365 kilometres of runs surrounded by 38 peaks exceeding 4,000m, skiing all year round and lifts up to an altitude of almost 4,000m above sea level – in Zermatt there are superlatives wherever...
- Offering 224 miles of slopes and terrain, Zermatt is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in Switzerland.
- Zermatt is the the best rated ski resort in Switzerland.
- It is known to be the most family-friendly ski resort in Switzerland.
- Elevated between 5315 ft and 12792 ft, the Ski Resort is the highest elevated Ski Resorts in Switzerland. The vertical drop from summit to base is 7477 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Switzerland is 2861 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Season starts on Jun 6 and ends on May 30 (358 days). Average season duration in Switzerland is 132 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Jun 6 to May 30) is 73 " at summit elevation and 7 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 97 " at summit elevation and 21 " at the base. This makes Zermatt the ski resort with the best snow conditions in Switzerland.
- Zermatt features 211 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Switzerland is 214 sunny days. July is the sunniest month with an average of 29 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
Skiing in Zermatt promises endless skiing fun on 360 kilometer (223 miles) of groomed runs in two countries. It offers impressive 3,883 meters (12,739 ft ) of vertical drop, making it the highest ski resort in the Alps. It is one of the last remaining ski resorts in Europe or even the world where you can ski all year round. A total of 21 kilometers of Zermatt's trails are open in summer time as well.
The ski resort is divided into four areas: Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn glacier paradise and Cervinia on the Italian side. It features incredible 220 kilometers (136 miles) for intermediates, which is about 50 percent of Zermatt's trails. If you count yourself among expert skiers, 63 blacks and 75 blues are aimed at skiers that love to challenge themselves.
The ski lift at the edge of Randa and the area served by ski lift Täsch provide perfect training areas for beginners. Winter sports newcomers should also check out 'Wolli Anfängerpark'. Three magic carpets and two ski tows are in charge of bringing young and old beginners back up the mountain. The play equipment brings tons of fun to youngsters.
Gravity Park in Zermatt is the place to be for snowboarders and freestylers. Take the tram to Matterhorn glacier paradise to get there. The terrain park is open all year around and offers kickers, jibs and a superpipe to assure you'll have a blast. Freestylers of all abilities are welcome, rookie or expert.
Off-piste fans find abundant choices for ski tours in Zermatt. A special highlight in Zermatt is Heliskiing. The company of Air Zermatt offers the exciting skiing adventure.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
You have more than enough choices for a lunch break in Zermatt. 'Adler-hitta', located at the trail Sunegga-Findeln is a typical mountain hut with a great sun deck. Enjoy the local specialties the menu has to offer while looking at Matterhorn and its beautiful surroundings.
Something that you can't find every day is the igloo-village at Rotenboden at an altittude of 2500m (8.202 ft). Try a cup of homemade igloo Glühwein (mulled wine) or Swiss cheese fondue while getting comfortable at the igloo bar. This is definitely a once in a lifetime skiing break. Party goers are welcome at Hennu Stall which is located at Furi-Zermatt slope. Here, DJs and live bands are firing up the guests.
If you're looking for a personal challenge, go and check out black trail No. 59, new since 2013/2014. It is part of Cervinia, the Italian side of the ski resort. With its 70 percent gradient it is not for the faint-hearted. Hit the slope from the top of Matterhorn glacier paradise down to the base in Zermatt if you want another special experience. The 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) make it the longest slope in the world.
Most Difficult Runs
Non-skiing activities include winter and snowshoe hiking. If you actually make your way to Gornergrat in your snowshoes don't be surprised by the amazing view on the Matterhorn. Follow the winter walking trails for observation decks right above Zermatt, Täsch and Randa. You can choose between easy, medium and advanced hiking trails.
There are three toboggan runs waiting for everyone who is into this fun winter activity. Rotenboden run with its 1.47 km (0.91 miles) offers a unique panorama. However, the longest run in the ski resort is Tätsch with a length of 3.64 km (2.2 miles). The toboggan run Randa (0.21 km=0.13 miles) only has a gentle descent and is therefore considered ideal for families with kids.
Even ice skaters won't miss out. In the center of Zermatt you can find a natural and an artificial ice rink that is free of charge. You also find ice rinks in Randa and Täsch.
If you're looking for an adventure, give ice climbing a try. Be aware that previous knowledge of alpine climbing, no fear of heights and great physical fitness are necessary.
The sport arena Zermatt offers classic and Bavarian curling for beginners and professionals. You even have the choice between artificial and natural ice rinks. Work on your ice skating and ice hockey skills in the rinks. The Horu-Trophy, a curling tournament, takes place every January. It is home the Grand Chapiteau circus tent in mid- April and is a part of the Zermatt Unplugged music festival. All year around you can enjoy the restaurant with a view of Matterhorn and children playgrounds.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
A ski day in Zermatt wouldn't be complete without experiencing the town's apres-ski scene. You are good if your first address is Papperla Pub in Steinmattstraße. It is the meeting point for party people that want to dance through the night, attended by great live music. Speaking of great live music: Pink Live Music Bar in Bahnhofstraße should be on your to-do list. It offers everything one's heart desires: Soul, Funk, Jazz and R&B are just a few examples. Schneewittli, also located in Steinmattstraße not only has a fairytale name but is also a magical place to party until 3:30 in the morning. Maybe Prince Charming is just around the corner for all the Sleeping Beauties out there.
Dining and Restaurants
Choose between more than 100 restaurants in the village of Zermatt. After Seven in Homattstraße impresses with 15 Gault Millau points, two toquets and one Michelin star. The kitchen of the chef de cuisine Ivo Adam offers a creative mixture of exotic influences, authentic and national dishes. The Alpenhof Le Gourmet on the other hand- 15 Gault Millau points and two toquets as well- has a great selection of Alpine and Mediterranean food on the menu. If you're up for far eastern dishes, reserve a table at China Garden, also rewarded with a touquet and 13 Gault Millau points. Chef de cuisine Chen Lijun is going to spoil you with exotic delicacies.
Infrastructure & Rental
Zermatt is completely car-free. So if you are coming by car, just park it right in Täsch. You get there taking A19 and E62. Coming from Visp take Talstraße to Täsch. From there it´s your choice if you take a cab or come by train. The train departs every 20 minutes.
By Public Transportation
You can take the train to Brig or Visp. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (railway) takes you to Zermatt and runs every 20 minutes.