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Zermatt

Stay in the world capital of alpinism and ski in sight of the Matterhorn: the greatest mountain destination in Switzerland and quite possibly the world, Zermatt has an unbeatable mix of dizzyingly snow sure slopes, a delightful old mountain town and some of the most jaw-dropping surroundings you'll ever set sight upon.

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At a glance: • Glacier skiing • Europe's highest slopes • Awesome scenery

Great for: • Groups • Off-piste • Luxury • Heli-skiing

Stay in the world capital of alpinism and ski in sight of the Matterhorn: the greatest mountain destination in Switzerland and quite possibly the world, Zermatt has an unbeatable mix of dizzyingly snow sure slopes, a delightful old mountain town and some of the most jaw-dropping surroundings you'll ever set sight upon.

Zermatt Resort

Zermatt belongs to Switzerland’s Valais canton, which rubs shoulders with the Italian Alps. You’ll find it surrounded by nearly a third of Europe’s 4000m peaks and - most notably - right at the foot of the Matterhorn. Even if you haven’t heard of this mountain, chances are you’d recognise it - national landmark of Switzerland, inspiration for the Toblerone and a peak photographed more than any other.

Besides blow-your-beanie-off scenery, these mighty mountains come with a cool climate, ever-white glaciers and a stonking amount of snow. World-class slopes stream down from dizzyingly high altitudes - some skiable year-round, some reaching over to Italy, each more exciting as the next. Picturesque Rothorn, sunny Gornergrat, lakeside Schwarzsee and family favourite Sunnegga make up the 200km of local slopes, connected by 54 super slick lifts, many of which are fitted with a handy audio information system (and some of which are studded with Swarovski crystals, this is one of the world’s most glamorous ski areas, after all). Zermatt also has Europe’s highest mountain station, set at a whopping 3883m.

An area lift pass grants access to 160km more terrain in Cervinia, allowing you to enjoy the Swiss and Italian Alps and you can extend this to include the Val d'Aosta with the International Aosta pass.

Off the slopes, the offerings manage to be just as impressive. The town’s pretty as a picture – weathered timber chalets, boutiques and chocolate shops line cobbled streets, church tower poking overhead. The grand, hundred-year-old hotels here were built by locals who invested their time and money to put Zermatt on the map (and more than met their goal). Past guests include Edward Whymper – who completed the first climb of the Matterhorn (you can see his entry in the Monte Rosa’s guest book). Restaurants serve some of the best nosh in all the Alps - scrap that, Europe - and bars bring après ski in all of its forms: ski boots on tables, fondue in igloos, historic cigar lounges, artsy cocktail bars…

...and breathe: the air here’s amazingly pure thanks to it being car-free (if driving you’ll park your car in Täsch). Access into the resort is via train and once you’re there you have a choice of getting from A to B on foot, by whizzy electric car or in horse drawn carriage. The mountain air and scenery alone do you the world of good, but like all the best luxury ski resorts, Zermatt has the back up of private spas and health clubs ready to pamper you to feel-good, piste-ready perfection.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Switzerland, Alps.

Established: 1928

Open: November - April

Downhill: 200km

View our detailed Zermatt snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Zermatt snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Geneva (GVA)260km, 3h
Zurich (ZRH)240km, 3h50
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 32.2km 19%

  • 120km 54%

  • 9.4km 5%

Top Altitude:3,899m
Bottom Altitude:599m
Resort Altitude:1,620m
Longest run:25km
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Vertical Drop:2,300m
Skiable Vertical:2,300m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Yes

Snow Report

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  • Base
  • 45cm
  • Forecast
  • 280cm

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Downhill Runs:200km
Beginner slopes:19%
Intermediate:54%
Advanced slopes:5%
Lift Pass Price: Zermatt: 371CHF
International lift pass (Zermatt-Cervinia) 423CHF (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Saas Fee, Cervinia

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Zermatt

There are 200km of runs in the local area alone and a massive 360km overall if you count the Italian side of the Matterhorn too. Together with Cervina, Zermatt forms the 'Matterhorn Ski Paradise' where SNO lovers of all abilities are blessed with high altitude terrain - and lots of it! Everyone’s a winner in a ski area this big and brilliant, but if we had to pick where it really shines, we’d say it’s especially fantastic for intermediate and advanced level skiers and snowboarders.

If you’re a keen beginner, you'll love Zermatt, which has convenient nursery slopes, lovely wide pistes to practice on and much more once you’ve conquered the snowplough. The ski schools have an excellent reputation, whether you’re learning in a group or solo with a private instructor. See if the ticket office is still selling the Wolli-Skipass, which gives you use of the beginner slopes and easy runs.

