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Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Zermatt is one of the most iconic and well-known ski resorts in the world, made famous through the climbing exploits of the British mountaineer Edward Whymper who was the first to successfully scale the Matterhorn in 1865.  Since then it has become a hugely popular ski resort as well as summer climbing hot-spot.

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Location: Zermatt is high in the Swiss Alps in the Valais canton and borders Italy with Cervinia within skiing distance

Getting there: Rail – The ‘romantic’ way to travel, make the most of Switzerland’s legendary rail system and relax on a scenic journey by train.  Zermatt is easily accessible from Zurich or Geneva, with trains leaving directly from both airports and with only one change. From Zurich it takes 3 ½ hours, from Geneva 4.

Car – One of Zermatt’s many charms is that there are no cars allowed in the village aside from the golf-buggy style electric carts.  This means that if you do travel by car to Zermatt then you need to park in Täsch (there’s a multi-storey car park at the station) and then trundle up to Zermatt in the local train.

Where to stay: Value – A slight oxymoron when Zermatt is concerned as the chocolate box village and incredible panoramas do come at a price!  Zermatt is not the place to head to on a budget but for a reasonably priced option, check out Hotel Perren. It offers very comfortable living, buffet breakfasts to get you going and half board; five course dinners await you at night.

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Money No object – if you are looking to push the boat out (and why not, this is the perfect place to do just that!) then look no further than the Heinz Julen Penthouse. Designed and built by the Zermatt legend Heinz Julen – who is an eccentric and hugely talented designer born and bred in Zermatt – this place cannot fail to impress!

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt
Highlights: Where to start…probably the highlight of Zermatt is the panoramic views that assault your senses from all angles.  The Matternorn dominates the sky-line but there is a cluster of other 4,000 + metre peaks that provide a spectacular backdrop to the skiing.

Downsides: Zermatt was not purpose built so at times it can be frustrating logistics connecting between ski areas. But the lift system has been vastly improved in the last 5 years so accessibility has opened up.

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt
Best piste run: The National (just down from Blauherd) is a Zermatt classic famed for hosting the down-hill races.  It’s a steep, rolling run through the trees and is best tackled non-stop to really get the thighs burning.

Best mountain restaurant: Franz & Heidi’s is a wonderfully rustic farm building, with a magnificent view of the Matterhorn. It serves up a delicious mixture of local ‘Alpine’ food such as rosti with lamb, garlic soup and some more contemporary dishes such as their special, (my favourite) with asparagus, prawns and beef Carpaccio – heaven on a plate!

Best restaurant in town: The Gitan Grill feels like it hasn’t changed in years.  The wonderful Silvio is the head waiter who oozes charm and has been a feature at the Gitan for as long as we can remember.  The restaurant (part of the Darioli Hotel) is intimate and snug, with cave like walls and a big open fire as its centrepiece.  You can’t go wrong with anything from the grill but the rack of  lamb for two is a house speciality worth attempting.

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Best après bar: It has to be the one and only Hennu Stall  – or Chicken Hut.  Situated on the side of the piste, just before you hit Zermatt (skiing down from the Matterhorn / glacier side), you can’t miss it.  Prepare to dance like your dad to the live band and party with locals and punters alike.

Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Best off piste run: The back bowls of Triftji offers some easy access powder skiing when the conditions are right.  You can usually ski a number of great pitches of un-tracked powder if you get up early and are ahead of the crowds.  As ever, we recommend skiing off piste with all the right kit, and preferably with a guide (see below).

Best guide: Anjan Truffer is a fantastic local Zermatt guide with oodles of international experience.  Although Anjan spends a big chunk of time as a heli ski guide in Canada and many other of the top heli ski destinations in the world, he always spends time guiding a lucky few in and around his home mountain in Zermatt. Pure Powder’s Resort guide: Zermatt

Looking for an off piste skiing adventure in Zermatt? Let us know! We can help plan every aspect of your off piste skiing and all that comes with it. Contact the heli skiing and off piste skiing experts at Pure Powder!

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Whistler/Blackcomb

Location: Most famously known as just Whistler, Whistler and Blackcomb are two mountains that sit side by side and make up Canada’s biggest resort. Together they make up a whopping 8,171 acres of terrain, split between pisted runs, Alpine bowls and glaciers. Whistler Village is at the base of Whistler, the hub of the village […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Silver Star

Location: Located in the stunning Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is British Colombia’s fourth largest ski resort where you can expect the famous champagne powder we all know and love due to being further west. The varied terrain spreads over 3,282 acres and attracts every kind of skier. Getting there: Silver Star is extremely easy to get […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Sun Peaks

Location: Sun Peaks is the second biggest ski area in Canada, behind Whistler. It is the perfect warm up destination for anyone who is heli skiing at CMH’s Cariboos Lodge. Getting there: Sun Peaks is located in the heart of British Columbia, only a 45 minute drive from Kamloops and less than an hour by […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Tree Skiing in BC, Canada

The tree skiing in the interior ranges of British Columbia is very unique.  The trees protect the snow from wind and sun damage; so not only is it where you would expect the deepest snow to be, it is also where the powder remains perfect for longer which makes tree skiing a very enjoyable experience! […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

CMH Private Heli Skiing Trips

Heli skiing is the ultimate skiing experience – we don’t know a skier out there who doesn’t have heli skiing on their bucket list.  What’s not to want – deep, untracked powder in every direction, fresh tracks at every turn, no lift queues and a helicopter at your service!  Now, imagine it all to yourself […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Where Can I Go Small Group Heli Skiing?

