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Nevada Prime Apartments est une résidence de prestige idéalement située en plein centre de Zermatt. Récemment rénovée, elle abrite dix appartements de haut standing, créés et imaginés pour vous offrir le meilleur du confort. Tous les appartements ont été conçus dans un style alpin moderne afin de sublimer les espaces tout en respectant le décor traditionnel de cette fantastique station se ski. Proche des pistes et du centre de Zermatt, cette résidence vous offre de nombreux avantages et un lieu de vie exceptionnel, pour profiter de votre séjour en toute sérénité.

Nevada dispose d’un grand appartement en duplex (Duplex Mount Whitney) pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 11 invités (8 adultes et 3 enfants), deux appartements de 3 chambres pouvant accueillir 6 personnes chacun, un appartement avec deux chambres pour accueillir 4 personnes et six appartements d’une chambre, Idéal pour recevoir les couples.

Les appartements d’une chambre se composent d’une pièce de vie avec salon cosy s’ouvrant sur un large balcon, une cuisine équipée attenante, une jolie chambre à lits jumeaux ou grand lit, salle de bains et WC séparés.

Charleston Peak : appartement 1 chambre

L’appartement de deux chambres (Duplex Mount Williamson) est idéal pour recevoir une famille avec de jeunes enfants ou adolescents. Situé au troisième étage de la résidence, l’appartement dispose d’un salon spacieux avec balcon, d’une salle à manger séparée attenante à une cuisine ouverte. Les deux chambres situées à l’étage se composent d’une chambre de maître avec salle de bains et d’une chambre à grand lit ou lits jumeaux avec salle de douche.

Duplex Mount Williamson : Duplex 2 chambres

Les deux appartements de trois chambres (Kern Peak et Twin Peak) sont composés par deux appartements communicants par une entrée commune. Idéal pour les grandes familles ou groupes d’amis, ceux ci disposent dans le plus grand appartement d’un grand salon ouvert sur un balcon, d’une salle à manger et cuisine design attenante, deux chambres à grand lit ou lits jumeaux avec salle de bains partagée, et, dans l’appartement plus petit d’une chambre à grand lit avec balcon, salle de douche, kitchenette avec petite table à manger.

Appartement Kern Peak : appartement 3 chambres

Réservez maintenant pour recevoir un cadeau de bienvenue unique

À votre arrivée dans votre appartement Nevada, vous serez accueilli avec un cadeau de bienvenue qui comprend une bouteille de Champagne accompagnée de bons produits régionaux comme du chocolat chaud, du miel, de la confiture, du thé, du pain frais et la bière locale Zermatt. Un service de conciergerie dédié sera disponible pendant votre séjour et, pour plus de confort et de détente, un ménage en milieu de semaine sera effectué et comprendra le changement de vos serviettes de toilette et le linge de lit. Les installations partagées comprennent un ski room avec casier à ski privé et une lingerie.

Pour célébrer l’ouverture de Nevada Prime Apartments, nous offrons pour toute réservation effectuée avant fin octobre : un dîner : le jour de votre arrivée, à l’hôtel Alex, situé juste à côté de la résidence.

Votre repas comprendra un menu unique préparé par le chef (hors boisson), pour l’ensemble de votre groupe. Les bons vous seront remis le jour de votre arrivée.

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Leo Trippi by Serena Norton - 10M ago

Brand new and exclusive to Leo Trippi

Nevada Prime Apartments is a newly renovated residence housing ten fantastic apartments right in the centre of Zermatt. Just a minute’s walk from the main train station and Zermatt’s wonderful shops, bars and restaurants, Nevada is one of the most convenient places to stay in the resort. All of the apartments have been beautifully designed and built to an extremely high standard, incorporating traditional alpine decor and a classic mountain style, creating an inviting space in which you can truly relax and enjoy all that Zermatt has to offer.

