Destination Guide: Ski Resorts in Zermatt
Zermatt Ski Guide – Skiing in Zermatt
St. Moritz has glitz, Verbier has the cool, Wengen has the piste, but Zermatt, beats them all, as it has the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn at 4,478 meters – one of the most photographed mountains in the world – towers above the village and is spectacular from every angle. Matterhorn is synonymous with Switzerland, locals are so proud of the Matterhorn and the pristine Alpine air, they banned the cars from the village ensuring NO smog and giving Zermatt a freshness and tranquility that is really special. Zermatt instead offers Electric Taxis or the luxury option is fur-lined sleigh. Zermatt is not about speed but about Style, so watch out when your luxury option is overtaken by an Electric taxi!!Indeed it’s ridiculous and decadent, but its fantastic!! Zermatt village is surrounded by 38 peaks above 4000 meters and the Ski terrain which sits amongst them is Zermatt’s four ski sectors – Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Schwarzsee – are all interconnected.
You will discover the most important things you need to know before booking a vacation in 4 Valleys – Zermatt and if you will continue to read until the end of this, you will get some important tips that will help you to make better decisions, save time and money, and have a more enjoyable Ski vacation.
Getting to and around Zermatt
Take a flight to Zurich and it is a 3 and half hours train trip to get to the resort. The nearest airports to Zermatt are Sion, Geneva, Zurich and Milan. The final stage of getting to car-free Zermatt is taking the mountain cog railway via Tasch. To get to Tasch, you can take train from these airports or by car.
Drivers should park in Täsch, where you take the mountain cog railway train for the 12-minute ride into the village.
• Geneva airport 236 km / 2 hours 40 mins drive / 3 hours 50 mins by train
• Zurich airport 237 km / 3 hours 50 minutes drive / 3 hours 40 mins by train
• Milan Malpensa airport 197 km / 3 hours drive / 3 hours 45 mins by train
• Sion airport 82km / 1 hour 30 minutes drive / 2 hours by train
Getting around Zermatt
Your first option is to walk, second is the Elecktro Bus, which is included with your lift ticket. Check the routes on the Zermatt website but it is pretty extensive and includes Winkelmatten.
Ski Seasons in Zermatt
Zermatt’s ski season are to remember! Ski season is one of the longest in the world! It runs from early November until late May!
Après Ski in Zermatt
It has to be the one and only Hennu Stall. Also try the The Champagne Bar, Iglu Dorf, which is reassembled each year by the passionate artists.
If budget is not an issue, then try Snowboat and Zermatt Yacht Club, which belongs to the elite après ski destination in Zermatt.
Things to do for non Skiers in Zermatt
Here is our list of the Best Non-Ski Activities in Zermatt
1. Ice Skating
3. Spa Relaxation
4. Winter Hiking or Snowshoeing
5. Matterhorn Museum
6. Helicopter Sight Seeing Tour
Best Zermatt Ski chalets & accommodation
Zermatt is home to Mogul’s luxury ski chalets and numerous 5 star hotels, where the ultimate in Luxury could cost you for a week over CHF 150,000 a week for stylish luxury ski chalet and your very own log fire. But if that’s way about your budget you are sure to find small family run hotels and comfortable apartments on different budget, remember in Switzerland nothing is cheap even if it does sound like that.