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Zermatt

Switzerland

Cosmopolitan, elegant and snow sure, Zermatt is set high in the Swiss Valais at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn. Its high altitude location (it has the longest ski season in the Alps) means skiing here is fantastic throughout the whole season.

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The Village

Zermatt is well-respected as one of the world's best winter resorts, combining excellent, mixed-ability skiing on high, snow-sure slopes with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a traditional village and some of the world's best altitude dining and good nightlife. If you rejoice in difficult black runs, challenging reds and other high Alpine terrain, Zermatt will always hold the edge. 

Wandering around the car-free village is an adventure in itself with narrow streets and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages or take a horse-drawn sleigh – still a popular mode of transport here. The bustling high street is alive with a wide array of shops, bars and restaurants, so you'll be sure to find something which takes your fancy.

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The Skiing

Three lift stations, the Gornergrat Railway, the Sunnegga Funicular, and the Furi Gondola, wing skiers away across this mountain paradise.

From satisfying reds and undulating blues to acres of off piste, Zermatt has it all. The resort is home to a network of 200km of pistes across three sections - Sunnegga-Bauherd-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn and Trockener Steg-Schwarzsee, with top stations over 3,000m.

There is also easy access to the Italian side of the mountain, with the linked slopes of Cervinia and Valtournenche providing another 150km of pistes.

The nursery slopes are high and have reliable snow and great views. For intermediates, there's plenty of mileage on long scenic, satisfying runs, plus plenty of challenges and areas easily accessible for gentle off piste. About 20 per cent of runs are classified black, and the usually-deserted Stockhorn section provides a good challenge and off-piste opportunities are limits with a guide.

Our clients love the 'White Hare' run which goes from the top of the 'Hohtalli cable car' down to 'Gant' dropping over 1000m in height. It is a long run with an adrenaline-packed descent and also offers loads of fun twists and turns. 

Restaurants and Bars

Zermatt has 56 mountain restaurants, many of which are reachable on foot. Swift, self-service family bets are restaurants at Sunegga, Riffelberg, Gornergrat and Trockner Steg. World famous gastronomic delights include Chez Vrony at Findeln.

Winter Activities

It's easy to keep busy in Zermatt without skiing at all. The central Matterhorn Museum covers village history, farming and mountaineering, and there's a free village tour that departs daily at 6pm from the Monte Rosa Hotel. There's even antique shops and galleries to browse and films including English showing at the Vernissage Cinema.

There is also 45 miles of winter walking tracks and snowshoeing opportunities within Zermatt's ski area, including lovely woodland trails away from the pistes. Many of the mountain restaurants are easily accessible on foot; the clusters at Findeln and Furi are especially popular with walkers.

There's also a well-prepared sledging run from Roten Boden to Riffelberg. The glacier palace in the depths of the ice on the Klein Matterhorn is well worth a visit, with exquisite carvings of mountain, village and animals.

Spas and Fitness

The wellness facilities in our hand-selected properties offer relaxing moments and hours. Open to all whether you fancy a relaxing bathe in the Jacuzzi, dip in the swimming pool, or trip to the hamam or sauna - Zermatt offers everything. Here you will find lasting recuperation after a demanding day in the mountains.

We particularly recommend the spa at the Mont Cervin Palace as a haven of exercise, relaxation, fun and tranquility. Enjoy the clean mountain air while relaxing in the warm waters of the outdoor pool, or take in a treatment for the body and soul, with massages, facials and body treatments for better well-being and long lasting relaxation on the menu.

Access and Transfers

Situated 3 1/2 hours by road or just under 4 hours by train from Geneva or Zurich airports, Zermatt is a fantastic destination for all levels of skier.

Enjoy a taste of skiing in Zermatt

Map of Zermatt

Getting There

Situated 3 1/2 hours by road or just under 4 hours by train from Geneva or Zurich airports, Zermatt is a fantastic destination for all levels of skier.

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Ski Facts

Altitude of Village1620m
Altitude of Ski Area1620m - 3899m
Number of Lifts32 (Zermatt) 16 (Cervinia)
Total Pistes200km (Zermatt) 350km (Matterhorn)
Easy23%
Moderate44%
Difficult33%
Snow CannonsYES
Longest Run25km
Cross Country Skiing15km
Mountain Restaurants38