Zermatt 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, Zermatt offers an extensive and high ski area best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. The 38 mountain restaurants also make it a paradise for those who like to lunch looking out over some of the most beautiful views in the Alps. The ski area of Zermatt and neighbouring Cervinia offers over 300 kilometres of high north and west facing slopes split over several areas.
The Rothorn sector offers good skiing for all standards and just below it you will find the Sunnegga area where the beginners can find their feet. The 40 minute ride up the Gornergrat railway takes you to 3405m and here there are a variety of standards of piste along with the dedicated sledging run. The Matterhorn sector harbours the glacier and offers lovely reds and blues which are ideal for cruisers. From here you can take the challenge of the non-stop 14km piste all the way back to the village, or you can take the runs over to the Cervinia side of the mountain. Below the glacier is the Trockner Steg area where ski lessons usually take place.
True off-piste skiing is frowned upon in Switzerland due to the potential negative environmental impact. Instead there are unpisted 'free ride' areas, usually marked in yellow on the piste map, where there are plenty of opportunities to make fresh tracks and enjoy more challenging conditions. Zermatt also has a long standing reputation for its heli-skiing, something the expert skier should certainly experience when staying in this world class resort.
Nursery and beginner areas can be found on the Trockner Steg section of the mountain which the ski school usually use for their lessons. The Sunnegga Paradise area of the mountain also has some good learning spots.
There are 2 main snowparks in Zermatt, one just above the Trockner Steg and another just over the Theodulpass on the Italian side of the ski area.
Cross country skiing
There are 17kms of cross country trails between Tasch and Randa just below Zermatt. The area boasts a great cross country centre with changing and shower facilities along with a lounge and service area.
In Zermatt we provide our ski hire from Glacier Sports and Stoked, depending on which chalet you're staying in. We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from the shops we have selected.
We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.
Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as bronze, gold, silver or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;
- Silver – for complete beginners
- Gold – for intermediate level
- Platinum – for advanced/expert level
Prices below are a guide from the 2013/14 season. We'll update these with 2014/15 prices once we have them!
|Skis & boots||£146|
|Skis & boots||£180|
|Snowboard & boots||£180|
|Skis & boots||£214|
|Child (3-6 years)|
|Skis & boots (incl helmet)||£72|
|Child (7-12 years)|
|Skis & boots (incl helmet)||£99|
|Snowboard & boots (incl helmet)||£99|
|Youth Gold (10-15 years)|
|Skis & boots||£139|
Prices below are a guide for the 2013/14 season.
Zermatt & Cervinia lift pass
Adult - £306
Adult 64+ years - £288
Youth 17-20 years - £261
Child 9-16 years - £155
Child under 9 years - Free
Zermatt lift pass
Adult - £269
Adult 64+ years - £253
Youth 17-20 years - £229
Child 9-16 years - £137
Child under 9 years - Free
There are several ski school providers in Zermatt, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below.
Summit +41(0)2 79 67 00 01
Summit have a high proportion of British Instructors and offer a range of lessons for both adults and children from 6 years along with snowboard lessons.
Stoked +41(0)2 79 67 70 20
Quick progress, fun and safety are guaranteed. For Stoked snowboarding and skiing are a way of life. They are passionate and want to make your snowboard or ski holidays incomparable and unforgettable. They provide adult and children’s ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities.
European Snow Sports +41 (0)2 77 71 62 22
European Snowsport understand how valuable your holiday time is. Each instructor is committed to sharing their Their instructors will help you build confidence, understand the resort, guide you to the next level of your skiing and help make your holiday complete. Whether it’s for kids, teens or adults; for beginners, experts, mogul bashers or gentlefolk who learn-&-lunch, they offer the perfect balance of classes and instructors.