Heli Skiing And Hot Chocolate- Skiing The New WayI must confess that I did not go to Zermatt entirely of my own volition. I had beenonce ten years ago and not been particularly impressed. As a resort it seemed tothrive off the amazing view of the Matterhorn and well... not much else. The hotel westayed in didnt seem to quite understand the idea of service and I remember lying inbed and freezing my socks off before going out onto the slopes and queuing forextremely long periods of time and freezing my socks off some more. The joy oflooking at the Matterhorn wares slightly thin when you are close to hypothermia and Idecided it was an experience I wasnt keen to repeat.My husband has a friend at work who is one of those people who cant just lie on thebeach in Portugal once a year and be done with it. He is the keeping up with theJones of holidays. If hes not kite surfing on the Mexican coast then hesphotographing almost extinct species from his tree top boutique-hotel in Africa. Hislatest adventure had been heli skiing in the Alps and my husband was gripped by theidea. Heli skiing is basically being flown by helicopter to the top of an otherwiseinaccessible mountain and then skiing down it. It is skiing heaven and as an avidskier he was desperate to try it.I like skiing but since the frosty reception at Zermatt I had always played it safe andopted for the overly cheery have a nice day staff at Whistler. But, according to all
reports Zermatt had changed. Apparently they have realised that although theMatterhorn is a definite draw it does not guarantee tourists and therefore after fivedecades they have upped their game. And upped their game they certainly have,with a new ski lift system, and ski area to rival the top five resorts in the world. It hasworked hard to capitalise on its good points, such as its quaint traditionalarchitecture and pedestrian only town, as well as provide all the ingredients of agreat ski location including guaranteed snow, great nightlife and fantasticaccommodation. The Zermatt chalets of today may be traditional on the outside but are anything buton the inside, with uber glamorous features such as cinema rooms, hot tubs, andservices such as private chefs and chalet hosts often being offered as standard. Farfrom being chilly I felt as though I was living in the lap of luxury. Heli skiing waspioneered in Europe at Zermatt and the skiing we did was as breath taking as it wasexhilarating. I would do it again in an instant. Specialist companies such as Ski inLuxury and Oxford Ski can help you find the best operators. The teams at ScottDunn and VIP ski are also experts in Heli skiing breaks.There is no escaping the imposing Matterhorn wherever you are in Zermatt, and witheverything else so perfect, admiring it from the hot tub on our balcony made ourholiday complete.I dont know if I fancy kite surfing on the Mexican coast any time soon, but illdefinitely be open to suggestions!