Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt
Resort Guide: Zermatt

Resort Guide: Zermatt

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Zermatt Resort Guide

 

Switzerland’s most famous ski resort is a unique mix of the old and the new, perfectly juxtapositioned against the backdrop of the world’s most photogenic mountain, the Matterhorn.

 

The resort blends ancient wooden chalets from the traditional Alpine village with luxury cutting-edge ski chalets. Without doubt there are few resorts that are more picturesque.

 

The pedestrianised main street is bustling with shops, bars and restaurants and a no-car policy only adds to the charm. Electric taxis and buses whizz around and are available should you need a ride.

 

As well as gorgeous views wherever you look, the skiing is truly world class. The ski area is spread out far and wide with countless fast, open and absolutely delightful runs.

 

The icing on the cake in Zermatt is the altitude. Most of the skiing takes place between about 2500m and 3500m, with the highest runs even higher than that. That means that for early and late season skiing, Zermatt really is unbeatable as the snow tends to stay in great condition long after most resorts are looking somewhat patchy.

 

The skiing is in three main sectors in Zermatt – Sunnegga/Rothorn, Gornergrat/Riffelberg and the Matterhorn Glacier area. Plus skiers can easily drop down into Italy where a further 160km of slopes are available around Cervinia.

 

Getting There

 

The closest airport is Zurich at a 3h 30m drive away and Geneva airport is around 4h away.

 

Transfers can be by road or by train. The trains are efficient and travellers are treated to some spectacular views as they cross Switzerland, hence the train is a popular choice. There is a station right in the centre of Zermatt so travelling from the airport to Zermatt by train is fairly straight forward.

 

 

Quick Facts

 

Ski area: Zermatt Cervinia

Pistes: 360km

Lifts: 53

Altitude: 1562-3889m

 

Blue: 21%

Red: 61%

Black: 18%

 

 

The Skiing

 

Beginners

 

Nursery slopes in Zermatt are high up, giving first timers favourable snow conditions and great views. They are well separated from the main slopes allowing learners their own quiet zone, which is conveniently close to restaurants for regular hot chocolate breaks.

 

There are a collection of fabulous gentle blue runs in the Riffelberg/Gornergrat area which are ideal for beginner skiers.

 

Intermediate

 

With 295km of snow sure blue and red runs, Zermatt is a playground for intermediate skiers on a luxury ski chalet holiday. An abundance of long, scenic runs make Zermatt a satisfying resort for getting in your ski miles and building confidence. There’s easy access to the Italian side via two routes, where the resort of Cervinia hosts cruisy runs, ideal for perfecting your carving technique.

 

Expert

 

Advanced skiers are attracted to Zermatt for the resort’s off-piste and ‘yellow’ itineraries that are best explored with a mountain guide. The high altitude preserves the snow well but much of the terrain is rocky and is best tackled in the middle of the season when snow cover is at its highest.

 

 

The Resort

 

Zermatt is a car-free Alpine town with narrow streets lined by weathered, wonky chalets. The scene is made even more charming with the dramatic backdrop of the Matterhorn over shadowing the bustling town.

 

Head to Harry’s Ski Bar in the evening for drinks served by friendly lederhosen-clad waiting staff or people watch from Hexenbar located below hotel Zermatterhof on the main street. On your chef’s night off from your luxury ski chalet, head to the modern, gourmet restaurant The Omnia or to Chalet da Giuseppe for a more low key dining experience.

 

 

Non-skiers

 

Want to experiment with winter sports beyond skiing or snowboarding? Head to the ice rink and get your skates on or have a go at curling. There is a dedicated tobogganing run above Riffelberg which is great fun for all ages.

 

Alternatively explore the mountain at a slower pace and take in the stunning views from one of the many hiking and snowshoeing trails on offer in Zermatt.

 

Visit the Matterhorn Museum to learn the history of Zermatt’s transition from a farming village to world-renowned ski resort and the stories of early mountaineers who were drawn to Zermatt by the challenge of conquering the Matterhorn.

 

Many of our luxury ski chalets in Zermatt have luxurious spas in which to relax and rejuvenate when you’re not out and about exploring the mountains.

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