Zermatt Ski and Snowboarding Holidays
Zermatt is a wonderful, high resort that is situated at the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn in Switzerland. One of our favourite resorts in the world, it has everything on offer from fantastic skiing and boarding, amazing mountain views and a buzzing nightlife. Zermatt was originally a mountain village that was developed into a winter resort. You arrive into Zermatt on the train from Tasch as cars are not allowed in so from your arrival in resort you know you are somewhere special. You will be met by electric or horse drawn taxis who will take you to your accommodation. The village is made up of charming chalets and modern buildings kept in the traditional style. The main street is lined with luxury shops and boutiques and the charming older part of the village has narrow lanes and old buildings with slate roofs that take you back in time to the original mountain village. Ski chalets, hotels and apartments are all available to book for that perfect Zermatt ski holiday.
'Had a great time, Zermatt is incredibly atmospheric. Weather brilliant and enjoyed easy skiing Cervinia had to offer' I Stephen 3rd Apr 2010
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Skiing and Boarding in Zermatt
Zermatt is one of Europe’s top skiing and boarding destinations. It is one of the highest resorts so snow conditions are usually pretty good. The area is made up of 4 sectors and extends over to include Cervinia in Italy. Beginners will enjoy the wide open runs of the Sunnegga and Trokenersteg. The slopes of Gornegrat are reached by the cog wheeled train and will be easily managed after a few lessons. Intermediates will just love the area as there is mile after mile of beautifully groomed runs to play on. There are scenic descents through the trees, long red runs and some good blacks to test your ability on. Head for the sector on the glacier and you are set at the foot of the glorious Matterhorn. Make the trip to Cervinia and head into Italy for the day. Every good skier and boarder should experience Zermatt at least once in their lives. Try Trifti for one of the longest and most difficult mogul slopes or head up to the Matterhorn glacier. The off piste has a good variety of routes to suit all abilities. However, due to the nature of the terrain guidance is seriously essential as it is rocky and steep in places. Cross country skiers will find a 4Km loop at Furi and 3Km of trails near the gondola to the Glacier. The Gravity Park is one of Switzerland’s best terrain parks. There is a super pipe, kickers, rails and a quarter pipe. There is also a wall ride and a mail box and tree jib.
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Zermatt Apres Ski
Zermatt’s après ski is lively and varied. There is a mix of good fun and quiet sophistication. There are lots of restaurants to stop at on your home run below Furi. Hennu Stall has live bands or you could take tea and cake at Zum See. On the Rothorm side you could stay for dinner at Othmar’s Skihutte and toboggan home later. The main street gets busier in the early evening with people window shopping. There are plenty of bars to choose from so just follow your feet or check with your chalet staff as to which ones they recommend. After dinner the Hotel Post offers something for everyone as it has a quiet comfortable bar, live music and a lively disco all in different areas of the building. Off the slopes Zermatt is a lovely place to spend some time. Alongside the expensive jewellery and clothes shops there are individual and unique shops selling food, wine, books and art so it is definitely worth exploring. Pedestrians can easily meet people for lunch in most of the restaurants and there are some good walks around the area. The ice grotto in the Klein Matterhorn and the Matterhorn museum are worth a visit. If you are not up to hiking up the Matterhorn then you can take a helicopter trip around the mountain instead. You can also stay and visit the Igloo above Riffelberg. Basically there is plenty to do in this mountain village as it is a year round resort so something for everyone.
From 3 months to 5 or 6yrs old
Tel 0041 967 7252
Zermatt Ski and Board Hire
Pre book your skis and snowboards before you go with Ski Set for fantastic online booking discounts
Zermatt Ski and Snowboard Schools
Ski and Snowboard Zermatt
Tel: +41 (0)27 966 24 66
Summit Ski School (British ski school)
Tel: 0041 27 967 0001
European Ski and Snowboard School
Tel: +41 (0)27 967 6787
Webcam courtesy of Zermatt Tourist Office