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    About Zermatt

    A ski vacation at Zermatt Matterhorn is a fantastic opportunity to dive into this Swiss mountain village’s unique culture. Zermatt has a rich history as a mountaineering and skiing destination, and visitors can explore the town's traditional architecture, local museums and galleries. The village also has a vibrant après-ski scene for those looking to keep the fun going once they’re off the slopes for the day, with over 50 bars and clubs, many of which offer live music and dancing.

    The first thing you’ll notice when arriving in Zermatt is a remarkable, and probably welcomed, lack of noise. Since 1891, the local doctor is the only person allowed to have a car in Zermatt. So, you, and everyone else, will be traveling to and from Zermatt by train, which is a highly enjoyable and convenient experience. The only in-town transportation is by horse-drawn sleighs, electro-taxis or ski buses.

    Fortunately, Zermatt is a destination resort, meaning the village is difficult enough for weekend skiers to reach and keeps the crowds to a minimum. Plus, the vast terrain – more than 223 miles of marked ski trails (including Breuil-Cervinia) and a resort lift capacity of nearly 92,000 people per hour – easily absorb any crowds. Even during the busiest holiday season, lift lines are not impossibly long and uncrowded slopes are there for the taking.


    at one of the many luxury hotels in Zermatt with views of the Matterhorn.


    by flying into Geneva, Zurich, or Sion


    glaciated terrain beneath the famed Matterhorn.


    yourself and others to a one-of-a-kind après experience at several spots in Zermatt. Hennu Stall is a popular cozy pub, transformed from a barn, with ski-in, ski-out access and is a favorite among locals for its live music. Brown Cow Pub serves up some of the best local beers and offers a fun atmosphere for those looking to dance and the Broken Bar offers a stylish lounge atmosphere, complete with a fireplace and exceptional views of the Matterhorn. Get ready to say Prost!


    from Switzerland to Italy and back in a single day.


    prisitine pistes and challenging, expert terrain.


    multi-national cuisine options from France, Italy, and Switzerland.


    A guided tour of Zermatt village to explore the charm and best spots of the area. Learn about the history and culture of the area, including the traditional architecture and customs of the local people. Walking through the narrow streets of the village, you’ll pass by some of the best chocolate shops and restaurants with options to stop and taste some of the local delicacies along the way.

    Zermatt is known for having some of the most challenging terrain but does have a range of options to appeal to more than just skiers looking for an extreme experience. An overview of the terrain breakdown is 22% intermediate runs, 57% advanced runs and 10% expert runs.

    Intermediate to the most advanced skiers will find a variety of runs to choose from along with the gorgeous views while exploring the mountain. Ski.com always recommends skiing with a guide in European destinations. Focus on where you’d like to stop for lunch or an afternoon espresso (although a guide can provide recommendations too), leave navigation to an expert and connect with a local to get a real feel of the area. The experience of skiing Zermatt is once in a lifetime and visitors can cater how difficult their routes down the slopes are to their preferences.

    Deciding when to visit Zermatt for skiing depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for. If powder is your top priority, then January and February are the best months to go. If you’re trying to enjoy Zermatt with more sunshine, then March through April is the ideal time to visit, however, this may affect how much terrain is open and the snow depths on the mountain. Ski.com can help you find a vacation package to Zermatt that avoids peak European travel periods and works best for your budget.
    There are a number of reasons why Zermatt Matterhorn is considered the best ski resort in the area, one of the most recent being the unlimited number of days at the resort for Ikon passholders. Zermatt also claims the title of home to the highest ski lift in Europe at 12,739 feet above sea level, which accesses Europe’s longest piste with a vertical drop of 7,463 feet and as the sunniest corner in Switzerland. If this weren’t enough to convince you, the number of luxury dining options on the mountain, including the highly acclaimed Chez Vrony, will serve your cravings for authentic Swiss culture for a meal or aperitif during the ski day.
    Beginner skiers can ski Zermatt, however, the variety of terrain for them is limited. In Zermatt’s Sunnegga area, there’s Wolli Park which caters to young beginners with its multiple surface lifts, different attractions for improving ski abilities and fun characters perfect for photo opportunities. There are multiple areas that offer wide, on-piste runs but what Zermatt is known for is its challenging terrain. Zermatt also offers multiple ski schools which have lessons for skiers of all ages, making the transition from beginner runs to intermediate slopes go smoothly.

    Zermatt Switzerland is best known as a skiing destination. The views of the Swiss Alps and 120+ miles of ski runs are what draws in visitors from all around the world, particularly for the extreme terrain. Thanks to the high altitude and the Matterhorn Glacier, skiing can be done in Zermatt 365 days a year, another factor making it a standout ski destination.

    The village is also well-known for its picturesque scenery and outdoor activities. During the summertime, Zermatt becomes a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking, and other alpine adventures. Visitors are drawn to the area for its stunning views of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain, which is often regarded as one of the most recognizable peaks in the world.

    In addition, the village is home to many traditional Swiss mountain chalets that offer visitors a cozy and authentic Alpine experience.

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    Zermatt Ski Vacation Package

    As one of the best experiences to be had in the Alps, there’s no reason you shouldn't start planning your Zermatt ski vacation today. Ski.com is a one-stop shop to book your entire Zermatt ski vacation, including lodging, flights, ground transportation, car rentals, lift tickets, lessons, equipment rentals and activities. Call or chat now with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Travel Experts.



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