23/05/2020 Wow.  Spring has fully sprung and watching it unfurl has been such a pleasure!  The mountains have gone from white to brown to vibrant green, there is an explosion of alpine flowers springing up at every turn, and the birds and butterflies are here in abundance.  The village has been quite busy with Second […]
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We went hunting for Edelweiss one late summer’s day on the mountainside above La Tzoumaz.  See if you can read the whole story without bursting into song! A few weeks ago we bumped into a local couple out hiking up the Col des Mines.  Leaning on their hiking poles, they were delighted to stop and share their […]
We often wonder what it’s like for our clients to have a summer chalet holiday in La Tzoumaz, so we decided to find out for ourselves.  Most of our visitors are not single families or groups of friends, but are three-generational families or two-family groups.  To simulate these conditions, we recruited some friends whose children […]
Switzerland has amazing mountains.  We love hiking the mountains, especially with my older children (who were aged 5 & 7 at the time of writing this piece).  The question:  How to transfer a love of hiking to children?  Here are 10 ideas and 10 tips to get children hiking. Designing the hike 1) Go up!  […]
Beautiful mountains... surrounded by beautiful mountains
La Tzoumaz is a great base for day trips.  We took a day trip to Crans Montana with friends in the summer to check it out.  Hiking, biking and browsing the mountain shops are on the menu, accompanied by a panoramic picnic and some marmotte spotting. It is only a short hour in the car from La […]
Descent into La Tzoumaz on an off-road "trottinette" scooter
There is a pleasing variety of options to get down (and up) the mountainside in La Tzoumaz.  In summer, by far the most hilarious has to be the trottinette scooter.  We climbed out of the telecabin at the top of the Savoleyres and were shown to our trottinettes by the lift operator. “It’ll be a bit steep […]
“What’s that over there daddy?” asks John. The closest view from our window is of the golden larch forests above Iserables. Each evening we see the lights of the small town, with buildings scattered in the forest. So we decide the next day we’ll go there. Leaving La Tzoumaz, Andrew admires the lawns of the […]
From the age of 5, I used to dream about skiing for 51 weeks of the year.  As a family, we’d look through our printed photos from the previous years, and shout excitedly at Franz Klammer and Pirmin Zurbriggen on Ski Sunday.  We’d even sit in a line on the sofa and make chairlift-bumping-over-a-pylon noises […]
Children love coming to La Tzoumaz.  Here are some of our favorite activities.  Walking The forests are magical for children as well as for adults.  The Bisses are a great introduction to hiking, being flat and full of interest.  The Sentier des Sens from the maison de la foret is full of activities and snippets […]
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Weekend pre-season skiing in Verbier 2016 After the early snowfalls that swept across the Alps during November, we were delighted to share that the Verbier ski area officially opened on 11th November 2016: Weekends in November During December’s pre-season weekends, La Tzoumaz is connected to Verbier by high-speed telecabin (see here to read about how the connections were improved […]
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Weekend pre-season skiing in Verbier 2015 After the huge snowfalls that swept across the Alps from the 21st November 2015, we were hungry for some on-piste carving and a spot of mogul-hopping so we spent the weekends pre-season skiing in Verbier. Weekends from the end of November During the season, La Tzoumaz is connected to Verbier by high-speed […]
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Weekend pre-season skiing in Verbier 2014 After ski-touring on the autumn snow above La Tzoumaz, we were hungry for some on-piste carving and a spot of mogul-hopping so we spent the weekends pre-season skiing in Verbier. Early in December During the season, La Tzoumaz is connected to Verbier by high-speed telecabin (see here to read about how the […]