A vast ski area under the gaze of the iconic Matterhorn is what makes Zermatt so alluring and skiing into Italy is a bonus. The pedestrianised town is packed with a variety of bars, some truly fantastic restaurants and some of the best shopping too.
Reliable snow, scenic views, incredible restaurants and a vast ski area - Zermatt is one of those magical ski resorts everyone wants to experience at least once, and then return to again and again.
No cars are allowed in this quaint Swiss town, so from the moment you enter Zermatt by train you will be struck by its traditional beauty. Swiss architecture has been maintained throughout the town giving it a charming, rustic atmosphere and with the breathtaking views of the Matterhorn as the backdrop, Zermatt could not be more idyllic. Already want to go? We haven’t even told you about the skiing yet...
Zermatt is a snow-sure bet thanks to its large glacier and high altitude. Within Zermatt, there’s a large ski area to explore which is split into four main parts; Sunnegga, Gonergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee.
Ski Zermatt and you also have the fun novelty of being able to pop over to the Italian ski resort of Cervinia (by pommel or cable car, take your pick). This lesser-known Italian resort is worth exploring for both the skiing and the restaurants - make sure you ski down the famous Red 7 and take in the incredible views.
Zermatt is ideal for intermediates wanting to focus on their technique as there are plenty of wide, open runs to cruise down. There are also beginner pistes and enough challenging blacks to keep all standard of skiers and boarders more than happy. As well as some good off-piste for those in the know, especially when it has been snowing (which is pretty often in Zermatt!). If you are a park skier or boarder, there is a ski park to try out. Spend an afternoon in the Iglu-Dorf Bar in Riffelberg where you can sit back and watch the pros try out some tricks or take part yourself. All in all, Zermatt has an expansive and varied ski area and is blessed with one of the longest seasons in Europe as well as reliable conditions. Perfect.
The Zermatt area pass gives you access to the local but large ski areas of Rothorn, Gornergrat and Matterhorn/Schwarzsee. For beginners, each area has a dedicated beginner 'slow slope' area a short distance from your first lift in the morning. If rolling blues are your thing then head up on the Gornergrat Bahn to access a great network of blue runs found in the Gornergrat area. Alternatively for some more challenging runs head up the Matterhorn Glacier express, where if you choose a Zermatt International Pass you can also ski over the border into Cervinia for more skiing and maybe even an Italian lunch!
Enjoy a range of non-skiing activities in Zermatt, including:
Après ski in Zermatt is in tune with the atmosphere in the resort. Laidback, fun-loving and outdoorsy folk who want to have a good time but still get up and ski the next morning. Here are a few options:
Dining options in Zermatt are fantastic, varied and plentiful. You could forget the skiing and just come here to enjoy the cuisine, which some regular visitors will admit they do.
Starting in the town centre it’s hard to go wrong. From Swiss fondue to traditional rosti (which you have to try!), you can also get burgers, incredible steaks, and even Chinese and Japanese in the town centre. Due to the close proximity to Cervinia there’s a strong Italian influence too, so fantastic pizza and pasta is easy to come by. You can’t go wrong with the food whatever cuisine you go for, but watch out for the price tags that some larger restaurants on the main streets might have. Here are a few suggestions on places to eat:
Here are a few of the options for families
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Report last updated at: Sat 11th Sep 2021