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  • 0 in of annual snowfall
  • 393 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 12791 ft, base 5314 ft
  • 0% beginner, 21% intermediate, 62% advanced, 0% expert
  • Projected opening: 06/01/2014
  • Projected closing: 05/31/2015

Zermatt Beginner Skiing

Plainly put, Zermatt has limited beginner runs, unless you’re a small child. The resort’s new Wolli Park—in the Sunnegga area—is an unforgettable experience for beginner children. The resort has recently to design more adequate beginner areas all over the resort, focusing the majority of their efforts in one main area in Leisee, which includes three surface lifts (magic carpets) and two rope tows. Once beginners are ready to graduate from the “learn to ski” zones to longer green runs, they’ll find a couple options, but they’ll likely end up namely skiing or snowboarding on intermediate runs. Luckily Zermatt has several exceptional ski schools that can help new skiers quickly transition. So if you’re looking to pick up skiing in a quick manner, Zermatt is actually quite ideal.

To learn more about Zermatt beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.


Zermatt Budget Ski Vacation

With luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and glitzy boutique shopping dominating the Zermatt scene, it’s considered, for obvious reasons, to be a pricier ski vacation. That doesn’t mean there aren’t affordable dining and lodging options for budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders on a Zermatt ski vacation, it just takes a little more planning.

Zermatt Budget Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top Zermatt budget hotels picks. To learn more about these options, call, or chat with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Three-star Hotel Holiday is located about eight minutes from the center of town. The property offers an attractive marriage of modern interior décor and rustic touches, like it’s onsite chalet-style restaurant, featuring a lounge and bar with an open fireplace. You may be paying a reasonable price, but you’ll feel like a million bucks when staying at the Hotel Holiday; the rooms offer balconies and flat-screen TVs.  If you can request a north-facing room, as the views of Mischabel Mountain are to die for.

Affordable Zermatt Restaurants

While the majority of Zermatt’s 100 restaurants sway towards upscale, with so many options—and visitors annually—there’s bound to be a variety of modestly-priced fare. If you’re looking for authentic Swiss cuisine you’ll want to head to Schwyzer Stübli, which provides live genuine Swiss music and dancing, Aroleid, which is renowned as the best place to get rösti, a traditional potato dish, or Whymper Stube for exceptional and reasonably-priced fondue. Once you’ve had your fill of rich, delicious Swiss food try some of other Zermatt affordable restaurants, like Mexican at the Weisshorn or pub food at Sparky’s. If curry and a little heat sound like just the thing on a cold winter night, head to The Pipe for Asian/African dishes and warming Thai curry at Rua.

To learn more about Zermatt budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Zermatt Expert Skiing

Most of the Zermatt expert skiing, or “black” runs, could be “red,” which is good news for the advanced intermediate, but for expert skiers and snowboarders looking to really challenge themselves, they’ll want to head off-piste afterwards . And when there’s fresh snow in Zermatt, the off-piste skiing is unbeatable. Ski.com recommends that skiers or snowboarders looking to explore off-piste areas hire a guide for safety and navigation reasons, especially in glacial terrain.

Zermatt Expert Terrain

Rothhorn, Stockhorn and the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise all offer expert skiers access to some of the Alps best off-piste terrain. Zermatt is home to the famed “Haute Route,” which is an exhilarating 111-mile ski mountaineering route between Zermatt and Chamonix. Of course, a guide service is mandatory.  The route takes expert skiers and snowboarders along a network of high alpine, hence the “haute” nomenclature, mountain huts, inns and hotels.

To learn more about Zermatt expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Zermatt Family Ski Vacation

As a popular resort for advanced intermediates and expert skiers, a large sprawling town and host to a monied culinary scene, Zermatt isn’t always family-friendly. The resort has gone to great lengths to smooth over any challenges for families, including many children’s playgrounds, facilities, activities and easy access to childcare in many of the lodges and hotels.

A great place to bring the kids is Wolli’s park for beginners at Sunnegga. If your children have only skied a couple times or are first timers, learning to ski at Wolli Park will be an unforgettable experience. This zone is well protected from wind, warm and sunny. Plus Sunnegga Restaurant is great place for the whole family to grab lunch together.

Zermatt Family Lodging

Convenience is always at the top of family ski vacation “must haves,” which is why four-star Hotel Sonne should be a top Zermatt choice for families.  Located less than 500 yards from the chairlifts, the Sonne Hotel is close to all the best shopping, restaurants and attractions.  The hotel is also convenient to the train station, which provides families with easy access to even more excursions in the surrounding region. The hotel’s 39 well-appointed and spacious accommodations and suites feature modern amenities and provide the perfect launch-pad for a Zermatt family ski vacation. Other family-friendly amenities include an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and complimentary breakfast.