Nevada has a large duplex apartment (Duplex Mount Whitney) accommodating up to 11 guests (8 adults and 3 children), two three-bed apartments accommodating 6 guests each, one two-bed apartment for up to 4 guests and six one-bedroom apartments ideal for couples.

The one bedroom apartments comprise of an open plan living area with a balcony, a single-wall kitchen or kitchenette and a lovely twin or double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and guest WC.

One bedroom apartment Charleston Peak

The two bedroom apartment (Duplex Mount Williamson) is ideal for a family with young children or teenagers. Located on the third floor, the apartment has a spacious living room with a balcony, and across the hallway a dining room and open plan kitchen. Two bedrooms are located upstairs – a master with en-suite bathroom and a double/twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. 

Two bedroom apartment Duplex Mount Williamson

The two three bedroom apartments (Kern Peak and Twin Peak) both merge two interlinking apartment comprising of one and two bedrooms respectively. The larger of the two has an open plan living area opening onto a balcony, a single-wall kitchen and two double/twin bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The smaller apartment has a double bedroom with a balcony and shower room, as well as a kitchenette with small dining table.

Three bedroom apartment Kern Peak

Book now to receive a special welcome gift

On your arrival at Nevada, you will be greeted with a welcome package which includes a bottle of Champagne and some fine Swiss products such as hot chocolate, honey, jam, tea, fresh bread and Zermatt beer. A dedicated concierge service will be available during your stay and a mid-week clean carried out which will include towel and linen changes. Shared facilities include a ski room with private ski lockers and a laundry room.

To celebrate the opening of Nevada Prime Apartments on the 16th December 2017, we are offering a complimentary dinner on the day of your arrival at the Hotel Alex, which is located just next door to the Nevada Apartments. This will include a set menu at the hotel for your entire group. This offer is only available to guests booking before the end of October.

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© Europaweg

At 494 metres long and 85 metres high, the newly erected Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge has been named the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.
Replacing a previous bridge which had been closed in 2010 due to damage by a rock slide, the new bridge forms part of the Europaweg hiking trail, a two-day hiking route between the Swiss villages of Zermatt and Grächen. Best avoided by those afraid of heights, the bridge runs between 1,600m and 2,200m above sea level and was built in just ten weeks by Swissrope at a cost of 750,000 Swiss Francs. Hikers crossing the bridge will enjoy breathtaking views of some of Switzerland’s highest peaks including the Weisshorn, the Bernese Alps and of course the majestic Matterhorn.

© Valentin Flauraud

Beautiful Hiking and Beautiful Views along the Europaweg Trail
It takes approximately ten minutes to cross the bridge, cutting down a circuitous journey that previously took up to four hours. The Europaweg is considered by many to be the most beautiful two-day hike in the Alps. The bridge is best accessed from Randa, whilst those staying in Zermatt or Grächen should allow a hiking time of six to seven hours before reaching the bridge.

©zermatt.ch/Thomas Andenmatten

Summer Hiking in Zermatt
Hiking is a popular pastime in Zermatt with its idyllic valleys and countless lakes to explore, not to mention the diverse nature of fauna and flora on show. There are approximately 400 km of marked hiking paths and mountain trails around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa, offering varying degrees of difficulty, gradients and routes for all levels. Summer is a particularly beautiful time to visit this traditional mountain village and we can offer a variety of luxury chalets to complement your experience. Where better to head back to after a challenging hike than your very own private chalet and spa complete with hot tub and massage room, ideal for easing those aching muscles and preparing you for the following day’s hiking.

Chalet Aconcagua

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Enjoy endless sunny days relaxing on your private terrace, spectacular views of the mountainscape and a range of state-of-the-art facilities at these luxury chalets that make for perfect summer escapes.

