Unusual meals

Tasting a good fondue in an igloo, Valais Wallis Switzerland

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.

Fonduegondel – Saas-Fee

Climb aboard the Saas-Fee cable car and soak up the friendly atmosphere as you tuck into a tasty fondue. Admire the alpine landscape and the glittering village of Saas-Fee as night falls. Choose the “candlelight” option for a perfect romantic meal for two or the family version with toys to entertain the children.

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

Igloo on the Mont-Fort

Head for the highest point in the Verbier ski area to enjoy Europe’s highest fondue! Located at an altitude of 3,300 metres, the Igloo on the Mont-Fort offers breathtaking panoramic views of more than 110 Alpine summits including the Jungfrau, Weisshorn, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Before heading back down to resort – either in the cable car or, if you are brave, by skiing or snowboarding down the mogul run – make sure you taste the house speciality: the Swiss Rock Coffee, a hot drink made with “Douce de Abricot” fruit spirits, cane sugar, espresso coffee and whipped cream.

Igloo, Mont-Fort, Verbier, Valais, Switzerland

Fondue on a pedalo – Champex-Lac and Crans-Montana

On a tranquil lake, looking up at the surrounding mountains and feeling like the only people on earth… After pedalling back to shore, enjoy a fondue on your pedalo in a stunning setting. Whoever drops their bread in the fondue pot will have to walk the plank!

Unusual meals, Fondue on a pedalo, Champex-Lac, Crans-Montana, Valais, Switzerland


What comes to mind when you hear the word "Valais"? Culinary diversity? Raclette, brisolée, delicious wines and tasty apricots?