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Zermatt ski resort has an abundance of intermediate piste terrain.
Zermatt ski resort has an abundance of intermediate piste terrain.
The mountain scenery is gob smacking.
The mountain scenery is gob smacking.
The charming old town of Zermatt Switzerland.
The charming old town of Zermatt Switzerland.
The iconic peak of the Matterhorn, ever present over Zermatt.
The iconic peak of the Matterhorn, ever present over Zermatt.
Zermatt has amazing mountain restaurants.
Zermatt has amazing mountain restaurants.
Zermatt Switzerland.
Zermatt Switzerland.
The upper reaches of the ski area are heavily glaciated.
The upper reaches of the ski area are heavily glaciated.
The car free Zermatt oozes charm.
The car free Zermatt oozes charm.
Off piste skiing is better explored with a guide at Zermatt.
Off piste skiing is better explored with a guide at Zermatt.
Ski and snowboard Zermatt
Ski and snowboard Zermatt


Zermatt Ski Resort Switzerland

Zermatt ski resort is considered by many to be one of the best resorts in Europe. Zermatt Switzerland fits the bill for many of the aspects that skiers and snowboarders are looking for on a quintessential Europe ski holiday.

Firstly it feels like you can ski Zermatt forever, with vast terrain and cruising intermediate runs that seem to never end. For those without superhuman fitness, thankfully many of slopes are intersected with fabulous mountain restaurants where you can have a lavish long lunch.

The views across many of the European ski resorts are fantastic, but Zermatt ski resort is in a class of its own. The resort sits at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn (4478m) and the looming, heavily glaciated Monte Rosa (4634m), so the scenery is incredibly majestic. Whilst it’s more of a town now than a village, Zermatt Switzerland has maintained its traditional old European charm with a preserved 'old town', car free all year round and the occasional horse drawn carriage travelling down the cobble stone streets. Last but not least, Zermatt Resort oozes panache and is delightfully luxurious.

Zermatt Skiing and Snowboarding

One of the main features of the Zermatt skiing and snowboarding is the sheer magnitude of the slopes. Zermatt ski resort includes 210km of marked piste, plenty of off-piste terrain, and 34 modern lifts which include every type of of conveyance from trains, funiculars, cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts.

The Zermatt ski resort piste is incredibly well geared towards intermediates minimal beginner terrain, and the supposed black runs are rather tame. The off-piste is where the main fun is for advanced and expert riders. Like many other European ski resorts, you’ll get the most out of the off-piste terrain if you go with a guide.

Zermatt skiing is across three main ski areas. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) area is the largest of the zones and includes a massive vertical drop of over 2,200m back to town. This area has largely north facing snow-sure slopes. The Sunnegga-Rothorn area has terrain for all ability levels, including some tree skiing. Some of the best of the mountain restaurants can also be found here. Stockhorn/Gornergrat has diverse terrain with intermediate cruising on one side and freeriding terrain on the other.

Ski Zermatt - Interconnected with Cervinia-Valtournenche

Zermatt skiing in itself is big, but the terrain becomes gargantuan for a few extra francs or euro with the interlimked lift pass with Cervinia-Valtournenche in Italy. The combined ski area offers up 360km of piste. 

Zermatt Snow & Weather

Zermatt in Switzerland is a world class ski resort for many reasons and one of them one is the snow. Not only is it located amongst the highest mountains in western Europe, Zermatt is also one of only two ski resorts in the world that has skiing every day of the year (weather permitting) - the other is Hintertux Glacier in Austria. Coupled with it having the highest piste terrain in Europe and one knows you are at a resort with quality snow. The vast majority of the ski and snowboard terrain is above 2000m elevation so the snow quality is generally superb.

Weather has a major influence on the day to day lift operations at Zermatt. At higher elevations strong winds can ruin your day. During the Powderhounds visit in Feb 2017, attempts to ski Zermatt via Cervinia failed for several days in a row due to high winds closing most lifts.

Where is Zermatt Switzerland?

