Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded
    Zermatt Ski Trail Map
  • Zermatt Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Zermatt only
    1,620m – 3,899m (2,279m)

    Matterhorn Ski Paradise
    (Zermatt, Cervinia & Valtournenche)
    1,524m – 3,899m (2,375m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+
  • Lifts - Winter (34)(53 incl. Cervinia)
    14 Gondolas/cable cars/trains
    10 Chairs

    Rest of year - 6 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Winter - late Nov to late April
    8:30am to 5:00pm

    Summer - May to late Nov
    8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 210km (360km incl. Cervinia)
    Longest run – 20km
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 22%

    Summer terrain - 21km
    26.5km incl. Cervinia
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Zermatt only (Winter)
    Adult - CHF61 to 81
    Child - CHF30.50 to 40.50
    Child u/9yr - Free

    Zermatt incl. Cervinia (Winter)
    Adult - CHF68 to 94
    Child - CHF34 to 47
    Child u/9yr - Free

    Zermatt (Summer Skiing 2018)
    Adult - CHF84
    Child - CHF42
    Child u/9yr - Free
    Matterhorn Ski Paradise Trail Map
  • Matterhorn Ski Paradise Trail Map
    Zermatt Summer Ski Map
  • Zermatt Summer Ski Map

Zermatt ski & Snowboard Holiday Package
Zermatt ski lodging & accommodations
Europe Hosted Ski Tours & Multi-Resort Safaris


    Zermatt Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Zermatt Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Zermatt only
    1,620m – 3,899m (2,279m)

    Zermatt & Cervinia Valtournenche
    1,524m – 3,899m (2,375m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+
  • 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
    8:30am to 5:00pm

    Summer - May to late Nov
    8:00am to 2:00pm
  • 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 17/18)
    Zermatt only (Winter)
    Adult - CHF 79
    Child - CHF 40
    Child u/9yr - Free

    Zermatt incl. Cervinia (Winter)
    Adult - CHF 92
    Child - CHF 46
    Child u/9yr - Free

    Zermatt (Summer Skiing 2018)
    Adult - CHF 84
    Child - CHF 42
    Child u/9yr - Free


    Zermatt – Cervinia Ski Trail Map
  • Zermatt Cervinia Ski Trail Map

    Zermatt Summer Ski Map
  • Zermatt Summer Ski Trail Map

Zermatt Skiing & Snowboarding

The three main features of Zermatt skiing and snowboarding are the sheer magnitude of the ski slopes, the diversity of the lifts and the massive skiable vertical from the highest piste trail in Europe.

Zermatt ski resort includes 210km of marked piste trails over a near 2300m skiable vertical, marked ski routes, huge amounts of off-piste terrain and 34 modern lifts which include every type of uphill conveyance from trains, funiculars, cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts and multiple surface tows on the ever moving glaciers. Combined with sensational Cervinia, the statistics nearly double.

Zermatt Ski Lifts 

Unlike many ski resorts that across the world that rest on their laurels once a lift system is in place, Zermatt has steadily modernised and replaced every one of it 'non-surface' lifts in the last 15 years. The program is continuing with a new high capacity gondola replacing the cable car from Trockener Steg up to Klein Matterhorn in season 2018/19. A brand new cable car linking the top of Cervinia (Testa Grigia) to Klein Matterhorn is already under way and due for completion in 2019/20.

Despite the general modernity of the lifts, the huge numbers of patrons can overwhelm the system on sunny powder days. Be prepared to wait during high season.

Snowboarders should note that several areas are largely served by surface tows, particularly on the glaciers and Stockhorn. If you don't like getting dragged, take note of the trail map for alternatives.

Weather has a major influence on the day to day lift operations at Zermatt. At higher elevations strong winds can become quite frustrating. 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. 

Zermatt Lift Passes

For all the grandeur and infrastructure at Zermatt one does pay premium prices. A lift pass in Zermatt is amongst Europe's most expensive, but it is still only half what one might pay at a ticket window in Vail USA. Skiing the best resorts in Europe is cheap........... relatively!

Zermatt skiing in itself is big, but the terrain becomes gargantuan for a few extra francs or euro with the interlinked lift pass with Cervinia-Valtournenche in Italy. The combined ski area is called the Matterhorn Ski Paradise & offers up 360km of piste plus access to some superb Italian hospitality in a quieter ski area. Only buy the international if planning on heading to Cervinia for the day. Leave Zermatt early to make the most of it.

In summer lift pass prices increase for day passes, probably due to the minimal numbers of skiers on the slopes most days. It is a unique experience if nothing else.

Zermatt Ski Trail Maps

To the uninitiated, the Zermatt ski trail map is totally inadequate for the size and complexity of the terrain. On days of poor visibility stay to the main trails. Despite the way it appears on the map, skiing back into town from Sunnegga is only possible in deep snow conditions for advanced skiers. The same trail map also covers the Matterhorn Ski Paradise, albeit inadequately.

Zermatt Piste Trails

The Zermatt ski resort piste is incredibly well geared towards intermediates but with minimal beginner terrain. The supposed black runs are rather tame. The vast majority of the ski and snowboard terrain is above 2000m elevation so the snow quality is generally superb.

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 & start early.

Zermatt skiing is across three main zones. 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. Access is via the Furi lifts at the southern end of the village. This area has largely north facing snow-sure slopes situated on glaciers. Snowboarders wanting to avoid the area's many surface tows can do so by doing long, long laps. The new gondola from Trockener Steg will improve turnaround times.

The Sunnegga-Rothorn zone has terrain for all ability levels, including some tree skiing. Overlooking the receding Findel Glacier, the area has some of the best mountain restaurants in Zermatt. Try out the deck at Chez Vrony for the best food & views of the Matterhorn. Access is via the awful Sunnegga funicular on the eastern side of the village.

For Powderhounds, the Stockhorn-Gornergrat zone is a stand out with high elevation (3532m), diverse terrain including intermediate cruising on one side and big vertical freeriding terrain on the other. Freeride terrain is accessed via surface tows - snowboarders take note! Best access to the zone is via the Gornergrat train near the main station in town.

Summer Skiing Zermatt

Zermatt is one of only two ski resorts in the world with skiing every day. Over 21km of intermediate slopes are available on the glacier during the 'summer' season. Ironically, lift tickets for this limited terrain cost more than in winter!

Zermatt for Beginners

The best learn to ski areas in Zermatt are in ........... Cervinia! It is cheaper, sunnier, quieter & just more pleasant to learn to ski on Cervinia - Valtournenche nursery slopes than in Zermatt. 

For the Powderhound

Zermatt has some iconic powder skiing & backcountry terrain. Some of it is most safely skied from late March into early May.

Avalanche and crevasse danger often impact the ski resort & surrounding mountains. The heavy snow season of 2017/18 saw extreme (category 5) avalanche conditions at times. Skiers need to be aware of the hazards in the off piste.