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Zermatt ski resort is one of the best in the world.
Zermatt ski resort is one of the best in the world.
The mountain scenery is gob smacking.
The mountain scenery is gob smacking.
The charming old town of Zermatt Switzerland.
The charming old town of Zermatt Switzerland.
The iconic peak of the Matterhorn, ever present over Zermatt.
The iconic peak of the Matterhorn, ever present over Zermatt.
Zermatt has amazing mountain restaurants.
Zermatt has amazing mountain restaurants.
Zermatt Switzerland.
Zermatt Switzerland.
The upper reaches of the ski area are heavily glaciated.
The upper reaches of the ski area are heavily glaciated.
The car free Zermatt oozes charm.
The car free Zermatt oozes charm.
Off piste skiing is better explored with a guide at Zermatt.
Off piste skiing is better explored with a guide at Zermatt.
Ski and snowboard Zermatt
Ski and snowboard Zermatt
Ski Zermatt
Ski Zermatt
Ski Zermatt
Ski Zermatt
Zermatt ski resort has an immense vertical of 2263m.
Zermatt ski resort has an immense vertical of 2263m.
Ski and snowboard Zermatt.
Ski and snowboard Zermatt.
The outdoor hot tub at the Rifflhaus is something special above Zermatt.
The outdoor hot tub at the Rifflhaus is something special above Zermatt.
Ski in accommodation at Gornergrat high above Zermatt village.
Ski in accommodation at Gornergrat high above Zermatt village.
Zermatt accommodation has options to suit everyone.
Zermatt accommodation has options to suit everyone.
Summer skiing on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at Zermatt.
Summer skiing on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at Zermatt.
Zermatt village.
Zermatt village.
The Matterhorn - synonymous with skiing at Zermatt.
The Matterhorn - synonymous with skiing at Zermatt.

Zermatt

Zermatt Ski Resort Switzerland

Zermatt ski resort is considered by many to be one of the best resorts in Europe. Zermatt Switzerland fits the bill for many of the aspects that skiers & snowboarders are looking for on a quintessential Europe ski holiday.

It feels like you can ski Zermatt forever, with vast terrain and cruising intermediate runs that seem to never end. For those without superhuman fitness, thankfully many of slopes are intersected with fabulous mountain restaurants where you can have a lavish long lunch.

The views across many of the European ski resorts are fantastic, but Zermatt ski resort is in a class of its own. The resort sits at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn (4478m) and on the flanks of the heavily glaciated Monte Rosa (4634m). The scenery is incredible. Whilst it’s more of a town now than a village, Zermatt Switzerland has maintained its traditional old European charm with a preserved 'old town', car free all year round and the occasional horse drawn carriage travelling down the cobblestone streets. Last but not least, Zermatt Resort oozes panache and is delightfully luxurious.

The Powderhounds will be conducting an in-depth review of Zermatt in 2019. We have been there in summer (was wonderful by the way!). We tried skiing it in February 2017 but were thwarted by high winds. We tried again in early January 2018 but were stymied by avalanches. We had a sniff in late January 2018 but enjoyed Cervinia too much. 2019 for sure!

Summary of Pros and Cons for Zermatt Ski Resort

Pros

  • Mammoth ski area that’s interlinked with Cervinia in Italy;
  • Zermatt ski resort is a paradise for intermediate skiers and snowboarders and those who like to cruise;
  • The on-mountain restaurants are some of the best in the world & enhance the cruising experience;
  • Zermatt is very snow sure thanks to the high altitude & glaciers;
  • Skiing is available every day of the year;
  • Highest lifted point in Western Europe;
  • The mountain scenery is beyond amazing;
  • Charming old-world village;
  • Sensational on mountain accommodation away from the village.
  • Plenty of off-slope activities for those who don’t ski or snowboard;
  • By Swiss standards, the nightlife is rather vibrant plus there are options for those that want to party hard & those that just want to sedately sip a cocktail;
  • Access to Zermatt is beautiful & easy via the train.

Cons

  • Zermatt is expensive (lift tickets are Europe's most expensive but still half the price of a lift pass in Vail USA plus accommodation & food can be just as confronting from a fiscal point of view);
  • Limited ski in ski out accommodation;
  • Lift queues develop during peak periods (to be expected in one of Europe's best-known ski resorts);
  • Off piste terrain gets skied out very quickly on powder days (the easy to access bits anyway!);
  • Zermatt skiing is not well suited to beginners.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective

  • Zermatt is very popular with families with great ski schools & child care options, but there aren’t many nursery slopes;
  • Village is private car free meaning one cannot drive into Zermatt, you will just get run over by a silent electric taxi instead;
  • Due to the sprawling nature of the town and the lack of ski-in ski-out accommodation, it can be a long walk to the ski school drop off/pick-up point, which may not be too much fun with small children attempting to carry their skis.

Zermatt Skiing & Snowboarding

One of the main features of the Zermatt skiing and snowboarding is the sheer magnitude of the slopes. Zermatt ski resort includes 210km of marked piste, plenty of off-piste terrain, and 34 modern lifts which include every type of conveyance from trains, funiculars, cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts.

The Zermatt ski resort piste is incredibly well geared towards intermediates with minimal beginner terrain. The supposed black runs are rather tame. The off-piste is where the main fun is for advanced and expert riders. Like many other European ski resorts, you’ll get the most out of the off-piste terrain if you go with a guide & start early.

Zermatt skiing is across three main ski areas. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) area is the largest of the zones and includes a massive vertical drop of over 2,200m back to town & largely north facing snow-sure slopes. The Sunnegga-Rothorn area has terrain for all ability levels, including some tree skiing plus the best mountain restaurants (like Chez Vrony). Stockhorn-Gornergrat has diverse terrain with intermediate cruising on one side and big vert freeriding terrain on the other.

