Zermatt is well-respected as one of the world's best winter resorts, combining excellent, mixed-ability skiing on high, snow-sure slopes with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a traditional village and some of the world's best altitude dining and good nightlife. If you rejoice in difficult black runs, challenging reds and other high Alpine terrain, Zermatt will always hold the edge. Wandering around the car-free village is an adventure in itself with narrow streets and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages or take a horse-drawn sleigh – still a popular mode of transport here. The bustling high street is alive with a wide array of shops, bars and restaurants, so you'll be sure to find something which takes your fancy.
Three lift stations, the Gornergrat Railway, the Sunnegga Funicular, and the Furi Gondola, wing skiers away across this mountain paradise. From satisfying reds and undulating blues to acres of off piste, Zermatt has it all. The resort is home to a network of 200km of pistes across three sections - Sunnegga-Bauherd-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn and Trockener Steg-Schwarzsee, with top stations over 3,000m. There is also easy access to the Italian side of the mountain, with the linked slopes of Cervinia and Valtournenche providing another 150km of pistes. The nursery slopes are high and have reliable snow and great views. For intermediates, there's plenty of mileage on long scenic, satisfying runs, plus plenty of challenges and areas easily accessible for gentle off piste.
About 20 per cent of runs are classified black, and the usually-deserted Stockhorn section provides a good challenge and off-piste opportunities are limitless with a guide. Our clients love the 'White Hare' run which goes from the top of the 'Hohtalli cable car' down to 'Gant' dropping over 1000m in height. It is a long run with an adrenaline-packed descent and also offers loads of fun twists and turns. The Hörnli T-bar that ends above Schwarzsee, below the Matterhorn glacier, has just been replaced by a new six-seat chair, which starts lower down, allowing easier access to the runs.
For more detail on advanced skiing in Zermatt, read the guide on our blog STORIES.
Zermatt is a high Alpine resort with 365 days a year guaranteed skiing. With a huge variety of pistes, as well as plenty of other winter activities, fantastic shopping, and world famous mountain restaurants, it's the perfect place to spend your winter break. Watch the video below to see it for yourself!
We carefully select our hotels visiting each property and researching it in great detail before ever sending a client. Our hotels are hand-picked for their unparalleled accommodation, cuisine and facilities as well as first-class service.
Located in the traffic-free centre of Zermatt, the Schweizerhof is a warm and inviting alpine haven, with staff to match. The hotel is conveniently positioned a short walk from the Gornergratbahn station which whisks you up to the Matterhorn's ski areas.
Mont Cervin Palace
The distinguished Mont Cervin Palace is situated in the heart of Zermatt and prides itself on impeccable and discreet service. It is located in close proximity to shops, bars, restaurants and lift stations.
Enjoy a traditional alpine experience from the moment you enter the hotel and the warm and welcoming hospitality from everyone at Hotel Alex. Superb facilities and a relaxing atmosphere make for the perfect stay.
Enjoy extensive skiing under the Matterhorn with a stay at the stylish Schlosshotel Zermatt, where you'll be made to feel at home by the hotel's exceptional service.
Retaining much of its charm and character from its heritage as one of the pioneering hotels of mountain tourism, The Monte Rosa stands resplendent in the heart of Zermatt as the resort’s oldest hotel.
Cervo Mountain Boutique
Perched on a hill above the town, Cervo Mountain Boutique is comprised of a group of chalets overlooking the Matterhorn. Excellent service and beautiful rooms mean this homely hotel makes guests feel most welcomed.
Perched high on a rock close to the centre of Zermatt, 45 metres above the roofs of the town is The Omnia.
As a world renowned resort, Zermatt offers a large range of dining choices at the height of culinary excellence. To really experience something special, look below for our spots to eat on the slope while you can gaze at the iconic Matterhorn.
Chez Vrony, Zermatt
This mountain restaurant is at 2100 metres altitude and has stunning views of the Matterhorn. Enjoy delicious dishes and carefully selected wines. Stretch out on one of the fleece-lined sun lounges for the best view!
Restaurant Les Marmottes, Zermatt
This cosy mountain restaurant uses local meat and produce from the farm, to create unique and exquisite specialties.
It's easy to keep busy in Zermatt without skiing at all. The central Matterhorn Museum covers village history, farming and mountaineering, and there's a free village tour that departs daily at 6pm from the Monte Rosa Hotel. There's even antique shops and galleries to browse and films including English showing at the Vernissage Cinema. There are also 45 miles of winter walking tracks and snowshoeing opportunities within Zermatt's ski area, including lovely woodland trails away from the pistes. Many of the mountain restaurants are easily accessible on foot; the clusters at Findeln and Furi are especially popular with walkers. There's also a well-prepared sledging run from Roten Boden to Riffelberg. The glacier palace in the depths of the ice on the Klein Matterhorn is well worth a visit, with exquisite carvings of mountain, village and animals. The wellness facilities in our hand-selected properties offer relaxing moments and hours. Open to all whether you fancy a relaxing bathe in the Jacuzzi, dip in the swimming pool, or trip to the hamam or sauna - Zermatt offers everything. Here you will find lasting recuperation after a demanding day in the mountains. We particularly recommend the spa at the Mont Cervin Palace as a haven of exercise, relaxation, fun and tranquility. Enjoy the clean mountain air while relaxing in the warm waters of the outdoor pool, or take in a treatment for the body and soul, with massages, facials and body treatments for better well-being and long lasting relaxation on the menu.
We run the children's programmes below in Zermatt during selected weeks over the winter season. Click here to see all of the children's programmes Powder Byrne offers.
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