Zermatt Ski Resort
At a Glance
- Chocolate box traditional Swiss charm
- Stunning location
- Unique car-free resort centre
- Advanced skiers playground
- Easy access from Geneva via rail
- Great apres-ski
- Transfer from Geneva 3.5 hours
- Resort altitude 1620m
- Skiing altitude 1620-3820m
- Pistes 383km
- Flights from Gatwick
Dominated by the mighty Matterhorn, this historic climbing town is both snow-sure and super-chic, combining an abundance of Alpine charm with discreet A-list appeal and the unmistakeable smell of heritage. Zermatt village dates back to the Middle Ages, and today ancient barns sit alongside tastefully modern hotels, while the car-free policy preserves the peace. The electric taxi's are quite unique and operate 24/7 - a great way to get around the town.
The lift and resort transport system is very 21st century, offering hi-tech convenience with minimal environmental impact. The skiing is extensive and varied, most suited to intermediates and experts who can challenge themselves on over 300 kilometres of the highest north and west-facing slopes in Europe. There are three separate ski areas and a delightful drop down into Cervinia in Italy for a day trip with a difference. For the expert skier, the heli-skiiing and the long mogul fields at Triftji are “the stuff of dreams” according to the Where to Ski and Snowboard Guide. Away from the slopes you can enjoy apres-ski promenading, serious designer retail therapy, outdoor skating, indoor swimming, horse drawn sleigh-rides and exclusive spa treatments.
As if all this were not enough, Zermatt is also the gourmet capital of mountain restaurants, with no less than 38 establishments offering everything from fondue to finest Italian prosciutto crudo and foie gras, many of them with views onto some of the most stunning scenery in the Alps.
Zermatt offers a variety of activities for both the non-skier and those wanting some amusement after the lifts have closed. Our resort staff will have further information and will be able to assist you in booking.
Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps.
For a truly amazing, thrilling and exhilarating panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountains choose a sightseeing scenic helicopter tourist flight. What better way to see Zermatt and the surrounding area. Please ask your host for more details.
Enjoy the thrill of sledging on especially designed runs at the Furi every Tuesday & Thursday evening. Sledging is also available all day, every day at Rotenboden-Riffelberg and is free for lift pass holders (toboggan not included) otherwise. Toboggan rental is available at Julen and Glacier Sports.
There are two ice skating rinks in Zermatt, both are situated in the centre of town. They are free to use but you’ll need to hire skates. Hire is available in all the sports shops and costs approximately CHF10 per day. The closest being Julen-Sport which is open 10am - 7pm every day.
The dedicated slopes at Furi offer an evening toboggan session on selected nights as well as the daily toboggan run which is open at Rotenboden. The Sunegga resturant offers an evening fondue and toboggan session one night a week.
Walking & snow shoeing
In the midst of four thousand metre peaks, away from the pistes, perfectly maintained winter walking trails meander through the snow covered alpine landscape. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this breath taking natural environment is to sign up for a guided trek with professional guides/instructors. They take you to the most remote spots to see the best of alpine scenery and wildlife, well away from the crowds. Ask for the “walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing map at the Tourist Office or ask your chalet host for more details.
Zermatt's cinema offers a luxury film experience - you can enjoy a meal while watching a film, or have a relaxing cocktail in the sophisticated cocktail bar afterwards. Most films are in English with German subtitles. There are usually two shows each day at 17:30 and 20:30, and also an afternoon showing (2.30pm) if the weather is very bad.
Kids can try curling on the ice rink, register by 4.00pm on selected days at the tourist information office or at the sport leisure arena.
There are several playgrounds dotted around Zermatt, the one next to the ice rink also has table tennis.
Zermatt has a couple of companies offering massages and beauty treatments. For more information please ask your chalet host once in resort.
We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Zermatt. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!
Olympia Stubli - Located on the piste from Sunnegga to Zermatt, there are amazing views of the Matterhorn and it has a lively atmosphere after the last lift! They also serve good food and you can sledge down if you prefer.
Hennu Stall - Found on the piste from Furi to Zermatt. This is the main après ski bar and acts as an ideal meeting place after a good days skiing with a party atmosphere and live music
Papperla Pub - An après ski favourite with an outside bar, the drinks are reasonably priced with a great atmosphere and happy hour runs from 4-5pm with half priced drinks! This pub is also very popular at night.
Elsie’s Bar - One of the most famous bars in Zermatt, its cosy decor imitates that of an old English country pub. This bar has a huge selection of spirits including vintage whiskies, brandy and wines. Its champagne menu alone is enough for anyone, but with its après ski speciality of oysters, make sure you have deep pockets.
Vernissage - This sophisticated bar has a special atmosphere and is located in the cinema, its interior was designed by the Zermatt artist Heinz Julen. The Vernissage offers a wide selection of spirits and has amazing cocktails.
Heimberg - This trendy wine bar is the place to be seen in, it is tastefully decorated and has an outside drinking area with sofas. Drinks do tend to be pricey.
Chami Bar - Known as the Pollux fire place bar, this cosy cocktail bar has an open fire where you can enjoy an aperitif or after dinner drink.
The Pink - This cocktail bar is best known for its unforgettable live music, jazz, soul and rhythm and blues bands. A great choice for music lovers.
T-Bar - A night club decorated in an original style with old parts of Zermatt’s cable cars. T-bar also has live bands on various nights throughout the season.
Broken Bar - Zermatt’s cult disco is located under the oldest vaulted cellar roof in the village, the disco offers mainly pop music where you can dance the night away on the legendary wine barrel! Open from 10pm till 4am.
Once you’re on the slopes, you probably won’t feel like going back to your chalet to have lunch! There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the village.
Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.
In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Zermatt.
Zum See - Michelin star restaurant, signposted from the Blatten run from Furi to Zermatt village, serves excellent food ranging from fillet of lamb to fresh fish to pasta
Chez Vrony - On the piste from Sunnegga to Findeln, Vrony boasts a very cosy and sophisticated interior with fur covered bar stools, and is a favourite amongst celebrities when visiting the resort.
Bontadinis - Classic Italian dishes, one chair back from Zermatt, perfect for a late lunch.
Chalet Etoille - This restaurant has some of the best pasta available, great service and it’s good value. They also provide gluten free pasta.
Whymperstube - This restaurant is a very good traditional Swiss style restaurant specialising in fondue and raclette.
Hotel Post - Hotel Post contains three restaurants and several bars; Pizzeria Broken serves delicious pizzas that you have created yourself and cooked on a wood fire oven. Spaghetti factory serves numerous pasta dishes and upstairs is the brown cow snack bar which serves burgers and chips and general snack food.
Swiss Chalet - Rustic Swiss style restaurant specialising in meat and cheese fondues and local Swiss specialities (located next to the China Garden).