Zermatt, Switzerland

*  One of the most magical places to ski on earth...

*  Extensive snow-sure terrain and the highest pistes in the Alps...

*  Magnificent glacial scenery dominated by the iconic Matterhorn...

*  Charming traffic-free village steeped in Alpine history...

*  The world's best mountain restaurants...

Nowhere in the Alps combines such high quality snow-sure skiing with a vibrant village atmosphere quite like Zermatt.

 

Not only are its pistes the highest in the Alps, they are also among the most scenic, with an unparalleled range of first-class mountain restaurants from which to contemplate the splendour of the Matterhorn. A more complete or magical ski experience is hard to imagine...

Read our blog on why we love Zermatt

Zermatt at a glance...

 Resort height:

1620m

 Slopes:

1620-3820m

(1525-3820m incl. Cervinia)

 Pistes:

200km

(350km incl. Cervinia)

 Snow rating:

☆☆☆☆

 

 Suitability

Skiing

 Beginners

☆☆

Blue runs

16%

 Intermediate

☆☆

Red runs  

61%

 Advanced

Black runs

23%

 

 Resort

Transfer time

 Charm

☆☆

Sion

1hr

 Convenience

☆☆

Zurich

3hr30

 Après-ski

☆☆

Basel

3hr45

 Family

☆☆☆☆

Geneva

3hr45

 Non-skiers

☆☆☆☆☆

 

 

 

Snow reliability

General snow cover

4/5

Snow quality – upper

5/5

Snow quality – lower

3/5

Resort level snow

3.5/5

Powder potential

3/5

The skiing

Zermatt’s slopes are spread over three main mountains, connected by lift and by piste in both directions. Each area has its own distinct character and an excellent variety of pistes for all levels.

 

The highest and largest area is Klein Matterhorn - Schwarzsee, accessed by gondola at the far end of town. Here you will also find the glacier (home to the highest pistes in the Alps) and links to Cervinia in Italy. The glacier is very wide and very gentle allowing even near beginners a chance to ski in spectacular high mountain scenery right at the foot of the Matterhorn. Most of the tougher runs are lower down.

 

The other two areas are accessed by funicular and cog railway from the centre of town. Of the two, Sunnegga is best for children and beginners, with a designated area set aside from the main pistes. However, both mountains reach over 3000m and offer some exhilarating skiing for intermediates and advanced, including lots of itineraries and off-piste. At Trifti (beyond Gornergrat) you will also find some of the toughest bump runs in the Alps.

 

Wherever you choose to ski the scenery is simply mind-blowing, with 4000m peaks (including the Matterhorn) and glaciers wherever you look. This is also a resort for serious lunching - Zermatt has without doubt the finest choice of mountain restaurants anywhere in the Alps.

The resort

Despite having grown into a lively year-round resort (where summer business is as important as winter) Zermatt has retained much of its village atmosphere and remains one of the most charming resorts in Switzerland.

 

Non-skiers are particularly well catered for with countless shops, cafés, restaurants and an excellent museum. There are also pedestrian-friendly lifts and mile upon mile of winter footpaths. Après-ski is lively and varied (but not rowdy) and caters for all tastes and ages.

Our hotels in Zermatt

The Omnia *****

 

* Contemporary lodge-style luxury

* Fabulous setting

* State of the art pool and spa

 

Guide price: £2295pp*   Read more

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort ****

 

* Charming boutique hotel

* Elevated piste-side location

* Fabulous food

 

Guide price: £1795pp*   Read more

Hotel Alex **** s 

 

* Famously quirky, ever popular

* Superb food

* Fabulous pool and spa

 

Guide price: £1595pp**  Read more  

Schlosshotel Zermatt **** 

 

* Beautifully renovated luxury hotel

* Excellent central location

* Great spa facilities

 

Guide price: £1245pp*  Read more 

 

Hotel Perren *** s 

 

* Long-standing and highly reputed

* Super-friendly, efficient service

* Great location close to lift

 

Guide price: £1095pp*   Read more

Location

Zermatt is located in the canton of Valais in the south-western Swiss Alps, close to the Italian border.

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Guide prices are based on a departure in low season and include flights, train transfers and 7 nights accommodation on either a *B&B or **half board basis.