Zermatt Ski Holidays
Switzerland

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Home of the mighty Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of the world’s most iconic ski resorts, renowned for its breathtaking Alpine scenery, high and sprawling slopes, charming mountain village and delectable Michelin star quality cuisine. Of course, the resort does come with a more sizeable price tag than most, however for many its illustrious offerings are worth paying top dollar.

Together with the linked resort of Cervina, located on the Italian side of the Matterhorn, visitors to Zermatt will have some 350km of terrain at their disposal and 2 snow parks. The slopes are best suited to intermediate skiers up to experts, with many marvellous steep runs and excellent off-piste potential – seasoned skiers will surely find the challenging terrain in the Rothorn and Stockhorn areas an absolute joy. Beginners, meanwhile, will find more gentle pistes in sunny Cervina, and groups with quite a few learners in their ranks may want to consider the Italian resort as an alternate base.

Zermatt’s attractive village boasts delightful traditional architecture and is mostly car free – with the exception of the taxis and electro busses. While the resort is quieter than many others its size, there are plenty of lively après-ski and nightlife spots to suit a variety of tastes. Foodies, of course, will be in paradise: Zermatt is home to some of the finest Michelin starred mountain restaurants in the world. If you enjoy a long gourmet lunch after a morning of hard skiing, this is the resort for you.

Zermatt has little in the way of ski in/ski out chalets, so visitors could have a bit of a walk to access the lifts. This may not be ideal for parents with young children, however the variety of activities off the slopes and top-notch childcare companies are a big plus for families.

Holidaymakers interested in Zermatt can fly from a number of UK airports to Geneva or Zurich, from which the resort is some 4 hours away by train or bus.
From lively bars to more tranquil venues perfect for unwinding with a glass of something fine, Zermatt offers après-ski for various tastes.

On the slopes, Hennu Stall is the place to go for energetic Austrian-style après. The bar is located down from the Matterhorn Express lift toward the end of the ‘50’ run – roughly 200m from a bus stop at the bottom of the piste. The atmosphere here heats up from around 3pm with live music or a DJ to keep you entertained in the old school wooden bar. Papperla Pub is the major ‘in town’ rival to the Hennu Stall and is located right in the centre of Zermatt just across from the main square. With some live music throughout the season and a nightclub downstairs, it’s a brilliant spot from the afternoon well into the night.

The Brown Cow is another excellent bet: this traditional British-style pub offers live music and an excellent atmosphere. Located in the centre of town in the large Hotel Post complex, the establishment closes around 11pm but there are plenty of other nightclubs and bars nearby.

For revellers seeking something more refined, the Snowboat caffe has a sophisticated atmosphere with some quiet live music and excellent beer, wine and cocktails. Cervo is another fine choice for a quiet drink accompanied by relaxed live music, while Iglu Dorf up the mountain presents the delightful novelty of mulled wine in a unique ice bar.
Zermatt is a year-round resort and offers a great deal apart from skiing for anyone who doesn’t want to spend all their time sliding along the snow. From gourmet dining at 2050m to tobogganing and parapenting, there’s truly something for everyone.

Hiking is a favourite pastime for visitors and locals alike. You can pick up a handy map from the tourist office, and there are over 70km of winter walking trails to explore – a truly excellent way to take in the inspiring Alpine scenery. One can also opt for an experienced guide, which is a fantastic option if you want to learn a bit more about this enchanting area. Another activity of choice, and a great option for keeping the kids entertained, is tobogganing - plastic toboggans with brakes can be hired in town for a fairly nominal fee and then taken up on the ski lifts.

For thrill seekers, paragliding is a great way to get a bit of an adrenaline fix and marvel at Matterhorn from a truly unique viewpoint. Speaking of the Matterhorn, at the foot of this magnificent mountain one can enjoy ice skating and curling on a stunning natural ice rink.

For some well-earned relaxation and pampering, there is no shortage of wonderful spas in Zermatt - Arca Solebad, Spa Bella Vista and Spa Vita Borni, to name just a few. And keen shoppers will find plenty on offer from ski gear outlets to designer and boutique retailers.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are a few ideas to start you off.

Paragliding

30 Obere Mattenstrasse

Zermatt

+41 79 643 6808

Helicopter tours

Heliport Zermatt

Zermatt

+41 27 966 86 86

Ice skating & Curling

Obere Matten

Zermatt

+41 27 967 62 64

Zermatt is arguably the best ski resort in the world for foodies, boasting almost 100 restaurants of varying styles and, of course, Michelin star quality chefs serving up gourmet masterpieces. While eating out is quite expensive as a rule of thumb, there are some cheaper options that still deliver an excellent evening, and most mountain restaurants do a good value daily special.

Taking pride of place among the fine dining establishments are the Michelin starred 1818 (formerly Heimberg) and Capri in the Mont Cervin Palace hotel. These are top of the line restaurants with some of the best food in Switzerland, so be prepared to book well in advance! Both offer delicious food in a modern style and elegant atmospheres – truly an unforgettable treat for a special someone. Chez Vrony is another eminent option, known as one of the top mountain restaurants in the world for both its delectable cuisine and marvellous Alpine views.

Of course, the above are just the tip of the culinary iceberg in Zermatt. Zum See sits toward the bottom of the Matterhorn and offers delicious traditional food made from the freshest ingredients delivered daily. Thanks to the resort’s close proximity to Italy, one can also enjoy excellent value spaghetti and pizza at restaurants like the aptly named Spaghetti & Pizza Factory in the town centre. For groups of friends in search of large servings and a more lively atmosphere, the Fluhalp provides generous portions, a rustic setting and some live music.

Below, you’ll find just a few of Zermatt’s top restaurants for families, couples and groups of friends, as voted by our ski experts.

Good for Couples

1818

Bahnhofstrasse 84

Zermatt

+41 27 967 84 84

Good for Couples

Capri

Bahnhofstrasse 31

Zermatt

+41 27 966 88 88

Good for Couples

Chez Vrony

Findeln

Zermatt

+41 27 967 25 52

Good for Family

Zum See

Familie Mennig

Zum See

Zermatt

+41 27 967 20 45

Good for Family

Spaghetti & Pizza Factory

Martin Perren

Zermatt

+41 27 967 19 31

Good for Friends

Fluhalp

Bergrestaurant Fluhalp

Zermatt

+41 27 9672597

Good for Friends

Papperla Pub

Steinmattstrasse 36

Zermatt

+41 27 966 76 00

Good for Friends

The Brown Cow

Hotel post

Bahnhofstrasse 41

Zermatt

+41 27 967 19 31

Zermatt’s ski schools take children from 6-years-old, and for younger kids the resort hosts a range of top-notch childcare companies.

One of the best childcare providers in town is the superb Kinderparadies, run by an English couple, who offer a huge 300sqm indoor play area for children to enjoy during the day with slides and structured play areas, as well as a huge outdoor play area with an igloo.

Of course, there are a number of other crèches in town. The Nico Kids Club cares for children between the ages of 2 and 8, and their trained kindergarten teachers offer a whole host of games, handicrafts and exciting outdoor fun.

Another option is the Pumuckl Kids’ Club at the Ginabelle spa hotel: they provide all day childcare for children aged 3-years-old and up. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to take advantage of this excellent service as they open it up to non-residents!

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1620m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    21km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3820m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    71

  • TOTAL PISTE

    200km



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