Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zermatt

Backstage Hotel
Heinz Julen's Backstage Hotel in Zermatt boldly offers guests the chance to live inside art and replicate the story of Genesis in the spa.
Gornegrat
Expect gorgeous views and gentle slopes at Gornegrat; that is, until they turn steep and test your carving technique.
Hohtalli
Hohtalli offers world-famous skiing for advanced skiers and snowboarders; adrenaline guaranteed.
Schwarzee
Despite being somewhat overlooked, Schwarzee is one of our favourite places to slice across the snow. Here's why; steep slopes weaving between trees, beautiful white powder and routes that will test even the most skilled skier. Need we say more?
Sunnegga
As something of a ski resort in its own right, Sunnegga offers ski bunnies challenging slopes and lashings of superstar style.
Gornergrat Railway
The Gornergrat Railway is where you'll find the cogwheel train; as a functioning museum piece, it'll take you up the mountain in old school-style.
Glacier Sport
Stock up on all-important ski essentials at Glacier Sport; if you can't find something here, you won't find it anywhere.
Swiss Ski School
Kleine Matterhorn
Get high at Kleine Matterhorn, whose top reaches 3,320-metres; with thin air and super-steep slopes, even the most hardcore skier will be kept on their frostbitten toes.
Summit Ski School
Those who come first win? Apparently so, as Summit was the first ski school to have opened in Zermatt and it's still flourishing.
Slalom Sport
Ski up at Slalom Sport, with the most extensive range of skiwear, equipment and accessories in Zermatt. What's not to love? Go.
Toboggan Runs
The toboggan runs in Zermatt can be fun, but they're also used by skiers and snowboarders so check beforehand.
Mont Cervin
Arguably the most lavish spa in Zermatt - if not Switzerland - Mont Cervin offers spa junkies 1,700-square-metes of awe-inspiring amenities.
Stoked
A little healthy competition is good, and that's certainly the case at Stoked; as the original challenger to the Swiss Ski School, this place shows amateurs how it's down with razor-sharp teaching techniques.
Brian Farqueson
Now one of the most highly respected ski guides in the area, Brian Farqueson will ensure you're more than ready to hit the powder.
Testa Grigia
Head for heights? Head, er, head to Testa Grigia; at 3,480-metres you'll need a stomach to appreciate its hearty Italian fare and comfortable accommodations.
Gandegghutte
Italian-inspired mountain food is the name of the game at Gandegghutte; highly recommended is the spag-bol.
Findlerhof
Although Findlerhof may not be as renowned as Chez Vrony, it is certainly as good; a mouthwatering menu is backed up by razor-sharp service. What else do you want?
Zum See
If Zum See is good enough for Sir Richard Branson's New Year's Eve parties, then it's certainly good enough for us.
Elsie’s
Indulge in a platter of oysters and a flute or three of Champagne at Elsie's, something of an institution around these parts.
The Whymper-Stube
Named after a team of extremely brave climbers, The Whymper-Stube offers hearty food in warm, intimate surroundings.
Chez Gaby
Despite the lack of obvious kitchen, Chezy Gaby serves the kind of meat that would please even the most bloodthirsty of carnivores.
Romantik Hotel Julen
As is suggested by its name, Romantik Hotel Julen has romantic, rustic interiors that would melt the heart of even the most stone-hearted skier.
Monte Rosa
The Monte Rosa is a discreet, tucked-away hotel with five-star appeal; so good is it, in fact, that Winston Churchill used to stay here when in town.
Riffelalp Resort
An Hg2 favourite; the Riffelalp Resort has lashings of ski style, all at 2,222-metres up.
Hotel Sonne
The Hotel Sonne is worth the steep slog up to its entrance; inside are fabulous four-star interiors and a real family-run vibe.
Hotel Alex
The Hotel Alex has all the makings of an Hg2 favourite, with an in-house swimming pool and tennis courts; the rooms aren't half bad, either. In fact, they're rather lovely.
Coeur des Alpes
Coeur des Alpes is a beautiful bed-and-breakfast, with cosy interiors and impeccable service.
Chalet Les Anges
Beautiful, luxurious chalet with stunning views of the Matterhorn appeals very much to an upmarket crowd.

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