NYE in the Swiss Alps!


When a Trinidadian, a Russian-Swede, a Greek American and a Greek-Cypriot decided to meet and spent New Years together, Zermatt, Switzerland suddenly became the destination of choice. We were going to have the full Swiss chalet experience in the Swiss Alps complete with Swiss wine, Swiss cheese fondue and Swiss chocolates! Well except for the vegan amongst us, the rest of us would be overloading on cheese.

We chose Zermatt because the Matterhorn was on our bucket list. We had no intentions of going skiing…especially this Trini who tried it once and once was enough to say never again! We settled on Chalet Weidji in Gasenreid, which is a mountain village 20km north of Zermatt. We wanted quiet and were sold on it being peacefully located on the outskirts of the village, high above the Zermatt valley. The owner mentioned it was only 0.1km from the woods where we could enjoy beautiful walks. There was potential for that bit of exercise yes!

Chalet Weidji

Chalet Weidji

Gasenreid, Chalet Weidji we hiked up at the top

Gasenreid, Chalet Weidji we hiked up at the top

Getting there was a hike from Geneva, one we did not think about beforehand but once at the chalet it was all worth the trek!

We took the train to St Nicklaus and local bus to Gasenreid (we soon learnt to get our “G’s” right, getting on the “Grachen” only bus meant we had to walk half hour uphill to the village and then trek up the mountain to the chalet!) Yes we just had to choose a chalet at the top of the mountain! Who needed skiing with this workout up and down?

Arriving by train, onto waiting for the bus

Arriving by train, onto waiting for the bus

Maybe this is where Santa is from?

Maybe this is where Santa is from?

It just so happens our dear Greek-Cypriot slipped and fell on his scenic icy walk to Grachen, a town 4km from the chalet on our first day there! One broken arm, two nights stay in a hospital in nearby Cornavin, he was all braced and ready to return to the chalet where we let him hibernate till the trip was over!

Chocolate fondue time!

Chocolate fondue time!

Waking up to these views made the trek up and down the steep hillside from the chalet worth it. It felt like waking up in a fairytale. A very white one! It must be equally beautiful here in the Summer, all those walks I can just imagine.

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Morning view from left window

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We’re going to have to walk down that to get to the bus stop but what a beautiful view along the way!

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Serene, quiet, WHITE all around!

Our first day at the chalet, I admit after more snowfall and ice, I was scared of going down the steep hillside (after all we were on the side of a mountain, one slip and down the mountain I would tumble…well so it felt!) but I quick learnt the best way was to sit on my butt and slide down on the icy bits. This is why I will always love my snow pants! And if we missed the bus, we had to walk or wait another hour for it. Got our exercise in by walking and taking in our surrounds.

The long trek in the snow to the main bus stop

The long trek in the snow to the main bus stop

One could easily become one with nature up there, albeit it was freaking cold and sow filled in Winter! I would sit and stare outside, taking it all in with some hot Swiss chocolate in hand.

Views from the kitchen of the chalet

Views from the kitchen of the chalet

The three reasons I ended up in the Swiss Alps

The three reasons I ended up in the Swiss Alps

Winter wonderland in real!

Winter wonderland in real!

We spent many days going to town in Zermatt and coming back to the chalet in the evenings but honestly, spending time in this secluded chalet at the top of the mountain was a relaxing getaway in itself. New Year’s Eve quietly spent with friends in the chalet was definitely a memorable one.

Roasting nuts by the fire

Roasting nuts by the fire

Cheese fondue dinner time!

Cheese fondue dinner time!

Toasting to another year down, another year ahead and making the Swiss Alps vacation a reality. It’s not only about skiing, it’s about what you make it and with whom.

New Years Eve in the chalet

New Years Eve in the chalet

Welcoming in the new year in the chalet!

Welcoming in the new year in the chalet!

And on New Year’s morning we were different, nothing like a girl power snow woman….creative no?

Snow woman power time!

Snow woman power time!

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1 Reply

  1. Amazing photos of the mountain. Gotta say it look scary though as you guys were pretty high up! Can’t believe your friend broke his arm the first day there! Poor guy. As for the snowman heheheh too funny!

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