Zermatt, a world-renowned skiing and climbing centre, is set in a deep valley enclosed between rugged mountains and dominated by the monumental Matterhorn (4,478 m). The resort is incredibly quiet and car-free, often bustling with pedestrians. There are 20 Hotels in Zermatt. The cobblestone paths of the village lead to ancient barns and chalets, revealing striking views of the towering Matterhorn. Today, the beauty of the setting is still unsurpassed.
Zermatt is encircled by a ring of mountains, including the Dent Blanche (4,356 m), Weisshorn (4,505 m), Dom (4,545 m), Gabelhorn (4,062 m), Zinal-Rothorn (4,221 m) and Monte Rosa (4,634 m). Skiing in Zermatt is invariably marked by majestic scenery and the predominance of cable cars soaring silently across vast chasms and directly up cliff faces. Zermatt’s three ski areas reach at least 3,100 metres above sea level, which means excellent snow throughout the season and impossibly long runs. Zermatt has the longest winter season in the entire Alps, with its skiing facilities open from late November to early May. The glacier area offers skiing all through the summer, as well. The resort’s longest run, at 13 kilometres, is from the Klein Matterhorn into town, offering 2,200 vertical metres of diverse terrain. Beginners will find several safe areas on the Zermatt ski map, although the broad runs might also turn out to be challenging.
The resort also holds great appeal for intermediate and advanced skiers. Intermediates are offered a wealth of terrain, tremendously long and varied. Advanced skiers are also taken care of. Boasting some of Europe’s most famous mogul fields, Zermatt is home to the National, Gant, Aroleid and the famous Triftji. No wonder the resort also has extensive off-piste territory. When it comes to après-ski, Zermatt also offers a wide variety of options. The quality of food and drink here is high, but throughout the town prices can vary immensely. When in the mountains, you might want to opt for the traditional little hut-restaurants, which offer simpler dishes at reasonable prices. Despite Zermatt’s popularity, the site remains a friendly village, where people chat on the main street. And even though it’s a largely upscale place, there are restaurants, bars and nightclubs to suit every pocket.