27 Nov to 1 Dec 2019
1/2 Double: 625€ (Adults and Children > 13)
Single Rooms 805€
Child 6 – 12: 505€*
Child 2 – 5: 420€*
Child 1 and Under: 70 €*
* Rates – in same room with two adults
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- Ski Switzerland and Italy,
- 4 nights in the Beautiful Hotel Berghof.
- Incredible meals (3Dinners and 4 Breakfasts),
- Walk 5 meters to the lift,
- 2 pools (one is adults only) and sauna (adults only),
- Round Trip Bus and Train from Tasch,
- Camaraderie, Après Ski
Zermatt Ski Resort
Zermatt in Switzerland is one of the world’s premier travel destinations and one of the world’s top ski resorts. Set amidst some of the most awesome scenery in the Alps, this classy Swiss mountain village has a fantastic ski area that includes the highest-altitude pistes in Europe.
Switzerland’s best-known resort brings together every Alpine cliché, from its views of the world’s most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn, to its narrow streets lined with wonky, weathered chalets.
Surrounded by 38 summits above 4,000m, the car-free town is full of life all year round. Its population of 5,700 is supplemented by a steady stream of visitors from all over the world who come, winter and summer, to climb, hike, bike and ski the surrounding mountains or simply to admire the scenery.
Zermatt has 200 km of pistes of its own, and is also linked by lift and piste to Cervinia in Italy, providing another 160km of pistes. For families, intermediates, experts and ski tourers, it sits up with the best. A spectacular new gondola lift to Klein Matterhorn at almost 4,000m, with large cabins and panoramic views, is opening for the 2018/19 season.
In a region of the planet filled with world-class ski resorts, Zermatt still tops the lot.
Zermatt has three interlinked ski areas:
The Sunnegga-Rothorn area is accessed via an underground funicular railway directly from the centre of the village. This area offers some good long red runs and a couple of great black pistes; the Sunnegga plateau sector also has a compact beginners’ area, although Zermatt isn’t really a good choice for novices.
The neighbouring Riffel-Gornergrat-Hohtalli area is linked to the Sunnegga-Rothorn slopes by cable car and chairlift, but can also be reached directly from Zermatt village by rack railway. Again this area offers some fabulous long red pistes, plus a few high-end blue pistes between Gornergrat and Riffelberg.
The summit sector is a bit special: an additional experts-only sector extends above the usual summit of Hohtalli and is exclusively comprised of unpisted itineraire routes off the higher summit of the Stockhorn (3,532m); this ‘Triftji’ sector is one of the jewels in Zermatt’s many-faceted crown, but is usually only accessible from February onwards.
The principal Klein Matterhorn ski area has a sequence of gondolas and cable cars that climb from the southern end of Zermatt to the highest pistes in Europe, linked with the ski area of Cervinia in Italy. On the Swiss side there are gentle blue and red pistes on the Theodul Glacier and epic long runs down to Zermatt over great varied terrain.
All sectors are surrounded by sublime scenery and served by a plethora of excellent mountain restaurants.
A perfect day’s skiing should include a spot of apres-ski. After an exhilarating day on the mountain many feel the need to celebrate their efforts by letting their hair down and slaking their thirst with a cheeky beer or three, hence the popularity of apres-ski. Zermatt has many fine apres-ski bars where you can do just that. Let’s paaaartay!!!
While skiing down the lower section of the Furi-Zermatt slope you’ll probably hear the pumping house beats or the Hennu Stall house band giving it some. Like wasps round a jam jar, you’ll next see the happy throng bobbing up and down on the terrace. This is party central and one of Zermatt’s liveliest and some would say craziest apres-ski bars.The fun is infectious, aided of course by the consumption of a beer, gluwein or a cheeky Jägermeister. Hennu Stall can be reached easily on foot from Zermatt in 30 minutes, or you can take the Klein bubble up to Furi and then ski or walk down. It is virtually impossible to spend a skiing holiday in Zermatt without getting to know about Hennu Stall and it’s legendary status.
If you’ve not had enough and you want to carry on the party in town your next stop should be the Paperla Pub. Open 365 days a year, you know the place is popular by the amount of ski’s propped up outside the bar. Live music, DJs, a cosmopolitan crowd and a crew that encourages a great atmosphere and a spontaneous party mood are all the ingredients you want for an apres-ski party. In winter, après-ski starts daily around 4 pm. Those who like hot drinks can celebrate with Jägertee and mulled wine on the terrace. Or settle into the warm interior of the Irish pub style bar and catch the vibe.
If you’re coming down the mountain on the Sunnegga side your first port of call should be the Cervo. This is a stunning venue set amongst the snow dusted pines. The Cervo is situated in a delightful spot, on the side of the piste and après-ski is part of the Cervo lifestyle and concept which they boast is the most sophisticated in the Alps. With different bands and DJ’s the entertainment is varied and lively and the setting couldn’t be better. If you want a more refined apres-ski experience the Cervo, with it’s cigar room and selection of local beers is the place for you. Less raucous than the Henna Stall or the Paperla Pub, the Cervo offers a more dignified experience. Being a hotel, the apres-ski winds up early but you can summon an electric taxi or ask for the code to the private lift that will deposit you in town so you can party on.
And you’ll want to continue the party in the Snowboat, which is actually in town. This enchanting and unique boat-shaped building by the river is home to the Snowboat Bar and Yacht Club Restaurant. The venue was designed by local legend, Heinz Julen. The Snowboat is a lively venue serving après-ski drinks and wholesome à la carte as well as exquisite cocktails made with premium spirits, fresh ingredients and lots of love. The Snowboat is legendary in Zermatt and a favourite haunt of the locals, who obviously have insider knowledge and know all the best places. The Snowboat is a more sophisticated apres-ski venue, a virtue it shares with the Cervo. Gee, the owner has another place in town, The Cuckoo Club, that stays open well into the early hours, 4 O’Clock in fact. Getting up the next morning to catch the early lifts might be tricky but you’re guaranteed a great vibe and a hospitality that makes both the Snowboat and the Cuckoo popular and packed most nights.
We are staying at 4Star Hotel Berghof – www.berghof-zermatt.ch
Located near the slopes, this Zermatt hotel is in the mountains and within a 5-minute walk of Swiss Alps, Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and Zermatt-Furi Gondola. Matterhorn Museum and St. Mauritius Church are also within 15 minutes. Zermatt Station is 17 minutes by foot.
After a day on the slopes, return to Hotel Berghof to dine at the restaurant, drink at the bar/lounge, and enjoy comforts including an indoor pool and a steam room.
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