels.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The hotel is not small, but not too large either. It’s easy to get from your room to the spa or to the restaurant without getting lost. Everything is spacious and wide, from the corridors to the hotel bedrooms to the changing rooms and bathrooms.

After a friendly and efficient welcome, we were greeted with hot tea and a small brownie before being taken to our room. We were staying in a deluxe suite which was gorgeous. Super spacious, modern and beautiful it offered so much space we could have held a party!

Downstairs, a really lovely feature of The Chedi’s numerous lounges and alcoves, is its extensive book collection. They even have a separate library/fumoir – the perfect place to sit down after dinner, with a drink or a cigar, and chat to your companions or tuck into a new book.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Chedi also offers dog friendly rooms and additional services for guests who would like to stay with their dog.

The Spacious Bedrooms

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

In the bedrooms, everything from the temperature, air-conditioning, blinds and even the fireplace, is operated by room’s iPad. We had a lounge area with comfortable distressed leather armchairs, a long dining table with plenty of seating, a fridge full of drinks (all non-alcoholic drinks were complimentary), a coffee machine and a fireplace. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with a free standing tub and a large shower room with a powerful shower. A writing desk and a low table with cushions and a super luxurious bed from the Swedish company Hästens completed the look.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

A relaxed, ambient feel is created with low lighting and a colour scheme of muted tones of browns, greys and golds. The bathroom is exquisite with beautiful stone and wood and lovely Aqua di Parma toiletries offering a pop of colour.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

It’s all super relaxing and restful. It’s just as well that the views from the bedroom across the mountains are so stunning they beckon us to get out of bed to visit the ski butlers and hit the slopes.

If you’re a large family or a group of friends the Furka Suite (below) is almost like a self contained chalet with the hotel. It offers generous and luxurious accommodation with three double rooms, a kitchen and a private spa and is situated across two floors.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Ski Butlers and Skiing at the Chedi

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

We had sent our details ahead of our stay and the Ski Butlers had prepared the latest Head boots and skis all ready for us. It was just a question of trying on the boots to check the fit and off we went. The ski passes are very reasonable here in comparison to many ski resorts and The Chedi’s Ski Butlers prepared our passes and whisked us off in their bus to the Gemstock gondola to take us up the mountain where we spent the whole afternoon.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

Despite arriving at a time of huge snowfall (nearby resort Zermatt was closed due to the extreme conditions) we enjoyed a fabulous afternoon on the well groomed slopes.

Dressed for the snow in Columbia Ski wear and Sorel boots at The Chedi Andermatt

We stopped off at a local restaurant close to the gondola station for a late lunch of soup and salad before ending in time to enjoy the spa facilities back at the hotel.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

By the way don’t be put off by the black run back onto the village – though steep in parts it was wide and enjoyable with great views of the village of Andermatt in the valley below.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Spa and Wellness

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

Inside The Spa it was warm and blissful. The 2,400-square-metre wellness area is sleek and stunning with turquoise blue waters. What I really enjoyed was the ability to swim both inside and outside with the lovely views of the mountains and the snow.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

After a quick swim and a long lounge on the super comfy day beds around the pool with complimentary nibbles and juices, we decided to head for the adults only Hydrotherapy pools. Here you’ll find an assortment of pools from 38 degrees down to a plunge pool of just 18 degrees.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

There’s a Finnish sauna, a brine sauna and a steam room as well. A range of first class massages and treatments can be booked if you’re feeling indulgent or you could head to the gym for a work out on the range of state of the art equipment. The ambient temperature around these pools is really warm so it’s the perfect place to read or simply lie down and relax.

Restaurants

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

We were so relaxed after our visit to The Spa that we changed our dinner reservation at The Restaurant to a little later than planned and enjoyed a fabulous meal. Modern and open in design with stunning chandeliers and views out to the snow clad garden outside, there is a variety of cuisine on offer.

The restaurant staff were efficient (without being obsequious) and very friendly, as they helpfully explained all the different options on the menu to us. We plumped for some of the Asian inspired dishes – a soft shelled crab dish which transported us straight back to Singapore and marinated hamachi for starters and Yam Nuea and an Angus steak for mains.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

All were delicious but the Asian inspired options really stole our heart.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

There is even a 5 metre glass cheese tower with over 40 local cheeses situated in the centre of the restaurant from which you can choose a cheese course or opt as we did for one of the tempting desserts.

The cheese Tower at the Chedi Andermatt

If you’re planning a private meal or celebration they also have a private dining room available .

Michelin Starred Japanese Restaurant

Another draw at The Chedi is The Japanese Restaurant (one of only 2 Japanese restaurants in the whole of Switzerland to have been awarded a Michelin star) which is very authentic and which seats 46 people. Make sure to reserve in advance if you fancy eating here as it is always very popular.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

Breakfasts

In the morning you can have breakfast anytime between 7am and 11am. There are so many options on offer there is something for everyone and the choice and quality is fantastic. There is a range of fully cooked breakfast items with oodles of choice – then cold meats, cheese from the cheese tower, as well as fresh fruit, home made muesli, warm pastries, breads, pancakes and homemade jams.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

The Chedi Andermatt

Address: Gotthardstrasse 4, CH-6490, Andermatt, Switzerland.

Tel: +41 41 888 74 77 or

You can visit their The Chedi Andermatt Website here  for more information.

The Chedi Andermatt was named Hotel of the Year 2017 by GaultMillau. You might also be interested to know that next to the hotel are The Chedi Residences where a variety of ownership options are available.

Mountain Bootcamps for 2018

The Chedi Andermatt is running three 5 day mountain boot camps with the intensive training and wellbeing specialist TOP HILL Retreats. The Mountain Bootcamps cost from CHF 2’920 per person and are taking place from 18th to 23rd March 2018, 8th to 13th July 2018 and 14th to 19th October 2018. For more information see here.

The Chedi Andermatt: Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen

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All photos by NewInZurich except for the top photo by The Chedi Andermatt and the snowboard photo by Chris Garside

We stayed as guests of The Chedi Andermatt but all opinions and views are totally our own.

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