23 to 25 January in Chamonix
the swatch freeride tour
best athletes in the world
will compete in a competition spectacular !!!!
New Luxury Chalet In Launen, Gstaad Just A Five Minute Drive From The Main Promenade.
Chalet, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 14 persons, Pool, Spa, Garden, WiFi
Nestling among farmland pastures its location is idyllic and ensures maximum privacy for the most discerning client. Combined with breath taking panoramic views which can be seen from all aspects of the chalet, this is the ultimate alpine home.
Recently completed in 2013 the chalet is a sensitive blend of traditional alpine materials with the latest contemporary design. Rich fabrics, wooden beams and sumptuous furnishings are throughout the property with attention to detail at its finest. Spread over 600m2 on four floors the use of space is exceptional providing numerous relaxation and entertainment areas all with the latest modern comforts.
You enter the chalet on the ground floor which is the main sleeping floor. Here you will find the impressive master bedroom which has a traditional Swedish stove and en-suite bathroom with separate rain shower. Further bedrooms on this floor include another double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a bunk room sleeping 2 which has an en-suite shower room. Also on this floor there is a wonderful play room with plenty of games for the children as well as a foosball table. The ski room with heated warmers is just near the entrance of the chalet as well as a guest toilet.
Moving upstairs you will find the extensive living and entertainment areas. The grand sitting room is luxurious and sophisticated. A large open fire place is the main feature of the room, guests can sink into the sumptuous sofas or relax with a glass of champagne on the fur covered day beds. The less formal day room next door is bright and spacious with a wonderful bay window which looks out onto the idyllic pastures surrounding the chalet. The beautiful farmhouse inspired kitchen overlooks the day room and can be closed off for maximum privacy. Dinner is served in the elegant dining room which can sit 14 people comfortably. An office is also situated on this floor.
A beautiful staircase leads the way to the cinema room, which overlooks the main sitting room high in the eaves. Sink into the comfy seating or relax on a day bed whilst watching the latest films. Chalet Lauenen has the latest audio and visual systems throughout ensuring a wonderful ambiance. The theatre room enjoys a 70” high definition screen, Dolby surround sound and an extensive library of movies. Apple TV and the xbox provide endless entertainment and there is a Sonos sound system with 20M worth of music wired throughout the chalet controllable from iPad and smartphone.
The lower ground floor is home to the exceptional spa and wellness area. After a hard day on the slopes guests can sit back and relax on the day beds whilst dipping in and out of the waterfall showers, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. There is a wood burning fire, gym and outdoor relaxation space with river view. Also on this floor is a delightful twin bedroom and guest suite. The twin bedroom has an en-suite shower room and the guest suite is made up of a double bedroom, beautifully designed separate, children’s bunk room sleeping four. These share a contemporary en-suite bathroom. http://ikh.villas/en/rentals/new-luxury-chalet-in-launen-gstaad-just-a-five-minute-drive-from-the-main-promenade
A full-length sable passes by with a whoosh. The gentle babble of French, Italian and local Romansch hangs in the air. As I step from the little red train sparkling in the January sun, a liveried chauffeur offers me a gloved hand. With a heel click and a smile, I am whisked, along with my skis and rucksack, into a car previously used to drive a lady to church on the occasional Sunday.
It’s jackpot city riding through St Moritz in a Rolls-Royce Phantom once owned by the Queen, another win-win in a town where wintersports were born on the back of a wager. It was autumn 1864 when hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a bet with his British summer guests that they would enjoy ample Engadin sunshine if they dared come back in winter. Back they came, again and again. Snow and glamour – together forever.
I’m despondent about leaving my Phantom, but thrilled to be deposited into the fairy-tale world of Badrutt’s Palace. Built by the son of Johannes Badrutt, the Palace lobby is known as the catwalk of St Moritz. Depending on the time of day, living models range from genteel aristos to high-octane glamour pusses. A Rafael here, a Madonna there, in former times, people stayed so long that they travelled with their own furniture, some of which decorates the hotel today. These corridors are steeped in Old World excess: an elephant at a birthday party stuck in the front door, a Rolls-Royce left in lieu of paying a bill; half a million Swiss francs lavished on New Year’s Eve decorations. Today, more than 500 staff tend 157 rooms that have welcomed stars from Hitchcock to Hepburn.
Where there’s fun there must be games. While Badrutt delivered sunshine (the tourist office has been known to “guarantee” more than 300 days of sunshine a year), visiting Brits pursued snowy pastimes, the dicier the better. Enter, the Cresta toboggan run, where riders reach 140kmph (87mph) as noses scrape face-first over, above and through the ice; the bob, whose natural ice track is the world’s oldest and has seen two Olympic Games; and more benignly, ice skating, bandy (now hockey) and curling: it was probably an early Scottish winter guest who sent the first four pairs of curling stones to Johannes Badrutt. Skiing came later.