Pine Lodge, Dolomites
Despite the snow having melted away, the Dolomites remains as dramatically beautiful as ever in summer. Located in Selva Gardena, Pine Lodge enjoys a prime position on the south-facing side of Val Gardena, set amidst the Sassolungo, Puez and Sella Massif mountain ranges. The tiny village of Selva Gardena offers fantastic opportunities for a wide range of activities, with possibilities for hiking, biking and climbing within 300 metres of the chalet. The property has an open plan living area with spectacular views and four luxurious bedroom suits. However, our favourite feature has to be the wonderful spa housing a combination sauna, relaxation area and indoor pool with feature waterfall. There’s also an outdoor hot tub – the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s hiking.

Chesa Lumpaz, St. Moritz
Located in the heart of St. Moritz, Chesa Lumpaz is arguably the most impressive property in the resort. Built on five floors, the chalet offers a large open plan living and dining area as well as a professional kitchen with a six-seater bar. Four large double bedrooms boast sofas, walk-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms, whilst a further two bedrooms are ideal for children. A private wellness area includes a Technogym and fitness centre, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and temperature controlled massage room. St. Moritz is a wonderful destination to visit in August with plenty of exciting events taking place, including the 40th edition of the legendary Surf and Kite Marathon and Swiss Windsurfing Championship, and the St. Moritz Art Masters.

Chalet Le Vigne, Verbier
With panoramic views, scenic trails and plenty of events on offer, Verbier is a delight in August. One of our favourite places to stay is the stunning Chalet Le Vigne located above Patier, with outstanding views over the Verbier plateau and surrounding peaks. The attractive interior combines traditional Swiss mountain decor with the latest in modern design and technology. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a spacious terrace, providing the ideal spot for admiring the views. The ground floor is home to an impressive spa with indoor swimming pool, hammam and gym as well as an outdoor hot tub. Vinophiles will appreciate the well-stocked wine cellar and there’s also a snug cinema room for catching the latest movies.

Chalet Uberhaus, Lech
Offering exceptional views over the surrounding peaks, Chalet Uberhaus is an outstanding family chalet with sophisticated design, deluxe interiors and state-of-the-art entertainment and wellness facilities. A total of five bedrooms include a master suite with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom and two family suites with a double bed and children’s bunk. Guests can relax in the spa, work out in the gym, enjoy a drink at the bar or outdoor hot tub, spend time in the library or catch a movie in the state-of-the art home cinema. Central Lech is just a three minute drive from the chalet and the resort is a great area for hiking with over 350 km of signposted hiking trails leading through lush pastures, fragrant forests and crystal clear mountain lakes.

Chalet Grace, Zermatt
Located in the exclusive Petit Village area, Chalet Grace offers breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and is conveniently close to Zermatt’s bars, restaurants, shops and cafes. Built to the highest levels of stylish living, the chalet features double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows on three luxurious levels. Five double bedrooms all have beautiful en-suite bathrooms and south-facing balconies capturing the scenic views of the Matterhorn and surrounding peaks. A games room with snooker table and a cosy cinema room provide the entertainment whilst a wellness area with ambient lighting, sauna and massage room provides opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Zermatt is a glorious place to be in August, with lots going on from open air theatre at the top of Gornergrat to the traditional Folk Festival.

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One of the most popular spots for skiers and snowboarders around the world, the French Alps is also renowned for its luxurious accommodation.

Whether you wish to stay in the thriving resorts of Courchevel 1850 and Val d’Isere in Les Trois Vallees, or head to slightly lower-key destinations such as Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil, we have a fantastic range of luxury chalets to suit. Let us take you through some of our favourite chalets in the French Alps.

Chalet Blanchot, Courchevel 1650 – a grand homely chalet close to the slopes
Located in the exclusive Belvedere area of Courchevel, Chalet Blanchot has a welcoming ambiance with traditional wooden floors, woollen cashmere throws and a beautiful central fireplace raised above the floor on a stone base, with 360° openings all around. We love the exquisite antler chandelier above the dining table and the carefully chosen furniture and art which help create one of the most elegant chalet interiors in the French Alps. This wonderful chalet has five luxurious bedrooms and a spacious relaxation area and hammam on the ground floor, as well as an outdoor hot tub for soaking weary limbs in. A true home away from home.

