Zermatt Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

The Skiing

Take in the spectacular views of Italy and France from the top of the Matterhorn Glacier, then ski right over into Italy and stop off for a deliciously rich Italian hot chocolate. Don't forget to make the last lift back up into Switzerland as it's a long (5 hour) drive from Cervinia to Zermatt!

Guided ski adventures

Experience the Whole Mountain - run by the Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, you'll be collected early in the afternoon and you can choose to ski tour up, or ski down to, a mountain hut on the Italian border. You'll stay overnight in the hut, where you'll have magnificent views of the sunset over Italy as you enjoy a little après, Italian-style, followed by a fantastic evening meal washed down with excellent local Valdostana wines before you call it a night. In the morning, you'll wake with a quick breakfast in the hut before making first tracks down the empty slopes into the villages of Valtournenche and Cervinia. For lunch, you'll head to a farmer’s restaurant to enjoy delicious local produce, before heading back towards Switzerland. If there's time, you'll have the chance to make one more run from the border of Italy.

The Italian Adventure - you'll be picked up first thing in the morning by Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School for a helicopter flight and then onward guiding into Italy for backcountry skiing, conditions permitting. You'll be provided with coffee and local snacks while taking in the breathtaking views over the valley from the comfort of a mountain café. You will then have the opportunity for exploring in Cervinia village, before more skiing to a lunch of traditional Italian delicacies at a local restaurant. Your final run takes you back over the border into Switzerland.

The Sunset Ski Touring Taster - this tour starts in the evening when the slopes are quiet with some expert instruction from your Matterhorn Diamonds ski guide. You’ll learn how to use your touring skis and skins and be guided up to one of the scenic spots in Zermatt to watch the sunset. After a warming drink and snack in the open air, you'll be free to enjoy the slopes back down the valley.

On the Mountain

Restaurants - Stop off at the Riffelalp Hotel for lunch with views of the Matterhorn and a pizza to match the views. The Ice Restaurant at the Trockener Steg has masses of seating capacity, a salad bar and a huge variety of lunchtime appetisers.

Off the Mountain

Activities

Sunset Sledging - run by Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, this is an exhilarating descent! Your guide will be on-hand to show you the sledging run and give you tips on technique to make the most of your journey down. There's a stop at the top for a Swiss hot chocolate at a local restaurant to bolster you for the way down - make sure you wrap up warm.

Tobogganing - in the evening, you can eat in Furi and then take a sledge back down in the dark! Rent a sledge and a headtorch from a sports shop and race your friends.

Husky sleigh rides - in front of the Matterhorn. First, meet the dogs! Then there’s a private 2km loop for the dog sledding, which the guides take you around, and adults can drive the sled themselves the 2nd time.

Ice skating, ice hockey, curling - as well as the rinks for skating and hockey, there are 6 outdoor rinks for curling.

Ice climbing - a guide will show you the best places, and teach you if you’re a beginner.

Winter hiking - explore the local area on foot.

Indoor climbing wall - open Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Igloo Village - enjoy uninterrupted views of the Matterhorn from Zermatt's new ice hotel. You don't have to stay there as a guest, you can also enjoy a tasty fondue on the sun terrace at the bar and restaurant. If you do stay, you'll have access to an extraordinary outdoor hot tub, sunk in the snow.

Visit the Julen family’s sheep - 300 black nose sheep form the world’s largest flock. On Wednesdays, you can visit the sheep and then (optional) eat dinner at the restaurant.

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
All year
Nearest airport
Zurich / Geneva
Flight time
1 hour 30 minutes
Direct flight
Yes
Transfer time
3 hours 30 minutes
Transport
Transfer, rail, car hire
Elevation
3899 m
Vertical drop
2279 m
Avg snowfall
10-13 ft
Ski area
360 km
Ski lifts
52
Runs
148
Grade
23% beginner 57% intermediate 9% advanced 11% freeride
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