In modern St Moritz, all these amusements are still on the menu. I start with the bob. Anyone can sign up for a hair-raising experience at the world’s oldest bobsleigh club: SFr250 (£165) includes a photo, a certificate, and a St Moritz-style start: a courage-infusing glass of bubbly swilled in Gunter Sachs Lodge. Sachs, famous for his playboy antics and his marriage to Brigitte Bardot, was a fixture on the track. Raising a glass, I consider what an open-top sleigh feels like at 135kph, Santa on speed. “Keep your head down,” said a bystander. “Have fun. And never let go.” With the pilot in front, the two passengers squish in behind, behelmeted and twitchy. The announcer wishes me bonne route, wellwishers whoop, the brakeman runs, pushes, slots in behind and we’re away.
Built in 1897 for amateur athletes and sozzled bob vivants, this tube of speed has heard thousands of punters, as well as toned Olympians, cry for joy as the bob careers down the track, but I concentrate on keeping command of my bowels: 40km, 50, 60 … 70, 80 90 …. My ears are roaring and the whiplash is full-body. Within seconds I am thrashed by 4Gs of pressure. I stop breathing long before turn 13, “Gunter Sachs Corner”. Barely a minute later I’m clutching my “Bobbaptism” certificate in one clammy hand and my neck in the other, full of endorphins and respect for the pioneers of wacky winter sports.
I’ve earned a good lunch. That means skis on to head for La Marmite, the mid-mountain HQ of chef Reto Mathis and all things truffle. In the new Fat Monk room, we are surrounded by stuffed marmots, Reto’s favourite. “They sleep for half a year, wake up and mate for two months and eat for another six,” Reto says. “In the next life I want to be a marmot.”
Reto co-founded the St Moritz Gourmet Festival 15 years ago. This year, in honour of the resort’s 150th anniversary, he selected Angela Hartnett to lead the charge of nine international Michelin-anointed chefs who’ll cook their magic around town in late January. Three hours and several courses of truffle pizza, succulent venison and chocolate pudding later, I fall out of the door, clicking my bonus ballast into my bindings and sliding downhill on to Corviglia – the ski area directly above St Moritz – faster than ever.
If anything is as entertaining as the bountiful array of hairless dogs and furry coats this legendary resort attracts, it is its wide-open slopes, as well groomed as their patrons. Nearly 90 per cent of the runs are graded beginner or intermediate. Laced over four main peaks, St Moritz does for the average skier what Coco Chanel did for women – makes them look fabulous.
I roll from lunch into an area stretching to 3,057m, high above tree line on ideal sun-soaked south- and east-facing slopes. Thanks to snow storms that pounded in from the Adriatic earlier in the week, and St Moritz’s preponderance of fur over freeriders, I trace tracks of shin-deep powder over the rolling splendour of the 1948 Olympic Downhill run. My own slice of heaven in the tracks of ski gods.
There is scarcely a queue all week. Skiing features low on the list for contemporary St Moritz beau monde, after shopping (Chanel, Gucci, you name it), spa treatments (try the Palace’s oxygen facial – all the ladies are doing it), taking tea and Engadine nut-torte at Hanselmann’s or, depending on the week, watching snow polo, skijoring or horse racing on the frozen lake at the White Turf, listening to the classical music festival, or dining round the palate-pleasing Gourmet Festival.
Near the 15th-century San Gian church, lives one of the oldest wintersports clubs in the world. Established in 1885, it remains practically unchanged in 130 years. An epic, natural-ice-lined, bone-busting test of masculinity and bravado, the Cresta Run delivers more than 125kph all taken in from a prone, head-first perspective.
“You need the stomach for it,” explained Rolf Sachs, Cresta Vice President and son of the late Gunter Sachs, from his London studio. “The Cresta is a gentlemen’s club. Some are very competitive, others take it easy. Basically it is an agglomeration of wonderful friends – a vast array of people, from the local butcher to dukes and royals from many nationalities,” Rolf said. “Like every sport, you need to practise, practise, practise. It’s the old Olympic maxim. The important thing is to participate.”
The freeride contest takes place in the ski resort of Bruson in the Verbier region. It brings together over 120 riders who compete to find the best line, style and fluidity on the faces of the ‘Six-Blanc ‘ and the ‘Pointe de Sésal’. Each rider will be judged by the watchful eyes of our team of judges who in the past have included Géraldine Fasnacht, Xavier de le Rue, Xavier Jordan, Jean-Yves Michellod and Julien Falco.