Cosy living room at Chalet Blanchot

Chalet Ararat, Megeve – brand new high-end luxury chalet with panoramic views
Standing on a hillside with panoramic views over the valley towards the Aiguilles de Warens, Chalet Ararat has been built in traditional alpine style with 500m² of living space spread over four floors. The chalet effortlessly blends traditional materials including local stone and wood panelling with contemporary fixtures and fixtures creating an elegant yet comfortable and relaxing interior. The living room with its double height ceilings, large feature fireplace and picture windows capturing the spectacular mountain views perfectly illustrates this. The chalet has five double bedrooms and two bunk rooms for children making it ideal for families. After skiing, a relaxation area with pool and loungers and a home cinema awaits.

Open plan living and dining room at Chalet Ararat

Chalet Lhotse, Val d’Isere – a unique masterpiece of traditional alpine design
Located in the heart of Val d’Isere, Chalet Lhotse is one of the most unique properties in the resort with incredible interior design. Reclaimed Mongolian wood and detailed carvings blend seamlessly with designer furnishings, crystal chandeliers and soft fur throws and cushions to provide the perfect ambiance for relaxing and socialising after a day on the slopes. One of our favourite features has to be the spa, complete with an indoor heated swimming pool with projector screen, a massage room, solarium, hammam, gym, and if that wasn’t enough, an outdoor hot tub too. The chalet has six bedrooms and is ideal for families looking to combine comfort with luxury and entertainment.

Spa area at Chalet Lhotse

Chalet Valentine, Meribel – high-end design and beautiful furnishings
Completely renovated for the 2016/17 winter season, Chalet Valentine offers luxury living, magnificent views and a superb spa in the exclusive Belvedere area of Meribel. The property has been beautifully furnished, combining traditional alpine elements with bold colours and contemporary decor. Although the chalet has many excellent features, we particularly love the enormous terrace, complete with fire pit, outdoor hot tub, barrel sauna, plunge pool, and of course magnificent mountain views. The property has seven bedrooms including a bunk room for children, making it perfect for all the family.

Terrace with fire pit, hot tub and barrel sauna at Chalet Valentine

Chalet Drosera, Chamonix – 360° views with high-end design and service to match
Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Chamonix, Chalet Drosera enjoys 360° views of the Mont Blanc massif, Le Brevent, the Aguille Vert and Les Drus. The chalet interior combines rustic wood with beautiful stonework and colourful fabrics to create a wonderfully cosy ambiance in which to relax. We love the spacious living area on the first floor with a spectacular feature fireplace and doors opening onto a sunny terrace overlooking the wonderful mountain panorama. The property also has a cinema room and a central spa with indoor swimming pool and steam room, as well as an annex housing a massage room and gym. The chalet has a total of seven bedrooms including three master suites – perfect for couples travelling together.

Master bedroom at Chalet Drosera

Ferme de Moudon, Les Gets – extremely private with award-winning design
Tucked away at the end of a quiet road in Les Gets, Ferme de Moudon is an intensely private chalet not far from the resort centre. Designed by the talented Nicky Dobree, the property has been transformed from a three hundred year old farmhouse into an elegant and stylish chalet that has been featured in numerous magazines and even on the television show, Grand Designs. The interiors are a masterpiece of of elegance with opulent furnishings, cosy fireplaces, candlelight and cashmere throws. We adore the six cosy bedrooms nestled beneath ancient timbers, and the spa facilities are perfect for soaking away the cares of the day.

Exterior of Ferme de Moudon

Chalet Shemshak, Courchevel 1850 – ski-in/ski-out with exquisite furnishings
Situated directly on the Plantrey piste in Courchevel, Chalet Shemshak offers alpine chic at its finest, with exquisite furnishings and materials sourced by a top London designer. The main open plan living and dining room has a stunning central fireplace and double-height ceilings with French doors opening to a terrace with mountain views. There’s nothing we like better than an entire floor being dedicated to wellness and relaxation – with a heated swimming pool overlooking the valley, separate Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, massage room and state-of-the-art gym there is more than enough space to pamper yourself.