Zermatt Family Restaurants

Sparky’s on Schluhmattstrasse is the place for families, especially budget conscious or those who are looking for a varied menu. Sparky’s has everything from American bar food to Indian curry, and provides a laidback, rustic setting and ultra-friendly service.

To learn more about Zermatt family ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Zermatt Intermediate Skiing

With 21 percent of Zermatt’s terrain designated as “blue” and 62 percent  designated as “red” or advanced Zermatt is a great place for intermediates looking to challenge themselves. In fact, a lot of the “blue” runs trends towards more difficult, so bring your “A” game on a Zermatt ski vacation.

Zermatt Intermediate Terrain

Looking at a trail map you’ll see lots of red terrain spread out over the mountain, which is generally advanced intermediate terrain. Starting from looker’s left, i.e. if you’re facing the mountain, you’ll want to head to 10,000-plus foot Rothorn area. Here you can access several long, sustained groomers. If you head left off the chairlift you can enjoy three-mile-long Kumme/Tufternkumme, which drops skiers and snowboarders off at the Patrullarve chair. If you head right from the top of Rothorn you can enjoy an almost equally long run to the bottom of the Gant chairlift. The Gant chairlift access the Gornergrat area, which is littered with exceptional red and blue trails and offers quick runs, ideal for warming up the legs early morning.

The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area also offers intermediates some great terrain, but getting there from the other side of the resort is a little cumbersome. You’ll have to ski back to the village and hop on a chairlift at the South end of the village, or ski to Furi and make your way up the lift to Trockener Steg. Once you’ve arrived at the near 13,000-foot summit, take in the up-close views of the Matterhorn. From here you have your pick of red runs, many of which intertwine with easier blue runs. You can ski this area of the glacier year-round most of the time, and the area offers a summer slopestyle park and halfpipe.

To learn more about Zermatt intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Zermatt Lodging

As one of Europe’s most popular ski destinations, Zermatt offers a little something for every traveler. Below we, at Ski.com, have provided you with our top Zermatt lodging picks. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, one of knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders are not left out in Zermatt. Three-star Hotel Holiday provides a great location for an incredible price. Located about eight minutes from the heart of the village, this property provides guests with an onsite chalet-style restaurant and rooms offer balconies and flat-screen TVs.  If you can, request a north-facing room, as the views of Mischabel Mountain are extraordinary.
Perfect for families looking for convenience, the Sonne Hotel is close to it all in Zermatt. The hotel is also convenient to the train station, which provides families with easy access to even more exploration possibilities in the surrounding region. The Sonne Hotel’s 39 well-equipped, roomy accommodations and suites feature the latest amenities and provide an ideal venue for a Zermatt family ski vacation. Families will also appreciate the indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and complimentary breakfast.
Four-star Hotel Mirabeau provides an unhindered—and unforgettable—view of the Matterhorn in all its epic, rugged granduer. Foodies will delight in hotel restaurant Le Corbeau d'Or for its epicurean menu and esthetically pleasing atmosphere. Luxury pursuers will love the hotel’s stylish rooms and suites that offer a stacked list of modern amenities. Relax hotel’s indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam-bath and or get some exercise at the fitness facilities.

To learn more about Zermatt lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Luxury Zermatt Ski Vacation

As home of the Matterhorn, a car-free quaint town, over 150 in-town and on-mountain dining options, the majority of which are fine dining establishments and a glitzy shopping district, a luxury Zermatt ski vacation is a popular pursuit. The luxury Zermatt lodging options range from grand hotels to Old World chalets to boutique hotels.

Zermatt Luxury Lodging

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top Zermatt luxury lodging pick. To learn more about this property, call, or chat with, one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Four-star Hotel Mirabeau provides an unobstructed, exclusive view of the Matterhorn and is surrounded with spacious, well-kept grounds. Gourmets will relish onsite restaurant Le Corbeau d'Or for its gastronomic menu and tastefully decorated environment. Luxury pursuers will love the hotel’s beautifully furnished rooms and suites that include a laundry list of modern amenities. Relax or recreate at the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam-bath and fitness facilities. In the morning partake, before you hit the slopes, enjoy the beautiful breakfast buffet spread.

Zermatt Fine Dining

A reservation at Cervo Restaurant is in high order for gourmets seeking the ultimate—and authentic—Zermatt fine dining experience. Cervo is a Zermatt hotspot from sun up to sun down, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and offers one of the most popular après-ski scenes. The menu is generally Swiss, but offers some fusion items.

