Sometimes it pays to be a ski instructor. A fantastic English family (mother, dad, 12-year-old daughter) have been coming over to Copper and skiing with me for the past four years. Good all-terrain skiers. Last year, I was joking with them and said, "You know, if you like your instructor, you're supposed to take him to Europe!" "Like where?" was the reply. "Well, I've never been to Zermatt." Reply: "OK." SO...! Just got back from a week there with them. Utterly amazing place. Huge area with a connection to Cervinia in Italy. Skied off-piste for with them for five days with a terrific Swiss guide (Andre Imboden: www.zermatt-mountainguide.ch); had amazing food every day; stayed in a very nice hotel (the Perren) with a view of the Matterhorn from my window (sixth photo above is from that window).
As mentioned in a thread posted earlier this season, you really need to go in late February, early March to get coverage on the off-piste runs. The pistes are crowded and rock hard, so if you are restricted to them, you will have a very different experience, BUT if you are a solid advanced-expert skier, this place is unbelievable. Fabulous open snow fields, glaciers, great bumps, terrific on-mountain restaurants (two favorites: Chez Vrony and the Fluhalp).
The transport and accomodation details were handled by Chips Lindenmeyr of Lindenmeyr Travel (lindenmeyr travel.com). Extremely helpful and comprehensive. She even sent me a sheet with the times and platforms I needed to get my connecting trains to the mountain. Highly recommended!
So, if you're looking for a memorable European ski vacation, this may be your place. (It also helps if you can find a generous European family to pay for most of it!)