Not every ski day can be “epic” by definition. But today in Zermatt Switzerland had all the criteria, starting with a delicious Swiss breakfast of fresh croissants, salmon, local cheese and muesli at the Hotel Alex before boarding the first train up the Gornergrat to 9,842’.
We had first tracks on fresh snow and fantastic early morning views of the awesome Matterhorn, while everyone else was still sleeping in Zermatt village. By 11, it was time to ski to lunch - in Italy (because we could)! A long tram ride up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at 12,740’, and we were skiing over the boarder to Cervinia for more powder runs followed by an alfresco lunch of fresh pasta in the sun at Chalet Etoile.
With over 37,000 vertical feet of skiing in two countries on wide open powder bowls, perfectly prepared pistes and soft snowy chutes, we felt our après ski was well deserved today. And we just happen to be in the lively village of Zermatt for #ZermattUnplugged – a series of live concerts from noon til late night. Told you it was a great ski day. My only wish for tomorrow: more of the same, and that we not be woken by the thundering roar of an avalanche at 3am. Yes, there is that much snow in Switzerland this season!
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.