Wolli’s Park is a terrific learning area for tots and many of the best beginner trails can be found on the glacier, where newbies can enjoy optimum conditions and spectacular views.

Intermediates should find over half of the pistes here skiable, with 21km of snow sure trails on the Theodul glacier and some smashing reds at the base of the Matterhorn. With the whole area pass, you can schuss over to Cervinia via the Theodulpass for a taste of the Italian Alps – time it right and you can tuck into pizza on the mountainside for lunch...

For experts, the National’s one of many cracking black runs and mogul lovers must attempt the famously challenging Triftji.

A major asset to the area is the 36km of untouched powder slopes (marked as yellow runs and avalanche protected). These can mostly be found in the Stockhorn and Rothorn areas, and let you freeride to your heart’s content on some of the finest steeps and drops in the Alps.

As well as cruising (or bolting) down these, there's oodles to discover off the beaten track too. You can heli-ski/board on 10 incredible routes, go ski-touring in the back-country, race in the Matterhorn Ultracks, try langlaufen with a choice of 15km of cross-country trails, and enjoy skiing by moonlight on floodlit slopes.

Freestylers should take the Furggsattel chairlift to the Theodul Glacier, where the Gravity snowpark has excellently maintained jumps and rails of all sizes for everyone from beginners to pro’s.

Zermatt Apres Ski

Zermatt was voted the world’s best après ski resort by the World Snow Awards in 2012, making it a wise choice if you want a whale of a time post-skiing. Sure – it doesn’t come cheap, but if you want quality, you won’t find better. Across sixty bars and numerous nightclubs, you can relax, unwind and party through the night. Harry’s Bar is the place to dance to cheesy pop and Papperla offers a pubby atmosphere but you can’t come to Zermatt without being tempted into the Hennu Stall (at the end of the Furi-Zermatt slope) which has live DJ music. Designed to look like a boat, the Snowboat Cafe has a fun cosmopolitan scene with some fantastic cocktails.

You’ll find a range of restaurants serving the inevitable Swiss and Italian delicacies as well as tex-mex and sushi. Swiss celebrity chef Ivo Adam offers some real gourmet indulgence at the Vernissage, good food and spectacular views can be enjoyed from the sunny terrace at Adler Hitta and you can keep up to date with the sporting world at Time Out Sports Bar & Grill. To extend your culinary experience, take a kitchen tour to see the other side of the restaurant.

If you like hiking or walking, you’ve come to the right place. Zermatt is a top hiking, walking and snowshoeing destination with 70km of routes to hike or walk and 4 snowshoe trails. Ice climbing is another popular activity where there are heights to conquer and sights to discover (the frozen waterfalls are remarkable) or for a bird’s eye view over the Swiss, Italian and French Alps, Paragliding is a must. For other outdoor activities, there’s a great toboggan run and natural and artificial ice rinks for skating and curling. In the Forest fun park you’ll find zip wires and suspension bridges at a range of sizes and heights.

Fun can’t only be found outdoors in Zermatt, where there are some great indoor activities also on offer. The Triftbachhalle has a huge climbing wall and there’s also a cinema, swimming pool, games room, tennis court and museum as well as Spas and salons where you can relax and rejuvenate.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Zermatt

When is the best time to ski Zermatt?

Zermatt’s high altitudes, glacier and fantastic snowmaking technology make it one of the most snow-sure resorts on the planet. In fact the conditions are so good, skiing's usually available all year round. Snow cannons cover around 70% (that's 135 km) of Zermatt’s pistes and over 70% of the overall Matterhorn paradise area can be covered by artificial snow too, so slopes are usually open even if the weather isn’t in its usual good form. Zermatt is usually sunny, so it’s a great place to top up the goggle tan while on the hill.

The atmosphere is infectiously vibrant during the Christmas/New Year period where après lovers head over to enjoy the holiday season. We love Zermatt during the Unplugged festival (usually in April) where the ‘world’s best après ski resort’ hosts world famous musicians - previous names include Lionel Ritchie, Chris de Burgh, Billy Idol and Jason Mraz...

