Zermatt is nestled between the peaks of the Monte Rosa and the world famous Matterhorn, renowned for its extensive and varied piste network and as a backcountry Mecca. Zermatt is regularly voted as one of, if not the,top ski resorts in the world.The resort sits at 1850 metres above sea level and has the highest skiing in Europe at an altitude of 3,804m. The ski area comprises of five different areas; The Rothorn paradise, Gornergrat, the Schwarsee paradise and the Matterhorn glacier paradise areas, the latter which connects with the Italian areas of Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche and Val D’Aosta. The “local” lift pass covers the four Zermatt areas and the international pass the whole area including Italy.The lift network has 41 lift installations, over 350km of pistes (84 marked runs on the Swiss side alone) and numerous off-piste itineraries that are patrolled for the more experienced skiers and boarders.Zermatt has the highest skiing in Europe and this, combined with the extensive glaciation, allow for skiing 365 days of the year. Over 60% of the runs are either on glacier or have snow making capabilities which means that Zermatt is a guaranteed snow sure destination.
There are three main beginner areas, Trockner Steg, Sunnegga, Gornergrat and last year the Sunnegga area expanded with the new facilities at Leisee. The flattering runs of Gornergrat are then a must for the aspiring intermediate and the Carving Strecke/Piste on the Theodul Glacier is the perfect place to practise.
There is an extensive range of red runs to hone your technique on and these range from perfectly groomed “carpet” to bumped up moguls. The Ventina is a 14.5 km run down to Breuil-Cervinia and is a must before you leave, or the picturesque Weisse Pearl bringing you up close and personal with the Matterhorn.
Zermatt has it all, steeps, deeps, free-ride and the world famous Trifti moguls, not to mention Fotofast’s new airbag for the big-air freestyle tricks and the biggest gravity park in Europe.
Whether you want to leap from a helicopter (Aeschhorn), boot-hike into a technical couloir (Gornergrat Faces), cruise the pistes or ski some mellow back-country under the shadow of the Matterhorn (Furg Joch) it is all available. There are some superb itinerary runs on the Rothorn Paradise side, Marmot and Chamois; Schwarsee has it all – some tight chutes, technical steeps, treeline skiing and open free-ride terrain. For the more adventurous there is always the Schwartz Tour for great skiing and fantastic scenery.
We can arrange guides to take you on any of these routes/tours on request, we can assure you these are days to remember.