Zermatt – Switzerland
Upon arrival in Zermatt it doesn’t take long to realise that you have arrived in a truly world class winter sports resort. Serious alpinists mix effortlessly with the rich and famous and 5 star hotels are found just a few hundred metres from McDonalds. In a nutshell, Zermatt suits everyone. The charming village, fantastic year round skiing and superb restaurants are difficult to beat, whilst the sight of the Matterhorn will take your breath away. Zermatt’s ski area has around 300km of pistes, and a minimum of 18km open throughout the summer.
The slopes of Klein Matterhorn link in to the resort of Cervinia, on the Italian side of the border, giving the ‘Matterhorn Ski Paradise’ an extent of terrain that is almost impossible to cover in a season let alone a holiday. The journey to resort from Geneva or Zurich can be arduous, but well worth the effort for a resort that deserves its place in the ‘Best of the alps’ group of resorts.
- Take a gorge adventure guided climb with the Alpine Centre.
- Sit back and enjoy the view from a horse-drawn carriage.
- Head for the Chalet Etoile over in Cervinia for a lovely lunch with fabulous desserts - but you must book.
- See Zermatt’s stunning scenery from the skies on a paragliding trip.
- Go tobogganing on one of the three runs in Zermatt.
Posted by Rob Freeman on 22nd April 2015
Dominated by one of the most famous natural landmarks in the world, the Matterhorn, Zermatt is rated by many as the best ski resort in the world. The sublime beauty of its setting and skiing on a vast scale contributes to this view, along with the historic resort's sense of tradition, lack of cars and rustic charm combined with a fair dash of stunning chic.
This special allure draws me back time and again - and on this trip there has been the added attraction of its end of season music festival, Zermatt Unplugged.
Posted by Rob Freeman on 2nd April 2014
My latest visit to Zermatt has more than a regal touch to it. I'm lucky enough to be staying in the fabulous Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, in the centre of the village, where every guest is treated like royalty. As I rode from the station in the Zermatterhof's immaculately-liveried horse-drawn carriage, it took an effort of will not to acknowledge the looks from the people in the streets with a discreet but regal wave.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1620 m|
|Highest lift||3883 m|
|Lowest lift||1620 m|
|km of piste||200|
|Number of lifts||35|
|Lift pass price||CHF 380 / 6 days|
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