Undoubtedly one of the world's top ski resorts
The enchanting village of Zermatt is watched over by the magnificent Matterhorn and offers superb skiing and excellent après ski. This natural ski paradise enjoys one of the longest ski seasons in the Alps. Add to this 200 kilometres of varied, scenic runs that are sure to keep you entertained and a traffic-free village that oozes alpine charm and you have undoubtedly one of the most desired ski destinations in the world. Zermatt also holds many attractions for the non-skier, including winter walking, snowshoeing, ice-skating, as well as a good selection of shops and restaurants.
The skiing in Zermatt is split into 5 areas known as Schwarzsee, Glacier, Gornergrat, Sunegga and Rothorn and there are also the slopes of Italy's Cervinia tantalisingly close by for all the powder hungry skiers who are keen to cover lots of kilometres. Pit stops are also strongly recommended as the mountain restaurants are second to none and the perfectly placed to fill you up with mouth-watering food and a well-earned tipple during a day of exceptional skiing. Zermatt is not the best place for those new to the snow as the slopes can get very busy and many of the runs are more geared for seasoned skiers, however, the runs around Sunnegga will provide some decent terrain to improve your skills.
Intermediate skiers will find a smorgasbord of opportunities in this extensive resort with both the Klein Matterhorn and Gornergrat offering plenty of interesting blue and red runs to keep you completely entertained. Seasoned experts will be in their element in this cracking resort; you name it and you will find it here from bumps to steeps to out of this world off-piste and heli-skiing. Not to be missed is the famous Trifiji killer mogul run, the Schwarzsee gullies or the off-piste at the top of the lifts. To make the most of this hire a guide. Snowboarders keen on free-riding and exploring powder bowls and couloirs will love the terrain at Zermatt and the Gravity Park will also provide plenty of obstacles to pull out the big air and tricks.
|Altitude of resort:||1620 metres|
|Top elevation:||3820 metres|
|Largest vertical drop:||2200 metres|
|Total length of slopes:||200 kilometres|
|Longest run:||13 kilometres|
|Cross country trails:||18 kilometres|
|Number of lifts:||68|