Zermatt is well-renowned 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. Wandering around the car-free village is an adventure in itself with narrow streets and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. 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.
There are three lift stations in Zermatt that whisk you up the mountain – the Gornergrat Railway, the Sunnegga Funicular, and the Furi Gondola. Zermatt offers some of the most impressive skiing in the world from satisfying reds and undulating blues to acres of off piste, all under the spectacular backdrop of the iconic Matterhorn. 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 lots on offer for intermediate skiers, about 20 per cent of runs are classified black, and the usually-deserted Stockhorn section provides a good challenge. Our clients love the ‘White Hare’ run which goes from the top of the ‘Hohtalli cable car’ down to ‘Gant’ dropping 1000m in height. It’s a long run with an adrenaline-packed descent and lots of fun twists and turns.
ACTIVITIES AND GASTRONOMY
We have hand-picked some of our favourite things to do and places to eat from our extensive experience in Zermatt. Our Client Concierge team will be happy to make reservations and give additional recommendations for you. You’ll find our top picks below.
Zermatt Unplugged is a five-day acoustic music festival that has evolved into an essential part of the Swiss music scene and offers the opportunity to see exciting new talents, famous DJ’s and international artists with an unbelievable backdrop – the dramatic peaks of the Zermatt mountains.
So popular that there are two lunch sittings, this mountain hut has a large terrace, cosy dining nooks and eclectic food. Bookings are essential so be sure to contact our dedicated client concierge team to ensure you get the best table for an amazing dining experience with uninterrupted views over the iconic Matterhorn.
With an extensive spa & wellness area, there is plenty of space for activity, relaxation and tranquillity at the Mont Cervin Spa. Enjoy the clean mountain air whilst relaxing in the warm waters of the outdoor pool.
Take the highest open-air cog railway in Europe, journeying over ravines and through forests to the altitude of 3,000 metres. Enjoy the mountain panoramas from the top with restaurants and direct access to the pistes.
Located in the hamlet of Furi above Zermatt, this cosy mountain restaurant uses local meat and produce from the farm to create unique and exquisite specialities. Recommendations include Croute au Fromage and Fondue.
Ski Programmes for Children
CHILDREN'S SKI PROGRAMMES IN ZERMATT
Our award-winning and fun-filled children’s ski programmes are in full swing in Zermatt during February half term.
Our unique Yeti programme for 4-9 year olds is the ultimate introduction to skiing with the best child to adult ratios available on the mountain. With our qualified ski instructors and dedicated Yeti Assistants accompanying our groups on the slopes we’re able to provide a seamless supervised programme from the moment the kids leave the boot room.
We are delighted to welcome older novice skiers to SnoZone Beginners! Our specially designed programme combines expert ski tuition and plenty of fun and games with the rest of the SnoZone crowd. Our approach enables your 10 to 14 year olds to learn to ski with peers of the same ability, while also giving them the chance to spend time with other friends in SnoZone.
SnoZone is adrenaline-fuelled and full of non-stop action! Our unique programme for 10 to 14 year olds welcomes kids who can ski confidently on red runs who want to challenge themselves by developing new skills, learning new tricks, and taking their skiing to the next level.
A programme designed by a champion! Lay the foundations for a lifetime of enjoyable skiing as you’re put through your paces in Olympian, Martin Bell’s ski academy. Run by expert instructors who impart their extensive knowledge about all aspects of skiing. The Academy challenges skiers by testing them on different terrain, including off-piste itineraries, tree skiing and the snow park.
Ski Programmes for Adults
ADULT SKI PROGRAMMES IN ZERMATT
Our complimentary ski guiding service and other winter programmes for skiers and non-skiers are running in Zermatt during selected weeks throughout the winter season.
Our on-piste ski guiding is perfect for competent blue run and more experienced skiers and offers our clients a sociable and relaxed way to enjoy the mountain. Our Ski Managers are all great skiers who know the terrain and how to ensure you get the most out of your skiing. They’ll show you around the ski area, advise you on the best runs, avoid annoying bottlenecks, and of course, secure the best tables for lunch.