Smaller heli ski groups mean greater opportunities for deep snow and more epic lines; and  heli skiing in groups made up of 4- or 5- guests can mean that your mountain experience is as intimate as possible.  You can either fill a helicopter with your buddies or join a ready made small group.  It’s best […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Revelstoke

Location: Revelstoke Mountain Resort is located in North America’s ‘deep snow capital’ in the heart of British Columbia. It was voted Canada’s Best Ski Resort in 2020, which is most likely due to its 3,120 acres of skiable terrain that includes the longest vertical ski hill in North America, trumping Whistler in 2008 when their […]

Posted by: Suzy Small

Where Can I Heli Ski In Chile? 

What a better way to spend the summer than heli skiing in the Andes…Powder South, offers an excellent heli skiing programme which is be based out of four different locations.     The Heli Skiing Programme:   Heli Skiing in Chile is based out of the Chilean Andes Mountains and it has access to over 1 million acres of terrain – where to heli ski here is endless. Most of the skiing is on open Alpine […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

The Top 5 Heli Ski Lodges in the World

We’re all about the best powder skiing experiences in the world, and as your heli ski experts it is only right that will pull together our top five ultimate heli ski lodges in the world. We couldn’t think of any where else we would prefer to be right now. Each lodge is sumptuous, with impeccable […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Christmas Gift Guide for Skiers & Boarders

Stuck for Christmas gifts for the skier or snowboarder in the family or for friends…then check out our ultimate gift list for this upcoming Christmas Go Pro Hero9 A Go Pro has to be the ultimate gift for any skier or snowboarder and the Go Pro Hero9 is the one to go for. As the […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

In the Press: Forbes

In The Press: Forbes Photo from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Alaska has to be one of the most desired places to heli ski in the world, and we aren’t the only ones that think so. Forbes have recently written an article saying that “avid skiers are seeking out Alaska as the top place to heli-ski” Alaska […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Plan B. Where Can I Heli Ski During A Covid-19 Winter?

We’re massive fans of the interior ranges of British Columbia in Canada and in our humble opinion it’s as close as heli ski perfection as you can get.  It’s where you’ll find huge expanses of un-tracked ‘Champagne’ powder, tree-skiing for bad-weather days and unbeatable heli skiing know-how from the guides and pilots.   However, this is no normal season and as things stand the Canadian government are keeping […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Ultimate Heli Ski Packing List

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Posted by: Zillah Bell

Are Touring boots compatible with CMH bindings?

Photo By: Zach Doleac  Our most asked question in the 2019/2020 season was – are my ski touring boots compatible with the CMH bindings?  So… we’ve decided to write a blog about it and get it answered once and for all! Taking skis CMH Heli Skiing provide all their guests with fat, powder skis which […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Kicking Horse

Location: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s 1,315 vertical is known for its deep light powder and huge snowfall – no wonder it’s nicknamed the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada. It attracts skiers looking to experience amazing snow in a picturesque setting. Kicking Horse has a wide variety of terrain in its 3,400 skiable acres; better suited […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Lake Louise

Location: Lake Louise is a hamlet located in the Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. Its name comes from the extraordinary vibrant blue lake which is at the base of Mount Victoria. The lake itself is a 6-minute drive from the centre of the hamlet and was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth Daughter of Queen Victoria. Although the hamlet is small with only a few hotels and […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Resort Guide: Banff

Location: Banff is located in a picturesque National Park in Alberta, Canada.  It was named by the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884 after his hometown Banffshire in Scotland. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Banff has access to over 8,000 acres of ski terrain spread across is three ski […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Pure Powder’s Top 10 Blogs of 2020

We’ve updated our top 10 favourite ski blogs which bring you the latest ski news, top tips and fashionable destinations.  Get your powder fix today and whet your appetite for the season ahead…  powdermatt.com/   To kick off the list we have this cracking a blog by Matt Mosteller – one year, while his friends were busy getting […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Top Resorts for your Heli Ski Warm Up in Canada

The Telegraph listed their Top Ten Ski Resorts in Canada, among them was some of our favourites for pre-heli ski warm up.  They are great destinations to try out that famous Canadian powder before you embark on your heli skiing adventure with CMH.   Revelstoke Revelstoke is a small town but is the perfect place […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Heli Skiing for First Timers – What are my Options?

Embarking on a heli skiing trip for the first time can be daunting and so we wanted to highlight some options specifically geared towards first time heli skiers. If you are a strong piste skier, have a decent level of fitness and are keen to start skiing in the powder then heli skiing could be […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank