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Here we go !

March 9, 2010

A beautiful day in ZermattThe Gourmet Ski Guide has arrived on the web.

Donald Scott will take you by the hand on a guided tour of Zermatt’s many Michelin-rated slope-side restaurants to help you contemplate the virtues of a long liquid lunch.

The opportunity to slow down in the modern world is a precious gift.

Donald has been living in Zermatt since forever and is as skilled booking the right hut in light of  the  weather forecast, as he is picking the right wine according to your taste and purse.

We will be updating the blog regularly so that clients, guests and friends can more fully appreciate all that Zermatt has to offer.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    March 9, 2010 10:38 am

    Looking forward to reading this to remind me of all the great times spent skiing, eating and generally enjoying a completely hedonistic experience in Zermatt with Donald.

    Donald is one of the best skiers I’ve ever encountered and his knowledge of food and drink is encyclopaedic. Zermatt is, therefore, his element and I feel privileged to have been permitted to enter it.

  2. Lucinda permalink
    March 9, 2010 8:13 pm

    Every day skiing with Zermatt’s very own Gourmet Ski Guide feels like a celebration. Even the most demanding of couloir is manageable when you know you have a table booked for lunch at a carefully chosen restaurant. We managed to include many great restaurants with fabulous food and wine. But, just when you thought an early night was on the menu Donald had another idea. Every evening is yet another gourmet occasion and the wines, champagnes and vodka shots fit for any celebration. Oh and don’t forget your dancing shoes. Top tip…buy trousers with an elasticated waist and take some alka seltzer!

  3. Julian permalink
    March 10, 2010 7:55 am

    So why is it that the wives all rush to go on skiing holidays to enjoy the company of Donald and his fine wines leaving their husband’s behind to tend the children?!

  4. Jim Moser permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:37 pm

    Can’t wait to get more frequent updates on the wonderful happenings in Zermatt with Donald. It is the most enchanting place in the world and even better when guided by someone like Donald with local knowledge, experience and skiing/boarding expertise. Write on Donald.

  5. March 11, 2010 5:32 pm

    We have just spent a week in Zermatt. Donald you are fabulous, you made our holiday so special, glorious skiing, fabulous food. The consumate professional who not only looked after our skiing and food requirements but introduced me to hand warmers. Thank you. See you next year. MadeleineX

  6. Matt permalink
    March 13, 2010 4:25 pm

    I am returning to Zermatt in two weeks and I can’t wait 🙂 Just keeping my fingers crossed for more snow in the interim !

  7. Seb permalink
    March 15, 2010 11:00 am

    A technical question: Dear Gourmet Ski guide, we have heard so much of Zermatt’s Swiss restaurants, but please can you tell us which of the following two italian reastaurants would be your restaurant of choice this season: Ristorante Chalet Etoile or Ristorante Bontadini?? I have had superb meals in both… or do you have any better suggestion when skiing in Cervinia?

    • March 26, 2010 10:41 am

      Dear Seb,

      Both Bontadini and the Chalet Etoile are top notch, but in very different ways. L’Etoile has local chefs cooking Italian food served by Swedish waitresses – for many men, a good description of heaven! But Bontadini arguably has the better food this season, and it is served by handsome waiters led by Francesco. On the other hand, Bontadini has no terrace (but stupendous views through its huge windows) while Etoile’s outdoor seating is splendid.

      As for other restaurants, there are the Rascard, Les Neiges d’Antan and the Saussure. I’ll write more about these in the blog.

  8. Matt permalink
    March 15, 2010 7:06 pm

    I too have a question please. I was participating in a chat on the Ski Club of Great Britain SCGB website about people having trouble sleeping. I advocated the following remedy …

    “I still think partying until you’re tired is the most fun way of dealing with it 🙂

    Particularly since Zermatt was mentioned specifically and it has more bars and clubs per head of population than any other ski resort I can think of … and they play good music too 🙂

    Recommended itinerary for the insomniac:

    Ski until last lift

    Ski down and stop off at the Hennu Stall for a quick bop and after-ski caramel vodka

    Ski rest of way down to town

    Shower and relax

    Go to dinner

    Visit …

    The Pink Bar

    The Vernissage

    The Schnee Witchen

    The T Bar

    … and many others … for drinks, dancing and merriment.

    Go to bed VERY LATE and then get up and do it all again the following day. I guarantee you will not only sleep you will find, after a couple of days, that you can sleep almost anywhere :-)”

    So, the question is, did I get this right or have I missed out key stops on the required itinerary ??????

    • March 26, 2010 10:50 am

      Dear Matt,

      You are evidently a Zermatt party expert! People here do suffer from lack of sleep, but not from insomnia; there simply isn’t enough time to ski and party and get a full night and if you live life to the full, then it’s the latter you will cut down on.

      Your list has all my favourite places; I might add the Papperla Pub as the liveliest apres-ski spot in town; the Broken Bar in the Hotel Post (dancing on the barrel is something I require of all my friends), and the newly hot Snowboat where you can apres-ski, then have dinner, then dance, all without going home.

  9. Matt permalink
    March 28, 2010 7:31 pm

    Thanks boss … I shall make sure that I rectify my previous omissions. Mind you, I had forgotten about the Broken Bar …

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