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Skiing in Zermatt - Valais region One of the world's premier ski resorts, at the foot of the Matterhorn


Without doubt this is one of the world's premier ski resorts. A beautiful, compact village and a true 'snow sure' resort, Zermatt has great intermediate and advance skiing. A must on every skiers list!

There is no motor traffic here although the silent electric trolleys and taxis run around the resort at the beck and call of visitors and the old world atmosphere is reflected in the narrow winding streets, the wooden buildings and the horse drawn sleighs. Zermatt's mountain restaurants are almost as famous as the Matterhorn and there are few resorts that can boast such fine cuisine at over 3,000m. For a genuine pasta lunch you can even ski down to Cervinia in Italy.

Zermatt hotels

Altitude: 1620m-3899m
Pistes: 200km - or 360km including Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy
Runs: 12 blue, 40 red, 21 black

Ski runs

Gornergrat & the Stockhorn The cogwheel railway from the village takes you up to 3,100m at Gornergrat although there are several stops en route where you can get off the train and start your day's skiing. Here there are superb slopes for beginners and intermediate skiers. A cable car carries you across to Rote Nase and the Stockhorn where there are a series of runs and lifts although the first part of the run from Rote Nase is not for beginners! You can ski down to Gant and take the chairlift up to Blauherd for the Sunnega ski area or there’s an 11km run back to Zermatt. There is also a long run from the restaurant at Riffelalp that will bring you down to Furi where you can take the cable car up to Schwarzsee or up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise. The Riffelberg Express gondola then connects with the areas of Gornergrat and the Matterhorn glacier paradise.

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise & Schwarzsee Paradise Cable cars from the edge of the village take you up to Furi from where there’s a choice of routes, for example the one to Schwarzsee at the foot of the Matterhorn where the runs are probably for the better skier. Otherwise continue to Trockener Steg where the state-of-the art Matterhorn Glacier Ride - the world's highest 3S cable car with fantastic panoramic views - takes you to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (3,821m) from where you ski down to the glacier. The Hörnli lift at the foot of the Matterhorn has recently been upgraded to a six seater chairlift, enhancing the ski experience along with a new piste route and snowmaking equipment. You can also ski over to Cervinia in Italy for a spaghetti lunch! There is a superb 25km run back to Zermatt with several cosy restaurants to tempt you to stop on the way down.

Blauherd, Rothorn & Sunnegga One of the sunniest haunts for skiers and a funicular with 2,000 persons per hour capacity provides easy access from Zermatt. A combination cableway from Sunnegga, half gondola / half six-seater chair, takes you up to Blauherd where there is fine skiing for the intermediate skier and another cable car can take you up to the Rothorn from where there are several runs back to Sunnegga or all the way down to Zermatt.

Kids Ski Free!   Children under 9 ski free all week and all children under 16 ski free on Saturdays.

Resort facilities

Mountain restaurants From rustic alpine huts to world renowned cuisine, Zermatt skiers are spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying a fantastic lunch. 

Top of the World heli-skiing can take you to the parts that the average skier cannot reach on the Monte Rosa and the Alphubeljoch. Enquire at the Alpin Center on the main street for details.

Cross country skiing This is available in Täsch and Randa.

Toboggan There are several runs including Furi to Zermatt and Rotenboden to Riffelberg.

Walking 70km of  specially prepared walking paths kept open all winter. Please click here for a winter walking map. 

Snowshoe trails There are 6 trails to enjoy around Zermatt, covering a total of 14km.

Sports facilities Ample possibilities if you fancy a change from skiing, with ice rinks for skating & curling and indoor tennis & squash. Several hotels have pools that are open to the public.

Kindergarten 'Kinderparadies' situated on the main street, 7 days a week for children from 3 months of age. There is also a ski kindergarten for children from age 4 - details from the ski school. Advance booking is recommended for all kindergartens.

Après Ski

Zermatt has a wealth of après ski life ranging from cosy bars and lively discos to sophisticated night spots. From dusk to dawn there's something to suit all tastes & pockets. On your way home from the slopes, Hennustall is a popular spot on the valley descent, whilst Papperla Pub (which often has live music) and Harry's Skibar are other lively venues in the village.

Later in the evening there are discos like Broken Bar and loft lounge or there's jazz at the Pink. Papa Caesar's, Brown Cow Pub and Hexen are popular bars if you just want to relax with a drink. Gee's has live music every night, while the latest place to see and be seen is the bar at the Hotel Cervo.

Cable car to the Rothorn Paradise Zermatt ski school Kulmhotel Gornergrat with the Matterhorn in background Local specialities in the hamlet of Findeln, above Zermatt Skiing in front of the Matterhorn Mountain railways run throughout the winter