Skiing in Zermatt

Nestled under the formidable & imposing Matterhorn mountain – the shape was the inspiration for Toblerone (!) – Zermatt is one of those ‘must visit’ mountain resorts.

Zermatt conjures up images of chocolate box houses, great snow, fantastic scenery and of course the towering Matterhorn looking down on you at all times.  Well, all of the above is pretty much true, however Zermatt has so much more to offer too.

Coming to Zermatt for a winter holiday is unique - if you are expecting a 'ski in/ski out' kind of resort...this place isn't for you.  If you want to experience a 'real' mountain experience though, this is pretty much right up your street.

Getting here - fly, drive or take the train:

We can arrange train transfers from Geneva - an efficient and slick service is assured when travelling on the Swiss railway

Skiing in Zermatt

Zermatt conjures up images of chocolate box houses, great snow, fantastic scenery and of course the towering Matterhorn looking down on you at all times.  Well, all of the above is pretty much true, however Zermatt has so much more to offer too.

Coming to Zermatt for a winter holiday is unique - if you are expecting a 'ski in/ski out' kind of resort...this place isn't for you.  If you want to experience a 'real' mountain experience though, this is pretty much right up your street.

The resort is car free and upon your arrival at the railway station you will immediately feel that you are somewhere quite special.  Either take one of the 'Electro' taxi's or the electric bus to your accommodation, get settled in, then kick back and get ready to experience a winter holiday like no other. In 2013 it was voted "most sutainable winter destination in Switzerland" - for the second time!

Skiing & Boarding in Zermatt

The resort is high, with the village at 1620m above sea level, so the skiing is even higher. 

The 350km of piste skiing is split into 3 main areas, Klein Matterhorn, the Gonergrat and the Sunnegga/Rothorn area with it's new funicular.  All areas offer great conditions, with slopes of varying directions and degrees of difficulty, so whatever the conditions, you're sure to find a slope to suit.  The off piste in Zermatt is legendary, however, don't forget you are in a high mountain environment, so you should never venture off piste without a guide.   For a change of scene & if you have strong mountain legs, consider a day out in Cervinia too, lovely, forgiving wide cruise-y runs.

You could stay in Cervinia too - see Ski Resort of Cervina

The Zermatt ski area caters for everyone - if you are a boarder, the board park and half pipe on the Gornergrat area are where you should head for, and if moguls are your preference, head over to the Triftji part of the mountain.

After a hard mornings activity, wherever you are, you can be assured of fantastic mountain food to warm you up.  Zermatt area boasts over 56 different mountain restaurants where you can rest your legs and take in some sustenance.  Most restaurants aren't cheap, but do offer amazing options.

Staying in Zermatt

We offer a range of chalets, hotels and apartments

Doing more in Zermatt

Zermatt also offers much to the non-skiers in your party.  There are many winter walking paths available and tickets to the mountain restaurants can be purchased either on a day basis or a weekly unlimited 'pedestrian' pass.  Additionally, many hours can be idled away walking along the main 'Bahnhof Strasse' either people watching or taking in some of the fantastic shops. For those who wish to experience the heights of Zermatt, take a trip up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, where you can visit the newly renovated glacier palace (built into the glacier), or make the most of the highest viewing platform in Europe, with it's 360 degree panorama.

After a hard day of activity, there is no time for sleep, whilst this is not a night life hot spot, there are 173 bars, restaurants and places to dance in until the small hours, however, do watch your noise levels, after 10pm, the 'shhh' police will be out, so come home quietly!

For non-skiers:

Other activities include paragliding, skidoos & helicopter trips

Getting here:

Fly to Geneva and take the train or fly to Sion and we will arrange your transfer - new flight option to Sion with Powdair - worth considering.....

Got some questions about the resort?

Call us on 0203 137 7678;  email us your questions or;

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Ski area

No of km skiing (full area): 350

Snow cannons: 40

No of lifts: 56

Snowboard park: yes

Mountain restaurants: plenty

Altitude (min):  1620

Altitude (max):  3899

Airport Name: Geneva

Blue Runs: 18

Black Runs: 8

Number of lifts: 54

Local currency: CHF

Time Difference from UK:  + 1 hr

What we like

  • Fantastic and varied skiing
  • car free resort
  • the stunning scenery

Top 5 things to do

  1. Treat yourself to a slap up mountain lunch.
  2. Ski to Cervinia for the day and do as the Italians do, drink espresso in the sun under the moniker of 'skiing'!
  3. Visit the 'Vernisage' bar/cinema. Designed by local boy Hans Erni, a sophisticated night out is certainly on offer here
  4. Hold on for dear life when riding in an 'electro'
  5. Visit the local cemetery to remember those who didn't return for 'après-ski'...

News updates for the area

W17/18 season:

  • Free pass for children under 9 years old - available when an adult purchases an adult pass.
  • Some more direct flights to the Valais - into Sion with Powdair
  • New ski pass offerings including the Easy SkiCard and the Hours Card
  • New Italian coffee house

  • Hotel Holiday

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    36 ROOMS ROOMS FOR 2, 3 AND 4 WIFI SKI TO DOOR FOR ADVANCES SKIERS PETS ARE ALLOWED FOR A SURCHARGE HALF BOARD

    The Hotel Holiday is only 8 minutes walk from the centre of Zermatt and just 200m from the Sunnegg Express which gives access to the Sunnegga, Blauherd and Tothorn mountains.

    Ski holidays: The hotel is offered on a half board basis and includes train transfers from Geneva (prefer half board or self-drive - get in touch and we can quote)

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  • Hotel Butterfly

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    60 BEDROOMS FREE WIFI SAUNA, TURKISH BATH AND SOLARIUM PETS ALLOWED HALF BOARD

    The wonderful Hotel Butterfly is located right in the heart of the rather charming village of Zermatt.  The main street with all the cafes, bars and restaurants is just around the corner from the hotel.  Surrounded by the breathtaking backdrop of the Matterhorn, the Hotel Butterfly really does have something special to offer.  

    Ski holidays: The hotel is offered on a half board basis and includes train transfers from Geneva (prefer to self-drive - get in touch and we can quote)

     

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  • Hotel Gornergrat-Dorf

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    60 BEDROOMS FREE WIFI IN ALL THE ROOMS SAUNA NO PARKING AVAILABLE PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED

    The Hotel Gornergrat-Dorf is a traditional family business where friendly hosts will take care of your well being and welcome you with wonderful hospitality.

    Ski holidays: The hotel is offered on a half board basis and includes train transfers from Geneva (prefer half board or self-drive - get in touch and we can quote).

     

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  • Hotel Plateau Rosa

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    21 BEDROOMS FREE WIFI GYM AND MASSAGE TREATMENTS BED AND BREAKFAST

    The Hotel Plateau Rosa is a great budget hotel which is a short stroll to Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Resort, Furi - Riffelberg and Forest Fun Park. 

    Ski holidays: The hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast basis and includes train transfers from Geneva (prefer half board or self-drive - get in touch and we can quote).

     

     

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  • Haus Zenith

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    3 BEDROOMS UP TO 6 PEOPLE FREE WIFI NO PARKING AVAILABLE NO PETS ALLOWED SELF CATERING

    Haus Zenith is a new house situated in a unique elevated and sunny position with spectacular uninterrupted views of the village of Zermatt and the Matterhorn. 

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  • Haus Viktoria

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    2 BEDROOMS CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 4 PEOPLE FREE WIFI SELF CATERING NOT SUITABLE FOR PETS

    The Haus Viktoria apartment is situated right in the centre of the village of Zermatt just 2 minutes from the Gornergrat train station and ski bus.

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