Zermatt Resort February 2020 Business of the Month

The Zermatt Resort is one of the largest private employers in Wasatch County and has created a thriving work environment, while also creating an amazing place to visit and recharge. Their contributions to community programs, Chamber efforts, and to the local economy have earned them recognition as the February Business of the Month.

Getting To Know You

Zermatt Utah Resort & Spa opened its doors 13 years ago in 2006. They have since been serving Midway by helping to create a thriving tourism economy, hundreds of jobs for residents of Heber Valley, and a great place for a staycation or family members and friends to stay while visiting.

The Zermatt Resort was designed and originally funded by a local dentist, Dr. Fuller. Dr. Fuller built this resort as a tribute to his Swiss grandmother. The location and the name of this resort happen to be perfect considering Midway was settled by Swiss immigrants and is now a town bustling with European flair.

The Zermatt Resort boasts its conference space being the largest on the Wasatch Back and has over 300 units to accommodate events of up to 1,000 people. This full-service resort caters to conferences, family reunions, incentive trips, leisure guests, and ski groups.

The resort amenities include two restaurants, Z’s Steak, and Chop Haus and the Wildfire Restaurant, an amazing bakery and a bar. They also have a full-service spa, a miniature golf course, a carousel, goats, yoga, and GOGA – goat yoga. Not to mention their amazingly convenient location next to the Wasatch Mountain State Park, the Homestead Crater, and several golf courses.

Culture And Values

Maxine Jensen, Director of International Tourism & Travel, at Zermatt Utah says, “Zermatt has a great culture where everyone is treated like family. It’s a great place to work.” Max believes the culture is created through continuing education with the entire staff, core values of the business, teamwork, ownership, and working together to cultivate the visitor experience from every single interaction a guest could have. The Zermatt Resort has over 200 employees, many of them being residents of Wasatch County.

Max has noticed an increase in awareness of the area and says, “We are now on the map, people know where we are.” The Zermatt Resort has experienced a great winter this season with an abundance of skiers. This winter, the resort is drawing guests who tend to stay 5-7 days who are looking for activities, shopping, and great dining experiences. The resort is a huge contributor to our local economy.

Best Kept Secret

We asked Max what she thought was the Zermatt’s best kept secret and she says, “Most locals aren’t aware of their amazing bakery.” The bakery serves pastries, croissants, fruit tarts, paninis, and like any great bakery, coffee, and tea. If you’re a local and you haven’t been to the bakery, you had better get there – and try the croissant.

The Heber Valley Chamber has partnered with the Zermatt on several promotions, events, and other community-related projects. We are excited to recognize Zermatt Utah as the February 2020 Business of the Month.

Read the original story at gohebervalley.com

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.