To learn more about luxury Zermatt ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Zermatt Nightlife

Zermatt offers some of the Alps best nightlife and après-ski. You can start the party early at one of Zermatt’s on-mountain restaurants, and enjoy a world-class bottle of wine in the sunshine, or take the festivities down the slopes into the village, and then well into the night. Like many huate resorts, don’t be surprised if you’re schlepping your ski or snowboard gear well into the evening hours. There’s just too much fun to be had, to go back to your hotel and risky missing any of the renowned Zermatt nightlife.

Zermatt Après

In Zermatt après-ski and nightlife generally end up melting into each other. What starts as a cocktail or glass of wine at one of the on-mountain restaurants, such as Chez Vrony or Findlerhof in the Findeln area of the resort, often turns into a late night out on the town.  The main piste thoroughfare ends at Cervo Restaurant, which offers party-goers an exceptional outdoor patio area, and cozy indoor lounge area and live music. Other top-of-mind après-ski scenes include the Café Snowboat, or Zermatt Yacht Club—a snowboat complete with a sundeck—or Vernissage which is a chic, laidback watering hole that attracts locals and tourists. If you’re après-ing in Zermatt on a shoestring, Sparky’s is your best bet, as it offers cheap beers and a welcoming atmosphere. If you’re looking to cut a rug, head to the discos and dance parties at Broken, T-Bar, Papperla and Grampi’s.

To learn more about Zermatt nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to do in Zermatt

Zermatt is an ideal destination for those like “to do.” Whether it’s spending money at the village’s many glitzy jewelry and designer shops, to perusing book stores or art galleries. Of course, winter outdoor activities are a popular pursuit and easy to execute in Zermatt. But if you’re not a skier, or just prefer taking in the breathtaking scenery, especially the Matterhorn, pedestrians can take the Klein Matterhorn tram to the summit and enjoy some gorgeous haute walking trails. Families and history enthusiasts should reserve some time to visit the Matterhorn Museum to learn about the lore, myths and chronology of mountaineering on the infamous, and deadly, peak.

For those less inclined to altitude, Zermatt offers a cinema and guided village tours, including local culinary and wine tours, too.

Zermatt Outdoor Activities

To say that Zermatt is a winter outdoor recreation destination is an understatement. You dream it, you can pretty much do it. The Matterhorn has inspired people for over 100 years to dream big and challenge themselves, so don’t miss out on this outdoor activity mecca. With over 10 miles of Nordic skiing trails from Täsch to Randa, enthusiasts will be pleased. Speed demons can also get some action on Zermatt’s famed 10-minute long tobogganing runs. If you have a penchant for adrenaline, then Zermatt’s world-renowned ice climbing should be high on your list. Or, if you’re just getting into climbing, or looking to learn, Zermatt has a huge indoor climbing wall in the Triftbachhalle.

To learn more about things to do in Zermatt call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Zermatt Dining

With more than 100 restaurants in town, and 56 mountain restaurants to choose from, just about any gastronomy interests and price preferences can be matched on a Zermatt ski vacation. First and foremost, the Zermatt dining scene caters to well-heeled, gourmet-seeking visitors, but there are plenty of eclectic, family-friendly, authentic and affordable options.

Zermatt Restaurants

Foodies will go crazy over The Omnia’s fusion gourmet fare and it’s modern Alpine chic ambiance. The presentation and creativity that goes into every dish will impress even the most seasoned diners. The restaurant also provides a suggest wine pairing with each menu item and has a separate vegetarian menu, ensuring that every guest is well provided for. Chez Max Julen’s Swiss-style grill is another Zermatt favorite. Conveniently located in the middle of town, near the corner of Kirchstrasse and Bachstrasse, guests can expect to experience this local cuisine in an exhibition style, meaning you can watch the chef’s cook. If you’re looking for more authentic cuisine be sure to have a meal at the Schwyzer Stubli, which serves up traditional—and inexpensive fare—and provides live Swiss music daily at 5 p.m.  Family-owned and operated Le Gitan Grill also serves up the traditional Swiss grill cuisine, known as chateaubriand, and offers impeccable service.

Zermatt On-Mountain Dining

Zermatt is world-famous for its on-mountain dining, thanks to its especially epic views of the jutting and breathtaking Matterhorn. Since on-mountain lunch is uber-popular you’ll probably want to get to your restaurant of choice before noon. If you’re looking for a sit down meal, don’t miss Chez Vrony or Enzian, both in the Findeln area of the ski resort. For something a little quicker and geared towards the whole family, head to Trockener Steg or Sunegga which is conveniently located near the funicular Sunnegga Express. If and when you ski over to Cervina, Italy, don’t miss Bontadini, which serves up fresh pasta and other local Italian dishes. Be sure to make a reservation though, as this place is incredibly popular and has limited seating.

To learn more about Zermatt Restaurants call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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