Sarah Fox - Sales Director "Zermatt is a must for every skier – high, long intermediate runs, incredible access to off piste, stunning scenery skiing in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn, apres ski bars to rival Austria and fabulous mountain food from Italy and Switzerland – Zermatt has it all"
Zermatt is a picture postcard village spectacularly situated beneath Switzerland's most famous landmark - the Matterhorn. The village started life as a small farming village and is nestled snugly in between the surrounding peaks but has grown over the years and gradually crept up the sides of the valley to the extent that some of the accommodation can be quite a steep walk from the town.
It is a resort that can deliver snow reliability, high and extensive slopes, sublime scenery and a range of excellent mountain restaurants. Situated at 1,608m, nearly all the skiing is above the town and therefore the snow record is excellent. The village is car-free but for the electric taxis and bus system that shuttle you around and its' traditional charm draws visitors back time and time again.
Zermatt offers a varied nightlife and with over 70 restaurants and bars to choose from, there is something to suit all tastes ranging from the relaxed and rustic to the lively and loud. For those not wishing to venture up into Zermatt for the nightlife in the evening, there are several restaurants and bars locally to go for a drink or grab a bite to eat. All our accommodation in Täsch have their own bars and restaurants which are also open to the public and are conveniently located either opposite or within an easy walking distance of the Zermatt Shuttle train station.
SKI AREA OVERVIEW
Skiing in Zermatt is on a vast scale with an impressive 360km of skiing, serviced by 56 lifts and an excellent snow record and good snowmaking facilities. Surrounded by 29 peaks all over 4000m (including the ever-present Matterhorn) the skiing is split up into four areas: Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee.
The Sunnega area is reached by a funicular railway from the centre of town up to the main nursery area. Further cable cars take you up to the Blauherd and Rothorn areas which have some excellent advanced skiing back to the village. This is also the best area for beginners. Gornergrat is reached by the Gornergratbahn cog railway train that departs from close to the main train station in Zermatt and takes 29 minutes to reach the slopes. This is another large area with some excellent skiing, especially good for intermediates. The Schwarzsee and Klein Matterhorn areas are reached via the Matterhorn Express gondola. These areas have stunning skiing at the foot of the Matterhorn with mostly fairly easy red runs.
Aerial tramways and huge 125-person cable cars soaring up cliff faces are common, as well as necessary to access such an imposing mountain environment. They offer everything from Switzerland's longest ski run (22 km) to wide carving runs and mogul fields. Zermatt-based skiers can also ski to Cervinia, Italy for the day.
- Known as the Gourmet capital of the Alps, try out the excellent mountain restaurants.
- Visit the gorgeous luxury designer shops and boutiques in the charming Alpine village.
- Great for all abilities and experience the incredible views of the famous Matterhorn wherever you ski.
- Try out Switzerland's longest ski run (22 km) alongside the iconic scenery.