Spa & pool at Shemshak Lodge

Arctic Lodge, Val d’Isere – a one-of-a-kind ski-in/ski-out chalet with stunning views
Positioned high in the Legettaz area of Val d’Isere, Arctic Lodge has been recently modernised, combining traditional wooden floors, panelled walls and exposed wood beams with sumptuous fabrics, opulent lighting and contemporary furnishings. The spacious open plan living and dining area is filled with natural light flooding in through vast picture windows, whilst floor-to-ceiling doors open onto a sunny terrace with outdoor hot tub and views down to La Face and Solaise pistes. Six glorious bedroom suites offer accommodation for adults and children alike, whilst a tranquil pool and relaxation area is ideal for snowy days.

Exterior of Arctic Lodge

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Discover how our company Leo Trippi was born in a tale that takes you all the way back to 1857.

The early years
Education was important to Leo Trippi and he left Switzerland early on to study economy and commerce in Leipzig, Germany, learning several languages along the way. In early 1900, Leo met Betty Stoppany, and ended up moving to Italy and becoming secretary of the Grand Hotel Villa Politi in Sicily. After getting married to Betty in 1906, Leo was offered the opportunity to acquire the Grand Hotel des Temples in Sicily.

The Leo Trippi Dynasty – gaining a reputation for luxury
By 1913, the Leo Trippi dynasty had grown to four hotels, three in Pontresina, Switzerland and the Grand Hotel in Sicily. The Grand Hotel des Temples soon gained a reputation for luxury, attracting some of the most important families in Europe including Prince Leopold of Bayern, the Prince and Princess of Siam and Prince Heinrich von Hohenzollern.

An uncertain future
In August 1914, soon after the start of World War I, Leo Trippi and his family moved back to Switzerland, as he had to perform his military service. With Leo leaving Sicily, the future of the Grand Hotel was uncertain whilst tourism in Pontresina came to a standstill, leaving Leo Trippi and his family’s prosperous business on the verge of bankruptcy. However, after the war the family were able to rejuvenate the hotels in Switzerland and Leo returned to Sicily with his wife, daughters and three year old son to reopen Grand Hotel des Temples.

A flourishing business
In 1926 Leo Trippi took over the management of the family hotels in Pontresina, spending the summers in Switzerland and the winters in Sicily. By this time the Grand Hotel had become a world class hotel, and was chosen by the Prince of Paris and Princess of France as their honeymoon destination. In 1932, the Swiss federal president, Giuseppe Motta, stayed with Leo Trippi during his travels in Sicily.

World War II – bringing a halt to the hotel business
Like many hotels, World War II brought business to a halt and despite every effort, Trippi’s hotel business did not survive. However in 1943, Leo Trippi became Switzerland’s military attaché in Rome, in acknowledgement of the impact he made in Italian society during his years as owner of the Grand Hotel.

Leo Trippi’s Legacy
Leo Trippi died in Zurich in 1952, leaving behind the legacy of one of the greatest hoteliers of his time. And now to the present day…After more than half a century, a descendent of the Trippi family, Florian Steiger rediscovered his legacy and founded the luxury travel company ‘Leo Trippi’ in 2008. The company carries the Trippi family logo and seeks to continue Leo Trippi’s long standing tradition of providing international travellers with the most exclusive and luxurious retreats in destinations around the world. Having won the title of ‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’ for the third consecutive year in 2016, we feel Leo Trippi would be proud.

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Few sports can match the speed and exhilaration of skiing, but with speed comes risk and it is therefore important to consider what measures can be taken to increase ski safety on the mountain.

Rules and Regulations: FIS code of conduct on the slopes
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has developed ‘Rules of Conduct’ that apply to all those who use the pistes. This ‘highway code’ for the snow should be followed at all times to help everyone stay safe on the slopes. The most important rule is that the skier in front has priority and each skier must adapt the manner of skiing or snowboarding to personal ability and the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather, as well as the the density of traffic on the piste.

