It is well known that Zermatt is generally one of the more expensive ski areas in Europe. However, the service that you receive is excellent (but more on that in the “value for money” category) and Zermatt also has special offers for families, helping to make family holidays much more affordable. Kids up to the age of 9 can ski for free on all lifts all year round. Up until the end of their 16th year, older children also enjoy a 50% discount on all lift tickets. In the winter months, youngsters up to the age of 16 can even ski for free every Saturday.
“Wolli, das Schwarznasenschaf” is a real hit with kids in the Sunnegga area
Just like many other ski areas, Zermatt has a mascot for young skiers – Wolli, the blacknose sheep. At Leisee in the Sunnegga area, youngsters should head to Wolli’s beginners’ park. In a sheltered and sunny spot, three magic carpet lifts and two rope lifts (beginner lifts) are available to help beginners of all ages on their way. The park also offers additional playful features and even a pavilion for picnics!
Slow slopes ensure safety on the mountain
As soon as kids are feeling slightly more confident on their skis and they get tired of the magic carpet lifts in the Wolli Park, the “slow slopes” Standard (no. 7), Easy Run (no. 6) and Eisfluh (no. 5) are the perfect place to start getting to grips with the rest of the mountain. The slow slopes are specially signposted trails where skiers are only allowed to ski in a very slow and controlled fashion. One last tip to finish: It is worthwhile for families to seek out a lodge on the Italian side for their food and drink. The meals there are usually considerably cheaper and this should help keep your family holiday within budget.