For more information see our Skiing Zermatt page.

Summer Skiing Zermatt

Zermatt is one of only two ski resorts in the world with skiing every day. Over 21km of intermediate slopes are available on the glacier during the 'summer' season. Ironically, lift tickets for this limited terrain cost more than in winter!

Interconnected with Cervinia-Valtournenche

Zermatt skiing is big, but the terrain becomes gargantuan for a few extra francs or euro with the interlinked lift pass with Cervinia-Valtournenche in Italy. The combined ski area offers up 360km of piste & access to some superb Italian hospitality in a quieter ski area.

Zermatt Snow & Weather

Zermatt in Switzerland is a world class ski resort for many reasons and one of them one is the snow. Not only is it located amongst the highest mountains in western Europe, Zermatt has the highest lifted piste terrain in Europe and is one of only two ski resorts with 365 day a year skiing (the other being Hintertux Glacier in Austria). The vast majority of the ski and snowboard terrain is above 2000m elevation, so the snow quality is generally superb.

Weather has a major influence on the day to day lift operations at Zermatt. At higher elevations strong winds can ruin your day. During the Powderhounds visit in Feb 2017, attempts to ski Zermatt via Cervinia failed for several days in a row due to high winds closing most lifts.

Avalanche danger can also impact the ski resort. The heavy snow season of 2017/18 saw extreme (category 5) avalanche conditions at times. Skiers need to be aware of the hazards in the off piste.

Where is Zermatt, Switzerland?

Zermatt is located in the southern part of Switzerland in the canton of Valais, not far from the Italian border. Closest international airports are Geneva (2:50hr) and Zurich (3:50hr).

The Zermatt ski resort can only be reached by train or helicopter. The journey is one of Europe's best train trips via the Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway from the town of Visp.

With Zermatt being car free, those driving must park in the down-valley town of Tasch and then complete the short train trip to Zermatt. Once in Zermatt, there are electric taxis to get around or walk.

For detailed information see our Travel to Zermatt page.

Zermatt Accommodation

The sprawling old mountain village offers a broad range of accommodation. Several wonderful ski in ski out options exist high above the town of Zermatt. In Zermatt itself, accommodation features many 4 & 5 star hotels where you can spend money galore and enjoy the luxury, fabulous food and stunning views of the dramatic Matterhorn.

If you are watching your pennies, there are also several excellent and convenient 1 & 2 star hotels, some with dormitory rooms. Alternatively, staying off the mountain in Tasch or further down the valley in Visp or Brig can be an option if happy to make day trips.

In Zermatt the atmospheric main street, Bahnhofstrasse, features some of the major hotels along with luxury shops, restaurants & bars. Many other Zermatt hotels are packed into the central area close to the main street. On the eastern bank of the river is a quieter zone with a collection of hotels, restaurants & bars.

There is negligible ski-in ski-out accommodation in Zermatt village and what exists is not centrally located. The town “lifts” are the Gornergrat railway near the Zermatt train station, the Sunnegga funicular past the river, and the Furi gondola which is a 1km walk from the centre of town. Electric taxis and a bus system aid transportation between the accommodation & lifts.

The Winkelmatten area (once a separate hamlet) has many chalets & apartments. It is located on a steep hill south of Zermatt, affording impressive views of the Matterhorn and is close to the Furi ski lifts. 

See all Zermatt Accommodation Listings here >>>

Facilities & Activities

Zermatt has an abundance of off-slope amenities including lots of family friendly facilities and services. There are shops galore, restaurants serving gastronomically divine cuisine and plenty of bars to give your liver a good hiding! Many wonderful mountain restaurants can be accessed via 'non-skier' friendly funicular, train or cable car, so everyone can enjoy the food & views.

Activities include wonderful paragliding, helicopter sightseeing flights around the Matterhorn, cross country skiing, scenic winter walking trails, and a special 10 minute evening toboggan run that can be coupled with a fondue dinner. A cable car trip up to the top of the Klein Matterhorn is also popular to explore the ice museum glacial caves.


Tours in or near Zermatt

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Monterosa Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing Days
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USD 1,949
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine ski areas (Zermatt, Cervinia, Monterosa) in the upper valleys of the Monte Rosa massif among 4,000m peaks such as the Matterhorn. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Matterhorn-Zermatt Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Skiing and snowboarding around the iconic Matterhorn is a bucket list trip for every Powderhound. Explore the vast terrain along the Switzerland & Italian border. Endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of high alpine peaks.
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    Zermatt Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Zermatt Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Zermatt only
    1,620m – 3,899m (2,279m)

    Zermatt & Cervinia Valtournenche
    1,524m – 3,899m (2,375m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+
  • Lifts - Winter (34)(53 incl. Cervinia)
    14 Gondolas/cable cars/trains
    10 Chairs

    Rest of year - 6 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    Winter - late Nov to late April
    8:30am to 5:00pm

    Summer - May to late Nov
    8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 210km (360km incl. Cervinia)
    Longest run – 20km
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 22%

    Summer terrain - 21km
    26.5km incl. Cervinia
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Zermatt only (Winter)
    Adult - CHF 79
    Child - CHF 40
    Child u/9yr - Free

    Zermatt incl. Cervinia (Winter)
    Adult - CHF 92
    Child - CHF 46
    Child u/9yr - Free

    Zermatt (Summer Skiing 2018)
    Adult - CHF 84
    Child - CHF 42
    Child u/9yr - Free


    Zermatt – Cervinia Ski Trail Map
  • Zermatt Cervinia Ski Trail Map

    Zermatt Summer Ski Map
  • Zermatt Summer Ski Map