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.