Back – without a limp!
Zermatt does have a little magic – dominated by the Matterhorn – yet it is a very commercial environment. The locals seem a nice bunch, rather it is the visiting hoardes that are less bearable. Still, it’s my first time skiing here and considering the poor weather this year, I think we were quite lucky – 4 days of sunny skiing with good snow – yes, I’m a fairweather skier!
From the perspective of a proficient piste skier I found the only redeeming feature of the Klein Matterhorn region to be the stunning views, but the pistes were featureless motorways – particularly on the route to Cervinia. Gornergrat was a little better, Höhetahlli more so and the Röthorn even better. I’d heard someone say that Zermatt has the best piste skiing in the world, but personally I think I still prefer Klosters and Les Trois Vallées.
Some nice bottles were drunk along the way, spoiled by inappropriate glassware, but c’est la vie! Two 1995 Pomerols – Château Plince and Château Lagrange, a lovely 1998 Petit Cheval, a nice shiraz (that I can’t remember the name of!) and a good Recioto de la Valpolicella. Then there was a trio rieslings – 1986 Trittenheimer, 2001 Sipp-Mack and 2002 Rolly-Gassmann, followed by a 2002 Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay and a 2000 Guyon Corton-Charlemagne. The Charlemagne, at least until it warmed in the glass, was rather disadvantaged by a Swiss ‘Heida’ a wine that is grown at the highest altitude in the area of Wallis (or Valais!). I shall have to find out a little more about these bottles – they cost little more than the Jadot Bourgogne!
Oh-well, back to the mailbox…