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 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.
Posted by Wendy Hollands on 9th May 2011
The end of the season normally involves some denial for my friends and I. None of us want it to end and we’ll get in as many desperate last days in the slush as possible. But this year, I was indifferent, telling my friends I was “over it” and looking forward to summer. On the last day of the season here in La Clusaz, I realised I wasn’t ready to give up winter and decided to call a friend in Meribel to visit her for a desperate last ski.
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 371 / 6 days|
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