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.
Our suppliers have been chosen for their expertise and friendliness, and to ensure you get the very best quality equipment in resort. Regrettably we are unable to pre-book ski hire in Zermatt but our Resort Manager will be able to assist with any equipment hire requirements on the day of your arrival.
There are numerous ski hire and sport equipment shops to choose from in Zermatt when it comes to
selecting appropriate ski and snowboard hire. We personally recommend:
Glacier Sports 027 968 13 00
The shop is situated near the post office on the main high street, and is open daily from 8am-12midday and
Prices below are for the 2012/13 season and can be pre-booked at this price.
Zermatt & Cervinia lift pass
Adult - £308
Adult 64+ years - £290
Youth 17-20 years - £263
Child 9-16 years - £155
Child under 9 years - Free
Zermatt lift pass
Adult - £271
Adult 64+ years - £255
Youth 17-20 years - £230
Child 9-16 years - £138
Child under 9 years - Free
Please see below for details of some of Zermatt's ski school