WEsayAncient, historic climbing town with ski area linked to Cervinia in Italy. Lashings of alpine charme and luxury accommodation.
Zermatt is a strikingly beautiful, historic resort with a unique special magic all of its own. The delightful traffic-free town visibly oozes Swiss charm - elegant shopping streets are crammed with chic shops and historic hotels, whilst the variety of restaurants on offer is second to none. Traditional wooden "mazots" blend comfortably with modern chalets whilst the region itself is dominated by the majestic Matterhorn.
The linked region of Cervinia offers not only stunningly scenic skiing but also the highest ski area in Europe. Chaletline fetaure some great properties here. The Ski Chalets Zermatt area is divided into three - Sunnegga, Gornergrat and Klein Matterhorn. Sunnegga features some steep slopes from 3,100m as well as plenty of pleasant sunny skiing. Gornergrat, meanwhile, has wide reds and blues, with reliable snow and post-January experts can head up from here to the infamous balck moguls of Triftji. There's also a breathtaking red run down to Gant, the valley connecting Gornergrat and Sunnegga. Finally Klein Matterhorn is reached by express from the edge of the village and is linked to Cervinia. Up here, 3,000m, there is relaxed, snowsure skiing for all.
The range of non-skiing and apres skiing facilities here is truly impressive and could easily take up more of your time than the skiing itself. Apart from the impressive leisure facilities there are dozens of watering holes and restaurants to suit every taste. During the day, visit one of the rustic bars or tearooms, and later experience one of the many live bands, or drop in to a bar or disco.
New for 2016/17
The rickety old gondola from Gant to Blauherd is at last being upgraded to a fast six-seat chairlift with over twice the hourly carrying capacity. Not before time (the gondola was built in 1971) but replacement had been delayed because the lift company had hoped to build a new piste to a lift in the Findeln area; but that proved unviable, hence the new chair at Gant. The new lift will give a much faster ride and cut queues.
New for 2015/16
The Hörnli T-bar to above Schwarzsee was upgraded to a new six-seat Hirli chair which starts lower down near the Stafelalp mountain restaurant.
New for 2014/15
A tricky narrow part of the run from Riffelalp to Furi was widened. Various hotels were spruced up.
New for 2013/14
The Sunnegga funicular was upgraded, with bigger carriages and more of them. Snowmaking capacity was increased.
New for 2012/13
More snowmaking was added from Furi to town. Work started on a new run back to town from Sunnegga to replace the existing narrow path low down.
- Excellent, high, extensive slopes
- Wondeful high mountain scenery
- Quaint but rather sprawling old village; car-free (but not traffic-free)
- Consistent snow at altitude
- World's best mountain restaurants
- Top quality nightlife to suit most tastes
- Lots to do off the slopes
- Linked to sunny Cervinia in Italy
- Widespread helicopter operation