Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. This picturesque alpine town is a car-free zone,helping to preserve its original character.
Home to the highest observation deck in the Alps with a 360-degree panorama across France and Italy overlooking 38 4000m+ peaks and 14 glaciers, Zermatt is undoubtedly one of Switzerland's best winter resorts. Snowboarders and freestylers are able to hone their skills in the Snowpark Zermatt in which Olympic hopefuls also train. A crossover to the Italian ski region of Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche is possible from the Matterhorn glacier paradise / Theodulpass.
Ideal as a ski destination for beginners to experts and families, every expectation of a traditional winter Alpine destination is met here. Views? Check. Stunning picture-book scenery? Check. Cosy Swiss chalets? Check. And finally, impressive ski slopes? CHECK!
With 200km of pistes, a slick lift system, extensive off-pistes and outstanding mountain restaurants, Zermatt’s glacier is open all year round for skiing and snowboarding (weather permitting, of course).
- Village charm
- Views of the Matterhorn
|Season||December to April (glacier is open year round)|
|Average Snowfall||3.9 m|
|Vertical Drop||2,279 m|
|Ski Area||360 km of skiable terrain|
|Terrain||22% beginner, 60% intermediate, 18% advanced|
The accommodation at Zermatt is mostly based in the pedestrian village of Zermatt, located a short walk from lifts. It ranges from small but stylish hotels in the heart of Zermatt to more luxury boutique hotels.
How to get there
The closest airport is Zurich, 3.5 hours by train to Zermatt or Geneva Airport, a 4 hour train ride to Zermatt.
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The world-famous Glacier Express runs directly to car-free Zermatt from Zurich and Geneva Airports. Unquestionably one of the most picturesque and technologically fascinating train journeys in the world, passengers often find it hard to peel themselves away from the windows as they pass jaw-dropping sceneries of mountains and valleys, luxurious health spa resorts, weave through 91 tunnels and cross an impressive 291 bridges. First class and second class cabins are available to book through Skimax. The train ride is 3.5 hours from Zurich Airport and 4 hours from Geneva Airport.
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“Zermatt is a real ski town village with the breathtaking views of the magnificent Matterhorn”
Sarah, Senior Reservations Consultant
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