I hope you have your tickets booked and your skies and board packed, because it looks like it’s going to be an early opening for most ski resorts in the Alps. Hurricane Gonzalo brought in the early snow pounding the Alps with dreams, hopes, good times and over 2m of fresh snow. The hurricane hit last week bringing in a cold front that is likely to continue, causing additional snow fall in the coming days.
It seems that Zermatt, Switzerland will be one of the first taking advantage of the fresh snow, as they have already opened some of the resort for the season. They currently have 22km of pistes and 10 of 55 chairlifts open. Not a bad start to the season! Lonely Planet has actually ranked Zermatt the fourth best place to visit in 2015 from the category “Top 10 2015 Cities”. So if you are planning to ski Zermatt you might want to think about staying till the new year as 2015 marks 150 years since the Matterhorn was first climbed. With celebrations, activities, theatre plays and the world’s longest culinary spread to commemorate this tremendous achievement. Lonely Planet stated that Zermatt offers “life changing experiences” so Zermatt is one of our choices for the best Alpine ski this season.
Visitors to Zermatt will discover a few new changes to the resort this 2014/2015 ski season. There are over 10 new restaurants to visit in the village this year. One restaurant in particular, Capri, was recommended as one of the must eat places in Switzerland’s Popular Restaurants Magazine. For the snow enthusiasts the bottleneck in Rothorn-Sunnegga has been removed to make the slope wider and easier to navigate. So all those crashed that we are use to seeing on that section will be no more. The piste at Gornergrat has also been widened making a smoother descent to Furi. A few new snow making machines have also been installed to ensure a great snow cover on the more popular runs.
So get ready to ski the Alps this winter!