Check Your Equipment: Poorly fitted equipment leads to injury
Incorrectly adjusted ski bindings account for the majority of leg and knee injuries. Skis are designed to release when a certain amount of pressure has been exerted upon them, but incorrect configuration can lead to all sorts of accidents. To avoid this, make sure you get your equipment set up by a trained professional in a reputable ski shop.

It is particularly important you have the correct equipment if you are planning to go off-piste. In case of an avalanche, wearing a transceiver is vital when time is of the essence. Recent years have seen many advances in technology in regard to ski safety. It is now possible to buy a backpack that comes complete with a non-removable airbag system, with the aim of keeping you near the surface of the avalanche. Pros, including snowboarder Xavier de le Rue and skier Nicolas Falquet have both escaped avalanches with the help of airbags.

Wear a Helmet: Reduce the Risk of Injury
Whilst wearing a helmet is not a legal requirement, bear in mind that skiers often attain speeds of more than 30 mph, and ice on the slope can often be just as hard as tarmac. Recent research undertaken by the Children’s Hospital Colorado on helmet safety and injury prevention found that children who wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding sustain less severe head injuries and lower overall injury severity compared to children who do not. Head injuries are the most frequent cause of death and serious injury among skiers and snowboarders and many insurance companies today make it a condition that you must wear a helmet. Other items of safety equipment to consider include spine protectors for skiers as well as padded shorts and wrist protectors for snowboarders.

Collisions: Be Aware of your Surroundings
It is essential to be constantly aware of your immediate surroundings on the slopes. One of the biggest causes of collisions is skiers who are out of control. Don’t assume your own ability will prevent you from getting injured and always look up the slope before you begin skiing. Applying the rules of the road will help you avoid accidents: stop, look, and listen.

Avalanche Awareness: Be Cautious
Whilst there is no way to guarantee your safety when skiing off-piste, there are precautions you can take to improve your chances of a trouble-free day. Firstly, hire a qualified and experienced local guide, particularly if you are planning to ski in crevassed glacial terrain. Secondly, ensure every member of the party carries avalanche safety equipment – and that they are trained in its use. The essentials include an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, mobile phone and first-aid kit. If you do get caught in an avalanche, try to traverse out of its path. If this proves impossible, try to lose skis, poles and rucksack and make swimming motions towards the surface.

Pace Yourself: Rest and Recovery
Skiing can be stressful on your body, particularly your legs and knees. It is important to recognise when you have had enough, and let your body recover. Tired ski legs can often result in accidents so it is important to take regular breaks. Skiing is a sport and it is important to have a good level of fitness before you take to the slopes. There are various ski fitness programmes you can follow in the lead up to your ski holiday to make sure you are in the best shape possible.

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Cradled by the mountains of the Engadine, St. Moritz is the largest winter sports region in Switzerland, and according to legend, the birthplace of winter tourism.

View of St. Moritz at night

St. Moritz: It all began with a bet
The concept of international winter tourism, so the story goes, began with a legendary bet that took place in 1864. Previously people only came to the Alps in the summer, to enjoy the natural springs, fresh mountain air and engage in ‘wellness’. However, hotelier Johannes Badrutt had other ideas, explaining to his last remaining English summer guests that winter in the Engadin was full of sunshine and a great deal more pleasant than winter in England. He invited them to stay at his hotel to experience it for themselves; if they were not satisfied, he would also pay their travel expenses.

The guests took up the challenge, coming back that Christmas only to return home at Easter tanned, relaxed and very happy. Soon word spread among the upper classes and Badrutt set about developing St. Moritz as an all-year resort and Alpine winter tourism was born.