Zermatt is located in the southern part of Switzerland in the canton of Valais, not far from the Italian border. Closest international airports are Geneva (2:50hr) and Zurich (3:50hr).

The Zermatt ski resort can only be reached by train or helicopter. The journey is one of Europe's best train trips via the Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway.

With Zermatt being car free, those driving must park in the down-valley town of Tasch and then complete the short train trip to Zermatt. Once in Zermatt, there are electric taxis to get around or walk.

For more detailed information see the Travel to Zermatt page.

Zermatt Accommodation
The sprawling old mountain village offers a very large range of accommodation. Zermatt accommodation features many 4 and 5 star hotels where you can spend money galore and enjoy the luxury, fabulous food, and stunning views of the dramatic Matterhorn. If you are watching your pennies, there are also 1 and 2 star hotels and even dormitory rooms.

Facilities & Activities

Zermatt has an abundance of off-slope amenities including lots of family friendly facilities and services. There are shops galore, restaurants serving gastronomically divine cuisine, and plenty of bars to give your liver a good hiding!

Activities include wonderful paragliding, helicopter sight seeing flights around the Matterhorn, cross country skiing, scenic winter walking trails, and a special 10 minute evening toboggan run that can be coupled with a fondue dinner. A cable car trip up to the top of the Klein Matterhorn is also popular to explore the ice museum glacial caves.

Summary of Pros and Cons


  • This is a mammoth ski area that’s interlinked with Cervinia in Italy.
  • Zermatt ski resort is a paradise for intermediate skiers and snowboarders and those who like to cruise.
  • The on-mountain restaurants are some of the best in the world and enhance the cruising experience.
  • Zermatt is very snow sure thanks to the high altitude.
  • The mountainous scenery is beyond amazing.
  • The atmosphere of the old-world village is very charming, and the town is largely traffic-free.
  • Zermatt is utopia for those who love luxury and wearing a fur coat, and there are plenty of off-slope activities for those who don’t ski or snowboard.
  • By Swiss standards, the nightlife is rather vibrant and there are options for those that want to party and those that just want to sedately sip on a cocktail.


  • As is common with some of the best ski resorts in the world, Zermatt Switzerland is very expensive. Lift tickets are pricey, accommodation can cost a bomb, and lunch can be a very lavish affair. Of course, there’s no point complaining about the prices. If you can’t afford it, just don’t go there.
  • Lift queues develop during peak periods, which is sort of to be expected for one of the best ski resorts in Europe.
  • Zermatt skiing is not well suited to beginners.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective

  • Zermatt is very popular with families and it’s child oriented with great ski schools and child care options, but there aren’t many nursery slopes. Also due to the sprawling nature of the town and the lack of ski-in ski-out accommodation, it can be a long walk to the ski school drop off/pick-up point, which may not be too much fun with small children attempting to carry their skis.

Tours that include Zermatt

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Matterhorn-Zermatt Ski Tour DETAILS
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Price p/p
USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Skiing and snowboarding around the iconic Matterhorn is a bucket list trip for every powderhound. Explore the vast terrain along the Switzerland & Italian border. Endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of high alpine peaks.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Tour DETAILS
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Ski Touring
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USD 1,671
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This trip is for serious, fit, expert backcountry skiers. This tour links the best known resorts of Chamonix and Zermatt with 6,000 m of ascents / descents and over 120 km of touring. Join a fixed date tour or wrangle your own group together for a private custom tour.
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    Zermatt Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Zermatt Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,520 – 3,883 (1,963m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts - Winter (34)(53 incl. Cervinia)
    14 Gondolas/cable cars/trains
    10 Chairs

    Rest of year - 6 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    Winter - late Nov to late April
    Summer - May to late Nov
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 210km (360km incl. Cervinia)
    Longest run – 20km
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 22%

    Summer terrain - 21km
    26.5km incl. Cervinia
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17 - Winter)
    Adult - CHF 79 (or CHF 92 incl. Cervinia)
    Child – CHF 40 (or CHF 46 incl. Cervinia)

    Zermatt Summer Ski Map
  • Zermatt Summer Ski Map