Peak Dates

Zermatt’s mascot and the Christmas Angel traditionally ride through town in a horse-drawn carriage full of gifts to give children a magical Christmas in Zermatt. You’ll also find parties in many of the bars and festive feasts in the restaurants. Browse Zermatt Christmas ski holidays ‣

Everyone gathers by the church for a big count down to the New Year in Zermatt. Many of the establishments have New Year’s parties and you’re sure to see a firework or two... Browse Zermatt New Year ski holidays ‣

The atmosphere’s buzzing over February half term in Zermatt - families visit every year for great ski schools, awesome snow and lots to do in the town. Browse Zermatt Half Term ski holidays ‣

We love Easter in Zermatt - you’ll find some of the best springtime snow conditions on the planet, the Matterhorn views are incredible and the locals usually put on exciting Easter activities for children. Browse Zermatt Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.6 out of 5
Zermatt is a lovely town, stunning. We were total beginners and we learnt to ski here. I’m not sure if it’s best for beginners, I think the resort is more suited to people who can already ski, but this was a once in a life time trip with family from Africa, so we really wanted to go somewhere impressive. If y... + more
Lindy, Fulham
5 out of 5
The place itself is probably the nicest town I’ve been to as it’s not a purpose built resort. As 2 couples it was nice being there with a Christmassy feel, we spent most of the time snowboarding but we were quite interested in the old village and had a look at some of the historic buildings that were hidden a... + more
William Moody, Liverpool
5 out of 5
I thought Zermatt was nice, part of the reason we went here in March was because it’s so high. We had good snow while we were there, the snow only got slushy right down towards the bottom so as long as you skied up high you were fine. The ski area is good although it takes a bit of getting used to as it’s ... + more
Paul Penny, Wokingham
4 out of 5
Zermatt is my favourite place. Out of five I would give it ten, twenty, a hundred! It’s very traditional and picturesque, not like France. It has a lovely character. If you’ve never been you must go! It’s a long journey from the airport but I think that adds to it. The ski area is quite big, and I’m an ad... + more
Kevin Solomon,
5 out of 5
If you have a chance to go to Zermatt I would highly recommend it. I can’t fault the whole holiday. The way it was organised – from the airport, to the trains, to the resort - was very impressive. It was a masterpiece. There are so many things to do, I would definitely recommend visiting the glacier – you ca... + more
Ivan V,
5 out of 5
We were recommended Zermatt as somewhere that’s a bit different to France and is properly Alpine, it’s a lovely place and we will definitely be back. We had some really good days on the mountain, you get completely different skiing depending on the area you’re in and can go over to Italy. The slopes are long... + more
David, Essex
5 out of 5
We loved Zermatt and had a really good week. The place is really beautiful, the village is so pretty and “olde worlde”, with horse and carriages taking you around and no cars at all. I wouldn’t say the skiing is good for beginners, probably more for intermediates and above - it’s lovely to be able to ski ov... + more
Patricia Clarke, Lisburn
5 out of 5
Zermatt is a fantastic resort; we really like the scenery as it’s all very picturesque with the Matterhorn there. Also like the quality of the ski slopes, everything is generally very well maintained. The fact that you can ski over to Italy is a big selling point and I’d certainly recommend doing this at leas... + more
Mr Chauhan, Kings Langley
4 out of 5
There was good snow even though it was early in the season. We have done it before (to Les Deux Alpes) where we went the week before Christmas and it always seems to work quite well. We were lucky, it wasn’t cold either. It was so uncrowded, there were hardly any people out on the slopes. We would definitely g... + more
Tracy Morgan, Cardiff
4 out of 5
Zermatt is expensive so the best way to stay here is with a chalet holiday where you don’t have to eat out much in the week! It has brilliant skiing and we had a really good week here. We skied over to Cervinia and did the longest run in Europe which was really nice. + more
Ms Fiona Chamberlain, Bristol
4 out of 5
The skiing was amazing! We had powder every day and the slopes were empty, we will go back at the same time next year. We went on the itinerary runs which are unpisted/unbashed routes – they were completely empty apart from us which was fantastic. The ski area is good all round for all abilities. Some people... + more
Louise Falle, Jersey
5 out of 5
It’s quite an expensive resort. The skiing was excellent, it’s a very extensive area. You can go over to Italy to Cervinia, which we did quite a lot. We actually preferred the food over on the Italian side (despite Zermatt being renowned for having good cuisine), and the food/drinks over in Italy were cheaper... + more
Catherine, Nottinghamshire
4 out of 5
We really liked Zermatt. They say it’s traffic free, but it’s not really. There aren’t any cars but there are lots of electric buses – we almost got run over a few times! Not quite as tranquil as you might expect. The scenery is spectacular. You can see the Matterhorn from everywhere in town and on the slop... + more
Anne Moore, Aberdeen
4 out of 5
Zermatt’s great, I liked it because it’s not a ski resort as such but more of a proper town. The weather was a bit windy on occasions so some of the area was closed. The ski area’s quite mixed and well groomed, there’s a lot of off piste but the snow wasn’t amazing. I would recommend the itinerary runs, th... + more
Jon Turner, London
4 out of 5
Zermatt is great, it’s got a real Swiss, hedonistic Alp feeling and some great shops that are really buzzy. The whole place is very beautiful. We took a guide one day which was excellent, it’s definitely worthwhile no matter what level you are as the guides are quite intuitive as to what level you can ski and... + more
Anna Mackay, London
4 out of 5
This stunning chalet looks out onto a breath-taking panorama of the Matterhorn and Zermatt village itself. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even follow an off-piste track and ski all the way home at the end of the day. A really special little spot in perhaps the world’s greatest alpine town. Sno wonder w... + more
Louise, Sno Staff
5 out of 5
I was literally a baby when I visited Zermatt so all I did was ride in a baby carrier on my Dad’s back and say “goo goo” and “ga ga” a lot, but I’m sure it’s a fantastic place because my dad still raves about our Swiss ski trip so I’m writing his opinion here really. From what my father tells me, the sn... + more
Andrew Fyfe, Aberdeen
5 out of 5
As a 30th birthday present, my girlfriend organised a summer skiing trip to Zermatt. We arrived in Zurich at the end of July and had a couple of days in the city sunbathing in balmy temperatures by Lake Zurich before taking the train up to the mountains. The journey itself was incredible; the mountain train sna... + more
Rory,
5 out of 5
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Families in Zermatt

