Skiing Gstaad

We woke to crisp mountain sunshine pouring through our windows and a gentle knocking on the door, letting us know it was time for breakfast.

We buzzed them in from the comfort of our huge squishy bed. I’m not sure I’ve ever stayed in a two-floored hotel room before, but it was quite the treat!

Wrapped in fluffy robes we eventually padded downstairs in toweling slippers and tucked into the waiting breakfast.

Sipping hot coffees, tearing into crumbly, buttery pastries and dipping toast into runny egg yolks, all with the most magical view.


Full and excited I said goodbye to my boyfriend as he stretched out on the sofa with his book (he doesn’t ski), and went downstairs to meet the others.

We bundled into our ski guide’s car and shot off to Saanenmรถser. Hopped into a bubble lift, nipped up a couple more chair lifts and soon found ourselves on top of the world.

Ready to hurtle down it again!


Ski goggles

Blue ski jacket // Blue salopettes

Poloneck // Gloves

Having gotten our snow legs back (I hadn’t set foot on a slope in years) we raced off for a little off piste action (not to be confused with piste off) and delighted in the combination of fresh powder and blue skies.

We stopped at Hornberg for lunch, where the non-skiiers joined us.



We shared a couple of fondues and each had our own plate of raclette.


All washed down with proper German gluhwein.

Nothing helps your skiing like a good few mugs of hot, spiced wine!



After lunch the more civilized amongst us headed back down the mountain in search of the spa.

While the rest of us opted for the slopes.




By the time we got home my legs were on fire.

My skiboots felt like knives on my shins and my face hurt from smiling.

I fell into a hot bath, followed by a mind melting massage. Skiing Gstaad style is nothing if not luxurious!

We polished off the evening at Chubut; Gstaad’s newest steak restaurant.


Tucking into huge, perfectly flame grilled, Argentinian steaks.

Paired with wonderful sides, like charred carrots & goat’s cheese.


I slept like. a. log.

Waking just after sunrise, with just enough time to catch the last of the blue skies before the blizzard rolled in.


Very sensibly almost everyone decided to give a day in a blizzard a miss.

I thought I was going to have to jump on the lifts alone, but was joined at the last moment by one of the boys. Which I was very grateful for!


We raced off into the great white clouds, swaying all the way up perilously cold chair lifts and snuggling our noses into our coats.

As we zipped down hills, snowflakes pelted our faces and obscured our views… and we still loved every second of it!


Ski goggles // Helmet

Ski jacket // Flared ski pants


We took shelter at Bergrestaurant in Eggli for lunch.


Everyone jumped on the lift and joined us for yet more cheese!

This time in the form of a shared fondue and plates of potato rosti, covered in truffled, melted cheese.


Which made us slip downhill significantly faster than we had before lunch!



We nipped out for a few more runs, shins feeling like they might just spontaneously combust at any moment… but still grinning like fools!



Before long the snow was falling so thick and fast we couldn’t see the tips of our skis.

We conceded defeat and headed home for a good old fashioned snowball fight.




We bid goodbye to the mountain in all her glory, totally mesmerized by the beauty of the falling skies around us.


By the time we got back down to the hotel there was just time to swoop up our bags and jump on the train home.


Like something out of a fairy-tale, the train whisks you through forests, over streams, cuts through mountains and treats you to a panoramic view of it all.

Perhaps Switzerland really is Neverland after all…

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  • Gabriella Granata

    Gahhh this looks like my idea of FUN! Not so much the blizzard though (I would have given up a lot sooner than you). Love your outfits on this trip.

    You mentioned doing an update of your Lifestyle Blogging 101 post the other day, would love to read that and particularly any advice you have on growing an audience on social!


    • I totally agree! I’d love to read your thoughts on blogging, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yvespink Style

    Your having so much fun dear… and that breakfast table looks delightful

    BALLY |

  • I didn’t have raclette when I was in Switzerland, and I’m totally regretting it now! All of your ooey gooey cheese photos make my mouth water haha. I *love* this post–it looks like you had an amazing time. Can’t wait to see what adventure you have next!

