Resort Info

Zermatt Resort Stats

Resort Altitude:
1620 m
Total piste:
350 km
Easy Runs:
15
Intermediate Runs:
24
Difficult Runs:
20
Highest lift:
3820 m
Longest piste:
14 km
Number of Lifts:
40

Tucked away at the end of a valley and accessible only by mountain train, Zermatt is arguably one of the most iconic and luxurious ski resorts in the world. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and the magical Matterhorn peak stands guard above the town’s skyline. Building restrictions are tight and traditional chocolate box chalets line the cobbled car-free streets, making Zermatt one of the most attractive resorts in the Alps. Combine this with fantastic skiing on high snow sure slopes, some of the world’s finest altitude dining and great nightlife, and you’ll see Zermatt is a resort not to be missed!

Apres ski and other activities in Zermatt

Zermatt has a lively après scene and there is something to suit everyone’s taste, whether it’s dancing on tables to Euro beats or a few quiet drinks at the end of the day. Unlike a lot of the European ski resorts, most of the après ski scene is in the town rather than on the mountain. The one advantage of this is that you can drop off your skis at the chalet and head out for a few drinks before dinner without having to worry about skiing down afterwards. However if it’s an on piste après bar you are looking for then the Hennu Stall is not to be missed with its live music, outdoor and indoor bars and general Euro-party beats. The most popular après bar in town is the Papperla pub just across the river from the main square. There is a large indoor bar with a terrace, often live bands and a mix of music will be played. If you are looking for something a bit more refined then head to the Snowboat Caffe, where live jazz music is often on offer or the Vernissage, which has been designed by the designer Heinz Julen.

Activities

Zermatt has to be one of the best resorts in Europe for non-ski activities as it is a year round resort. Consequently there are all sorts of activities to keep everyone busy! There are more than 70km of winter walking trails and for those wanting to try a spot of snowshoe hiking there are 5 marked trails just above Zermatt. Although there is no public swimming pool or wellness centre, if it’s a bit of pampering you are after just head to one of Zermatt’s many hotels which open their facilities to the public. There is also plenty to do for families from ice skating, bowling and the cinema to tobogganing, cheese making and a visit to the Glacier palace.

Families and children

Being a year round resort means that Zermatt is a great resort for families with children of all ages.

There are several ski schools in Zermatt. Summit is the British ski and snowboard school and caters for a wide range of requirements. The group sizes are small and limited to 6 people and lessons are available for those aged 6-16. There are also plenty of other international ski schools to choose from and if you have younger children then the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School have a Kindergarten area for children aged 4-5.

There is one main nursery in Zermatt town itself called the Kinderparadies, which is English speaking and located in town next to the train station. Children are welcome from the age of 13 months until they are 5/6 years, by which time they are likely to be in ski school.

If you would rather your children get to experience more time on the mountain, then Stoked ski school run a crèche at Schwarzsee. They focus on playing in the snow and teaching children the very basics of skiing from the age of 2.5 years.

Unfortunately there are no independent nanny companies in Zermatt however some of the operators have their own English speaking nannies which can be booked with the chalets. The tourist office also has a list of registered babysitters who work independently and can be contacted directly.

Eating Out

Zermatt has everything you could hope for when it comes to restaurant choice. From the Michelin starred dining to traditional Swiss specialities, there is something to suit all tastes. If it’s gourmet food you are after then Zermatt is the place for you both on and off the mountain! Several restaurants vie for the top spot including the Capri in the Petit Cervin Hotel and Le Corbeau d’Or in the Hotel Mirabeau. You will also not be disappointed on the mountain with many of the restaurants being favourites among the gourmet diners. Those worth a particular mention would be Finnderhof and Chez Vrony which are in the Findeln area accessible by the Sunnegga funicular.