The birth of Leo Trippi was also inspired by the resort. The very man after which the company is named grew up in a tiny village close to St. Moritz. Surrounded by a family of hoteliers and pioneers of tourism in the region, Trippi was almost predestined to become involved in the travel industry. His career resulted in a flourishing hotel business and his legacy lives on today, as our company continues his long standing tradition of providing international travellers with the most exclusive and luxurious retreats around the world.

St Moritz: The early days
Ice rather than snow was the main attraction in the early days, and St Moritz’s lakeside setting made it perfect for ice skating, prompting Badrutt to set up a skating club beside the hotel. Early Scottish visitors were said to have brought curling stones, and in 1880 the first curling tournament was held at Badrutt’s club.

Soon, young, rich British visitors arrived, looking for more sport to keep them occupied during what had become a thriving winter season. Inspired by sledging in the streets, in 1884 the famous skeleton track known as the Cresta Run was built. A bobsleigh run was built in 1903 and is still made from scratch using natural ice each year. Downhill skiing didn’t really take off until the early 20th century: even by 1928, the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz did not feature downhill or slalom skiing.

Early days of Winter Tourism in St. Moritz . ©Switzerland Tourism

Modern St. Moritz
Today the resort has nearly 350 km of immaculate slopes accompanied by incredible panoramic views. With reliable snowfall and over 300 days of sun per year, St. Moritz has the ideal climate for enjoying all manner of winter sports and prestigious international events.

The resort now has a worldwide reputation for exceptional winter entertainment, the highlights being the Snow Polo World Cup in January and the ‘White Turf’ horse racing meeting in February. Other exciting events include St. Moritz Gourmet Festival and Cricket on Ice.

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World Ski Awards: Vote for Leo Trippi as the World’s Best Ski Travel Agent 2017

The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism. Having won the title of ‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’ for the third consecutive year in 2016, we are delighted to have been nominated once again for this coveted award.

We are incredibly proud of our Swiss heritage dating back to 1882 and firmly believe that our service, unparalleled destination knowledge and passion for the mountains sets us apart from our competitors.

Many of the chalets we represent have been nominated for awards this year, reflecting the high quality of our portfolio. These include Bella Coola, Chalet Truffe Blanche and Chesetta which have all been nominated for Switzerland’s Best Ski Chalet award, with Hotel Le K2, Portetta Hotel and Grandes Alpes Private Hotel & Spa receiving nominations for France’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel. We also represent all seven nominees for the World’s Best New Ski Chalet which include Chalet Couttet and Ferme de la Corderie, thus highlighting our presence at the forefront of the luxury rental market.

Chalet Truffe Blanche, Verbier

We strive to showcase the very best of the ski tourism industry to our clients from all over the world and have a number of surprises coming later in the year which are sure to inspire customers.

Please vote for us by following the link and help us pick up the title for the fourth consecutive year: http://worldskiawards.com/vote/leo-trippi-2017

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We create unique and bespoke travel itineraries for those seeking luxury experiences in the mountains.

Whether you want to create a unique celebration for a special event, take a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the Alps or just get creative with your annual family ski trip, there are no limits to what we can do. The following itinerary is an example of a tailor made journey through Switzerland with plenty of surprises along the way.

After arriving at Zurich airport you will be whisked away in a private helicopter to the world class winter sports resort, St. Moritz.

Engadin St. Moritz ©swiss-image-.ch

With a combination of five star mountain restaurants, high-altitude skiing and designer shops, St.Moritz in the Upper Engadine is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most luxurious alpine resorts. The birthplace of alpine winter tourism, St Moritz. Has twice hosted the Winter Olympics and hosts a variety of prestigious events throughout the year, including the Snow Polo World Cup, the White Turf International Horse Races and the Gourmet Festival which attracts some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

During your time in the resort you will be staying at one of the most impressive properties in St. Moritz, Chesa Lumpaz.

Chesa Lumpaz

Located in the heart of the resort, the property is situated close to the slopes and the main shopping street with its many bars and restaurants. With 900m2 of sophisticated living space spread over five floors, you can be sure to find plenty of room to relax, whether it be in the large open plan living room or in the superb spa area, complete with Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and massage room. Of course you will be well looked after too with a private chef providing exceptional cuisine throughout your stay.

