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Vanessa Mae reveals her love for Zermatt

16 March 2012
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Award-winning violinist Vanessa Mae has revealed that Zermatt is one of her very favourite places in the world, and explained the reason why the resort's charms never wear out and people continue to enjoy ski weekends there year after year.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mae said that, in an ideal world, she would spend every weekend in the Swiss resort, describing it as "a dream of a place" and noting that she owns a house there for that very reason.

"In winter I go skiing on Saturdays and Sundays. I'll spend the evening taking photographs of the Matterhorn. Every day that mountain looks different," she added.

Mae revealed that she first went to Zermatt with her boyfriend in 2005 and "fell in love" with it, with the stunning natural scenery ensuring that she would be coming back to Zermatt every year she could, summer or winter.

"I'd wanted to live in the mountains since I was 14 and in 2009, I finally thought "what the heck" and bought a place in Zermatt," she added.

The 33-year-old also noted that she has been skiing since she was four years old – the same length of time she has been playing violin – and skis at such a standard that she is now training to take part in the Winter Olympics in 2014.

"I've decided to make my main priority for the next two years not playing the violin, but training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. I've been accepted to ski for Thailand – my natural father is Thai – in the Super G and Giant Slalom," Mae revealed.

Fortunately, she noted that Zermatt has a glacier and excellent conditions throughout the year, meaning she can carry on ski training and ensure that she is in the best possible shape heading into the competition in two years' time.

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