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Review Zermatt: Beginner Skiing

Category Beginner: Official review by Snow-Online.com
  • Well equipped kids park
  • Designated beginner areas
  • Great variety of ski schools and lessons offered
  • Good access to the beginner area
  • Little variety of runs for beginners
Beginner 8 / 10
Overall score: 89 / 100

Zermatt – Out of reach for beginners! Or is it?

Beginners are obviously not Zermatt’s primary target group. The sheer size of the ski area as well as the high prices for ski passes will certainly put off some beginners right off the bat. However, we recommend that everyone who enjoys skiing should visit Zermatt at least once. Many people that have tried it tend to come back on a regular basis. And if you pay attention to a couple of points, even relative newcomers to skiing can have a lot of fun in Zermatt.

Sunnegga is the best place to start

We clearly recommend the Sunnegga Bahn as the starting point for skiing in Zermatt. This railway was completely renovated in 2013, so that the journey through the Felsentunnel up to the Sonnenplateau now only takes three minutes. On the mountain, the Wolli beginners’ park is open to young and old alike. The Standard (no. 7), Easy Run (no. 6) and Eisfluh (no. 5) make up Zermatt’s so-called “Slow Slopes”. On these runs, beginners and “unhurried skiers” can enjoy the mountain at their own pace. These trails are specifically marked and all skiers have to adhere to the rules of these trails.

Moderate skills required to explore the entire ski area

In addition to the Sunnegga area, there is another beginner area with its own slow slope at Gornergrat/Rotenboden (no. 38 Rotenboden). The Rotenboden area can be directly reached from Zermatt via the Gornergrat cog railway. If you want to make the most of Zermatt, you need a certain amount of stamina and the skills to ski a red run now and again in order to transition between areas. There are no blue-marked connecting runs over the Theodul Glacier into Italy, for instance.

User Reviews

Kalle (Age: 51-60)
Skill: Pro • Travelled as: Alone
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Lukas (Age: 41-45)
Skill: Pro • in Mar 2023
Travelled as: Group
flat slopes, but poorly groomed
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Julian (Age: 46-50)
Skill: Pro • in Oct 2017
Travelled as: Family
In each of the 3 sub-areas there are enough easy slopes
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Florian Weis (Age: 31-35)
Skill: Pro • in Jan 2007
Travelled as: n.V.
Some blue slopes on the mountain and the Theodul Glacier!
Zermatt is not a beginner's ski resort, that is quite clear. Many challenging pistes, which are often heavily frequented and cramped, can be found around the Matterhorn. But with the necessary know... Read complete review
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