Enjoy privileged access to one-of-a-kind activities in St. Moritz
Spend your first few days exploring the slopes of St. Moritz: with three high-altitude areas to choose from there is plenty of skiing to keep you occupied. At the heart of the ski area is Corviglia with its long cruising runs whilst across the valley at Corvatsch is Switzerland’s longest floodlit piste which attracts many night time skiers. On the other side of the mountain is some of the more challenging skiing including the popular off-piste glacier route from Diavolezza to Morteratsch. Cross-country skiers are well-catered for too with 150 km of scenic trails through pine forest and beside the lake.

Skiing on Corviglia St. Moritz © swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

If skiing is not on your agenda then there are plenty of alternative ways to spend your time, from shopping or relaxing in a luxury spa to snowkiting, tandem paragliding or if you’re feeling particularly brave, the adrenaline-inducing Cresta Run.

Keen ornithologists may wish to visit the nearby Swiss National Park which home to over 30 species of mammals and more than 100 species of birds. From December through to February we can organise a leading ornithologist from the Sempach Bird Observatory, together with a mountain guide to explore the alpine landscape with you and help seek out the elusive Golden Eagle. Using the finest photography equipment available, we are able to help you capture unique moments in the mountains.

Renowned for its mountain gastronomy, St. Moritz is home to some exquisite restaurants, including La Marmite which is widely regarded as one of the world’s best mountain restaurants and there are some excellent bars and cafes too.

Breathtaking views of the Alps from Switzerland’s most famous railway
Continue your journey across Switzerland by boarding the world-famous Glacier Express to Andermatt. Enjoy spectacular views as the train winds its way through some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. Shortly after leaving St. Moritz the train passes Samedan and Bever on the high Engadin plateau, before entering the Albula Tunnel under the Albula Pass. After reaching Filisur at the end of the valley, the train continues along the Landwasser Viaduct, one of the main landmarks of the journey before following the course of the Rhine from Chur towards Sedrun. Here the line becomes steeper to finally reach its summit, the Oberalp Pass at 2,033m, before descending into the village of Andermatt.

The Glacier Express

Waiting to welcome you from your journey is the Chedi Andermatt, a five-star hotel designed by renowned designer, Jean-Michel Gathy. Fusing traditional Swiss chalet style with a subtle Asian aesthetic, the Chedi is sure to captivate your imagination. Named ‘Hotel of the Year 2017’ by Gault Millau, this exclusive hotel has a choice of deluxe rooms or suites, eight outstanding bars and restaurants as well as an exceptional spa area.

Travel by helicopter to Zermatt to take in the iconic Matterhorn
After a night of luxury you will be transferred by private helicopter to the iconic resort of Zermatt, a traditional car-free village on the Swiss-Italian border which lies at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn. Home to over 350 km of pistes, the skiing here is amongst the best in the world with perfectly groomed, snow-sure slopes, an excellent lift system and breathtaking views from the top of the Klein Matterhorn lift.

View of Zermatt and the Matterhorn at night

Whilst in Zermatt dine at delicious mountain restaurants such as Zum Zee and Cervo, explore the narrow winding streets lined with numerous shops and galleries or take a scenic train ride up to Gornergrat at 3,090 metres. You might even consider adding some Italian flavour to your stay by heading to the neighbouring resorts of Cervinia and Valtournenche. In the evening enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by live music at Gees, the Snowboat or one of the other lively bars.

There will be plenty of time to make the most of the wonderful facilities in your chalet during your stay. Brand new, with impeccable design and spectacular views of the Matterhorn, Chalet Cordillera is the height of luxury. Authentic timbers, plush furnishings and deluxe en-suite bedrooms await you, plus a state-of-the-art spa and wellness area with a large indoor Jacuzzi and hammam provides a haven of relaxation.

Chalet Cordillera

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