Zermatt Ski Holidays
Switzerland

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Description

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.


Getting There

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.


When to Go

Zermatt is a high-altitude resort with good links with the Italian resort of Cervinia, so it makes a popular choice for the early and late weeks of the season. As with the majority of resorts, it does get busier during school holidays. 

Although it varies from winter to winter and season to season depending on conditions, a general rule of thumb is that the lifts open one or two weeks before the Christmas week, and run until the end of April. 

Through December, January and into February, Zermatt tends to see heavy dumps of fresh snow which combine to build a strong base layer atop the slopes, and ensure coverage through till the end of the season. Skiers out in these conditions need to be wrapped up warm against the prevailing conditions, because temperatures can get bitterly cold. It’s normally fine when you’re out and about exploring the pistes and parks, but taking your seat on the chairlift in a biting wind isn’t ideal unless you’re well protected from the elements. If skiing in falling snow, goggles with a lighter tint are the best in order to maximise visibility. Bluebird days of clear, bright skies regularly follow heavy dumps of fresh snow – ideal conditions for off piste skiers. 

Into late February and into the spring months of March and April, conditions change ¬– with temperatures rising and skiers able to lose a few layers. Skiers deciding to keep their goggles tend to use darker shades with higher UV protection to guard against the dazzling snow. 

It’s easy to underestimate the snowfall across Zermatt over the March and April weeks – and many people find the spring months are the best time to head out to the mountains. Warmer climate and softer snow mean conditions can be wonderful, and spring dumps of fresh snow remain common. The only thing to be wary of is that the snowpack is less stable in spring, because the melting base layer isn’t quite as strong.


Where to Stay

Zermatt is a premium resort with a a large selection of luxury chalets and hotels. Despite this, there is still a large number of better value hotels and a handful of chalets, as well as self catering apartments.



Getting around

Zermatt is car free and everything is walkable so it is easy to get around. There is also an electronic bus that runs throughout the resort as well as taxis.


Apres

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.


Eating out

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

Findlerhof

Findeln

Zermatt

+41 27 967 25 88

Good for Family

Zum See

Familie Mennig

Zum See

Zermatt

+41 27 967 20 45

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


Activities

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.


Helicopter tours

Heliport Zermatt

Zermatt

+41 27 966 86 86

Ice skating & Curling

Obere Matten

Zermatt

+41 27 967 62 64

Paragliding

30 Obere Mattenstrasse

Zermatt

+41 79 643 6808


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in Zermatt that offer group and private lessons. Group lessons are cheaper but will be less intense than one to one tuition. If you are unsure on which lesson will be most appropriate for you, then most ski schools will be happy to chat through your ability and requirements and advise which lesson will be most suitable for you.

Summit Ski & Snowboard School have been a Zermatt ski school since 2004. They all offer small and focussed group lessons with a maximum of 4 adults in a group.

European Snowsports are Zermatt’s premier, high quality international ski school. They provide the best ski lessons or snowboard lessons with friendly, talented and qualified snowsports instructors. They offer private lessons or small group lessons.

Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School specialise in private lessons



Getting around

Zermatt is car free and everything is walkable so it is easy to get around. There is also an electronic bus that runs throughout the resort as well as taxis.


Family ski

Zermatt is most famous for its spectacular views of the Matterhorn mountain, and beneath this mighty peak, a world of adventure awaits. There’s an expansive range of varied, high-altitude pistes, but they’re perhaps best-suited to intermediate and advanced-level skiers and snowboarders. The beginner area can be found at Leisee – where many families spend their time – and offers a range of moving carpets and rope-tows for youngsters learning their first turns on the snow, but it can be tricky finding suitable gentle terrain on which to progress to. 

Parents in search of the most child-friendly pistes tend to head to the Sunnega sector. Here, you’ll find an excellent range of sunny slopes sheltered from the elements, where children and learners can master the basics in comfort. The majority of Zermatt’s ski schools have their own learner areas, mostly around the Riffelalp and Schwarzsee sectors, and there’s a wide selection of courses and classes tailored to children. Overall though, Zermatt tries hard to welcome families and beginners, but the slopes and infrastructure can make it hard for young kids and complete beginners. 

Zermatt is a brilliantly eco-friendly resort and motorcars are not allowed in the resort centre. Instead, visitors can whizz around in specially designed electric taxis — but the end result is a largely safe and traffic-free village, which is a big plus for families. Self-drivers and arrivals from abroad typically arrive into Tasch, and from here there’s a scenic 20-minute rail route whisking visitors into the pretty village. For families with young children, this can be quite the adventure. 
There’s a great range of child-friendly facilities and services in Zermatt, including the welcoming Snowli Kids Village and Kinderparadies – but families are advised to be careful regarding the location of their accommodation in order to enjoy hassle-free access.

The lifts and gondolas in Zermatt are swift and modern, allowing families to explore the slopes with ease. The high altitude means snow cover is typically excellent from December through till April, and the restaurants – although pricey – count among the best you’ll find in the Alps. There are plenty of child-friendly restaurants offering menus tailored to kids, with early dining times available for parents with younger children. 

Overall, this is a spectacularly beautiful ski resort with bags of charm and character, and plenty of fun activities to enjoy away from the groomed slopes. But families in search of hassle-free ski access and plenty of learner-friendly terrain may find themselves better off elsewhere. 


Group Ski

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, and it makes a most wonderful location for a group ski holiday.

Zermatt is a charming car free resort with beautiful alpine scenery. The resort offers has some fantastic restaurants and bars so is a great choice for foodies and those coming in search of lively nightlife. In fact, Zermatt is widely considered among the Alps’ top foodie destinations. 

In terms of terrain, Zermatt is best-suited to intermediate and advanced skiers able to take on a diverse array of slopes. Overall, it isn’t the most suitable for groups of beginners — with the majority of slopes of higher standard — so it is probably not the best choice for first time skiers. Lifts are swift and modern, and well placed to allow skiers and boarders easy access to the four corners of the ski area, with spectacular scenery and fine views over the Matterhorn. 

Away from the slopes, Zermatt has a lot to offer groups looking for alternative activities to skiing and boarding. 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.


Childcare

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!


The Piste

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. 


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in Zermatt that offer group and private lessons. Group lessons are cheaper but will be less intense than one to one tuition. If you are unsure on which lesson will be most appropriate for you, then most ski schools will be happy to chat through your ability and requirements and advise which lesson will be most suitable for you.

Summit Ski & Snowboard School have been a Zermatt ski school since 2004. They all offer small and focussed group lessons with a maximum of 4 adults in a group.

European Snowsports are Zermatt’s premier, high quality international ski school. They provide the best ski lessons or snowboard lessons with friendly, talented and qualified snowsports instructors. They offer private lessons or small group lessons.

Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School specialise in private lessons



Equipment Hire

There is a good selection of ski hire stores in Zermatt that offer the latest range of ski and snowboard equipment. It is recommended that you book your ski hire in advance as many of the stores will offer online discounts.

Intersport, Slalom Sport, Skiset and Sport 2000 are all in the resort and offer a good range of equipment.


Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking

Lift Pass  Child (9-16yrs)   Teen (17-20yrs)     Adult
1 Day       CHF40               CHF67                  CHF79
6 Days      CHF190             CHF323                CHF380

Lift passes are free for children under 9 years, proof of age is required. On Saturdays, lift passes are free for children under 16.

You can buy your lift pass office in resort or you can pre book it through your tour operator who will deliver to your accommodation in resort.


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Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    1620m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    21km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3820m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    71

  • TOTAL PISTE

    200km






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