Zermatt Ski Resort, located in the upper Valais region of Switzerland, is undoubtedly one of the finest ski resorts in the world. Unique with its car-free policy, the resort creates a truly singular experience for its visitors, who arrive via a train from Täsch.
Zermatt has been a resort that attracts those with a taste for the best in life since the mid-1800s. This means it is extremely experienced in offering a variety of sporty, glamorous, and exciting activities. A long-time favorite of a sophisticated and elegant crowd, it is more than just a glitzy resort. Perhaps most famous for the majestic Matterhorn, this rocky peak gazes down over the Zermatt valley from a hight of 4478m.
The ski region in which Zermatt lies encompasses an astounding 360km of pistes, separated into three areas. Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn, and the Schwarzee/Matterhorn Glacier Paradise offer ski slopes as diverse as they are exhilarating. Moreover, snowboarders and freestylers can make use of the Snowpark Zermatt, where they will join Olympic hopefuls as they train.
Zermatt also provides for those who look for an even greater adrenalin rush. Here you can experience off-piste heli-skiing as well as paragliding. These are all led by fully-trained mountain guides, of course. Zermatt Ski Resort can also offer the very best après-ski. After a long day swooping down the slopes, you can relax in style. Its chic lounge bars, exciting clubs, and delicious restaurants cannot fail to impress!
There is also a wide variety of extra-ski activities for those days when you need a break. Why not head up to the Matterhorn Panoramic Platform? Europe’s highest altitude cable car will take you 3883m up to this stunning view of 14 glaciers and 38 mountain peaks. Here, you can also visit the amazing Glacier Palace. This ice palace comes complete with sparkling ice sculptures, an ice slide and some exciting outdoor snow-tubing! For those looking for a more tranquil day, the Matterhorn Museum is a must-see. With archives of the first, tragic attempt to climb the Matterhorn, to its look into Valaisian village life, the museum can put your whole stay into an interesting context.
Though famous as a ski resort, Zermatt also provides brilliant summer visits. For those who love hiking, cycling, climbing, or high-alpine tours, this is the place. It offers 400km of hiking trails both through and out of the Matter valley. At times, sport will mix with history, for instance taking the Mule Traders’ Trails, which date all the way back to the 13th Century!
For families, Sunnegga is a great option in summer. Here the kids can enjoy the playground here whilst splashing around in the picturesque lake. Moreover, the cable-car there offers stunning views, as does the gentle downhill walk home. Of course, for climbers, the Matterhorn offers some of the best climbing opportunities.
Another delightful option is to take the Gornergratbahn which climbs 3089m to Gronergrat. In summer, this train offers sunrise and sunset rides which make for an unforgettable and utterly beautiful trip. Make sure to sit on the right-hand side of the train to get views of the Matterhorn!