Unusual meals

After an exhilarating day’s skiing, as the sun sets behind the Valais Alps, it’s the moment to enjoy a meal with a difference. Valais offers many ways of discovering local cuisine in an unusual way. How about a dinner in a gondola, an igloo? Here are some suggestions for an original gastronomic adventure in the heart of Valais.

Fondue in a gondola – Grächen

Suspended between sky and earth, enjoy a fondue in a gondola. Several Valais resorts offer the chance to enjoy a new take on “haute cuisine” as you admire views of fairy-tale landscapes. The Hannigalp gondola, for example, at the heart of the Grächen ski area, invites you to finish a day up on the pistes with a delicious cheese fondue: the classic Swiss winter dish and the most convivial of all meals!

Fondue in the cable car Grächen, Family, Valais, Switzerland

Gondola fondue – Zermatt

Watch the last rays of sun caress the iconic Matterhorn and its surrounding summits as you enjoy a fondue in one of the gondolas departing from the “Matterhorn glacier paradise” station.

Gondola FondueZermatt, Valais, Switzerland

Fondue in the gondolas – Saas-Fee

In Saas-Fee, tuck into a fondue in the Spielboden gondola and watch the majestic summits of Valais parade past your table. The outings are ideal for families or groups of friends: an original and unforgettable way to enjoy a pure taste of Valais.

Fondue Gondel Saas-Fee, Valais, Switzerland

Chetzeron restaurant

In the heart of the Crans-Montana ski area, for example, a converted cable car station houses the Chetzeron restaurant. Here, at an altitude of 2,112 m, guests enjoy exquisite views of the Valais mountains through panoramic windows as they eat.

Chetzeron, Restaurant, Crans-Montana, Valais, Switzerland

Tipi in Siviez

On the southern side of the Rhône valley, the Tipi in Siviez – a large, native-American-style tepee – offers a memorable setting for a well-deserved meal following a descent of the iconic “Gentianes–Tortin” ski itinerary.

Tipi Siviez, Valais, Switzerland

Late-night fondue – Zermatt

In Zermatt, enjoy a night-time excursion to the igloo village, crafted of snow and ice and ornately decorated. The tasty fondue served inside an igloo promises a unique experience.

Iglu dorf zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

Kitchen around – Zermatt

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Zermatt’s top restaurants? The gastronomic hotspots of the Valais resort have opened the doors to their kitchens for you and invite you to an exclusive gourmet experience. As you go from one restaurant to the next, discover the secrets and techniques of the leading Zermatt chefs and enjoy an exquisite multi-course meal that showcases local produce. Savour four different dishes prepared before your eyes, and with each one get to know one of the region’s finest wines!

White wine, plate, in the restaurant kitchen, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland