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The Matterhorn and Gornergratbahn - Wikimedia by Kabelleger

Zermatt is one of Switzerland's heavy hitters in all respects - an awesome ski area, fantastic resort centre, iconic setting, best food in the Alps and, unfortunately, prices to match !

Zermatt is of course best known for the mountain that dominates over the village and everything else nearby - the Matterhorn.

Yes, the world's most iconic, pyramid-shaped mountain stands high above the end of the valley, straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy. It's literally everywhere you look, not just out on the slopes but referenced on nearly everything - souvenirs, postcards, shops, hotels, bars etc. And why not !?! If you've got a mountain on your doorstep that looks that impressive then you make the most of it...

Zermatt - The Good, the Bad, ...and the Facts!

  • Davos Resort Alititude: 1560m.
  • Davos is not a village, it's the highest city in Europe!
  • Massive ski area with lots of variety.
  • Lots of activities for non-skiers and boarders.
  • Takes time to travel between the different ski areas.
  • Doesn't have a 'traditional' ski-resort feel.

Zermatt Live Streams

The live images below of Zermatt : Gornergrat Riffelberg are provided courtesy of Feratel Media Technologies AG

Zermatt Web Cameras

A list of webcams for Zermatt and the surrounding area.

Zermatt Snow Record

Zermatt is Family Friendly

Zermatt has Amazing Scenery

If there's a more stunning location for a mountain resort than Zermatt then we've yet to come across it. Just sit back and enjoy the journey up the valley from Brig to the car-free village and get ready for your first glimpse of the Matterhorn, you wont be disappointed. Zermatt sits at the end of the Mattertal valley and is surrounded by 4000m peaks and glaciers, although naturally it's the Matterhorn that grabs your attention for most of the time. Oh yes, and the skiing's not bad either.

Any Summer Skiing at Zermatt ?

Thanks to the incredible Klein Matterhorn cable car, Zermatt has access to Europe's largest and highest summer ski area. Featuring 20km of pistes (the longest being 7km) and 7 lifts accessing the area, the Theodul Glacier area is open every day from May to November, after which many of the lifts further down the valley start to open. The Klein Matterhorn cable car, one of the most dramatic in the world, takes you up to a height of 3820m (an elevator called the Gipfel-lift can take you up to a viewing platform at 3883m) and entry to the pistes is via a tunnel through the mountain. From there you can take a number of different pistes, such as number 85 - the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, right down to Trockener Steg at 2939m. It's worth noting that from July to September some of the lifts at Trockener Steg sometime close because of lack of snow. Vice versa, it's not uncommon for the runs down to the next main station at Furgg (2432m) to be open in early November and well into May. The area also has one of the best freestyle parks in the Alps - The Gravity Snowboard Park. With all this skiing and boarding and, of course, the view of THAT mountain (the Matterhorn for those unfamiliar with Zermatt), it's not hard to see why this is one of Europe's most popular summer ski destinations.

Zermatt History

Zermatt - Getting There

Getting to the Slopes at Zermatt

The Skiing at Zermatt

Zermatt Piste Maps

A list of piste-maps for Zermatt and the surrounding ski areas.

Zermatt The Resort Itself

Zermatt Other Activities

Zermatt Local Knowledge

Zermatt Apres Ski

Zermatt - Any Chance of Early Snow ?

It may be located in one of the driest parts of the Alps, but it's also one of the highest, so thanks to it's altitude Zermatt tends to keep hold of it's snow once it's had some.

Zermatt Resort Style

Zermatt Annual Events

Annual Events in this and neighbouring resorts...

Zermatt Useful Links

If you want some further information on Zermatt, then you might find these links to other sites useful...

Hotels + Chalets in Zermatt

Zermatt hotels and chalets.

Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt

The small but stylish Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt****, with its combination of distinctive interior decor and typical Valais-style features, offers a hotel stay with a difference. For guests hoping to spend some relaxing days in simple surroundings where they will be well looked after, this is the perfect place. The rooms are all decorated in a distinctive, modern and tasteful style and most of them have a balcony. A special feature is that the shower or bath area forms part of the bedroom. Fine food is served in the stylish restaurant and, in warmer weather, on the sunshine terrace. The spa centre, with its indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and massages, is perfect for soothing relaxation.

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