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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 a resort that has it all - an iconic mountain, a vast high altitude ski area that offers year-round skiing, excellent dining on and off the mountain, a pretty, car-free village and a good party scene. 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. 

Surrounded by 38 summits above 4,000m the car-free town at the foot of there Matterhorn is full of life all year round. The popular ski destination suits especially well for families, intermediates, experts and ski tourers. Zermatt has snow-sure slopes from late November through to April, several high altitude top stations (up to 3,830m), 350km of piste, many respected gastronomic havens and a buzzing town. 

The Skiing

The three lift stations are the Gornergrat railway, the Sunnegga funicular, and the Furi gondola. From satisfying reds and undulating blues to acres of off piste, Zermatt has it all; the resort has 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 with linked slopes of Cervinia and Valtournenche providing another 150km of pistes. Classifications of ski area include 16% blue, the nursery slopes being high have reliable snow and great views. Two thirds of runs are some; 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, the usually deserted Stockhorn section provides a good challenge and off-piste opportunities are limits with a guide. 

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, swimming pool, hamam or sauna - Zermatt offers everything. Here you will find lasting recuperation after a demanding day in the mountains. Put mind and body in harmony again whether in the sauna, on the massage table, during treatment, or in the fitness room. 

The Alpenhof-Hotel superior and mountain Spa's philosophy is bringing body, mind and soul in harmony producing intensive revitalisation with a lasting effect. Spa treatments in Hotel Alpenhof mean reducing stress and offering recuperation, regeneration through pampering enjoying various treatments, feeling timeless and relaxed and improving vitality. 

Spa Mont Cervin Palace is a haven of exercise, relaxation, fun and tranquility on 1700m. Indulge in some time off and revitalise yourself. Enjoy the clean mountain air while relaxing in the warm waters of the outdoor pool. The spa offers treatments for body and soul, massages, facial and body treatments for better well-being and long lasting relaxation.

Style and Tone

The ski resort of Zermatt has plenty to offer the whole family both on and off the slopes. 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.

We invite you to find out more about the Zermatt experience by watching the video below.

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.

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