With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is definitely in the air on the mountainside. So pack your skis this weekend and head to the picturesque snowy peaks for a truly romantic getaway. Be inspired by our favourite Valentine’s Day restaurants on the slopes.
Perched at the top of l’Ariondaz gondola, Le Bel Air is perennially popular, so it’s worth making a reservation. The three-tiered terrace offers spectacular views over the valley, and guests can be sure of a warm welcome from longstanding owner, Christophe Gormier. Expect hearty mountain dishes, with a focus on French classics such as Alpine saucisson, sirloin steaks and escargots.
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A rustic family-run restaurant in a converted farmhouse, Chez Vrony has been a fixture on Zermatt’s dining scene for over a hundred years. Situated at an altitude of 2,130m, the restaurant looks out towards the majestic Matterhorn. It is also one of the only establishments in the area to use its own organic produce, such as its dry-cured meats. Be sure to try the famous Vrony Burger, topped with succulent bacon and crunchy coleslaw.
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This chic restaurant is perched atop the Aspen Highlands in a former Ski Patrol hut and is often selected as one of the best mountainside dining destinations in the world. Daily specials include delicacies such as elk stroganoff and black truffle gnocchi. An open kitchen sits between the interior dining room and outside terrace and both have wonderful views of the Maroon Bells – the USA’s most photographed peaks.
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Standing at a lofty 2,112m, the Chetzeron hotel is housed in a former cable car station. You can ski in from the top of the Cry d’Er cable car or dinner guests can opt to be collected from the Crans-Montana station by snowcat. A terrace extends over three levels and features an open fireplace on the top deck and sophisticated Valais sheepskins scattered over lower decks. The menu focuses on ‘Alpine refined’ cuisine, with specialities including rack of lamb with thyme and lentils, alongside a selection of French and Italian wines from its natural cellar.
With a slope-side location part way down the Mangard piste, L’Edelweiss enjoys panoramic mountain vistas from its spacious terrace. Inside, the rustic wooden interior, with roaring log fire, makes a cosy, romantic retreat from the cold. The lunch menu of gourmet French cuisine includes dishes such as duck breast with honey and Sichuan peppercorns. Advance booking is highly recommended, as the restaurant fills up quickly.
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