Ski the Alps with Penny Pitou - January 31 - February 8, 2020 or February 7 - 15, 2020
ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND $2895 per person double occupancy
Trip Leader: Penny Pitou
Perhaps best known for winning two silver medals in skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley (the first American to win a medal in Dowhhill), Penny has taken her European ski racing experience and successfully run ski and hiking trips to the Alps for over thirty eight years. Her knowledge of the mountains, the people, and the countries combined with her ability to speak German and French fluently make for great trips - well organized, educational and fun. Penny personally escorts each trip, but gauges the abilities of the individuals when deciding daily adventures. Having achieved over 75% repeat business consistently on each trip over the years, Penny must be doing something right! Come join her on a skiing or hiking adventure!
Dominated by the majestic peak of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a charming and compact village. No cars are allowed in town, so skiers and non-skiers can walk peacefully along picturesque streets. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from one end of the resort to the other. Favored by its southern exposure, sheltered from the wind and generously endowed with snow, Zermatt boasts some of the most spectacular skiing in the Alps. The scope and variety of skiing is tremendous with a network of lifts serving trails that rise to over 12,500ft. Three main ski areas (Blauhertd/Sunegga, Gornergrat/Stockhorn and Schwarzsee/Theodulpass) offer wide open slopes for beginners while the more advanced skiers enjoy the challenge of the internationally known Stockhorn., Tiefbach, Aroleid and Momatt. The Klein Matterhorn, ascending to 12,533ft. which is the highest aerial cablecar in the Alps, opens up glacier ski runs which give Zermatt one of the longest seasons in Europe. A new gondola to the top of the Klein Matterhorn will be open this winter to give more people access to glacier skiing. The apres-ski life has something for everyone - sophisticated nightclubs, informal discos, and tea-dancing. One highlight of a visit to Zermatt is a ski tour over the Theodulpass to Cervinia, Italy about 10 miles away for lunch.
Altitude of resort: 5,314ft. Highest point served by lift: 12,533ft. Vertical drop: 7,2195ft. Transfer time via motorcoach/rail from Geneva: 3-4 hours
HOTEL ALEX: Called by the media "the most deluxe hut in the Alps", the Hotel Alex is set back from the main street in a quite location very close to the Gornergrat cog rail station. It was built in 1960-61 by Alex Perren, one of Zermatt's most famous mountain guides. He and his wife Gisela developed the hotel with service and alpine ambiance in mind. The next generation has taken over the management of the hotel and has added many luxuries, including jacuzzi baths in every room and internet throughout the hotel. Beams and wooden carvings from 1000 year old houses were used to give the hotel an authentic look and feel. Antiques and a big collection of original paintings line the walls. The bar, with fireplace, has lots of cozy sitting areas. There is a huge indoor pool, saunas, steambath, jacuzzi and a large fitness area with modern machines. An indoor tennis court and squash courts round out the hotel amenities. The service and friendliness of the hotel staff are unmatched.
- Roundtrip Motorcoach/rail transfers between airport and hotel
- 7 nights accomodations at the Hotel Alex (4-Star S)
- Buffet Breakfast and multi course dinner daily
- Welcome Cocktail
- Porterage from train station to hotel
- Free use of hotel swimming pool, saunas, jacuzzi, fitness room, indoor tennis & squash courts
- Local Ski Guides--5 days (good INTERMEDIATE skiers and up)
- Tips to ski guides and hotel staff
- Prearrangement of lift ticket purchase
- Taxes and service charges
- Personally escorted by Penny Pitou
Superior Double - +$195 per person
Junior Suite - +$295 per person
Single Supplements: +$195 - +$495
Approximate cost of 6-day International Ski Pass (Zermatt/Italy)
(no senior discount)
***AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED - We would be happy to arrange your air.