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 30th June 2015
In the end it was all planned very quickly - and triumph and tragedy were to follow in rapid succession.
Wood engraver, tent designer and mad-keen mountaineer Edward Whymper, just 25 at the time, was obsessed with the idea of being the first to climb the Matterhorn, a great slab of rock presiding over the Swiss village of Zermatt and the Italian community of Cervinia. He had tried several times to conquer it and each time had been beaten by the weather and adverse climbing conditions.
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.
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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