FRIDAY THE 30TH OF JANUARY – Salle Saint Marc, Le Châble
6pm – Welcome drink
7pm – Spaghetti party
8pm – Briefing for the staff and ride movies projection
SATURDAY THE 31ST OF JANUARY – La Pasay, Bruson
CONTEST BRUSON FREERIDE 2015
7 to 8 am – Welcoming of the riders and giving of the race numbers at the St-Marc ballroom in Le Châble
8 am – Café/Croissants & MANDATORY brefing fot the riders in the St-Marc ballroom
10am – Beginning of the runs
Bar, Dj set
Ski and snowboard test
12:30 pm – Break
Paragliding and wingsuit demo
1 pm – Resumption of the runs
3 pm – End of the runs
POSSIBILITY TO SLEEP ON SITE, DORMITORIES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE
SATURDAY THE 31ST OF JANUARY – Saint Marc ballroom, Le Châble
4pm – Opening of the brands exhibition village
5:30pm – After ski drink offered by : AMSTEIN & MORAND
7pm – Prize giving of the contest
7:30pm – DJ Douchebag & El Bianchi Dj set
8pm – Doors opening (paying entrance 15CHF drink included)
8:30pm – Concert of THOSE FURIOUS FLAMES (TI) (http://www.thosefuriousflames.com/)
9:30pm – Concert of POLAR CIRCLES
10:30pm – Concert of 7 DOLLAR TAXI (LU) (http://www.7dollartaxi.com/)
00:00am – DJ Douchebag & El Bianchi Dj set
4am – END OF THE PARTY
Sun, Light And Creation
Chalet, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 10 persons, Pool, Spa, Garden, WiFi
Chalet Pearl is located in Zermatt’s only ski-in ski-out district, Winkelmatten. This is known as the “Beverly Hills” of Zermatt and has some fantastic restaurants and bars, children’s play areas and shops. From the chalet you can ski through the meadow and down to the Klein Matterhorn Express and you can ski back to the door of the chalet down the Moosweg ski-run.
Chalet Pearl is a beautiful free-standing chalet and is unique in Zermatt in that it is the only free-standing chalet with a Swimming Pool, there is also a Hammam, Sauna, massage room and an outdoor hot-tub. Adjacent to the wellness area in the lower ground floor is a cinema room and games area with a pool table and ping-pong.
The dining area is located on the ground floor and the solid oak dining table can accommodate 14 comfortably. There is also comfortable lounge and open fire where you can relax after an unforgettable day on the slopes with a glass of wine or a hot chocolate. The lounge has a large LCD TV, DVD and veiws of the Matterhorn. The chalet has and wireless internet throughout. There is a separate closed kitchen where our hand-picked team will work to create fabulous cuisine throughout your stay.
The first floor of Chalet Pearl comprises of two large en suite double bedrooms with balconies and Matterhorn views. The third bedroom can either be a king size double bedroom or a quad room for a group of up to four younger guests (there are two extra full size couchette single beds that can make this room a great den for children), this bedroom has a private bathroom adjacent to it.
The second floor of Chalet Pearl has two suites with balconies and fantastic Matterhorn views and both have an open fire. Each suite has a large double bedroom with a free-standing bath, en suite bathroom with shower/WC. The master suite has a separate lounge/dressing room with a fireplace and the second suite has an open-plan lounge and dressing room.
There is a lift in the chalet making it suitable for less able bodied guests. Our chefs and chalet staff are on hand to provide you with a chilled glass of champagne in the Jacuzzi, organise your massage and prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and a six course gourmet evening meal.
There is a ski and boot-room with heated boot racks at the chalet.
The village centre is 4 minutes in an electro car or a 15 minute walk.
Chalet Pearl was completed in October 2012 and is one of Zermatt’s leading luxury chalets.
Sun, Light And Warmth
Apartment, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 9 persons, Spa, WiFi
Zermatt’s Chalet High 7 Penthouse provides accommodation for up to 24 guests, this exquisite chalet is made up of a 4 apartments, a spacious 235m2 four-bedroom, duplex penthouse, two three-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment. The chalet is located in Zermatt’s only ski-in ski-out district, Winkelmatten. This is known as the “Beverly Hills” of Zermatt and from the chalet you can ski through the meadow and down to the Klein Matterhorn Express Lift and you can ski back to the door of the chalet down the Moosweg ski-run.
The apartments are spacious, opulent and offer the comfort of a home-from-home.
Chalet High 7 Penthouse is a beautiful penthouse located on the second and third floor of the chalet which consists of only three other apartments, which are located on the ground, first and second floors. There is a spacious entrance on the second floor and three bedrooms, two are double/twin en suite bedrooms, one of which can be a triple room and the other bedroom is a en suite double. Two of the bedrooms have free-standing baths as well as en suite shower rooms with WC’s.
