6 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Heli-skiing at Zermatt Matterhorn

Are you looking for a new adrenaline high? Bored with whizzing down steep black slopes and dabbling in basic off-piste powder? The famous Swiss ski resort of Zermatt might be what you’re looking for. Here, off-piste skiing is on a whole other level: go heli-skiing in the shadow of the amazing Matterhorn for the chance to carve your way through pristine virgin powder amongst the impressive Swiss Alps. With five routes to choose from, all of them boasting spectacular views, this is definitely a highly recommended bucket-list experience for every experienced skier and snowboarder.

Bird's-eye views of the Matterhorn

Heli-skiing in Zermatt is a dream come true. Even the helicopter ride alone would be worth it, as you soar over the Matterhorn and enjoy stunning views of the Alps. The helicopter will land in one of five places, two of which are located in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise, on the Rothorn and on the Testa Grigia. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll get to carve first tracks into the snowy mountain landscape. Heli-skiing tours leave from Zermatt and Raron.

Fly over Zermatt without heli-skiing

If you’re not a hardcore freerider but you still want the opportunity to see a different side of Zermatt, you can also book a sightseeing flight with Air Zermatt. Flights last 20 minutes and cost CHF 220 per person – you can also extend the flight to 30 or 40 minutes if you wish – during which you’ll see amazing mountain views from a unique bird’s-eye perspective. If you’re in the mood to splurge, book the Gourmet helicopter ride and savour tantalising cuisine while in the air.

With Air Zermatt you get the best views of the Matterhorn

Air Zermatt helicopter at the Matterhorn

© Matterhorn Zermatt Bergbahnen

The helicopter brings you to untracked virgin powder

Freeriding Air Zermatt

© Matterhorn Zermatt Bergbahnen

Skiing down the Walliser Alps

Heli-skiing with Air Zermatt

© Matterhorn Zermatt Bergbahnen

Practical info: Heli-skiing in Zermatt

Flights from Raron cost CHF 1190 and CHF 1340 for flights to the Unterrothorn or the Testa Grigia, respectively. Each flight can accommodate 4-5 people including the guide – it’s mandatory to have a guide and you’ll have to reckon a cost of about CHF 400-600 per day for the guide. Departing from Zermatt, the costs are slightly cheaper: flights to the Monte Rosa, Alphubeljoch or Aeschilhorn cost about CHF 360-390 per person, including the price of the guide. For flights to run, at least three people must be signed up. You can book your heli-skiing adventure with Air Zermatt.

More info: Heli-skiing in Zermatt

It’s impossible to think of Zermatt and not picture the Matterhorn, the iconic peak which towers over the ski area. But the Matterhorn isn’t the region’s only high mountain peak: all around Zermatt there are a staggering thirty-eight mountains higher than 4000m. The ski area at Zermatt has over 350km of pistes, including a decent amount of long runs. The valley run from the Klein Matterhorn to Zermatt measures an impressive 17km! At the end of the ski day, you can kick back and relax at the wellness facilities, go for a stroll through the picturesque village streets, dig into a cheese fondue in one of the cosy mountain restaurants... or go for a relaxing scenic flight with Air Zermatt!

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!