Altitude: 1620 Meters

Zermatt in short

  • Pedestrian ski resort with solar-powered buses
  • Huge ski area with something for everybody
  • Superior hotels and restaurants

Zermatt has long been an important destination in the history of winter sports as it had already become THE mountain climbing village in Switzerland in the last century. This should not come as a surprise, bearing in mind that Zermatt is surrounded by no fewer than 38 mountain peaks that reach over 4000 metres of altitude, including the world-famous Matterhorn (4478m). The high-altitude slopes in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise stay open for skiing almost all year long.

Zermatt is known to be an expensive ski resort in Switzerland, but it remains extremely popular attracting a wonderful international mix of the rich and famous and hardcore mountain explorers. The pedestrian ski resort centre breathes a pleasantly rural character with its appealing wooden buildings and the narrow alleys in the old centre. Over the last few years, the ski resort of Zermatt has invested seriously in developing environmentally friendly transport in its center. This means the only traffic you will come across are electric buses, taxis and horse-drawn sleighs. The ski area of Zermatt leaves an equally positive impression. You'll find here some of the best skiing in the Alps on the 360km of ski slopes that reach up to over 3800m of altitude! The après-ski here is rather expensive but you won't be disappointed - excellent service, food and some very attractive venues including a plethora of mountain restaurants will make you feel you're getting your money's worth on your ski holidays in luxurious Zermatt.

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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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Expert's paradise

Zermatt is the sunniest ski resort in Switzerland, with 300 days of sunshine a year. Skiers and snowboarders in Zermatt can enjoy more than 350km of slopes at altitudes reaching up to 3883m. Thanks to the high altitude, some of the slopes at Zermatt also remain open for skiing in the summer. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ranks among the highest summer ski areas in Europe and is accessible via the world's highest 3S cableway. On the western side of the village you'll find a selection of lovely blue and red runs with stunning views of the iconic Matterhorn. Below the Stockhorn there are some challenging black runs, and over on the north side at the Klein Matterhorn beginners can build their confidence on easier nursery slopes. If, despite all the choices, you've managed to ski all the slopes in Zermatt, you can head across the border and explore the slopes in neighbouring Valtournencheand Breuil-Cervinia. Freeriders can also opt to go heli-skiing in the area surrounding Zermatt and the Matterhorn.

High-class après-ski in Zermatt

Après-ski at Zermatt tends to be somewhat of a swankier affair than some places in Austria, but there is no shortage of great options if you're looking for a good time at the end of your ski day. Institutions like the Hennu Stall are the place to be if you're looking for the kind of après-ski bar where you can party with your ski boots still on. For a unique experience, check out the Iglu Dorf, an igloo village set at 2727m above sea level. And for a taste of how the rich and famous do their ski holidays, stop in at the Champagner Bar and enjoy a delicious flute of champagne. Zermatt hosts one of the biggest music festivals of the year, Zermatt Unplugged, every spring at the end of ski season.

Winter activities at Zermatt

50km of hiking trails allow hikers to explore the breathtaking scenery around the lofty Matterhorn. You can also hire a mountain guide in order to get a real feel for the winter landscapes. Kids will love the toboggan runs, of which the Rotenboden is said to be the most beautiful toboggan run in the Alps. Take a go and see for yourself! Other activities at Zermatt include ice skating, curling, spas and visiting the frozen waterfalls. It's impossible to get bored at Zermatt, especially with such a spectacular environment to discover!

 Apres-ski & entertainment Zermatt

Restaurants 161 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 57 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 7 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Zermatt

No. of ski schools 8Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors - Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Book ski schools in Zermatt online

Ski-School-Kids 4 Offers available
Ski-School-Adults 3 Offers available
Skiing-Kids 19 Offers available
Skiing-Adults 16 Offers available
Snowboarding 5 Offers available
Snowboard-School 2 Offers available
Freeride 5 Offers available
Park-&-Freestyle 3 Offers available
Telemark 2 Offers available

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 Facilities Zermatt

No. of hotels 108 Supermarkets 4
Total no. of hotel beds 7166 Banks
Total no. of beds 18365

 Tourist information for Zermatt

Name
Zermatt Tourismus
Email
Telephone
0041 - 027 - 9668100
Website

 Distances from Zermatt

Railway station
Zermatt - by bus
Airport:
Genève approx. 244 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 30 km 30 minuten by car

 Zermatt for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round

  Leisure & sports activities Zermatt

Public sauna - Footpaths 70 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descent -
Public solarium Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness - Curling
Indoor swimming pool - Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court -

Weblogs about Zermatt

30 April 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Skiing in summer? Yes, it's possible! We're all depressed about the end of the 2018-19 ski season, and most of us are already counting the days to next winter. But did you know that a handful of ski resorts in the Alps offer skiing in the summer? These glacier ski resorts in Austria, Switzerland and Italy offer skiing all summer long on high-altitude glacier slopes with guaranteed snow cover. If you can't wait another eight months for the exhilarating feeling of carving down a red slope or clutc... 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 ›

30 January 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It's impossible not to fall in love with Zermatt after your very first visit. This legendary ski resort at the foot of the Matterhorn (4478m) is overflowing with superlatives. Zermatt offers the longest pistes, the highest mountain peaks, the best snow and the most modern ski lifts. Combined with the cosy ski huts and the international atmosphere, Zermatt is second to none. And thanks to the glaciers, snow is guaranteed here and skiing is also possible during the summer months. Our colleagu... More ›

4 January 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Want to explore an entire ski resort without having to repeat lifts? More and more ski resorts in the Alps are installing ski circuits that take you through all the highlights in one day. These ski circuits are clearly signposted so you can find your way without the help of a guide – it’s the perfect way to discover a new ski resort on your own terms! Be aware that due to their length and demanding nature, anyone attempting to complete a ski circuit should be a confident skier with an adequat... More ›

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Zermatt
Total slopes 362 (km)
Blue slopes 72 km
Red slopes 226 km
Black slopes 64 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (47 )
Drag lifts 2
Chair lifts 32
Gondola lifts 13
Train 1
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