Stairs lead up to the third floor where there is a dining area that can seat 8 comfortably and a lounge with 360 degree open fire, TV, DVD and floor to ceiling windows offering a spectacular view of the Matterhorn. The kitchen is open to the dining area, has a breakfast bar and is full equipped with hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. There is also a fourth master bedroom on this floor with en suite shower and WC and then there is a separate wellness area with large, lit, relaxation bath in the style of a Jacuzzi and a Bio Sauna, which can be accessed from the communal area or privately from the master bedroom.
There is a lift in the chalet making it suitable for less able bodied guests. This property can be booked with full service from chef and chalet host who are on hand to provide you with a chilled glass of champagne by the fire, organise your massage and prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and a four course gourmet evening meal or, can be taken on a self-catered basis with a concierge service
Stay in one of our hotels or apartements and receive a ski pass for the duration of your stay.
Offer valid from 15th March until 19th April 2015. No limitations on length of stay.
With your accommodation’s confirmation you can benefit of the following advantages
– 30 % discount on equipment rental by our partner sport shops TITI Sports and ZERMATTEN Sports
– Individual ski cours at a special price with the Swiss Ski School Crans
– 30% discount for one entry on the golf course Noäs in Chermignon (Adult CHF 20.- / Child CHF 10.-)
The stars will shine brightly and seem close enough to touch in the festival sky of Zermatt Unplugged from the 14th – 18th April 2015. The highest altitude concert stage in Europe, international stars reduced to the essentials in an intimate setting, this is Zermatt Unplugged. This year with James Blunt, Anastasia, Patricia Kaas and many others.
“It’s all about the music, nothing bling bling.” What Anastacia had to say in her social media channels on her Resurrection Tour through Europe is the true essence of Zermatt Unplugged. The woman with the amazing voice will open the eighth edition of Zermatt Unplugged in the Marquee on April 14th. On the second day of the festival, yet another world star will stand on the same stage – Patricia Kaas – a Grand Dame from our neighbouring country France, with an equally powerful voice and the power to touch our hearts. An absolute superstar follows these two power ladies on Thursday. The British artist James Blunt has chosen Zermatt Unplugged as the venue for his final tour concert, which is a great honour for the festival.
Zermatt Unplugged, these are 5 days, 13 stages and more than 60 concerts. Among them more than 40 concerts free of charge.
15.04.2015 Patricia Kaas
16.04.2015 James Blunt
17.04.2015 Melissa Etheridge
In 2015, Zermatt celebrates the mountain of mountains. The Matterhorn is the focus of the 150th year jubilee. Throughout the year, events and festivities will mark the first ascent of the last four thousand-metre peaks in the alps.
On 14 July 1865, the british climber Edward Whymper reached the peak of the Matterhorn (4,478 metres) together with his rope team. 150 years later, the Matterhorn still stamps its imprint on the village at its base. In 2015, Zermatt will celebrate the mountain and the alpine tradition with events, experiences, festivities and special offers. The main player on this stage, besides the Matterhorn, is the Hörnlihütte, which will reopen in july 2015, as well as many other happenings.
Give back-country skiing a shot accompanied by a mountain guide. Take on the Vallon d’Arby or the « Backside Mont-Fort » for a powder-filled day. For a completely unforgettable experience, try out heli-skiing – with a helicopter flight and incredible downhills in perfect snow.
A guide is necessary to practice this activity.
Preis: from CHF 385.-
FOUR DROP OFF POINTS :
– Petit Combin
– Glacier du Trient
– Pigne d’Arolla
Verbier Freeride book
Available at the Verbier tourist office
for CHF 49.-
Wine, cheese, medicinal plants : local traditions also live on in Crans-Montana
It can be white : Fendant, Johannisberg, Petite Arvine, Humagne, Amigne… It can be red : Cornalin, Pinot noir, Gamay or Garanoir… and this is not an exhaustive list. Valais produces award-winning wines, which have been recognised in lots of international competitions, wine which you can sample in Crans-Montana or even with the winemakers themselves!
Modernity and tradition
Local produce also includes syrups and liqueurs made with fruit grown on the hillsides, cheese matured on the alpine pastures during the summer, salted produce made in nearby villages, rye bread from the local baker and medicinal plants grown close by. This is at once the paradox and wealth of Crans-Montana: the modernity of its infrastructure, the luxury that emanates, but nevertheless the strength and charm of tradition, of a region that’s rich in authenticity, as our « Guide du terroir » will show you
16.01.2015 – 23.01.2015
EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Exhibition of recycling art from Peter Dängeli
15. November 2014
15. November 2014 till 9. Januar 2015
Thursday and Friday: 03.00 till 06.00 pm | 8. and 23. January 2015
Saturday: 02.00 till 05.00 pm | 27. and 31. December 2014 & 3. January 2015