Resort Guide: Zermatt

Fraser and son at the Matterhorn

Fraser Wilkin
Fraser Wilkin
Head of Tour Operating

"Quite simply the most magical resort on earth"

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Introduction to Zermatt

"You must try Zermatt before you die" is the simple verdict of "Where to Ski and Snowboard" and who are we to argue?! No other resort combines such high and extensive terrain with such breathtaking scenery.​

Why we love Zermatt

Ifyouski Team in Val d'IsereTopping Zermatt's many attractions must be the scenery. There's no preparing for your first glimpse of the Matterhorn. The views on and around the slopes are gob-smacking, with 4000m peaks and glaciers wherever you look. What better place to soak it all in than from the world’s finest mountain restaurants. Chez Vrony is one such gourmet paradise - a converted wooden farmhouse where you can laze the afternoon away on cowhide sofas with fizz in hand. Enough said.

Zermatt is best for...

Just about anyone with a little sense of adventure. Contrary to popular opinion, even beginners are well catered for here with excellent nursery slopes on Sunnega and plenty of open easy terrain on the glacier. - you just need to get a lift down at the end of the day. Better skiers will revel in the extent and variety of terrain on offer on both sides of the border (Zermatt is linked to Cervinia in Italy). And if you are up to it, the bumps at Triftji are enough to test the proficient mogul skier. ​

4 Things you may not know about Zermatt

1. Zermatt boasts the highest piste in Europe (3899m)
2. Zermatt has the most (and best) mountain restaurants in the world.
3. Zermatt offers the greatest on-piste vertical drop of any resort in the world - 2279m from the top of the Klein Matterhorn all the way back to the village.
4. Zermatt offers 70km of cleared winter walking paths - many at high altitude and accessible by ski-lift.

What's new in Zermatt

The Old Alex Schloss Hotel (sister of our favourite Alex Hotel) has been completely rebuilt and has now opened it doors again offering an interesting B&B alternative.

Lift Pass Prices in Zermatt

Regular Season (2011/12 prices)
  Adult (19+) Youth (13-18) Child (7-12)
6-Day Pass £320 £273 £161