PERSONALISED SERVICE FROM OUR LOCAL TEAM
Our in-resort team will be based in Zermatt throughout the winter season to ensure you make the most of your time on the slopes. Our team take care of all the little details so that you can focus on what’s important; enjoying your ski holiday.
Our resort managers are experienced team leaders who know how mountain resorts work and have great relationships with our partners and suppliers. They will oversee everything from the moment you arrive in the resort to the moment you leave at the end of your holiday.
Upon arrival in the resort you will be presented with your pre-booked ski passes, and our team will oversee your equipment rental requirements as swiftly as possible. We work with carefully selected rental shops in each of our resorts, ensuring you have the widest choice of skis and boots for all abilities.
All clients have access to our resort shuttle service, ensuring that you waste no time getting to and from the slopes. By evening, our drivers are available for shuttles around the resort to allow you to enjoy the range of restaurants and bars available.
Our complimentary ski guiding service is hosted by our ski managers, and although they are not instructors, they are great skiers who know the terrain and how to get the most out of your skiing experience. They’ll personally meet you at your boot room and show you around the ski area, advising on the best runs, avoiding any bottlenecks, and of course, securing the best tables for lunch.
For those who love to get away to the beautiful mountains and relax in alpine paradise but who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma rather than zooming down the slopes, we’ve introduced our Mountain Hosts to ensure that every moment of our guests’ holiday is packed with enjoyable experiences.
Client Concierge Service
OUR DEDICATED TEAM ARE HERE TO HELP
Our Client Concierge team work closely with our local partners in Zermatt to help you unlock the full of potential of this fantastic winter destination. Contact our team via the messaging service in your My PB App and they will ensure all of your arrangements are taken care of before you travel.
With an in-depth knowledge of all the finest restaurants and gastronomic experiences in and around our resorts, our client concierge team ensure you find the right dining options for you and your family, no matter the destination.
Whether you’re looking for heli-skiing, an advanced off-piste guide or a day of ski touring, we’ve got you covered. Even if you’re not sure what you’re looking for we can suggest a great range of fun and exciting skiing experiences to suit your ability and appetite for adventure.
After a tiring day of skiing, you’ll need only the best spa and wellness facilities to help you relax. If you’re looking for a hotel with the best spa, a personal masseur or even just a quiet space, we’ll have all the perfect options and recommendations for you with transport at the ready to ensure you’re well rested and relaxed.
Our babysitting service is available in the evenings to ensure you’re able to have a romantic meal for two or even just enjoy the town at night without worrying about bedtimes! Our team are always on hand to book a babysitter either before you travel or during your stay.
Whether you’re taking a break from skiing or just fancy a change of pace our client concierge team will always keep you entertained. From sledge hire, to ice skating and even paragliding, we have all the right connections to ensure there’s never a dull moment on your ski holiday and to keep you well entertained from start to finish!
OUR HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATION
Hotel Schweizerhof Zermatt
REIMAGINED AND REDESIGNED
Located in the traffic-free centre of Zermatt, the Schweizerhof is a warm and inviting alpine haven, with staff to match. The hotel is conveniently positioned a short walk from the Gornergratbahn station which whisks you up to the Matterhorn’s ski areas.
The distinguished Mont Cervin Palace is situated in the heart of Zermatt and prides itself on impeccable and discreet service. It is located in close proximity to shops, bars, restaurants and lift stations.
Enjoy a traditional alpine experience from the moment you enter the hotel and the warm and welcoming hospitality from everyone at Hotel Alex. Superb facilities and a relaxing atmosphere make for the perfect stay.
Perched on a hill above the town, Cervo Mountain Boutique is comprised of a group of chalets overlooking the Matterhorn. Excellent service and beautiful rooms mean this homely hotel makes guests feel most welcomed.
“Incredible Children’s programme – they have all improved so much and they loved their SnoZone group and the friends they made. You make it all so easy, thank you to all the Powder Byrne staff, absolutely brilliant!“
Zermatt – Winter 2019
“The Powder Byrne Complimentary Ski Guiding concept is just fantastic! It took the stress and logistics out, as I often get lost easily!! Brilliant staff who were always super helpful, high energy and professional at all times.“
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