Altitude: 1600-3899 Meters

Zermatt in short

  • Great views of the Matterhorn
  • High altitude skiing up to 3,899m (12,790ft)
  • Varied and challenging pistes

Zermatt is expecially popular with advanced skiers, who are in their element on the steep, challenging slopes in this ski area at the foot of the Matterhorn (4478m). As if the black runs and moguls weren't enough, there is a wealth of off-piste terrain just waiting to be explored by competent skiers and snowboarders. It's even possible to go heli-skiing at Zermatt! The ski slopes around the Klein Matterhorn in the Zermatt ski area are more suitable for beginner skiers. Thanks to the high-altitude glacier slopes, Zermatt enjoys reliable snow cover and stays open for skiing almost all year long.

The majestic Matterhorn in Switzerland stands out in all its beauty and can be admired from the slopes in Zermatt's ski area. Here, everyone will find ski runs adapted to their abilities, from gentle nursery slopes to black runs and freestyle ski areas for the real experts. Zermatt is also linked to the ski resorts of Valtournenche and Breuil-Cervinia in Italy. Intermediate skiers are spoilt for choice in Zermatt and will enjoy the run down to Cervinia in Italy. There is a great choice of restaurants up on the slopes in the Zermatt ski resort, with more than 30 establishments with wonderful mountain views. Zermatt's ski area really is extremely versatile with something for all types of winter sports fans. Definitely a ski resort for the bucket list!!

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We found this to be a great ski resort. Nice long slopes including one that's 20km long. A day trip to Italy is heavily recommended. Zermatt is a charming villa...

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Zermatt


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Additional information

Blue slopes115 km Drag lifts11Start of the season1 May
Red slopes326 km Chair lifts21End of the season30 April
Black slopes43 km Gondola lifts19Glacier
Off-piste0 km Train1Min. altitude1600 m
Total484 km Capacity108716 Pers./HourMax. altitude3899 m

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Highlight: 17km valley run down the Klein Matterhorn

One of the most beautiful pistes at Zermatt is without a doubt the 17km valley run from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. The descent is not too difficult and should be within the ability range of most skiers. You get to the top of the run by taking the highest 3S lift in the world to a height of 3883m. After enjoying the view and taking a moment to get acclimatised, it is time to descend no less than 2200m. You ski through an amazing environment, against the backdrop of the mighty Matterhorn. Not only is the descent from the Klein Matterhorn to Zermatt one of the longest, it's also one of the most beautiful pistes in the Alps.

Highest 3S cableway in the world

In the 2018-19 winter ski season, Zermatt unveiled the highest 3S cable car in the world. The new cable car brings skiers and snowboarders from the Trockener Steg station to the top station of the Klein Matterhorn (3883m), in the heart of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. The journey measures 3.6km in total and takes just 9 minutes, greatly facilitating access to the Klein Matterhorn. With a carrying capacity of 2000 people an hour, the 3S cable car ensures queues are not an issue for skiers looking to reach the Klein Matterhorn.

Off-piste & freestyle in Zermatt

Snow parks 3Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Zermatt CHF - CHF 338.00
Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia CHF - CHF 380.00 9 Years old

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Zermatt CHF - CHF 338.00
Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia CHF - CHF 380.00 9 Years old

Blogs about Zermatt

12 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations'' | 0

There's nothing more heartbreaking than arriving at your long-awaited ski holiday only to find brown hills and a couple of cows grazing! When you've scheduled holiday time, invested money and spent hours researching your ski area and accommodation, the last thing you want is a ski area with unreliable snow cover. The good news is that you don't have to be completely at the mercy of the elements this year. Switzerland is known for its especially high-altitude ski areas and the following ski areas hav... More ›
(Photo: © Jungfraubahnen 2019)

19 September 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Geneva is a wonderful jumping-off point for many ski resorts. Located on the border between France, Switzerland and Germany, it is within short reach of some of the best skiing in the Alps. And with many budget airlines offering cheap flights into Geneva, there has never been a better time to plan your ski holiday starting from this international city. Once you’ve landed, renting a car is an easy way to get to your destination with all your ski gear, but it’s also possible to take trains. Here i... More ›
(Photo: © Spalder by Thijs Termeer)

20 June 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

The Alps are home to some of the most spectacular panoramas in the world, but a surprising number of ski resorts manage to totally trash this scenery by constructing the ugliest buildings you can imagine (we're looking at you, Flaine). If booking a ski holiday in a beautiful ski resort is important to you, then check out this list of ten charming alpine villages - with world-class skiing to boot!... More ›

6 October 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

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 ... More ›

1 July 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Zermatt is set to complete construction of the world’s highest gondola by autumn 2018, in time for the 2018/19 winter ski season. The 45-million-euro project, announced by Zermatt in 2015, will be carried out by Leitner Ropeways in cooperation with Pininfarina. Pininfarina is known for its work on luxury brands such as Ferrari and Maserati so you can expect the ultimate comfort from those gondola cabins! The new 3S gondola at this posh Swiss ski resort will take skiers and snowboarders up to ... More ›

Snow report

Mountain200 cm
Valley0 cm
open - dicht

The information applies for the ski area of Zermatt. During the ski season information is updated daily.

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Km of slopes open 0
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Toboggan run open open
Snow park closed
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