In 2013, Zermatt received the ‘Families Welcome’ seal of quality which recognises resorts that cater the best for families according to the criteria of the Swiss Tourism Federation. The accommodation available doesn’t fall short here – where you’ll find a range of hotels, chalets and apartments that are perfect for families of all shapes and sizes. One of our family favourites is centrally located Chalet Hotel Atlanta, where a huge selling point is the amazing view of the Matterhorn that can be enjoyed from the dining room and most bedrooms. If you prefer to stay somewhere quieter and more intimate that you can have to yourselves, the lovely Chalet Aconcagua sleeps 6-8 and is located in a quieter area of the resort, just above the village.

Look out for the resort’s mascot Wolli the sheep which is displayed with the businesses and activities that best serve families. There are some brilliant schools offering lessons for children, teens and adults in skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, freestyling and freeriding. In Sunnegga, the Wolli park offers a safe, sunny area for children to learn to ski and practice what they’ve learnt and there are some lovely runs for the family to enjoy together up on the glacier. For quality family time without the skis, Zermatt has some brilliant toboggan runs as well as an indoor climbing centre, swimming pool and cinema.

Family holidays with flights and airport transfers included are the easiest way to reach the mountains and better still, they’re 100% ATOL protected. Select your nearest airport below for the most convenient holidays. Our self-drive packages including channel crossings are perfect if you’re driving to the mountains or if you want to arrange your travel independently, book your hotel, chalet or apartment on its own with one of our accommodation-only offers.

GroupsGroup Holidays Zermatt

See the best Zermatt group holidays below. Chalets are a brilliant choice for groups, where everyone can enjoy cosy, authentic surroundings. Pick a large chalet if you want to share with other groups or opt for somewhere smaller to match your group size if you want sole occupancy. Chalets Claudia, Anita and Alessandra are all part of the same building and sleep 8-11. You can find them in one of the quieter parts of Zermatt which makes them perfect if you’re looking for a laid back holiday enjoying good company in your own space. Ski hotels are another excellent option for groups who can enjoy private rooms and join together in large communal areas. If you’re looking for a cheap group deal, check out our apartments and book a self-catering ski holiday. Groups choosing between hotel accommodation and self catering can always split between the Ambassador Apartments and Ambassador Hotel, both part of the same property. Look out for our freebies and discounts especially for groups where you can all ski for less.

On the snow, there’s something for every level of skier and snowboarder from complete beginners to pro’s. Arrange ski passes depending on ability - there’s a special beginners pass, local area pass and two international passes which extend the area to Cervinia and Val d'Aosta. With around 35 bars and 9 nightclubs , there’s après ski here to suit everyone whether you prefer quiet drinks by the fireside or dancing into the early hours.

Get everyone to the mountains fast and without hassle in one of our accommodation, flights and transfer packages. If you’re planning to drive in convoy, we have self-drive holidays including accommodation and channel crossings. If it’s proving too difficult to arrange travel because everyone has different preferences, opt for independent travel where you book the accommodation on its own and let everyone make their own travel arrangements.

Which are the best ski holidays in Zermatt?

Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Hotel Ambassador 7 £ 951
Hotel Rex Garni 7 £ 969
Hotel Mirabeau 7 £ 1039
Hotel National 7 £ 1089
Parkhotel Beau Site 7 £ 1199
Hotel Alex 7 £ 1257
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof 7 £ 1579

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