Zermatt Ski Holidays

Switzerland Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Andrea Selig

"One of my favourite resorts, Zermatt features in the top 10 world class ski resorts for good reason - excellent skiing, a picturesque car free resort and plenty of night life. The iconic Matterhorn as a backdrop is the icing on the cake."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 9/10
  • Intermediates: 10/10
  • Advanced: 10/10
  • Families: 9/10
  • Nightlife: 10/10
  • Village Charm: 10/10
  • Affordability: 6/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 10/10
  • Sustainability: 7/10

Season: All Year

Nearest Airport: Zurich

Flight Time: 1.5 hours

Direct Flight: Yes

Transfer Time: 3hrs 30

Transport: Transfer, Rail, Car hire

Elevation: 3899m

Vertical Drop: 2279m

Avg Snowfall: 10-13 ft

Ski Area: 314km

Ski Lifts: 65

Runs: 121

Grade: 18% advanced
60% intermediate
22% beginner

Why Zermatt?

Zermatt lies high up in canton Wallis on the border of Switzerland and Italy (the ski area allows you to ski down to Cervinia on the Italian side). Zermatt is a resort that everyone knows a little bit about. Most people know that it is overlooked by the famous Matterhorn, that it has an impressive ski area and that it has a picturesque village core.

However, did you know that it is now quicker to get to Zermatt from Zurich than it is from Geneva thanks to the Lotschberg tunnel? Or that the resort is surrounded by 38 peaks that are higher than 4000m? Or that you can ski all year round on the glacier? Or that the resort is a car free zone?

The lift system in Zermatt is exceptional - the Rothorn, Gornergrat,  Matterhorn Glacier and Cervinia ski areas are all interlinked and accessible from Zermatt village. New for 2009/10 season is the gondola extension from Schwarzsee to the Trockener Steg - so you can hop on the gondola in the village and 30 minutes later you will be at the Trockener Steg just below the Matterhorn Glacier.

Zermatt is also linked to the resorts of Davos/Klosters and St Moritz by the iconic Glacier Express train that takes you over the Alps in a panoramic carriage. What better way to enjoy the ultimate Swiss Ski Safari!

Ski Safaris Ski a number of resorts and ride the Glacier Express!