  • Karina

    It looks like the others missed out on the day of the blizzard! Has it made you want to go skiing again a little sooner after such a long break from it? Would love more of these posts in future!

  • I thought I wasn’t a cheese fan but I think I’ve been converted thanks to this post! Love your photos as always, and I agree with Gabriella; I would love to hear more of your tips about lifestyle blogging! Especially when it comes to photography ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Bags of fun!! Haven’t been skiing in years either, looks like a blast!!


  • What an amazing trip! I don’t ski, but I still want to go and just enjoy the snow and hot cheese!


  • I’m really tempted by the slimmer salopettes versus the ones that go over your boots, but do you find that you get snow down your boots? (lame question of the day award but hey) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jeanne

    What a magical place. Beautifully photographed. Such Fun!

  • Becci Hall

    looking fierce!! A mixture or adrenaline and relaxation, perfect combo!

  • This looks like the perfect ski holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kari Guastella

    What an incredible place! It looks so beautiful!

  • Eve

    Looks absolutely beautiful! Xx

  • Dear Rosie,

    You are extremely unfair to your readers. You post such wonderful photos of your meals without considering the fact that it’s going to make your hangry readers extremely jealous. You do it on purpose and for that I have a slight dislike for you (Not really. Love you until the end of time).

    Yours truly,
    Your Hungry Reader
    The Heba

  • Aurรจ

    nice…how much snow!…beautiful!

  • It looks SO SO SO beautiful! I am officially DYING to visit Switzerland now! I went skiing in Norway last weekend, and had so much fun (once I got my ‘ski legs’, haha) ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Ashley Christabelle

    Reminds me so much of Bridget Jones! And also making me despise the hot weather here in Indonesia.

  • That train just looks so amazing!!
    Wow so cool!

  • I love Gstaad!! And raclette, yum. I have to admit – I’m definitely more of an apres ski kind of girl though ๐Ÿ˜€ xxx

  • This looks so stunning! It looks seriously cold though!

  • Looks like you had the best weekend!

    LEACH |

  • Ahhhhh I have just come back from a ski trip! Unfortunately I got stuck in more than one blizzard/white out but still great fun.
    Really pleased to see you wearing a helmet and showing that they *can* look stylish!
    Tad envious of the Chloe jacket..X

  • That last picture of you is stunning.
    Looks like a gorgeous weekend! Hope your legs aren’t aching too much post-trip! xo

  • Snap.Travel.Shop

    Wonderful post. Switzerland is incredibly beautiful. We visited Zermatt last year and it was more wonderful than I could of imagined. gstaad looks just as enchanting!

    I am really craving fondue now too!

  • Robyn Samantha

    Love all your posts your photos are always incredible
    Robyn xx

  • That food looks utterly divine to come back to after a day on the slopes.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Oh my goodness, what a lovely trip! I don’t ski… but I’m totally jealous nonetheless. ๐Ÿ˜› xoxo

  • Love all these photos. I ski once or twice a year and always think I should take my camera out with me, you’ve captured some fab shots here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ps weather looks great too (aside from the mini blizzard), I was in Val in January and it was just so freezing & white outs everyday. Hopefully it’ll be better by April for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mel X

  • Looks like a blast!!! I love your blue coat and the pictures look amazing with the snow falling! Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jahaila @ Girl Nesting

  • What a beautiful place! It looks like you guys had a blast! And also, you make skiing look WAY too easy!

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    Skiing combing with warm food – what could be better? I’m sure after meals like these you got your second, third, and fourth winds to hit the slopes again and again!


  • Elanor

    Switzerland looks incredible! I would love to go one day, but I have no idea how to ski… x

  • I’ve never skiied any of the European mountains (only BC/Alberta Canada mountain ranges) but nothing beats a day of getting out for first tracks in fresh snow! Take on the blizzard and you’ll never regret it (though, a fab morning of skiing followed by a series of hot/cold plunge pools and a massage is pretty wonderful too!)

    Looks like you had a blast Rosie, love the white snow pants!

    Laura @

  • Looked glorious!!!

    xColby|Fossypants: The Blog of All Things Fun