A Swiss events company is to stage three evenings of in-gondola-cabin fondues this winter.
After the success of initial events in the resort of Villars, Tête à Tête events will be staging their inaugural “Fondue in the Sky” at Verbier and Crans Montana this season, as well as returning to Villars for a fourth staging of the event which sold out on the three previous occasions this year and last.
The concept works by the company taking over a gondola lift in its entirety after it has finished its service to skiers for the day.
Depending on the lift, the company can temporarily convert up to 70 cabins in to mini pop-up restaurants, inserting maid-to-measure tables between the two benches.
They then serve up three full courses as the lift makes two slow rotations, running at reduced speed so that the experience lasts around an hour and a half or an hour and three-quarters.
Fondue in the Sky will be held for the first time in Verbier on the 17th February 2018 and Crans-Montana on the 30th of March 2018, and for its fourth edition & 3rd Winter Season Villars-sur-Ollon on the 24th of February, 2018
Tickets for the full experience cost between 85 and 95 Swiss francs per adult and 70-80 Swiss francs for children aged under 15 depending on the resort. Although the event welcomes 360/420 diners at each event it tends to sell out quite quickly.
In Verbier the event will be staged aboard the Bruson Télécabines at sunset, and the participants will enjoy a 1h45 minute gondola ride, through the Val de Bagne forests, with impressive views of the Mont Gelé, the Bec des Rosses and the Mont Fort.
Dinner will include a local Valaisan charcuterie platter, a fondue moitié-moitié (Gruyère and Vacherin Fribougeois) accompanied by a special artisan bread, surprise desert, water and half a bottle of white wine per person.
In Villars there will also be a 1h45 minute gondola ride, this time facing Mont Blanc, the Muverans mountain range with its famous Dents du Midi, dominating over Villars and the Vallée du Rhone.
Dinner will incorporate a local vaudois charcuterie platter, fondue moitié-moitié again, also accompanied by a special artisan bread, surprise desert, water and half a bottle of white wine per person.
Finally in Crans-Montana the fondue will be staged in the Crans-Cry d’Er gondola cabins at sunset with impressive views of the Pennine Alps and chain of mountain peaks from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc with a similar menu to Verbier.